Public transport

Public transport

The public transportation in Copenhagen is very reliable, punctual, and it takes you everywere. In Copenhagen the trains, Metro and busses (including waterbuses) can be accessed with the same ticket. All you need to know is how many zones you will pass on your journey. Note the Metro will take you from the airport to central Copenhagen in only 20 minutes.

To and from the airport

It takes less than 15 minutes to go from Copenhagen Airport to the city centre by train or metro. Both metro and train run from terminal 3. If you want to go to Copenhagen Central Station, the train is your best option.If you want to go to central stations like Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport, you should get on the metro.

The bus line 5C will take you directly to Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square, Nørreport and other stations. By bus it takes about 30-35 minutes from the airport to the Central Station.


The metro is in service all day and all night, every day of the week. There are 2-4 minutes between each train during rush hour, and 3-6 minutes outside rush hour and during the weekends. Friday and Saturday night (after 01:00) trains arrive with a 7-15 minutes interval and a 20 minutes interval after midnight on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday).

Please note that maintenance of the rails may occur during the night, which can result in a slightly longer journey. The maintenance is between 01:00-01:25 and again between 04:15-04:45.

When using the public transportation in Copenhagen, all members of the family must have a valid ticket. You can read more about the various ticket types and their prices here. There is ongoing ticket control, and both Copenhageners and tourists are responsible for having the correct tickets. If you and your family are travelling without a valid ticket or with an insufficient number of tickets, you can all be individually fined. If you find that you have wrongfully been given a fare evasion ticket, you can file an online complaint to Metro’s customer service. Sometimes, they are willing to cancel or reduce some or all fare evasion tickets issued to tourist families.

On 29 september 2019, 17 brand new stations on a new metro line is added to the metro. Known as line M3, “The City Circle Line (or “Cityringen” in Danish), it will connect the neighbourhoods of Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Nørrebro, Østerbro and the city center.
Like the rest of the metro system in Copenhagen, you can expect to wait a maximum of 3 minutes in rush hour, and to get on the metro round the clock.


The S-trains run between 05:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night. Line F runs every 4-5 minutes, line A, B, C and E run every 10 minutes, and line H and Bx run every 20 minutes.

On Friday and Saturday the trains run once an hour between 01:00 and 05:00. However, line F runs every half hour during these hours.


The A-buses are the primary buses in central Copenhagen. They drive every 3-7 minutes during rush hour (which is between 07:00-09:00 in the morning and 15:30-17:30 in the afternoon) and usually about every 10 minutes before and after rush hour. The A-buses serve at all hours.

The S-buses drive every 5-10 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes outside of rush hour. The S-buses are faster than the A-busses due to fewer stops. They usually serve between 06:00 in the morning and 01:00 at night.

Night buses are in service between 01:00 and 05:00 in the night. You can recognise the bus stops by the grey colour of the bus stop signs. The night buses are all N buses, for an example 85N. 

Copenhagen Card

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/from Copenhagen Airport). In addition, you get free admission to more than 80 attractions and museums as well as discounts on several restaurants, cafés, sightseeing activities etc. 

You can easily preorder your Copenhagen Card online and pick it up upon arrival in Copenhagen. You can e.g. pick up your Copenhagen Card in Copenhagen Airport and start using it right away on e.g. the Metro to the city center.


The City Pass gives you unlimited access to buses, trains, metro and harbour buses in zones 1 - 4, which includes the center of Copenhagen and to and from the airport. 

The City Pass is valid for 24, 48, 72 or 120 hours.
You can buy your City Pass at the ticket vending machine at all stations and including at the airport, or online at

Read more about the Citypass here. 

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