Most people who move to Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, expect a busy metropolis with long travel distances between city areas. Surprisingly, their anticipation doesn’t match reality.
It is fairly quick and easy to get around in Copenhagen by bike, public transport or on foot. Biking from downtown Copenhagen (Nørreport), you can – on average – reach: City Campus in 3 minutes, North Campus in 6 minutes, Frederiksberg Campus in 9 minutes, and South Campus in 13 minutes.
Busses run all over the city and the S-train network connects Greater Copenhagen with the city centre. The metro is a quick way of getting around, also to the four UCPH campuses.
Most students look for housing in the central parts of Copenhagen like Nørrebro, Østerbro, Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, East Amager and West Amager. However, public transport can often bring you from a residential suburb to your campus quite quickly (as do the new bicycle superhighways).
If you have a specific address in mind, you can check transportation at Rejseplanen, which covers all public transport: Rejseplanen.
Jump on your bike and enjoy cruising the world’s most cycle-friendly city. You’ll be joining 62 % of the city’s residents who ride a bike daily to work or school – only 9 % drive. Consequently, all kinds of people bike: students, professionals, parents with toddlers, children, teenagers, tourists.
The municipality of Copenhagen has made massive investments in designated cycle tracks, traffic lights that prioritise cyclists, new bridges for pedestrians and cyclists and bicycle superhighway routes to residential suburbs.
If cycling is new to you, you might want to practice a bit outside rush hour, when the busiest cycle tracks resemble the Tour de France for amateurs. Buying your own bike is usually worth the investment. If you want to test your bike skills first, it’s easy to rent bikes, both on a long and short term basis. Find out how long it takes to bike from A to B by choosing the bicycle icon in Google Maps.