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Copenhagen

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Practical Info about Copenhagen

Getting around the city

Copenhagen's public transport is exceptionally safe, reliable, clean and inexpensive. The Metro, buses and trains in the city and surrounds operate on a one-fare system, where tickets are valid for all three types of transport with no extra cost for transfer. Services are frequent between 5am and 12:30am, with night buses operating from the City Hall Square to the suburbs. On Friday and Saturday the Metro runs all night. The Metro runs from Vanlose Station to Lergravsparken in East Amager, to Orestad in West Amager and to Frederiksberg. Buses are yellow and bus stops are clearly marked with matching yellow signs. A favourite mode of transport for locals and visitors is the bicycle, and Copenhagen has cycle paths and routes along all major streets. Copenhagen is well supplied with licensed taxis, operated by five different companies. Taxis display a lighted sign when they are available for hire, and can be flagged down anywhere. Traffic is usually congested in the city centre and a car can be a liability rather than an asset.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round European-style, two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

Danish currency is the Krone (DKK), which is divided into 100 ore. ATMs are liberally sprinkled throughout the country, and all major credit cards are widely accepted, especially Visa. Most banks are not open at weekends but Copenhagen has several bureaux de change which stay open late at night, seven days a week.

Communication

The international country code for Denmark is +45. There are several GSM mobile telephone networks, which have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies. Public phones are widely available for both local and international calls and accept coins and prepaid cards. Internet cafes are available in most urban areas.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Maundy Thursday 17 Apr 2 Apr
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
General Prayer Day 16 May 1 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Constitution Day 5 Jun 5 Jun
Whit Sunday 8 Jun 24 May
Whit Monday 9 Jun 25 May
Christmas Eve 24 Dec 24 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec
New Years Eve 31 Dec 31 Dec

Climate

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The weather in Copenhagen is mild through all the four seasons. Summers bring temperatures averaging around 68°F (20°C), while in mid-winter temperatures hover just above or below zero. The hottest month is July and the coldest month is February. Rainfall is moderate too, but showers are possible in any season. Winter days get far fewer daylight hours than summer days, which are long. Early summer is the best time to visit Denmark; the month of June is particularly lovely because the days are longest and the weather is at its most pleasant.

Copenhagen International Airport

www.cph.dk

Getting to the city

Buses, trains and taxis provide transport to Copenhagen city centre. There are several local bus routes servicing the airport which take approximately 45 minutes and cost US$4.50. Train and metro tickets are available from the ticket office above the railway station in Terminal 3. The metro runs every few minutes during the day and every 15 minutes at night between 5am to 12pm Monday through Thursday and 24 hours a day Friday to Sunday. Depending on destination, fares start at around US$5.

Car rental

EuropCar, Hertz, Budget and Avis are among the companies represented at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis pick up passengers outside of Terminals 1 and 3. Fares can be paid for with cash or credit card and will cost about US$34 after a tip and service charge are included.

Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle bus runs between Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 (International), and Terminal 1 (domestic).

Facilities

All terminals have banks, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms. There are a wide variety of shops in the Copenhagen Airport Shopping Centre, including 48 'specialty' shops and 16 duty-free shops. There is a VAT refund desk.

Parking

There are seven parking areas at Copenhagen International Airport, which charge higher fees the closer to the terminal they are located. Most offer 15 minutes' free parking, and all are connected to the terminal via a complimentary shuttle.

Internet

There is fast, free wifi available throughout Copenhagen International Airport for passengers who sign up for free to its CPH Advantage programme. Regular rates are at US$11 for an hour or US$14.60 for four hours.