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.
What is the zone map?
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.
How do I find the right ticket?
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.