To give you an understanding of prices, tickets and the many possibilities of public transportation in Copenhagen, we made you this quick guide.
Tickets for the metro, bus and train services are integrated in the entire Greater Copenhagen area, and a metro ticket is valid on the buses and trains as well.
Where to buy tickets in person
Always buy a ticket before boarding the train or metro. You can buy your ticket in ticket machines, which accept Danish cash and the most common credit cards, or 7 Eleven kiosks at the train and metro stations. In Copenhagen Airport arrival hall and at Copenhagen Central Station there is a DSB ticket office as well as ticket machines. Please note that not all ticket types/travel cards are for sale via machines. Onboard the buses in Copenhagen, 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 of up to DKK 750.
Pay with your smartphone or online
Download the app "DOT Mobilbilletter" in App Store and Google Play and pay for your tickets on the go. Click "Indstillinger" (settings) followed by "Sprog" (language) to select English version. From there you can select the fare you need and enter your credit card details.
The Copenhagen Card is valid for 24, 48, 72 or 120 hours.
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.
In Copenhagen, you can choose between two different versions of the City Pass – the City Pass Small and the City Pass Large.
The City Pass Small 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.
Meanwhile, the City Pass Large let you travel unlimited in zones 1 – 99, which includes Roskilde, Elsinore and other destinations in Northern Zealand.
The City Pass is valid for 24, 48, 72, 96 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 www.citypass.dk
A regular ticket is a single trip ticket. You have to buy the amount of zones needed to get to your destination. 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 84 (for 8 zones). 2 zones will cover most travel in Copenhagen city centre, whereas an an 8 zone ticket will get you to Elsinore, Roskilde or Frederikssund in the capital region.
Rejsekortet is a travel card popular with commuters and frequent travellers in Denmark, but also offers a card to foreign visitors; Rejsekort Anonymous which does not require an address in Denmark or any personal details. You can buy Rejsekort Anonymous at Copenhagen Central Station's ticket office and several other places. The Rejsekort Anonymous 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.
If you are visiting Copenhagen in the near future, you can expect some road works and metro construction going on. Here is a list of where it will impact bike and car traffic as well as public transport in Copenhagen. And remember after rain comes sunshine.