Layover in Copenhagen: How to get around at the airport and city

To be honest I was not always excited about layovers. Hours of unnecessary waiting made me seek out direct flights or those with the shortest possible connection. When did my thinking change? Exactly last year, when my 12 hours layover in Vienna turned into quite an intensive sightseeing experience. After Vienna was London, Shanghai and Copenhagen, which is today’s topic.

I experienced with my own skin how beneficial a long connection might be. That with just a little planning you can visit another unique place without a lot of extra costs. It never matters if I am just getting off an eight or two hours flight, the energy from a new adventures is intoxicating. I had 8 hours to get the most from visiting capital of Denmark.

Airport

I usually plan, that is something very natural for me and so before my trip I checked the airport layout and its distance to city center plus other pertinent information. I set my mind on using a bicycle as my main transportation around the city. Copenhagen is famous for its cycling infrastructure, so that seemed as the obvious choice. I selected things I wanted to see and with a plan I boarded the plane. After landing at Terminal 3 around 1:30 pm I found myself at the metro by 3 pm. What took me so long? Searching for baggage lockers and a metro ticket machine. I guess after the long flight I went blind and could not see things right in front of me. In the end it was really not that hard to find both of those even though this seems as the hardest challenge in my memories from that experience 😊.

Lockers are located outside the airport building, in the parking lot. I found two ways to get to them. First is to get out Terminal 3 and follow signs to P4. It is a little bit of a walk, but not too bad. You will see the parking lot, so keep on walking…. In front of the entrance to Terminal 2 (which is the second option) you will see lockers. Cost for 4 hours is 80 ($12.70) and for 24 hours is 100 Danish krones ($15.80).

Metro

This is the fastest way to get to the city center. You will see a big red stand on the lower level with a DSM sign, this is the place to buy tickets. The stop is located on the upper level of Terminal 3. The city of Copenhagen is divided into zones and they determine how much you will pay for a ticket using public transportation. More zones crossed equals more money. Buying a ticket at the airport, the machine will ask for a stop name and calculate zones automatically. If you are going to the city center it is named Kongens Nytorv. On the way back though, from the same stop to the airport, the machine will ask for quantity of zones. In this case that number is 3, at least this is the information that I got from a woman that helped me when I asked for directions. You can check stops and zones here. One-way ticket costs 36 Danish krones ($5.72).

City center

As I mentioned earlier I planned to rent a bicycle, but turned out that walking was perfect. Everything that I wanted to see was within walking distance, so would have wasted money and time on a bike. Copenhagen offers tourist several ways to see it, might be walking, cycling or boating.

Stay tuned to read what I saw and wish to see next time 😊

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