Getting Around Copenhagen

The best way to get around Copenhagen is on foot or bike, particularly if you have the weather for it. If you're tired (or cold), you'll find a modern public transportation infrastructure that features a brand new subway, extensive bus routes and an easy-to-navigate light-rail system. Taxis are plentiful as well, but rather expensive. Plus, waiting in the taxi lines is time consuming. There is also a shuttle, which runs between Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and the city center; as well as two metro lines that will connect you to the city.

Trains and boats are other popular ways to arrive. The Central Railway Station (Hovedbanegården) services destinations around Denmark, and provides access to Austria, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Passenger ferries provide a means of transporting both passengers and cars to Copenhagen from Germany, Norway and Poland. Copenhagen is also a popular port of call for cruise lines.

On Foot or Bike

Copenhagen is really just a small town wearing the britches of a big city.  Surrounding districts like Christianshavn, Frederikstad, Østerbro, Nørrebro and Vesterbro are all within walking or biking distance of Indre By. So in other words, this is a great place to explore on foot or bike -- in fact, many of the downtown streets are pedestrian-only. The very popular City Bike program provides more than 2,000 free bicycles throughout the city for visitor use. Just make sure to stay within the city bike zone to avoid a fine.

Public Transportation

Copenhagen has just recently updated their public transportation system to include a subway system, called the metro, which has made getting around even easier. There are also extensive public bus routes, as well as a commuter light-rail system known as the S-Tog.

Car While you might want to explore more of Denmark or nearby Sweden in a rental car, websites like Frommer's suggest that you park it once in Copenhagen. Although international licenses are not required, make sure you have your American driver's license on you at all times.
Taxi With fares starting at $4.25 USD (plus $2 USD per kilometer), taxis aren't the most cost-effective way of getting around the city. You can hail a cab from the street or wait in line in the ranks set up on main streets. When the rooftop light is turned on, the taxi is free.

Another way to explore Copenhagen is by boat. Canal Tours offers hour-long guided excursions around the harbor and canals, while Waterbus provides hop-on-hop-off services through one of the many waterways.

Entry & Exit Requirements

To enter Denmark, U.S. citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months after your trip. U.S. citizens can stay up to 90 days in Denmark, as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands, without obtaining a visa. Visit the U.S. State Department's website for more information on entry and exit requirements.

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