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Are you traveling to Copenhagen and intend to use the city’s metro? Rest assured, using the Danish capital’s metro network is very easy, but there are some peculiarities. In this post I will explain how to use the Copenhagen metro.


Copenhagen’s metro network is not large, there are two lines operating and two more under construction. One of them should open this year and the next one in 2020. Perhaps, by the time you’re reading this post, both are already up and running.

Understanding the Copenhagen Metro

Copenhagen Metro has two lines, M1 (green) and M2 (yellow). The two lines circulate through the central region of the city – known as greater Copenhagen – and go to the more peripheral regions. The metro reaches the airport via the M2 line, which is a great way to reach the city. I already explained how to get from the airport to the city, I recommend reading.

if you stay in the city centeryou will probably only use the subway to get to and from the airport.

Copenhagen metro map: working M1 and M2 lines and new M3 and M4 lines

Within Greater Copenhagen trains on both lines run on the same track. At first glance it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s a way they found to distribute the flow of passengers when the four lines are fully operational. In these stations, the integration between the lines takes place on the same platform.

Integration on the same platform

The metro is organized by zones, with greater Copenhagen being zone 1 and zone 4 being at the airport. The ticket price is calculated according to the zone. I found their subway very expensive, the trip between two zones costs the equivalent of 14 reais, just to give you an idea.

Copenhagen Metro operates 24 hours a day. Trains run 2-4 minutes during rush hour and an average of 6 minutes the rest of the day. On weekends the trains run every 10 minutes and throughout the night every 20 minutes.

The subway ticket is also valid for trains, which can be an interesting option to reach regions and neighborhoods where the subway still doesn’t reach.

How to use the Copenhagen Metro

Buying a ticket is very easy, on the platforms there are vending machines that accept banknotes, coins and credit cards as payment methods.

The ticket options

vending machines


Copenhagen subway platform

Just choose the destination on the screen and that’s it. Note that it is possible to buy a ticket valid for a full day. This option can be interesting if you use the Copenhagen metro a lot.

The platforms do not have turnstiles, the conference of tickets can take place inside the wagons. Failure to carry the tickets can result in a fine of around 100 euros.

Interior of wagons

In the neighborhoods, the subway runs on a suspended track and goes underground in the central region of the city. An electronic display shows the charts and a recording notifies you in Danish and English.


Using the Copenhagen metro is very easy and convenient, but as I said above, if you’re staying in the city center, you won’t even need it.

If you are looking for where to stay in Copenhagen, here on the blog is a very complete post explaining the best neighborhoods and where to avoid. Look here. But I leave some tips below.

I stayed at the First Hotel Twentyseven, the price was a little above my budget, but because of the location, it was well worth it as I saved money on transportation. The hotel is close to everything and very comfortable.

Close to Marble Cathedral and Nyhavn is Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade, which is more attractively priced than First Hotel Twentyseven and can be a great option.

A good option for those who want to save money and avoid hostels, in the central region of the city is the Cabinn City, which is part of the Cabinn chain of hotels in Denmark. Daily rates are usually half of the hotels I mentioned above and cheaper than some hostels in Copenhagen.

Speaking of hostels, these are some that came highly recommended: Danhostel Copenhagen City, Bedwood Hostel and the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel.

Returning to hotels, if you don’t mind taking the subway to go downtown, Cabinn Metro is from the same network I mentioned above. It has the cheapest options in Copenhagen. The hotel is next to the Ørestad metro and train station, in a new neighborhood.

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How to use the Copenhagen Metro
Where to stay in Copenhagen

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