Tickets & prices
You can buy different kinds of tickets when using public transportation in Copenhagen. It all depends on how long you are staying in the city, and how much you are planning on using public transportation.
Always buy a ticket before boarding the train or metro. Onboard the buses, you also have the possibility to buy your ticket from the driver, if you bring small change. The same ticket can be used in the metro, bus, train and harbour bus. Always have your ticket with you in case a conductor wants to see it. Travelling without a valid ticket will result in a fine.
Single trip ticket
A regular ticket is a single trip ticket. You have to buy the amount of zones needed to get to your destination. 2 and 3 zone tickets are valid for one hour. 4, 5 and 6 zone tickets are valid for an hour and a half. 7, 8 and 9 zone tickets are valid for two hours. Please note that this does not refer to the number of the specific zones, but the amount of zones you have bought. Check the back of your ticket if you are in doubt.
During this time you can use your ticket all you want in the metro, bus, train and harbour bus, as long as you do not pass through more zones than your ticket allows.
Zone tickets cost between DKK 24 (for 2 zones) and DKK 108 (for all zones). 2 zones will cover most travel in Copenhagen city centre, whereas an all zone ticket will get you to Elsinore, Roskilde or Frederikssund in the capital region.
Normal single trip tickets can be bought at the stations or on the bus. However, please note that you should bring coins if you plan on buying tickets from the bus driver. The machines at the stations will accept coins as well as credit cards.
10 trip ticket
If you plan to travel by public transport a couple of times during your visit, you can save money by buying a 10 trip ticket. 10 trips in 2 zones costs DKK 150, i.e. DKK 15 per ride. You can buy for as many zones as you need. When you want to use a trip on the ticket, you simply stamp it in the machines on the station platform or inside the bus.
The 10 trip tickets are slowly being phased out of the transportation system in Copenhagen and will only be on sale until 1 June 2014.
Pay with your smartphone
Download the app Mobilbilletter Hovedstaden in App Store and Google Play and pay for your tickets on the go. Once you have downloaded the app, click on Indstillinger in the right hand lower corner and click on English under Sprog. Then you will get the English version of the app. From there you can select the fare you need and enter your credit card details.
24 hours in all zones
With a 24-hour ticket you can travel for 24 hours unlimited by bus, train, metro and harbour bus in all the zones of the capital region, including trips to Roskilde, Elsinore or other parts of North Sealand.
The 24-hour adult ticket costs DKK 130. One adult can bring along two children under the age of 12 free on a 24-hour ticket. Children under the age of 16 can buy a 24-hour ticket at DKK 65. Buy this ticket at the airport or station.
24-hour or 72-hour City Pass in zones 1-4
The City Pass gives you unlimited access to buses, trains, metro and harbour buses in zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, which includes the centre of Copenhagen and to and from the airport.
An adult 24-hour City Pass costs DKK 75 and an adult 72-hour City Pass costs DKK 190. If you are under 16, a 24-hour City Pass costs DKK 40 and a 72-hour City Pass costs DKK 90. Buy this ticket at the airport or station.
A Copenhagen Card gives you unlimited travel on buses, trains, metro and harbour buses in all zones in the capital region. In addition, you get free entrance to 75 major attractions and museums as well as discounts in several restaurants, sights, car rental and more.
Rejsekortet is a new travel card for people with a permanent address in Denmark. The concept is that you buy a travel card that you add money to, and every time you travel, you check in and out by scanning the card, and the price for your journey is then withdrawn from your card balance. The card, however, needs to be preordered before arrival and mailed to an address in Denmark. Thus we do not really recommend this option to visitors.
If you wish to use the travel card anyway, you can buy an anonymous card called Rejsekort anonymt. This type of card does not require an address or any personal information. The card itself costs DKK 80, and when you buy it at a ticket office or one of the Rejsekort machines, there will be added another DKK 100 for your future travels. Rejsekort Anonymt can be bought at the Rejsekort machines or at various kiosks or supermarkets. Cards purchased at a kiosk or a supermarket will cost DKK 250 - which is DKK 80 for the card and an extra DKK 170 for future travels.
Bring the kids
Two children under the age of 12 can travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Children travelling alone has to pay a child fare until the age of 16. Two children under the age of 16 can travel together on one adult ticket.
Baby prams are allowed free of charge on all means of public transportation.
Bring the bike
Take the bike with you on buses, trains and metro, but beware of the different rules and regulations.
Bikes on buses:
You can bring one bike per person on some buses in Copenhagen. Only two bikes will fit on one bus though, and you have to calculate with baby prams and rush hour as well. The bus driver has the final say, and in general not many locals will take their bike onboard a bus. If you do, you need a bike ticket, which costs DKK 12 and needs to be purchased at the train or metro station, as it is not sold on the bus.
Bikes on trains:
You can bring your bike for free onboard the trains. However you are not permitted to get on or off the train with your bike at Nørreport Station during rush hour, which is Monday - Friday 07:00 - 08:30 and 15:30 - 17:00.
Bikes on the metro:
You can bring your bike on the metro during normal hours, if you purchase a bike ticket, which costs DKK 12. During rush hour, which is Monday - Friday 07:00 - 09:00 and 15:30 - 17:00, it is not permitted to travel with your bike on the metro.
Bring the pets
You can bring one small dog or other type of pet on buses, trains and metro for free as long as you have a carrier or bag for it. The size of the bag must not exceed 100 x 60 x 30 cm, and it must not occupy a seat for another passenger. Thus place it on your lap or by your feet. Large dogs that do not fit in a carrier or bag, needs a child ticket and need to be on the floor at all times.