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Copenhagen - Getting there & away, getting around

Copenhagen - Getting there & away

The cheapest earthbound way of travelling to Copenhagen from elsewhere in Europe is by bus; the biggest regional operator servicing the city is Eurolines. The imposing bulk of Central Station is the terminal for rail services east across the Øresund to Sweden and west across Zealand to the other main Danish regions of Funen and Jutland; Central Station is also where you can catch buses to elsewhere in Denmark.

Most planes landing in Denmark from overseas will bounce their way down the runways of Copenhagen international airport to the south of the city. The tarmac here constitutes one of northern Europe's main air entry points and a multitude of international carriers fly here. Departure tax is included in the ticket price. Denmark's domestic carrier, Maersk Air, links the capital with Billund, Esbjerg and Rønne.

Copenhagen airport is 9km (6mi) southeast of the city centre; a 12-minute train ride from Central Station or a 15-minute dash from the centre in a taxi. A local bus service (No 250S) connects the airport with Råuspladsen, the city's central square, and also with Central Station, but takes 35 minutes. There's also a direct SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) bus running from the airport to Central Station and the SAS hotels located in the city.

Getting around Copenhagen

The city's extensive public transport system comprises a metro rail network called S-train, with 10 lines passing through Central Station, and a bus system called HT (or Hovedstadsomradets Trafikselskab for those who like tongue-twisters) that uses Radhuspladsen as its main terminal. Fares for both are charged according to a zone system, with a variety of single, multiple-ride or daily tickets available. In October 2002 a new underground metro system opened with limited routes, using the same tickets as trains and buses. Further extensions are under construction, with the final phase to be completed in 2007. A car isn't necessary for exploring the inner-city sights, which are easily accessible via a leisurely stroll or public transport, but is useful for getting further afield. Unlike the driving situation in many other European capital cities, Copenhagen is manageable; morning and afternoon peak-hour bottlenecks are the only real hassle. Taxis are a good, albeit expensive, alternative to getting behind the wheel. Excellent bike paths, lots of bike racks and no hills make cycling a great option for getting around; just remember to lock up your bike. Similarly, Copenhagen is eminently walkable. If you want to explore Copenhagen's waterways, various companies run organised boat tours around the city's canals.

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