You can't visit Copenhagen without renting a bike and joining ranks with the 500,000 daily cyclists. Baisikeli [bicycle in Swahili] sends used Danish bikes to workshops in Africa and they finance it by renting bikes to visitors and students.
This is great for the convenience of being able to hop on and off transport (it covers a trip up the coast to Elsinore for example) and gets you into Tivoli (which is £7 otherwise), but at £42 for three days (there is also a one day option for £19) you need to be really sure you are going to be doing a lot of traveling around to make it worthwhile.
One of the coolest things about Copenhagen.
Look out for bikes with advertising on the filled-in wheels – there’s about 400 of them attached to racks around the city. They work just like shopping trolleys; you just put in a Nkr20 coin and its yours until you put it back, and retrieve your money.
The bikes are obviously pretty shite, your thighs will ache by the end of the ride, but considering it’s totally free, you can’t really complain.
If you are driving into town from the ferry port, and you have something taller than a car, such as a camper or caravan, then take care.
There is a 2.1m bridge over one of the main roads, and it is very poorly sign-posted.
We managed to stop about 1 metre from turning our camper into a cabriolet.
Other than that, Copenhagen is an attractive town with friendly people.
On the way to Copenhagen by road, from Esbjerg, the car ferry between Fyn and Sjælland is well worth taking a ride on, because it only takes about an hour and runs right beside The Great Belt Bridge, which is very impressive viewed from the sea.
At the halfway point of the ferry journey, you get the impression that the bridge is disappearing into the sea at both ends it's that long, at 1,624 meters. The pylons are 254 meters high.
Between Fyn And Sjælland.
Here's an interesting page with photos of the bridge and more details:
Brilliant way to get to Copenhagen with a car. It's really good fun. Overnight ship with a great nightclub. They've always had really good bands playing whenever I've been. On the down side, it's quite a long drive from Esbjerg, and you still have to get a ferry to Sjælland.
Copenhagen's taxis are safe, shiny, new - and very expensive. Private 'mini cabs' of the type found in London and elsewhere do not exist. In fact, Copenhagen's taxis are around 40% more expensive than in neighbouring Malmo.
The good news is that Copenhagen's excellent local train, underground, bus and cycle path network means taxis are rarely a necessity.
First of all it is really quite flash that all taxis in Copenhagen are new, large Mercedes, most with leather interiors. Which is nice.
If you need one, here are two numbers to punch into your mobile: 38 10 10 10 or 35 35 35 35.
You can also hail a taxi on the street, like anywhere else.
Wondering what those strange-looking bikes chained to bike racks are? They're free transport opportunities. Pop in a 20 krone coin - just like a shopping trolley - take the bike and ride. You can deliver it back to any other bike rack in the city centre. There is a limit to how far outside the centre you can ride but the fully-adjustable bikes have a map on them. Understand the Copenhageners by riding alongside them. Be warned, however... stick to the right, just like driving. Obey the traffic signals. Just like driving a car.
All over town. Costs 20 kroner in deposit - based on a shopping trolley system.
The main tourist information bureau is opposite the main gate of Tivoli, on the railway station side of the Town Hall square. Lots of leaflets, helpful staff - but usually a long queue. If arriving at the airport there is an information desk there which can usually help and very seldom has more than a couple of people ahead of you - it's diagonally ahead on your left as you come out of the customs end of the arrivals area.
For local (greater Copenhagen) transport info and tickets use the glass box building in the Town Hall square.Its an integrated system and the same tickets cover buses, local trains, the metro and the waterbuses.
Few European capitals are better connected to their airport. When you walk through the doors of the arrivals area at Kastrup airport, walk straight for a hundred metres. Buy a ticket from the Danish state railways booth (DSB) and take the escalator down to the platform. Trains run regularly and it takes 14 minutes to get to Copenhagen central station.
If you find you’re on the platform where the signs read “Malmø”, don’t get on the train. You’ll head to Sweden if you do. Copenhagen central station is called København H.
Copenhagen Airport has a great website where you can check the status of your flight.
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