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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

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. Oceankaj is 5 miles/8 km north of the city center. The new metro line M4 opened in 2020 with a station at Orientkaj. 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).

A new terminal was planned directly north of Oceankaj but is delayed indefinitely.

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 are being redeveloped as a new city district. https://byoghavn.dk/nordhavn/

Nordhavn Port Map

Nordhavn Port Map

Oceankaj (c330-c334)

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Langelinie Pier (c190-c199)

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Money and 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 bus, S-Tog (commuter rail) and metro networks. Single trip transit tickets start at 24 DKK (July 2022), 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 though an app and credit card. Download the app "DOT Tickets" in App Store and Google Play and pay for your tickets on the go. You will likely need a data connection on your phone.

Tickets can also be purchased at automated kiosks (chip and pin credit cards only), 7-11 stores at the stations, and online https://www.dsb.dk/en/ If docked at Oceankaj, there is a ticket machine by the gift shop across from Terminal 1.

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 paper ticket ended in 2013. It has been replaced with the contactless Rejsekort card or the app. The card costs a non-refundable 50 DKK. https://www.rejsekort.dk

The heavily anticipated City Circle line opened Sept 2019 with the M4 line to Nordhavn/Orientkaj opened in 2020.

Closest S-Tog station is Osterport 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

In 2022, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) will offer free electric cruise shuttles in Copenhagen. The shuttle will run between the three terminals at Ocean Quay and the metro station Orientkaj on all turnaround days. Stop is at the north end of the station with frequency every 30 minutes. https://www.wonderfulcopenhagen.com/cruise/press-room/free-electric-shuttle-buses-between-ocean-quay-and-metro-cruise-guests-copenhagen

Alternatively, bus routes 25 and 164 also serve the Oceankaj cruise terminal area. From Oceankaj, take bus 164 to Orientkaj station on the M4 metro line or bus 25 which continues to Osterport S-Tog station. These buses are standard city buses and don't have luggage racks. Journey planner at https://www.rejseplanen.dk/

Harbour Bus (ferry) route 991 departs Orientkaj every 30 minutes from 7am to 8pm and is part of Copenhagens transit network. There is a stop at Nyhavn.

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 https://www.stromma.dk/en/copenhagen/

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/

Uber was shut down in 2017 when the government introduced new laws.

Sample taxi fares from http://taxifarefinder.com (Mar 2020) 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 280 DKK
Oceankaj 390 DKK
Langelinie 330 DKK
To/From Central Station (City Center)
Oceankaj 230 DKK
Langelinie 160 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, Jul 2022). 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 Orientkaj Station and transfer to the free shuttle to the cruise terminal or bus 25 or 164.

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/luggage/


Any hotel in the city center is a good choice location-wise since the cruise terminal piers are relatively close by. Staying near train or metro stations will be convenient if you plan on using public transit. Search hotels in Copenhagen here

Must See Sights

Prices updated July 2022

  • 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 145 DKK. 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) - A unique church tower climbing experience since there are stairs on the outside of the main spire. Closed during heavy rain or wind. Tower entry fee 65 DKK. 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. Adult admission 125 DKK (free Tuesdays, 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) - Closed Mondays. These two museums used to be free but fees were introduced in 2016. 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/
  • Take a free walking tour. You should tip your guide afterwards if it was a good experience. http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/

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.

Reffen, an outdoor street food market, opened in 2018 across the channel from the Little Mermaid. You can take harbour bus 991 (return on 992), or hop on hop off boats to get here.

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.

Post Office

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 a train across the Oresund Bridge to Malmo, Sweden. The 30km journey takes around 40 minutes with trains departing Central Station 3-4 times hourly.

Maps (right-click to save)

Copenhagen Map

Download PDF city map from here - https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/cruisecopenhagen/copenhagen/practical-information

S-Tog Map

Copenhagen S-Tog Rail Map

Metro Map

Copenhagen Metro Map


Copenhagen Weather Forecast

Climate and weather http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/weather

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