PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN COPENHAGEN – A SHORT GUIDE as of mid-June 2013:

This article about public transportation in Copenhagen contains 3 sections:

 

1) CURRENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET OPTIONS (Mid-June 2013)

2) THE PRICE- AND THE ZONE-SYSTEM, including TRAVEL PLANNER/SCHEDULES and a couple of MAPS

3) THE OUTPHASING OF “KLIPPEKORT” TICKETS in October 2014

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1. CURRENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET OPTIONS:

From the 1st of July 2013, there are the following ticket options for tourists in the city:

-  ORDINARY FULL-PRICE TICKETS for a given number of travel zones. Each zone costs DKK 12,- and the minimum number of zones is 2, so the minimum price for a ticket is DKK 24,- A ticket for 2 zones is valid for 1 hour on all means of transportation – metro, buses, S-trains, DSB-trains, local trains and water buses. Tickets for more zones have longer validity. One adult (16 years and above) can take 1 or 2 children aged 0-11 years for free. The price for a teenager ticket (age 12-15 years) is half the amount, for instance DKK 12,-.

-  COPENHAGEN CITY PASS TICKET. This pass is valid for all public transport in Zones 1,2,3,4 – meaning that it includes trips in the centre, between the centre & the airport, and between the centre and the cruise terminals. A pass for 24 hours costs DKK 75, for 72 hours it´s DKK 190. And for teenagers between 12-15 years, the similar passes are DKK 40 and DKK 95. One or two children younger than 12 years accompanied by an adult can travel for free.

-  COPENHAGEN CARD. This pass is more expensive than the City Pass Ticket, but it includes the whole of the Greater Copenhagen Region and all zones, including excursion places far away from the city like Helsingør/Elsinore with Kronborg/Hamlet´s Castle, Hillerød/Frederiksborg castle, Humlebæk with the Louisiana Museum, Lyngby with Frilandsmuseet open-air museum, Roskilde with the Viking Ship Museum and cathedral, etc. It also includes free access to almost all sights and museums in the region, including those mentioned as well as Tivoli for instance. If one is visiting a number of sights and/or doing some excursions, it is a worthwhile investment.

The current prices (June 2013) are: DKK 299 for 24 hours, DKK 449 for 48 hours, DKK 529 for 72 hours, DKK 749 for 120 hours. One adult with a card can bring 1 or 2 children aged 0-9 for free. For children aged 10-15 years, the prices are DKK 159 (24 hours), DKK 199 (48 hours), DKK 239 (72 hours), DKK 349 (120 hours).

For details, check the Copenhagen Card website:http://www.copenhagencard.com/prices-..., http://www.copenhagencard.com/whats-i... .

-  24-HOUR TICKET. This ticket is valid for public transport for 24 hours in all zones and the price is currently DKK 130. It can be convenient for excursions outside the city too, including the mentioned places in the Copenhagen Card section above. The price for teenagers between 12-15 years is DKK 65. One adult can bring 1 or 2 children younger than 12 years for free.

 - KLIPPEKORT, sets of 10 x a number of zones on a punch-card, valid for 1 hour or more. Provides substantially reduced prices, up to 40% cheaper than the ordinary ticket price. The sales of Klippekort were planned to be abondoned in July 2013, but this idea was given up, and they will be available until at least July 2014, and they can be used until 2015 (details will follow).

-  FLEX-CARD. This is an anonymous ticket valid for any given number of days (7 days or more), and valid for the specific zones that the buyer has chosen. It is convenient for longer stays in Copenhagen, such as for students, business-people or long-visiting tourists, as well as for locals. It can be switched between individuals and it is thus not a personal ticket. The price for 7 days in zones 1+2 is DKK 240, for instance. More details can be found and calculated here: https://www.dsb.dk/find-og-kob/indlan... Apparently it is only an option within zones 1-4 (?).

-  REJSEKORT: A new electronic system, the “Rejsekort” with personal ID information is currently (Mid-June 2013) being introduced. So far however, it is practically impossible for tourists to buy the Rejsekort in the Anonymous Edition, which in theory would be the best option for obtaining the price reductions and conveniences of the “Rejsekort”. The Anonymous Rejsekort is currently not really being sold in the city, though some sources speak of a possibility at Høje Taastrup Station far away from the centre and the Valby Station for very limited opening hours. Also, the Anonymous Rejsekort demands an introductory fee of DKK 70. One can only hope that the Rejsekort service will improve and that for instance the normal Rejsekort ticket vending machines will eventually start operating better and also include the Anonymous Rejsekort. There´s been a lot of recent critique of the system, and a Rejsekort spokesman has now said that they are working on a better solution for tourists, and that more vending places will probably be introduced in July 2013 (cf. the Danish article here: http://www.mx.dk/penge_erhverv/nyhede... ). My inquiries at DSB and Rejsekortet facebook pages haven´t led to results.

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2. THE PRICE- AND THE ZONE-SYSTEM, including TRAVEL PLANNER/SCHEDULES and a couple of MAPS

The public transportation is based on a number of travel zones, where a ticket is valid for any kind of transportation – being it S-trains, local or regional trains, buses, metro, or harbour buses. The price for 1 zone is currently (June 2013) DKK 12,-  The centre of the city is Zone 1, the zones close to the centre are Zones 2, 3, 4, etc. It is not possible to buy a ticket of just 1 zone, one has to buy at least for 2 zones = DKK 24,-

Teenagers aged 12-15 years travel for half the price, and children aged 0-11 years can travel for free, if accompanied by an adult (2 for each adult).

A trip from the AIRPORT to the centre or to the cruise ships is usually 3 zones / DKK 36 per adult.

A trip from the CRUISE SHIPS to the centre is usually 2 zones / DKK 24,- per adult.

A reasonably detailed MAP OF THE ZONES including the city´s train, S-train & metro stations can be seen here: https://www.dsb.dk/find-og-kob/indlan...

Specific information about the metro lines and the METRO (which runs at night too) can be found here: http://intl.m.dk/#!/

A map most of the BUS LINES in the centre, including the harbour bus boats, can be seen here: http://www.kulturnatten.dk/da/kulturn...

Bus Line 11A is often convenient for a tour between some of the major sights – a map can be seen here: http://www.moviatrafik.dk/dinrejse/ko...

For detailed PLANNING of transportation and schedules, the TRAVEL PLANNER site www.rejseplanen.dk is convenient.

For checking the exact number of zones on your trip, use www.rejseplanen.dk in English -> click on “Find Journey” -> click on “See more”-> click on “see price”; “zoner” = number of zones.

BIKES are free to bring on all S-trains and some local trains. For the metro and regular trains (for instance the Helsingør and the Roskilde lines) you need a ticket (for a modest fee); some fast S-Buses  in the bus system also bring them for children ticket price.

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3. THE OUTPHASING OF “KLIPPEKORT” TICKETS in October 2014

Concerning public transport in Copenhagen, most guidebooks no doubt still inform about the “Klippekort” tickets, which provide a reduced price for buying 10 trips in a number of zones. The Klippekort system was planned to be abolished by June 30th 2013 and the sales of them stopped, but due to the many problems with their replacement, the above-mentioned Rejsekortet, this idea was given up. So sales of Klippekort will continue at least until October 2014.