Your flight just landed at Copenhagen’s International Airport, and you’re off to your ship. Thing is, you don’t won’t pay DK300 (about US$55) for a taxi when you can pay less.
You can get to either of Copenhagen’s two cruise terminals for about half of what you’d spend for a taxi. The trick is to combine train and taxi.
First, collect your luggage. To find out which carousel yours is on, look at the monitors displaying the baggage belt where you can claim your luggage.
While you’re waiting for your luggage, visit one of the ticket kiosks to purchase a train ticket to Central Station for DKK31.50 (about US$5.50).
Instructions are in English, and you can pay with your credit card. However, and this is important, make sure your credit card can also be used as debit card. And make sure you know the pin code. You’ll need the pin code in most places in Denmark and Sweden. American Express cards do not require a pin code but aren’t always widely accepted either.
The train fare includes a bus transfer, provided that you transfer within an hour of buying your ticket (the train takes only 12 minutes from the airport to the city center). Busses are convenient from Central Station.
Taxis from the airport to Central Station will cost you about DKK300 (US$52), and you can usually pay by credit card. Check with the driver beforehand.
Getting To Your Hotel
If you’re staying in D’Angleterre, skip the train ticket and buy a Metro ticket to Kongens Nytorv (DKK31.50). The Metro is situated 50 meters from the Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall and operates between the airport and the city center every four minutes. You can also take the Metro to Nørreport Station, where there are plenty of bus and train services to make an easy transfer to your destination.
If you are staying at Hilton Copenhagen Airport, walk. It will take you five minutes.
Should you be staying at one of my favorite hotels, Skovshoved, brace yourself. It’s 20 minutes north of the city center, and not so easy to get to with luggage, except by taxi. Splurge.
Confused about where you’re staying or where to stay? See the Avid Cruiser’s Copenhagen Hotel Map.
Getting To Your Ship
If your ship departs from Langelinie or Nordre Toldbod and you’re headed straight to the ship (shame on you for not seeing Copenhagen), you could purchase a ticket (DKK31.50) to the Østerport station. Once there, you could walk from Østerport to Langelinie if you’re traveling light. If not, a taxi will cost you less than $10. However, because taxis may be hard to find at Østerport, I recommend you take the train to Central Station and transfer from there.
If your ship departs from the Freeport Terminal, first get yourself to Central Station, where you can hop a taxi to Freeport for around DKK150 (about US$26). Langelinie by taxi from Central Station will set you back a mere DKK100 (US$18).
Don’t know where your ship is? Check the Copenhagen Malmo Port’s listing of cruise ships.
Too Complicated? Help Is Here
If you just can’t figure out how to buy a ticket or where you should be going, leave the baggage area and head to information desk, situated as you exit to your left.
Also, head to the Information Deck if you’d like to buy a Copenhagen Card.
If you still need to purchase train tickets, you can either purchase with a credit/debit card from a machine or a real person.
A few additional tips:
- Avoid Nordshaven station, even though on the map it looks close to Freeport Terminal. The signage is in Danish only, and the trains don’t always stop there, especially the ones from the airport.
- The S Train is the urban train, operating only in the city.
- The Regional train travels all the way up to Helsingør, home to Hamlet’s Castle.
- The Metro is only good for getting to the city center.
- Busses can be too complicated and take too long to get to where you’re going.
- You could bike, as everyone in Copenhagen does, but leave your luggage at home.
- From Langelinie, it’s a pleasant 30-minute walk to the city center. Get out and enjoy.