Local transport in Denmark is of a high standard. There are excellent train, metro and bus options within Copenhagen; outside the capital, larger towns have local bus networks, and most small towns have bus connections to their regional hub.
Nearly every town in Denmark supports a network of local buses, which circulate around the town centre and also connect it with outlying areas. In smaller towns, the local bus terminal is often adjacent to the train station and/or long-distance bus terminal. Cash fares are around Dkr20 to Dkr25 per local ride, but daily travel passes may be useful.
- Taxis are generally readily available for hire in city centres, near major shopping centres and at train stations. If you see a taxi with a lit fri sign (or a green light), you can wave it down, or you can phone for a taxi instead – hotels and tourist offices have numbers for local companies.
- Tipping is included in the fare.
- You can pay by cash or credit card.
- The multiple-use paper local transport ticket known as the klippekort has been gradually phased out, with a move to an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train and metro. You load up your card with money, then 'check in' at card-reading devices as you enter and exit transport, and reload your card as your funds run low. Denmark's card is known as the Rejsekort – see www.rejsekort.dk for information.
- Rejsekorts are designed for local users, so non-residents may find them a hassle to obtain and use. The good news is that there are still 'cash tickets' (kontantbilleter) available for all journeys (no Rejsekort required), and there are still options to buy a one-day or three-day travel pass covering Copenhagen city transport, for example. For short-stay visitors, these are generally a simpler option. We quote cash ticket prices.
- If you are visiting Denmark for a lengthy period, you can buy a Rejsekort Anonymous. The card costs Dkr80, but you must then add Dkr170 to the card to cover the cost of travel (which you then top-up as needed). You can buy a Rejsekort Anonymous at vending machines placed at every metro station, at Copenhagen airport and at Copenhagen Central Station.
The Essential Transport Website
For getting around in Denmark, the essential website is www.rejseplanen.dk. This excellent resource allows you to enter your start and end point, date and preferred time of travel, and will then give you the best travel option, which may involve walking or taking a bus or train. Bus routes are linked, travel times are given, and fares listed. You can also compare travel times and costs (and even carbon emissions) for public transport versus driving your own vehicle. You can’t travel without it! Download the app for easy mobile access.
Nearly all Danish train stations have left-luggage lockers (from 20kr for 24 hours).