AAG: Copenhagen

Since this blog is supposed to incorporate everything and anything I’d like to share about travel, I’ve decided to begin a mini-series which will share more logistic-related tips and tricks. These won’t stray far from other things you could find with enough research from Google searches, but I’d like to compile a few of the small things I learned along the way. It’ll also be nice to have some place to dump my thoughts without cluttering up my main travel posts.

As a disclaimer, I realize the pretension of trying to act as the authority on how to travel when I’m a single traveller that’s only been here or there relative to other more experienced travellers. I’m also not going to lie and say I know how to integrate myself into any culture and find myself living it up with locals within a matter of days. Imagining myself at buzzing bars, elite restaurants, and heavy shopping destinations: Ha. As such, this series will be called “An Amateur’s Guide” and shall hence be known as “AAG” … aka the noise I often make inside my head whenever I’m figuring these things out. Capture  (Protip: I often use this smiley as a sarcastic smile.)

With that, here are some of my tips for Copenhagen travel!

Travelling To/From Copenhagen:

  • Flying Norwegian is doable. I wasn’t offered water in the initial service, but between filling my own bottle before takeoff and walking to the attendants, I survived. We also experienced a delay that set us back, but because we were in a newer-model plane, we arrived more or less around the scheduled time. Win!
  • Flying out of Copenhagen (on SAS, at least) requires assembling your own luggage tag. If you’re a novice like me and the permanent nature of the sticker tag riles up ghosts of commitment issues past, find an attendant and they’ll help you without too much outward sign of amusement.

Travelling Around Copenhagen

  • Bycyklen: Registration is so easy, even I could do it. You can register online or directly on the bicycle tablet at the stations themselves. More info and instructions [here].

    My personal experience with Bycyklen was fair. I’m not a fan of cruisers, and it’s fairly tempting to bash your head into the handlebars when you can’t help going as slow as fff–acruiser. But, any agony over speed and the “hey-look-at-me-I’m-a-tourist” syndrome are far outweighed by the convenience factor. For one, you cover way more ground with a decent compromise between price point and freedom. Public transportation seems doable, but I strongly advise renting these bikes when you’re on a time constraint and need flexibility.

    These bikes also offer the advantage of not having to circle back to any one rental location, as there are many stations disbursed throughout the city. This makes it easy to explore at your whim and travel between your stay and destinations without having to plan additional transportation methods. (Or am I the only one who does that… moving on.)

  • Spiel about the greatness of bikes aside: The bus system is doable as well. I spent hours reading up on the Copenhagen Card and ultimately decided not use it, but if you’re fine with using a system that connects you to all the main sights of the city and offers discounts on popular destinations, refer [here].