Finding Your Way Out of Copenhagen
The S-trains run throughout Copenhagen itself and in to the suburbs. There are 6 main lines: A, B, C, E, F and H. During the day the trains depart every 5-10 minutes. At night they run every 10-20 minutes depending on the specific line. Friday and Saturday they run all night with departures every 30-60 minutes. Monday-Thursday the trains stop running sometime between 0:30 and 1:00.
The S-trains are a convenient means of transport and are widely used. Despite what some people might claim, the S-trains are quite reliable the majority of the time. One nuisance, however, is that Nørreport station is currently under construction for renovations. Nørreport station is very important, as the metro and the S-trains cross there. Unfortunately, the S-trains do not stop there after 20.00 at night during weekdays.
The metro and the S-trains run on the same train tickets. Train tickets can be bought at all stations. At the moment, however, it is only possible to pay with credit cards at the larger stations. The S-train system is divided into 9 zones. Copenhagen C, Frederiksberg, Vesterbro, Valby, Nørrebro, Østerbro and parts of Amager are all placed within zone 2. If you plan on riding the trains a lot, it is a good idea to purchase a monthly pass or an educational card depending on how many zones you need to ride the train in order to arrive at CBS. If you live within zone 2, a monthly pass is the cheapest option. If you are not planning on riding the train a lot, a “klippekort”, which is essentially 10 train tickets, might be your best option. If you go to one of the ticket offices, they will help you figure out what the cheapest solution is for you. There is a ticket office at Frederiksberg Centret right next to Solbjerg Plads (CBS) and at the central train station.
The metro consists of two lines that run parallel from Vanløse to Christianshavn where after they split up. During the day, the metro runs every 3 minutes. At night, the metro runs roughly every 10 minutes. The metro runs through the night, which is a good reason to live close the metro as opposed to close to the S-trains.
If you plan on crossing “larger” distances within Denmark, you will have to take the regional trains. If you travel all the way to Jylland, you might want to purchase a wild card. With a wild car you save 50 % Monday-Thursday and Saturdays. On Fridays and Sundays, when most people travel, you save 25 %. When travelling larger distances, it is a good idea to buy a seat reservation ticket, which costs an additional amount of 30 DKK. If you do not buy a seat reservation ticket, you might end up standing the entire way.
It is important ALWAYS TO BUY A TICKET, as ticket attendants often ask to see your ticket. The fine for riding the trains without a ticket is 750 DKK or 100 €, which would have bought you a whole lot of train tickets. Furthermore, the ticket attendants are often dressed as civilians to fool the people who have not bought a ticket.
There are a lot of different bus lines in Copenhagen. The bus stops are conveniently located along all major roads. The buses all have screens that tell you what the next stop is, which makes it easy to hop off at the right spot. The buses use the same tickets as the metro and S-trains so don’t ‘klip’ more than you have to! One ticket is usually good for an hour or so meaning that you can get off the metro and on the bus on one payment, for example.
Too expensive. Too much of a hassle. Don’t get one.
Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) is located on Amager and can be reached via the metro or Øresundstoget, which departs from the central station. The airport consists of three terminals, one domestic and two international. From the airport, you can catch cheap flights to the capital cities around Europe. A great website for localizing those cheap flights is www.momondo.dk and check out our other guide on how to travel Copenhagen cheaply here: http://cbslife.dk/how-to-budget-travel
This article was published and written by Lise Kamstrup Kirstensen, a member of the International Business Integration Union. IB Union consists of a group of students dedicated to helping students from abroad transition to life in Copenhagen. You can find out more about them at here or on the IB Union Facebook page.