About Copenhagen

Location

Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital and is located on the eastern shore on the island of Zealand in the European region of Scandinavia. Copenhagen prides itself as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world as well as having a rich history of fascinating architecture, parks and gourmet restaurants.

Airport/Travel

Copenhagen Airport is only eight kilometres outside of Copenhagen city centre. The airport contains three terminals, which are all connected. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights. Terminal 2 and 3 are for international flights and routes to Greenland and the Faroe Islands. All international arrivals are at Terminal 3. At the airport you have plenty of opportunities for tax free shopping and dinner and drinks before or after your flight.

Weather

Copenhagen average temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Medium weight clothing is recommended plus rainwear.

Currency

The currency in Denmark is Danish Kroner (DKK). One krone is divided into 100 Øre. Coins are circulated in the following denominations: 50 Øre (copper) 1 Krone, 2 Kroner, 5 Kroner (silver, each with a hole in the centre) 10 and 20 Kroner (both brass).

Bank notes are printed in values of: 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kroner.

If you are carrying more than EUR 10,000, when travelling to or out of Denmark, you have to declare it to SKAT

Some places accept Euros, American Dollars, Norwegian and Swedish Kroners, but please note that the exchange rate is not to your benefit.

Banks
Open from 09:30 to 16:00 on weekdays with late hours until 18:00 on Thursdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays). There are numerous cash machines throughout the city and many bureaux de change are open during weekends.

ATMs/cash machines
Most banks have ATMs outside that are open 24 hours. All major cards are accepted and it is a convenient way of withdrawing Danish money on a credit or debit card.

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, stores, cafes and restaurants. Some places might charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment. Bring your PIN code and a picture ID when using a credit card in Denmark.

Cheques – Personal cheques made out by foreign visitors are normally not accepted, but banks cash Euro cheques and recognised traveller’s cheques are accepted with a fee.

Electricity

Denmark, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.

Entry Requirements / Visas

If you are an EU citizen, you must either present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter Denmark for tourist visits of up to three months. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa. 

Find more information at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Health & Safety

Copenhagen is in general a safe city to visit and it much like any other city, however, it is always best to take certain precautions.

Around Copenhagen Central Station you should pay extra attention to pickpockets. The area around City Hall Square and the beginning of Strøget (the pedestrian street) is very busy, and you should be wary of thieves.

Visiting Copenhagen as a citizen of an EU country, you are covered by public health insurance within the limits agreed upon between your own country and the Danish authorities. Also, as a temporary foreign visitor, you are entitled to free medical treatment in hospitals and emergency wards if you are taken ill or have an accident, provided that you have not travelled to Denmark with the intention of obtaining treatment and are physically unable to return to your own country.

Insurance / Liability

ESVS is insured only to meet claims arising from incidents caused by the organisers and their equipment. Participants, exhibitors and visitors are strongly recommended to be properly insured against accidents they may suffer when travelling and during the Meeting.

Language

The official language of the meeting is English, the countries official language is Danish. In general, Danes speak English extremely well.

Public Transport

The public transportation in Copenhagen is very reliable, punctual, and takes you everywhere. In Copenhagen the trains, Metro and buses (including waterbuses) can be accessed with the same ticket. All you need to know is how many zones you will pass on your journey. The Metro will take you from the airport to central Copenhagen in only 20 minutes. Always buy a ticket before boarding the train or metro. You can buy your ticket in ticket machines, which accept Danish cash and the most common credit cards, or 7 Eleven kiosks at the train and metro stations.

Single trip ticket
Zone tickets cost between DKK 24 (for 2 zones) and DKK 108 (for all zones). 2 zones will cover most travel in Copenhagen city centre, whereas an all zone ticket will get you to Elsinore, Roskilde or Frederikssund in the capital region.

For more information on tickets & prices

Buses
The A-buses are the primary buses in central Copenhagen. They drive every 3-7 minutes during rush hour (which is between 07:00-09:00 in the morning and 15:30-17:30 in the afternoon) and usually about every 10 minutes before and after rush hour. The A-buses serve at all hours.
The S-buses drive every 5-10 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes outside of rush hour. They usually serve between 06:00 in the morning and 01:00 at night.
Night buses are in service between 01:00 and 05:00 in the night. You can recognise the bus stops by the grey colour of the bus stop signs. The night buses are all N buses, for an example 85N.

Metro
The metro is in service all day and all night, every day of the week.
There are 2-4 minutes between each train during rush hour, and 3-6 minutes outside rush hour and during the weekends. Friday and Saturday night (after 01:00) trains arrive with a 7-15 minutes interval and a 20 minutes interval after midnight on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday).

Trains
The S-trains run between 05:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night. Line F runs every 4-5 minutes, line A, B, C and E run every 10 minutes, and line H and Bx run every 20 minutes. On Friday and Saturday the trains run once an hour between 01:00 and 05:00. However, line F runs every half hour during these hours.

Car Rental
Copenhagen offers well-known international car rental companies.
Click here to find more information on Car rentals.

Taxis
Taxis can pick up passengers from the airport at terminal 1 and 3 and will get you to downtown Copenhagen in about 20 minutes depending on traffic. Cost approximately DKK 250-300. In the city centre there are many taxi ranks, but it is also possible to flag taxis down on the street. A legitimate taxi will have a sign on the roof and a small green plate on the back with a licensed number for example: “1-2345”

Time Zone

Denmark follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Taxes

Danish prices include 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT). It is refundable to persons who are non-EU residents and who are travelling to a non-EU destination. Tax free shopping is possible in many major shops and department stores in Copenhagen.

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