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Practicalities you want to know when planning a trip to Copenhagen
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Travel | Practical Stuff You Want to Know When Going to Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is my second home and even though I don’t live there anymore I still like to stay in the know of the things that is happening in the city. I frequently get asked questions about Copenhagen so I thought I’d put together a guide of the more practical things you’d want to know when you visit Copenhagen.

If there’s anything you’d like to know please ask in the comments below or send me an email and I’ll add it to the guide. I love to talk all things Copenhagen!



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What airport should I fly into?

Copenhagen Airport is the main airport in Denmark and it is located 10 km away Copenhagen city centre. It’s the airport you should fly in to if you’re planning on staying in Copenhagen or anywhere else on Zealand, the Øresund Region, and even a large part of southern Sweden.

The airport is well connected to every part of Denmark and it’s easy to access busses, trains and taxis both during the day and the night.



How do I get from the airport to the city centre?

You can get to the city centre by taxi or by train or metro. If you’re arriving during the day I recommend public transportation but if you arrive during the night a taxi is the most convenient option.

All public transportation run from Terminal 3. The train and metro take you from the airport to the city centre in less than 15 minutes and costs £4.5. (From zone 3 to zone 1)

Taxis are to be found outside Terminal 1 and 3. It costs is approximately £30 - £35 to go from the airport to the city centre by taxi and the drive takes 20 minutes.



Do Danes use Euros?

No, the official currency is Danish kroner, however, some of the bigger attractions, shops, hotels and restaurants may display prices in Euros as well. It really depends on where you’re going so be prepared to use a currency calculator while you’re there.  



How do I get around?

The easiest and most authentic way to get around in Copenhagen is by bike. Almost every Copenhagener bike to and from work every day all year around. It’s also how we visit friends and family (if they aren’t too far away), arrive at a dinner party and our way of transportation when we need to go home at dawn.

If you don’t feel like hiring a bike you can easily get around by metro and train.

What is the price for public transportation?

A 2 zone ticket covers all of Copenhagen (apart from the airport which is zone 3) and costs £2.8. It lasts for one hour from purchase and can be used on both busses, trains and metro.  If you’re planning on mainly using public transportation a 24 hour ticket may be a better option for you as it costs £15 and lasts 24 hours from purchase.

Can I take an Uber?

No, it’s no longer possible to use Uber in Copenhagen due to updated taxi rules.



Where can I hire a bike?

A lot of bike shops offer bikes for hire so it’s worth checking locally. It’s also common for hotels to have a handful of bikes their guests can use during their stay, so I recommend you check with your hotel when you arrive.

Copenhagen also has its world famous city bikes "By Cyklen" that cost £3.5 on a pay as you go/hourly rate. This is a good alternative if you only need it now than then. 




Do you recommend airbnb or hotel?

Well, it depends what experience you’re after. Copenhagen has some lovely hotels which are nice if you want to get breakfast served and not having to think about much else than experiencing the city. Airbnb’s are good for living like a Dane - and luckily almost every Dane has light and nice homes with that Scandinavian feeling.

I’d recommend Airbnb if you’re travelling with your family - it’s just more convenient and if you’re lucky there are LEGO and Brio and other cool Scandinavian toys to play with.



What are the best green spaces for a walk?

Kastellet, The Botanical Gardens and Frederiksberg Gardens are my all time favourites and great whether you’re by yourself or together with others.



Can you recommend a good museum?

Yes. Louisiana is on the top of the list of the best museums I’ve ever visited. You can spend a whole day there and it’s only a short train ride from Copenhagen. Definitely worth a visit. Rudolph Tegners Museum is also one of the prettiest places in Denmark (if you ask me).  

If you like to stay in Copenhagen there’s plenty of options. You can visit Design Museum Denmark for the best of Danish design history or you could go to Thorvaldsens Museum, a heaven for colour, art and architecture enthusiasts. Make sure also to visit Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, you won’t regret it.


Where are the best shopping streets?

My favourite shopping streets when visiting Copenhagen are Store Strandstræde and Istedgade (mainly for the interior shops). 


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Where should we eat?

You should definitely try to get a table at Baar. Nærvær is also a great cosy place if the weather is nice.

Mother and Fleisch in the meatpacking district are also worth a visit.



Where is the best coffee?

Some of the best coffees I’ve had in Copenhagen have been at 108, Apollo bar and Atelier September.



What should I do if I only have one day in Copenhagen?

I’m all for a more authentic Copenhagen experience so that means avoiding all the main attractions and do the things that Copenhageners do when they enjoy their city.

You can find all the information you need in our comprehensive article Everything You Need to Know About Copenhagen. You can find it by clicking here.