1 June 2019

Copenhagen and Malmo Travel Guide - updated for 2017

We would recommend flying into Copenhagen, then adding Malmo as a day trip or a few nights before flying home.

Travelling There and Around:

There are plentiful flights into CPH Kastrup, or for a longer but more scenic route, day trains are available from London via Brussels and Cologne.

From the airport, there are many cheap options to get to your hotel. The ticket machines take notes at the airport, but not at other stations, and of course all credit and debit cards.

You can get a travel card for central Copenhagen that gets you to/from the airport, but not out of town.
A good idea is to buy the Copenhagen Card (see below) to include the days you want to travel out of the city (eg Roskilde, Helsingor) and just the travel card for days seeing free stuff in town.


Crowne Plaza, Copenhagen Towers
This is on the main trainline between Central Station and the airport, and trains run every 20 minutes. There is also a metro station next to the hotel which takes you to the East side of town very quickly, and connects with trains north to Helsingor. If travelling to Malmo, you can do it from this station without needing to change.
It is next door to a large, upmarket shopping centre called Field's, which has many breakfast options if you don't want to pay the whopping £20 a head in the hotel.

The Square, Radhuspladsen
popular with tour groups so very busy lobby and very busy breakfast
executive rooms are high with balcony, good view of square, can be noisy
central location, average customer service

We also strongly considered Nyhavn 19, from the same brand of hotels, which has a quayside feel

Tourist Card:

Copenhagen Card
24 hour or 72 hour
free transport, free entry to Tivoli, free entry to 60 museums
discounts on food and shops
136 page guidebook
labelled CPH below


a bakery with several branches in the city, serving fantastic food, and is a great place to rest your legs after picking up leaflets and buying your Copenhagen Card in one of the nearby Tourist Information Centres

Pasta Du Nord, Central Station
an eat-in/take-out shop selling pasta in sauce, on a plate or in a box, very tasty and right in the centre of the Central Station

Mormors, Bredgade
a nice café for sandwiches and smoothies, near the Palace and Little Mermaid, seemed popular with young crowd


Areastore, Kongensgade
cool gifts for the home, for kids and for robots

Helbak Scherning, Badstuestraede
earthenware and porcelain jewellery from two designers

Illums Bolighus, Amagertorv
high-end department store on Stroget, the longest shopping street, glass and ceramics, kitchenware and gifts

Boat Trips:

DFDS Canal Tours/Strommo Boats
start and end at Nyhavn or on
visiting the Palace, new Opera House, the Little Mermaid, through Christianshavn and along Gammel Strand
free with CPH


Danish Jewish Museum, Proviantpassagen
designed by Daniel Liebeskind (Jewish Museum, Berlin; Imperial War Museum, Manchester)
CPH free

Jens Olsens Clock, Radhus
astronomical clock of intricate beauty
CPH free

The Black Diamond: Royal Library extension, National Museum of Photography, Museum of Danish Cartoon Art
Christians Brygge
walk or take bus 66
CPH reduction

Amalienborg Palace
changing of the guard every day at noon, reception rooms, crown jewels
CPH free

687 foot spiral ramp
CPH free

Statens Museum for Kunst
National Gallery, 700 years of art
CPH free

Tivoli Gardens
worth seeing in the daytime and the nighttime, the later the better, fireworks every hour
CPH free entrance, but rides cost money

Danish Design Centre
HC Andersens Boulevard
wide variety of changing exhibitions, and well-stocked shop
CPH free

Danish Museum of Art and Design
historical arts and crafts, and contemporary design
CPH free



Day Trips:

If you buy a train ticket "" it gets you to all of the locations below

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
take the regional train from Copenhagen Central to Humlebæk Station
come out of the station on the East side, and there is a 10-minute walk that is clearly signposted, or catch bus 388
trains run until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to have dinner at the museum

CPH free (train not free)

Helsingor (aka Elsinore)
Kronborg Castle - fortress and castle
Shipyard Museum
Maritime Museum
St Olaf's Church

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