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Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn, Copenhagen


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

Most ships dock at Nordhavn - Oceankaj (c330-c334: c331 Terminal 1, c332 Terminal 2, c333 Terminal 3, c334 Terminal 4 future?). Other piers include Langelinie Pier (c190-c199) or Freeport Terminal - Orientkaj (c252, c254) and Levantkaj (c266). Oceankaj was added for cruise ship use in 2014 with multiple terminals able to accommodate large ships. It is quite a bit further from Nordhavn S-Tog Station so you may want to take a taxi if berthed here. Langeline and Freeport Terminal are both 10-15 minute walks from S-Tog commuter train stations. Check the google map below for the walking route from Nordhavn station to Freeport Terminal. As of May 2013, the main vehicle gate for the port has moved further north. The pedestrian/cyclist gate across from the railway underpass should remain open as a shortcut between the port and Nordhavn.

Oceankaj Terminal 1 in Google Streetview

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). Taking the shuttle will be a good choice since public transit options are limited at this pier. Public bus service to Oceankaj has improved for the 2015 cruise season. See the Local Transportation section below for routes and services.

Nordhavn Port Map
Freeport - Orientkaj (c252, c254) Levantkaj (C266)

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Nordhavn - Oceankaj (c330-c334 Terminal 1)

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Langelinie Pier (c190-c199)

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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.

Local Transportation

Copenhagen's transit system consists of a bus, S-Tog (commuter rail) and a metro network. Single trip transit tickets start at 24 DKK (Mar 2015), 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.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/iframe-movia

Also consider buying a Copenhagen card which includes admission to many sights and a transit pass. http://www.copenhagencard.com/

Multi-trip discounts previously available with the popular ten-trip klippekort are no longer available with the introduction of the contactless Rejsekort card. The card costs a non-refundable 80 DKK making it prohibitively expensive for short-term visitors and offers no discounts. Paper tickets need to be validated at machines in the stations.

The metro is scheduled to extend to two new stations Nordhavn and Orientkaj by 2019 though the plans are to convert Orientkaj into a residential development.

Closest S-Tog stations are Nordhavn for Freeport Terminal/Oceankaj and Osterport for Langelinie Pier. For Langelinie pier, bus 26 from Central Station (Vesterbroade St) goes to Langeline (destination Langelinjekaj or Indiakaj) with less frequent service on Sundays. http://goo.gl/j6UOez

For the 2015 cruise season, bus routes 25 and 27 serve the Oceankaj cruise terminal area. These buses are standard city buses and don't have luggage racks.

From May 2 to Oct 1 2015, new bus route 25 will run between Norreport and Oceankaj when cruise ships are in port. From Moviatrafik.dk: 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/jkWMI9

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. Route 27 schedule here. http://goo.gl/IeMKw9

At Oceankaj, one way tickets valid to the city Centre or Copenhagen Airport can be purchased at Town Shop (direct across from Terminal 1 and on the way to the 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 Langeline 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 2015) 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.

To/From Copenhagen Airport
Central Station 200 DKK
Oceankaj 340 DKK
Langeline 250 DKK
Freeport 180 DKK
To/From Central Station (City Center)
Freeport 180 DKK
Oceankaj 220 DKK
Langeline 150 DKK

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 2015). See the Copenhagen airport link here http://www.cph.dk/en/parking-transport/bus-train-metro/


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

  • Little Mermaid - located down the promenade from Langelinie Pier, this statue is the symbol of Copenhagen.
  • Nynhavn - This old port area located at the eastern end of Stroget is now filled with restaurants on the sunny south-facing side. To save money and enjoy the area like a local, buy beers at a store and take a seat along the canal. You can also take a canal tour from here. There are two companies operating near identical tours so check the prices for both before buying your ticket. The first company you see will probably be the most expensive. Canal tours can also be boarded at Christiansborg Palace which is generally less busy.
  • Tivoli Garden - This small amusement park with gardens, restaurants and rides was Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland. Entry 99 DKK (Mar 2015). Opens at 11am. Beside Central Station with the main entrance on the north side of the park. http://www.tivoli.dk/
  • Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour Church) - If you don't mind stairs, you can climb up to the main spire of this church from the OUTSIDE. Tower opens 10am Mon-Sat, and 10:30am Sunday with extended summer hours starting May 1 opening at 9:30am. Closed during heavy rain or wind. Tower entry fee 40 DKK (Mon-Thurs) and 45 DKK (Fri-Sun, Mar 2015) Metro Christianshavn http://www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/
  • Christiania - this hippie squatters village on a former military site is an unusual tourist attraction if you don't mind the smell of hash and marijuana. Down the road from Our Saviour Church.
  • Amalienborg Palace - this is one of several palaces around Copenhagen. The Marble Church is nearby. It's a short walk north along the waterfront from Nyhavn. Other palaces include Rosenborg (housing the crown jewels and with a large garden) and Christiansborg.
  • Glyptoteket Art Museum - has a collection of many masterpieces. Free on Sundays (free guided tours as well) and 75 DKK/€11 (Mar 2015) Tue-Sat. Hours 11am to 5pm, closed Mondays. Located beside the southeast corner of Tivoli Gardens. http://www.glyptoteket.dk/
  • Danish National Museum (east of City Hall) and National Gallery (north of Rosenborg Castle) - both have free entry but are closed Mondays. http://natmus.dk/ http://www.smk.dk/en/
  • Round Tower - A unique tower with a spiral ramp to the top. http://www.rundetaarn.dk/en/

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 purcased from the post office 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 Stroget, west of the Tivoli entrance, and across from Christianhavn metro). 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.


Cafés and restaurants including McDonalds may provide free wifi for customers. The port may also offer free wifi at the cruise terminals.

Post Office

There is a post office inside Central Station.

Been Here Before

Take at train across the bridge to Malmo, Sweden.

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