Arrivals in Copenhagen

By | December 2, 2019

Arrival by plane

Flights to Copenhagen are offered by SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

Flight time

From Frankfurt: 1 hour 20 minutes; from Vienna and Zurich each 1 hour 45 minutes

Arrival by car / bus

Motorways are marked with an “E” and two digits, federal highways with two digits against a yellow background and smaller roads with three digits against a white background. The maximum speed on motorways is 130 km / h, 80 km / h on federal highways and 50 km / h in built-up areas. You also have to drive with lights during the day.

Seat belts are required for the driver and front passenger. The minimum age for driving in Denmark is 18 years. The legal alcohol limit is 0.5 per mille.

An international driver’s license is not mandatory, but is preferable to a national driver’s license if it is not issued in English. The green insurance card is also not mandatory, but it is recommended to take it with you.

The Danish Roads Authority operates a traffic information service (tel: 72 44 33 33).

Breakdown services

Dansk Autojoelp A / S (Tel: 70 10 80 90).


The E20 motorway (with a connection to the E45) runs from east to west across Denmark. Branches of this are the E47 and the E55. The E47 leads south to Rødbyhavn and ferries to Germany, the E55 north to Helsingör.

There is a charge for crossing the Store Bælt Bridge from Sjælland to Fyn.

The 16 km long Øresund Bridge connects Copenhagen with Sweden.

The Øresund tunnel between Kastrup and the island of Peberholm is 4 km long.


Copenhagen’s central bus station is located on Nørreport City Hall Square. Tour buses also depart from various other stations, but mostly close to the main train station.

Intercity buses from Flixbus and Eurolines connect Copenhagen with cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The prices usually include the cost of a ferry crossing.

Travel time to the city

From Odense: 1 hour 30 minutes; from Aarhus: 3 hours; from Aalborg: 3 hours 40 minutes; from Malmo: 40 min.

Arrival by train

Train connections

The Danish State Railways (DSB) trains (Tel: (70) 13 14 15 – Reservations for domestic and international routes. Internet: are punctual, clean and well equipped.
All international routes run via Hovedbanegården Central Station (Tel: (45) 70 13 14 15) on Bernstorffsgade near Tivoli. Its facilities include currency exchange facilities, a post office, shops, fast food and a supermarket.

Railway companies

There are direct connections from Copenhagen to several European cities, including Stockholm , Gothenburg, Oslo and Hamburg.

ICE and Eurocity trains run on the routes from Berlin via Hamburg and Flensburg as well as via Puttgarden to Århus and Copenhagen. The journey from Berlin to Århus takes 6 hours and 45 minutes. The journey from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes 4 hours 30 minutes.

Travel time by train

Direct connections from Copenhagen to other Danish cities and larger locations are possible with the Intercity Lyn Express, including to Odense (travel time: 1 hour 15 minutes), Fredericia, Århus (travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes), Esbjerg and Aalborg ( Travel time: 5 hours 10 minutes). There are also regular departures to the surrounding cities, including three trains an hour to Helsingør.

Travel on the water

Københavns Havn (Port of Copenhagen), Nordre Toldbod 7 (Tel: (045) 33 76 98 00), is the largest port in Denmark and the most important cruise destination in Northern Europe. Most cruise ships dock at the Langelinie pier on their way to the Norwegian fjords or to the Baltic destinations. In the port area there is an information center, public telephones, lounges, shops as well as cafes and restaurants on the water.

Ferry operator

There is no direct ferry connection to Copenhagen from Germany.

DFDS Seaways ( offers ferry connections to Oslo (travel time: 16 hours). Polferries ( connects Copenhagen with Swinoujscie (Swinemünde) in Poland (travel time: 9 hours).

Bornholmslinjen ( operates a daily ferry connection to Køge, 45 km south of Copenhagen, and Rønne on the Baltic island of Bornholm.

The shortest ferry connection between Denmark and Sweden – via the Øresund from Helsingør to Helsinborg – is offered by Scandlines (Tel: (01802) 11 66 99, toll hotline in Germany,

Transfer to the city

The port is just a few minutes walk from Copenhagen city center, 4 km from the central station and 15 km from the airport. Buses go to the city center. Taxis are also available.

Chinese Tower at Tivoli Park, Copenhagen