There are many ways to get around in Copenhagen, but not really. Personally I love to walk and take in all the details you never notice when you rush by, but biking is my absolute preferred way to transport myself from A to B. On a rainy or snowy day, when you are going to the airport or if you are visiting a friend that lives far away, it is also nice to have the option of taking the bus, train, or metro.
Before getting on a bike you probably need to find one first. There are a lot of used bikes for sale on DBA (Den Blå Avis), Facebook market, and maybe in your network, but be aware that a lot of them are stolen and reported to the police. If you are buying a used bike, and don’t get a receipt for it, remember to check the frame number if it is reported stolen, you can do that here or else there are many other sites that provide this service.
Here are some good bike rules to keep in mind:
- Keep to the right in the bike lane, and cycle one by one.
- Give signs when you stop or turn to the left/right, especially during rush hours.
- Remember to turn on the lights when it gets dark the street lights go on.
- Get off the bike lane if you want to stop for a break, look at maps, take pictures, etc.
- Wear a helmet, maybe you bike carefully but the person behind you might not.
The metro in Copenhagen is a rapid transit system that runs 24-hours a day, with a varying from two to four minutes, but with longer intervals during the night. There are currently two different Metro lines, M1 and M2. M1 is running from West Amager, through the southwestern neighborhood of Ørestad to the city center while M2 is serving from Copenhagen Airport throughout the southeastern neighborhoods toward the city center. Through the city center and northwest to Forum, Frederiksberg, and to Vanløse, M1 and M2 share a common line.
The 29th of September 2019 the metro line M3 – the City Circle Line, “Cityringen” opened. It goes in a loop through central Copenhagen and Frederiksberg with a total of 17 stops. Cityringen does not share any track with the M1 and M2 lines, but they intersect at Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg station. It has made such a great difference getting around central Copenhagen.
On the 28th of March 2020, the new M4 line opened. This new metro line is connecting Nordhavn in the north, with Sydhavn in the south. The central part of the line shares tracks with M3, Cityringen as you can see in the picture below.
The Metro is a great form of transportation – especially on days with bad weather. It is usually punctual, reliable, and easy to figure out. You can bring your bike with you on the metro, outside peak hours (Monday-Friday between 07:00 and 09:00, and between 15:30 and 17:30) – but remember to buy a special bicycle ticket for it or you might get a 100DKK fine. There are regular ticket controls on the metros and if you don’t have a ticket, the fee is 750DKK for adults.