Visitors save with the cheap Copenhagen Card on sightseeing and tickets especially when traveling by public transportation in Denmark.
The Copenhagen Card is a typical European city visitor’s pass that includes free admission to major sights, a travel card for public transportation, and further discounts on sights, events, experiences, tours and restaurants. Active sightseeing, especially at the more expensive sites, can lead to big savings with the longer validity cards (up to 120 hours) particularly good value. The Copenhagen Card is also a very good deal for families with smaller children.
Using the Copenhagen Card
The Copenhagen Card covers admission to all major tourist sights in Copenhagen, public transportation in the city and northern Zealand region, and discounts for many experiences and restaurants.
Almost all major sights in Copenhagen are included for free admission on the Copenhagen Card. The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) and National Museum that used to be free until mid-2016 are also covered. As are many sights in the larger Copenhagen region including for example all major sights in Helsingør / Elsinore (e.g. Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle), the Louisiana and Arken modern art museums, and the magnificent Roskilde Cathedral.
The Copenhagen Card also includes public transportation for the larger Copenhagen region. This includes travel to amongst others Copenhagen Airport, Roskilde, Køge, Hillerød (Frederiksborg Castle), and Helsingør. Travelers may use the Copenhagen metro, buses, harbor boat bus, S-trains (red) and regional trains. Some canal sightseeing cruise boats (not all companies participate) and lake boats may also be used.
Several experiences are also included in the Copenhagen Card such as the Visit Carlsberg beer brewery, Tivoli Gardens amusement park, aquariums and Copenhagen Zoo.
The only major Copenhagen region sight no fully covered by the Copenhagen Card is the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde that gives only a 25% discount.
Several further sights, tours, bicycle rental and restaurants also give small discounts.
Saving with the Copenhagen Card
Huge savings with the Copenhagen Card are possible but largely depend on which sights are seen and if public transportation is used. The Copenhagen Card included public transportation for the larger Copenhagen regions, which usually cost DKK130 per day, but many sights in central Copenhagen are easily reached on foot, or covered by a cheaper DKK80 day ticket.
A handy app on the Copenhagen Card website allow visitors to easily pick sights and whether public transportation is required to compare prices with, and without, a Copenhagen Card. On an active day of sightseeing, most visitors will save using the card.
The card is valid once per 24 hours at each sight. It is therefore possible to visit for example Tivoli three nights in a row on a 72h card.
Buying the Copenhagen Card
The Copenhagen Card is available for adults and children (ages 10 to 15) in four versions:
- 24-hour card – DKK379 (DKK199)
- 48-hour card – DKK529 (DKK269)
- 72-hour card – DKK629 (DKK319)
- 120-hour card – DKK839 (DKK419)
Buy the Copenhagen Card at the service center at Copenhagen Airport, the tourist information office or Tivoli Box Office, or probably the easiest from many of the larger hotels in Copenhagen. It is generally not sold directly at attractions. It may also be bought online but as it is never refunded, and vouchers must be swapped for the physical card, there is little reason to do so.
Apply the date and first full hour before using the card. The card only has to be valid at the time of entry to a site (or train) making it easy to extend any card by a few hours but don’t get stuck in admission queues at the critical moment!
The card must be shown to bus drivers when entering.
Many sights, especially museums, are closed on Monday and not all sights and experiences are open year round.
Family Savings with the Copenhagen Card
Families with smaller children may save the most with the Copenhagen Card as two children younger than 10 years travel for free with a paying adult. Although many sights are free to children anyway and children under 12 travel for free on public transportation if accompanied by a paying adult, families can save big when visiting some of the more expensive sights.
These are usually the ones aimed at families: an adult with two children almost break even on a 24-hour Copenhagen Card if visiting the Copenhagen Zoo or Den Blå Planet (National Aquarium) and will be ahead if using public transportation en route. A visit to Tivoli afterwards saves another DKK300 or so. All three sites on a 48-hour card can save around DKK900 – even more if visiting Tivoli twice.