Planning to visit Copenhagen? The Danish capital is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, definitely worth seeing on one’s own. Read our guidebook below and find out what to do once you arrive at Kastrup Airport.
Below you will get all the necessary information about the transfers between the airport and the city, things to do, and places to visit at the airport or other practical guidelines.
Table of contents
1. Metro from the airport
2. Buses from the airport
2.1. Transfer to Copenhagen center
2.2. Buses to other cities
3. Trains from the airport
3.1. Trains to Copenhagen center
3.2. Trains to other cities
4. Taking a taxi
5. Renting a car
6. Tourists cards
6.1. Copenhagen Card
7. Useful information
Copenhagen is a model city in terms of public communication. Everything here is well-organized, therefore you can count on direct, convenient transfers between the airport and the city all day long. Metro will be the fastest way to reach the city, especially if you are going to its central stations like KongensNytorv or Nørreport. The station is located right above terminal 3. All the trains go in the same direction, so there is no chance for any mistake. The trains depart every 4-6 minutes during the day and every 15-20 minutes at night. A single metro ticket (you will need a three-zone one) costs DKK36. For more information about fares and timetables, check out the following website.
There are several lines shuttling between the airport and the city center. Below you can find a map of the airport bus station.
Line 5A – Copenhagen Airport – Central Station (via City Hall Square, Nørreport and other stations). The bus departs every 10 minutes (less frequently during nighttime) and reaches its destination within 35 minutes.
Line 35 – Copenhagen Airport – DrByen St. (via The airport East, A.P. MøllersAlle, Dragørstationsplads, Store Magleby, Tømmerup, Amagerhallen, SundbyvesterPlads, Irlandsvej). The bus isn’t available at night.
Line 36–Copenhagen Airport – Noragersmindevej(via Korsvejens, Skole, Tårnbyst.). The bus isn’t available at night.
Important! Tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in terminal 3 or at the driver. Please have in mind that the bus drivers accept coins only.
There are several companies, which offer direct shuttles between the Kastrup airport and other nearby cities in Denmark or Sweden, e.g. Aarhus, Odense, Malmo or Gothenburg. For specific information about the fares and timetables, check out Flixbus, Graahundbus, Swebusexpress or Netbuss websites.
If you want to go to Copenhagen Central Station, the train would be the best choice for you. The station is located by terminal 3. You can take a free shuttle bus from terminal 1 to terminal 3, which will take 5 minutes.
The trains depart every 10 minutes during the day and will get you to Copenhagen Central Station in about 13 minutes. During the night the trains run less frequently –from 1 to 3 times per hour. The following lines link the airport with the city center: RE 1059, RE 1361, RE 1061, RE 1363, RE 1365.
Below you can find a map showing all the Copenhagen trains and stations:
Kastrup airport is very well communicated, lying on the route not only to Copenhagen, but also to other Danish cities. Travelling by train is a great way to explore the beauty of Denmark. If you want to go to Aarhus, Aalborg or Odense, check out the DSB website.
Taxi ranks are situated outside the terminal 2 and 3, taking passengers to the city center within 20 minutes, depending on the traffic. The cost for the journey is DKK 250-300 approx. (around €40).
Similar to taxis, car rental constitutes a comfortable, yet expensive way of transfer. There are companies available directly at the airport, including the most popular international ones, e.g. Avis, Budget, Enterprice, Europcar, Hertz or Sixt.
We recommend familiarizing yourself with two city cards available, which constitute an attractive option once you have time to explore the city.
Copenhagen card is available in four hour variants (24, 48, 72 and 120 hours), the prices for the card range from €54 to €121 for adults and €27 to €61 for children. For that price you get free public transport in Copenhagen region and the access to 86 attractions and museums.
City Pass is available in two versions (Small and Large) covering the trip between the airport and the city or a greater part of Copenhagen respectively, the CityPass costs from DKK 80 for adults and DKK 40 for children for the 24h card to DKK 300 and DKK 150 respectively for a 120h card.
As befits an international airport, the Copenhagen Airport features all the modern amenities, including a wide range of 120 different shops available to you. Danish traditional cuisine, American burgers, sushi bars or Thai stir-fry meals? No problem! The choice can be really difficult taking into account the amount of bars, restaurants and cafes waiting for you!
There are also banks, ATM machines and a cantor in case you want to withdraw or exchange money. The airport is open 24/7, therefore you can sleep there if you have a flight or stopover at night.
On the other hand, the Kastrup Airport is communicated really well with the center, therefore you might get there within minutes. There is also a Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel located in the airport. It can be accessed straight from the hall from Terminal 3.
The Copenhagen Airport has 2 terminals at the moment, comprising all the passenger traffic in terminal 2 and 3. The terminal 1 was closed in March 2015.
Both Ryanair and EasyJet arrive at and depart from the Kastrup Airport (terminal 3 – dedicated to serve low-budget lines).
Both the buses to the city, as well as intercity carriers (such as Flixbus) depart from the terminals near the airport. For more details check out the following website.
With several means of transport available all day, transfer between the airport and the city will be an easy ride for you. We recommend taking the metro, as it is the fastest one. If you prefer taking a taxi, prepare for an €40 expense. If you need to take a rest, check list of hotels nearby the airport.
Yes, there are banks in Terminal 2, as well as ATM machines in all terminals. If you want to exchange money, you can use “Bureaux de Change” in Terminals 2 and 3.
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