The Greater Copenhagen area is divided into zones applying to all public buses, trains and the metro. These are key when finding the right ticket for your journey.
We know it can be a little tricky to understand how the zones work and how much you need to pay for a ticket. Sometimes even Copenhageners get confused. This guide will help you out.
You can find the above coloured zone map here. The zones are divided by the white lines, and the names written in black are names of all the areas in each zone. The coloured areas on the map are referred to as zone rings.
Central Copenhagen is zone 1, whereas the airport is in zone 4. The zone numbers get higher the further away you get from the city centre.
In short, the most expensive colour zone determines the price.
You pay for the amount of zone rings you pass through on your journey, including the zone you started in. However, you always pay for a minimum of 2 zones, which is DKK 24. For example, if you are heading from the city centre (zone 1) to the airport (zone 4), you will need a ticket for three zones.
Unless you are planning to venture far out of Copenhagen, you only need to consider the 9 coloured zone rings.
With a Copenhagen Card in hand you don’t have to worry about zones and ticket prices, as you get unlimited transportation in the entire Capital Region (including to and from Copenhagen Airport). In addition, you get free admission to more than 80 attractions and museums as well as discounts at several restaurants, cafés, sightseeing activities and more!
Flying in? You can easily preorder your Copenhagen Card online and pick it up upon arrival in Copenhagen. Pick up your Copenhagen Card in Copenhagen Airport and start using it right away. Find more pick-up locations here.