Copenhagen's Bicycle Life

If the thought of experiencing a capital city on two wheels scares you, Copenhagen will soon change your mind. The city is built for cyclists and you’ll see more bikes than cars in the city centre. A third of Copenhageners commute to work by bicycle and it’s not unusual to see people in suits, heels and skirts effortlessly pedalling past.

Built for bike lanes

Copenhagen is covered by 350km of cycle paths and lanes which are raised from the road and very safe to cycle on. As a Copenhagener, you do not just bike to commute. You cycle to everything from work, visiting friends and shopping trips to a night out. Copenhagen is a relatively small city, making it easy to cycle to all main attractions. Within 20 minutes, you can see the beautiful sea side, visit green parks, exciting amusement parks, make a stop to do shopping or gaze at one of the royal castles. Also, it is only a short ride north or south of Copenhagen if you want to visit fantastic beaches, forests, parkland and other attractions.

The world’s best cycle city

For two consecutive years, Copenhagen has been voted the best cycle city by US sustainability experts. Copenhagen excels because of its many, broad and widely-used cycle lanes. As a visitor in Copenhagen, you can easily saddle up, cycle with the flow and feel safe at the same time due to bike lanes, separated from the road traffic. Some city junctions have even flashing lights when cyclists approach to warn drivers before they turn right.

Rent or borrow a bike

You do not need to bring a bike to Copenhagen to see the city on two wheels. There are plenty of bike rental shops around the city to help you experience Copenhagen the most exciting way. The price range for renting a bike is approximately 75DKK for a day and 350 DKK for a week. For a cheaper alternative, you can rent a City Bike to tour the centre of Copenhagen for a couple of hours. They only cost 25 DKK per hour and the bikes come with a built in GPS. You can collect and return a bicycle at any of City Bike's stands across Copenhagen.

Bikes on metro and train

When you pay for an S-train ride in Copenhagen, you can easily take the bike along with you free of charge. If you would like to take your bike along on regional trains outside Copenhagen or on Copenhagen Metro, you will need to buy an extra bike ticket, as well as your fare.

Cycling trips around Copenhagen

You will find everything from coast and castles to galleries and the great outdoors accessible by bike from Copenhagen. Here are some possible day-trip destinations:

Amager Beach

5km south-east of Copenhagen
5km of white sand beach, islands, parkland and dunes.
Public transport: Metro, Amager Strand station

Jægersborg Deer Park and Bakken Amusement Park, Klampenborg

13km north of Copenhagen
Forest parkland full of red deer and home to the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken.
Public transport: S-train, Klampenborg station

Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg

13km north of Copenhagen
Popular sandy beach, summer playground of many Copenhageners.
Public transport: S-train, Klampenborg station

Rungstedlund, Rungsted

28km north of Copenhagen
Home and final resting place of the world-famous author, Karen Blixen, now a peaceful museum overlooking the sea.
Public transport: Regional train to Rungsted

Louisiana, Humlebæk

39km north of Copenhagen
Denmark’s most popular modern art museum.
Public transport: Regional train to Humlebæk

Kronborg Castle, Helsingør

47km north of Copenhagen
Hamlet’s castle, now a World Heritage Site.
Public transport: Regional train to Helsingør

Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød

38km north-west of Copenhagen
Stunning renaissance castle from the 1600s.
Public transport: S-train to Hillerød

Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde

36km west of Copenhagen
See 5 original Viking longboats found at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord.
Public transport: Regional train to Roskilde

Arken, Ishøj

19km south of Copenhagen
A striking museum of modern art.
Public transport: S-train to Ishøj


13km south-east of Copenhagen
Idyllic old harbour town with houses and cobbled streets from the 1700 and 1800s.
Public transport: You’ll need to cycle or bus it here!

Further reading

Read more about Cycling in Denmark.

Read more about Copenhagen.

Book a hotel in Copenhagen.

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