Copenhagen Journals

Copenhagen Transport.

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A September 2010 trip to Copenhagen by LenR

Front of train Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark More Photos
Quote: Central Copenhagen is small enough to walk around but you will find that you also use public transport on occasions. The city has an excellent (but not inexpensive) system of trains, buses and bicycles which enable you to travel extensively and to all corners of the city.

Metro.

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Front of train Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Copenhagen Metro is probably the smartest system I have seen anywhere. It was little surprise to me to learn that it had been voted best Metro in the World for 2008 and 2009. The system is new and still relatively small but expansion continues and as more stations open it will become one of the favourite ways for visitors to get around the wider city.The Metro trains are driverless but there is staff on the trains and platforms to help passengers. Their job is to assist, guide, provide information and inspect tickets. The Metro uses exactly the same tickets as the city buses and S-trains in the greater Copenhagen area. Tickets and ten-trip cards can be bought from the ticket vending ma...Read More

S-Train.

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Information Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The S-train network is basically a suburban rail network. It connects the city center with the suburbs of Copenhagen, and has close to half of the stations within the urban city. The first line was opened in 1934. Today the network forms the heart of the public transportation infrastructure in the city, serving around 360,000 passengers a day. It is entirely owned and run by DSB S-tog A?S. We found it an extremely efficient system and were impressed by the size, cleanliness and comfort of the trains.The system is complemented by the Copenhagen Metro and an extensive bus network. Although owned by different companies, the systems use interchangeable tickets. There is around 170 km of dual t...Read More

Buses.

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At Central station Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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While many locals opt for bikes, Copenhagen does have a fairly extensive and efficient bus network. It can be troublesome, though, for visitors to figure out what line to take to their destination as there is little in the way of network maps available at bus stops and schedules rarely include the entire route. This is where our Copenhagen Cards came to the fore because we could just jump on and see if the bus was going in the general direction we wanted. If it turned, we jumped off and tried another bus.There are several types of bus available: regular buses are simply denoted by their number (eg. 10). A buses (eg. A2) are the backbone of the city's bus network which consists of six diffe...Read More

Bicycles.

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Bicycle lane Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Some say the fastest and most flexible way of seeing Copenhagen is on a bike. Forty percent of Copenhageners use their bike everyday and the city has been designed to cater for cyclists with separate bicycle lanes on most larger roads. Cyclists are often allowed to ride both ways in one-way streets. If you are not used to biking in a busy city, be very careful in Copenhagen particularly in peak period as the locals ride fast and leave little room for leeway. Don't expect to get a warning when someone wants to overtake you. Always keep to the right and look behind you before you overtake someone — otherwise you could cause some nasty accidents.In the center of the city, you can get around b...Read More

CityCirkel bus.

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On bus Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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The city has recently introduced a new CityCirkel bus, specially geared towards tourists. It runs a circle around the inner city stopping at many of the main attractions. The small eco-friendly electric buses runs every seven minutes (M-F 9AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 11AM-3PM) and can be hailed whenever one passes by if there are green dots on the curb. On streets with heavy traffic they also use regular bus stops. You use the same tickets as all other public buses and trains. The electric driven CityCirkel buses take you to some of Copenhagen's top attractions such as City Hall Square, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, the Tivoli, The National Museum, Christianborg Palace, Nyhavn and The Round T...Read More

Copenhagen Card.

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Booklet Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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While central Copenhagen is relatively small and quite walkable, most visitors will find that there is need to use some public transport. Over a four-day period, my wife and I used the train, Metro, bus and harbour buses. The great news is that with Copenhagen Cards, we travelled free each time. That not only saved cost but also time. There was no queuing for tickets and no deciding about how to pronounce the required destination. We discovered that the card covered an area way outside the city so we could visit regional attractions such as Elsinore, Hillerod and Rockilde. We had 72-hour cards and would thoroughly recommend them even at the cost of around $85.The card has several other att...Read More