Pronounced Co-pen-HAY-gen, the capital of Denmark and home of Hans Christian Anderson is the embarkation point for many Baltic cruises.
Where You're Docked
With it's opening in 2014, Oceankaj at Nordhavn (North Port) has become the primary pier for most cruise ships. It's long pier and new terminals are preferred for turnarounds and larger ships. Getting here by public transport is a bit tricky so the easiest way is by taxi. Please see the Local Transportation section below.
For non-turnaround stops at Oceankaj, cruise lines may provide shuttles into the city center dropping off in front of St Peter's Church (location marked on google map below - you can see a bus if you go into street view).
Oceankaj Terminal 1 in Google Streetview
Langelinie Pier closer to the city center is still used, but mainly for ship visits versus turnarounds.
Previously used piers at Freeport Terminal include Levantkaj and Orientkaj which are both 15-20 minute walks (1.1km) from Nordhavn S-Tog station. With construction of the new metro station, the area is a bit of a mess. The pedestrian/cyclist gate across from the railway underpass is no longer available as a shortcut.
Nordhavn Port Map
Langelinie Pier (c190-c199)
Orientkaj (c252, c254) & Levantkaj (C266)
Money & Tipping
Denmark's currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). Tourist-friendly shops may take Euros. Credit cards are accepted at a lot of places but most self-serve terminals require chip and pin cards. Ask before trying to use a magnetic swipe card. There may also be a 3% surcharge for using foreign credit cards. In Europe, it is common (but not expected) to round up the bill leaving a small tip (5-10%) when dining at restaurants. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped though passengers typically round up to the nearest 10 DKK.
Copenhagen's transit system consists of bus, S-Tog (commuter rail) and metro networks. Single trip transit tickets start at 24 DKK (Mar 2017), good for 1 hour, two zones and valid for transfers between the three systems. Two zones cover most of the city center. A 24hr, 4 zone City Pass costs 80 DKK (good for travel to/from the airport in zone 3). A 72hr pass is also available for 200 DKK. These passes can be prepurchased online and sent to your mobile phone. http://www.citypass.dk/
Tickets can be purchased at automated kiosks (chip and pin credit cards only), 7-11 stores at the stations, and online https://www.dsb.dk/en/
Also consider buying a Copenhagen card which includes admission to many sights and a transit pass. http://www.copenhagencard.com/
You can also purchase transport tickets with an app (English supported) billed directly to your credit card. You will need a data connection which may be expensive for roaming mobile phones. http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/transportation/tickets-prices
Multi-trip discounts previously available with the popular ten-trip klippekort paper ticket ended in 2013. It has been replaced with the contactless Rejsekort card or the app (expires in one year). The card costs a non-refundable 80 DKK making it prohibitively expensive for short-term visitors and offers no discounts.
The metro is currently being expanded with the new City Circle line and new stations including ones at Nordhavn and Orientkaj. Work is scheduled to be completed by 2019 though the plans are to convert Orientkaj into a residential development.
Closest S-Tog stations are Nordhavn station for Freeport Terminal/Oceankaj and Osterport for Langelinie Pier. For Langelinie pier, bus 26 from Central Station (Vesterbroade St) goes to Langelinie (destination Langeliniekaj or Indiakaj) with less frequent service on Sundays. http://goo.gl/fcbBuz
Bus routes 25 and 27 serve the Oceankaj cruise terminal area. These buses are standard city buses and don't have luggage racks.
Bus route 25 - When cruise ships dock at Oceankaj (cruise ship terminal) shuttle buses will be operating between Nørreport Station and Oceankaj (cruise ship terminal) with stop at Østerport Station (at Folke Bernadottes Allé) from 8 AM until 4 PM approximately every 20-30 minutes. It is also possible to use bus 27 to and from Oceankaj - the 27 operates between Oceankaj and Østerport Station. See the timetable for more information. http://goo.gl/4wX5uh Service starts Apr 30 2017 for the 2017 cruise season.
Bus route 27 will travel from Osterport station to Oceankaj seven days a week from approx 6am to 7pm (8am to 6pm weekends) replacing that portion of the route previously covered by route 26. There is a stop near the port entrance which is closest to Freeport Terminal. Route 27 schedule (translations: mandag-fredag=Monday-Friday, lordag=Saturday, son-og helligdage=Sunday and holidays, time is 24hr format) here. http://goo.gl/i1iVGL
At Oceankaj, one way tickets valid to the city center or Copenhagen Airport can be purchased at Town Shop (directly across from Terminal 1 and on the way to the bus stop) before boarding the bus.
City Sightseeing and Open Top Tours both run hop on, hop off (HOHO) buses for 185 DKK and 195 DKK. Stops usually include Langelinie pier if docked there. http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/denmark/copenhagen.htm or http://www.stromma.dk/en/SIGHTSEEING-TOURS/Hop-on-Hop-off-Bus/
Sample taxi fares from http://taxifarefinder.com (Mar 2017) Rates are typically higher for weekends and evenings (after 4pm). Fares include tax and tips, and you can normally pay by credit card though there may be a surcharge. Ask the driver if your magnetic stripe (non-chip) card will be accepted beforehand.
Copenhagen's bike share system has a hub outside Terminal 1 at Oceankaj and another south of Langelinie Pier. Bikes feature a weatherproof GPS-enabled tablet. Information here and official site in English https://bycyklen.dk/en/
Getting to/from the Airport
Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is accessible from Central Station on the regular rail network or the metro from Kongens Nytorv. You will need a three zone ticket for either service (36 DKK, Mar 2017). See the Copenhagen airport link here https://info.parkering.cph.dk/en/buses-trains-and-metro
To take public transit to Oceankaj, take the metro to Nørreport Station and transfer to bus 25. Confirm the bus 25 schedule (see the Local Transportation section) and the stop location is marked in the google map below. If bus 25 is not running, you will need to take the S-Tog one stop to Osterport and cross the tracks using the pedestrian overpass to find the stop for bus 27 (also marked on the google map). Alternatively, you could take the S-Tog to Nordhavn station and continue by taxi from there.
Baggage storage is available at Central Station for those with late flights. http://en.hovedbanen.dk/dsb-information/dsb-luggage-service/ Airport baggage storage info - https://www.cph.dk/en/practical/Baggage/luggage-deposit/
Any hotel in the city center is a good choice location-wise. Being close to Central or other S-Tog stations will be convenient if taking the train to Freeport Terminal. Search hotels in Copenhagen here
Must See Sights - Prices updated Mar 2017
If you are planning to visit a lot of sights, consider buying a Copenhagen card which includes admission to many attractions and a public transport pass. The card can be purchased from 7-11 in Central Station or from the tourist office opposite the main entrance to Tivoli Garden. http://www.copenhagencard.com/
Shopping & Restaurants
Stroget is a long pedestrian street winding its way from City Hall (get a picture sitting on Hans Christian Anderson Statue) to Nyhavn. It also branches north to Norreport. Torvehallernekbh, an upscale covered market, opened in 2011 by Norreport Metro.
Visit the Carlsberg Brewery Museum for a tour and a beer (Enghave Station - walk through the large brewery complex).
Try a delicious pastry from LagKagehuset. Various locations, including inside Central Station, Stroget (a block east of city hall), CPH airport, and across from Christianhavn metro.
Sankt Peders Bageri is the city's oldest bakery. Their signature cinnamon rolls are only available on Wednesdays.
Smørrebrød is a popular open-faced sandwich (eaten with a knife and fork). Recommended restaurants linked from here http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/top-10-traditional-danish-lunch
There is an Aldi discount supermarket beside Nordhavn station if you are on your way to Freeport Terminal. There is an Irma supermarket by both Norreport and Østerport station and another one beside the main entrance to Tivoli Garden. There is a small Netto supermarket by Norreport. A block north of Central Station is Rema 1000 at Hammerichsgade 1.
Fisketorvet mall is south of the city center. Take the S-Tog to Dybbolsbro station.
General opening hours for shops and holidays here.
Cafés and restaurants including McDonalds may provide free wifi for customers. The port may also offer free wifi at the cruise terminals.
There is a post office a block south of Central Station at Bernstorffsgade 36. The post office inside of Central Station has closed permanently. Stamps may be available from newsagents and from postcard sellers.
Been Here Before
Take at train across the bridge to Malmo, Sweden.
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Climate and weather http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/weather
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