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Local transport

Local Transport

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 20kr to 25kr 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.

You can pay by cash or credit card and a tip is included in the fare.


  • Denmark uses 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 nonresidents may find them a hassle to obtain and use. The good news is that there are still kontantbilleter (cash tickets) available for most journeys (no Rejsekort required) and there is also the option to buy a one-, two-, three- or five-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 80kr, and you must then add 170kr 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.


Many Danish train stations have left-luggage lockers (from 20kr for 24 hours).

The Essential Transport Website

For travelling around 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, train or ferry. Bus routes are linked, travel times are given and fares listed. You can’t travel without it! Download the app for easy mobile access.