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Copenhagen metro with kids – tested with a toddler

I can hardly believe, after years of taking the tube in London several times a day, that my daughter was a toddler before she used the Tube. Creaking and overloaded though it might be, the underground is a pretty impressive creation. But as it’s 150 years old, most of it just isn’t baby-friendly… unlike the Copenhagen metro with kids.

A view of the escalators in Copenhagen's metro - tips for using Copenhagen metro with kids

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In the Danish capital, travel by metro couldn’t have been easier – with parts of it just over a decade old, it makes getting around a breeze, even if the city is very walkable.

Before you board, here are my top 10 things to know about taking the Copenhagen Metro with kids – if you buy a Copenhagen card, you’ll get free transport included which also means not having to wrap your head around the various tickets straight away!

Check out my complete guide to Denmark with kids here

1. If you’re coming from the airport, buy your ticket at baggage reclaim

There are machines near the luggage carousel with barely any queues, plus you can select English if your Danish is rusty – much simpler than the busy platform by terminal 3.

2. There are lifts from street level

I found these heading down to every metro station I visited, reserved (fantastic!) for people with prams/buggies and bikes.

The latter are free, although you need a ticket for a bike, and you can’t take them on trains Monday to Friday from 7am-9am and 3.30-5.30pm – you’ll be fined if you do.

3. The ticket hall at most stations is on a different level to the platform

So you’ll need to stop off on the way down if you don’t already have a ticket.

4. Copenhagen metro prices vary

These range from 24 krone for a two-zone ticket (around £2.80) to 80 krone (around £9.40) for a 24-hour adult city pass for zones 1-4.

Tickets for the different zones are valid for different lengths of time – for an hour for 2 and 3 zones, 90 minutes for 4, 5 and 6 zones, or 120 minutes for all zones, and you can hop on and off as often as you want.

You can also buy city passes for up to 120 hours, all ticket are also valid for buses plus you can have them sent directly to your phone. There are even Copenhagen city pass tickets covering a much wider area if you’re exploring beyond Copenhagen.

5. Two children under the age of 12 can travel free of charge

When accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

6. There are only two metro lines

They run alongside each other for most of the way – coming from the airport, if you do need to change, simply get off and cross the platform for the correct train coming the other way.

Which means there’s no traipsing down endless corridors to find the other line. Read on for news of the metro’s expansion…

7. The driverless trains run seven days a week

And 24 hours a day – you shouldn’t have to wait more than six minutes during rush hour (often as frequent as every two minutes), and between 15-20 minutes at night.

8. The network is currently being expanded

There are 17 new stations forming a planned circle line .

9. The metro lines connect with the S-trains

Although you’re unlikely to travel much on these if you’re based mostly in the centre.

10. There are a LOT of tickets to choose from

I still have a feeling I got the wrong one before picking up my Copenhagen Card and its free travel) – it’s all based on the number of zones, in the centre you usually only need two zones, but you’ll need a three zone ticket from the airport into the centre. 

For more information, check out Visit Copenhagen’s guide to transport in the city or rejseplanen.dk


Tips for using Copenhagen metro with kids - exploring the capital of Denmark with kids is very straightforward with this family-friendly underground train network. I tested it out with a toddler

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