There is no better place than Copenhagen to truly experience the famous Danish concept of comfort and coziness, defined as ‘hygge’. Any time is a good time to find ‘hygge’. From June – August, the weather is warm and sunny, and average temperatures are around 65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The city hosts events such as Copenhagen Jazz Festival, the Roskilde Festival of music and arts, and Strøm festival of electronic music during this time. Remember to pack some warm clothes even during a summer visit as you may experience a chilly breeze on most evenings. From September – November, average temperatures dip to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and the city is covered in beautiful fall foliage. Copenhagen winters are bitterly cold, with average temperatures dipping to as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring months from March – May see their share of festive events such as the Copenhagen Beer Festival, Copenhagen Puppet Festival, and the Copenhagen Carnival. With cool weather, fewer crowds, and cheaper airfares and room rates, spring is one of the best times to visit.
Direct international flights from U.S. cities to Copenhagen are available from SAS and Norwegian. Other airlines that offer flights with 1 or more stops include British Airways, Qatar Airways, WOW Air, Lufthansa, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair, Finnair, KLM, Austrian Airlines, Air India, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Norwegian Air International, American Airlines, Air China, SATA, Air Canada, Iberia, Egyptair, Swissair, Aeroflot, Royal Air Maroc, United Airlines, LOT, Air Serbia, Turkish Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Vueling Airlines.
Originally called Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen Airport is located on the island of Amager, about 5 miles south of Copenhagen. CPH offers a free terminal bus service that connects all the airport terminals, car parks, and the airport train station. Buses run every 10 – 20 minutes. There are several options to travel from the airport to Copenhagen city center.
The metro is located at Terminal 3 and all the trains go in the same direction from the airport (M2 towards Vanløse Station). It will take you 13 minutes to get to Nørreport Station which is the main hub in the city center. Trains run every 4 – 6 minutes during the day, and every 15 – 20 minutes at night. The standard one-way fare on all public transport is 24 kr for a trip within the first 8 zones.
The train station is located by Terminal 3. Trains run every 10 minutes during the day and 1-3 times an hour during the night. You can reach the Copenhagen Central Station in about 13 minutes from the airport. Standard one-way fare of 24 kr is applicable.
There are several bus lines that make stops at the airport and travel to various parts of Copenhagen. Line #5A will take you to Copenhagen Central Station, City Hall Square, Nørreport, and other stations. Tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in Terminal 3, or you can buy a ticket on the bus. The one-way fare is 24 kr and journey time is about 35 – 40 minutes.
Taxis are easily available outside Terminals 1 and 3 of the airport. You can reach the city center in about 20 – 30 minutes depending on traffic. The approximate fare will be 250 kr – 300 kr.
At least 6 rental car companies are present in the ‘Car Rental Centre’ just outside the terminal buildings at CPH. You can also look for attractive deals on car rentals with momondo.
Copenhagen is a small town with a big city vibe. The town is compact and most of the popular attractions are within walking or biking distance from each other. Many of the downtown streets are pedestrian-only zones.
Biking is a popular way to get around in Copenhagen. Bycyklen (The City Bike), the city’s official bike share program features over 2,000 intelligent electric bikes at over 100 Bycyklen stations. If you opt for a Pay as You Go plan, for 30 kr an hour you can enjoy unlimited usage of all Bycyklen stations in the city.
Copenhagen’s public transportation system includes buses, trains, the subway system (Metro), and a commuter light-rail system (S-Tog). Most buses leave from the Rådhuspladsen (City Hall square) in the middle of the city. The Metro lines run east-west and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trains arrive every 2 – 3 minutes during rush hour, and every 15 minutes at night. The S-Tog connects Central Station to the city suburbs. You can transfer from a bus or Metro line to an S-Tog line. Fares start from 24 kr for all modes of public transport. If you plan to use the public transport extensively, consider purchasing a City Pass that offers unlimited travel on all modes for the duration of the card. An adult pass costs 80 kr for 24 hours and 200 kr for 72 hours.
Taxis are easily available and can be hailed directly from the street. However, they are not the most economical mode of travel and are best used for shorter distances. Fares typically start at 50 kr, followed by 10.15 kr per kilometer, and a waiting time of 7.00 kr per minute.
Boats are an interesting way to explore Copenhagen. Canal Tours offers hour-long guided excursions around the harbor and canals. You can also use the blue and yellow water buses to enjoy the city sights from the water. Water bus #991 and #992 offer some of the most interesting routes and sights. Fares for the water bus are the same as for all other public transport.
Often named the ‘happiest people in the world’, the Danes pride themselves on their lifestyle, culture, and food, all of which contribute to the ‘hygge’. Hearty, traditional meals and delicious Danish pastries only add to that happiness. However, there is a lot more to see and do when you travel to Copenhagen. Here are a few suggestions on what to include in your itinerary.
Invest in a Copenhagen Card
Purchase a Copenhagen Card and enjoy unlimited use of public transportation, free entrance to more than 70 attractions and museums, and discounts on several restaurants, sights, and rentals. An adult card for 24-hours costs 389 kr, while a 48-hour card costs 549 kr, and a 72-hour card costs 659 kr.
Take a walking tour
Copenhagen is renowned for its cultural offerings and culinary delights. Enlist for one of the many free walking tours to explore these offerings. You can choose from classic historical sites, unique churches, pub crawls, and many others.
Watch for bikers
When you are walking on the streets or driving, watch out for people riding their bikes. Locals tend to cycle at high speeds, keeping up with vehicles most of the time, and they often do not stop for pedestrians.