Copenhagen Tourist Card

Find out what is included in the Copenhagen Card tourist pass and all the advantages that make it worth buying for your trip.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

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Copenhagen Tourist Card

Copenhagen | ©ExplorerBob

If you are planning a trip to the capital of Denmark, you may have already heard about the Copenhagen Card, a tourist pass that will allow you to enjoy a wide variety of attractions and experiences in the city, saving you a few euros. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about the Copenhagen Card: how it works, what it includes, when it is convenient to buy it and what are the different types of passes that exist.

The most convenient and practical option

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An alternative way to see the best of Copenhagen while saving money

You will be able to visit the main attractions of Copenhagen without wasting time queuing. And as if that weren't enough, you will have access to public transportation and discounts at numerous restaurants and stores.

The Copenhagen Card is a tourist card that offers free access to more than 80 tourist attractions, such as Tivoli Gardens, Blue Planet Aquarium, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace and many more. It also includes unlimited use of public transportation in Copenhagen, including buses, trains and subway, which can be very useful for getting around the city.

You will get discounts at restaurants, stores and activities, which will help you save money during your trip. The card also includes a free tourist guide with information on included attractions, maps of the city and recommendations for restaurants and activities, so you will also save a lot of time.

Recommended if... you want to make the most of your time in the city and get to know most of its tourist attractions. It is also a recommended option if you are traveling with small children, as it allows you to avoid queues to buy individual tickets at each attraction.

How much does the Copenhagen Card tourist pass cost?

Money in Euros| ©Ibrahim Boran
Money in Euros| ©Ibrahim Boran

The price of the Copenhagen Card tourist pass varies depending on the number of days you buy it for:

  • The 24-hour pass is priced at €68.
  • The 48-hour pass costs 105 euros.
  • The 72-hour pass costs 131 €.
  • The 96-hour pass costs 153 €.
  • The 120-hour pass costs 172 €.

As you can see, booking the Copenhagen Card for one day is very good value for money, but the more days you are in Copenhagen, the more essential it becomes to buy it.

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How the Copenhagen Card tourist pass works

Copenhagen Card| ©Pau García Solbes
Copenhagen Card| ©Pau García Solbes

You can buy the Copenhagen Card as far in advance as you want, because the card is activated when it is used for the first time, on public transport or at any of the attractions included. And it is valid for the number of hours chosen at the time of purchase.

After buying the Copenhagen Card online, you will receive a code in your email address, which you will have to enter in the Copenhagen Card app. This way, you will be able to access the card in digital format.

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What is included in the Copenhagen Card tourist pass

Amalienborg Palace| ©Henk Bekker
Amalienborg Palace| ©Henk Bekker

The Copenhagen Card tourist pass includes free access to more than 80 tourist attractions in the city:

  • Tivoli Gardens.
  • Christiansborg Palace.
  • National Museum of Denmark.
  • Round Tower.
  • Copenhagen Zoo.
  • And many others.

You will also have access to public transportation throughout the city for free. This includes the subway, the various bus lines and commuter trains.

In addition, the card offers discounts at selected restaurants and stores in the city.

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What are the top 10 tourist attractions included in the Copenhagen Card?

Nyhavn Canal| ©Harold Litwiler
Nyhavn Canal| ©Harold Litwiler

Below, I have selected for you, some of the main attractions that you can visit with the Copenhagen Card, and I will tell you a little more in detail how the most popular ones are.

Take a boat ride on the canals of the Danish capital

A boat ride on the canals of Copenhagen is a unique experience not to be missed. During the tour, you can enjoy amazing panoramic views of some of the most emblematic buildings of the city, such as the Copenhagen Opera House, the Royal Library, the Kastellet Fortress and the Little Mermaid statue or the Nyhavn Bridge, one of the most photographed in the city.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, and offers more than 25 mechanical attractions, from roller coasters and water rides to carousels and games of skill, as well as restaurants, stores, gardens and green spaces.

Amalienborg Museum

The Amalienborg Museum is located in the palace of the same name, the official residence of the Danish Royal Family. You can tour some of the palace's reception and audience rooms to get a glimpse of Danish royal life and visit the museum's impressive collection of art and historical artifacts.

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in Copenhagen, as it is the current seat of the Danish parliament, and the residence of the prime minister and supreme court of Denmark. It has an impressive collection of art and historical artifacts and from the Crystal Tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Copenhagen.

Frederiksborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle| ©Mike LaMonaca
Rosenborg Castle| ©Mike LaMonaca

Frederiksborg Castle is an impressive baroque castle located in the town of Hillerød, about 30 minutes by train from Copenhagen. It currently houses the National Museum of History, which has a large collection of Danish art and historical objects.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is a beautiful Renaissance castle located in the center of Copenhagen. In its treasure chamber are exhibited the Danish crown jewels and you can also see the large collection of portraits of kings, princesses and princes, as well as the extensive collection of art and decorative objects.

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle is an impressive Renaissance castle located in the city of Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. It is famous for being the setting of William Shakespeare's famous play Hamlet and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. During your visit, you can tour the dungeons and subway corridors of the castle, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Øresund strait.

Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and features a wide variety of animals from all over the world. Among the most popular attractions are the giant pandas, as well as elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers and polar bears.

Round Tower

The Round Tower is an observation tower located in the center of Copenhagen that offers incredible panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. It was built in the 17th century, as part of the city's fortification system, and today it is one of the must-see sites.

National Museum

The National Museum is one of the most important museums in the city. It has an extensive collection of historical artifacts ranging from prehistoric to modern times. Highlights include collections from the Bronze Age and the Viking Age, as well as rooms dedicated to the Middle and Modern Ages.

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When should you buy the Copenhagen Card?

Bus and Copenhagen| ©Amy Watson
Bus and Copenhagen| ©Amy Watson

Buying the Copenhagen Card is a good option if your idea is to visit several tourist attractions during your stay in the city.

It is also useful for those who plan to use public transportation frequently.

On the other hand, if you plan to visit only a few attractions or if you plan to walk around the city instead of using public transportation, it may not be as cost-effective to purchase the pass.

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Other city sightseeing passes Copenhagen Card

People around Copenhagen by Bike| ©Febiyan
People around Copenhagen by Bike| ©Febiyan

In addition to the Copenhagen Card tourist pass, there are also other tourist passes available in the city.

  • Copenhagen City Pass, which offers access to the same tourist attractions as the Copenhagen Card, as well as free public transportation, although it is only available for a maximum of 72 hours.
  • Copenhagen Card Mermaid, which includes access to the same attractions and free public transportation, but only for 24 hours.

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Tips on how to get the most out of your Copenhagen Card sightseeing pass

Frederiksberg Palace| ©Michael
Frederiksberg Palace| ©Michael

To get the most out of your tourist pass, it is important that you previously plan your itinerary and make a list of the tourist attractions you want to visit during the period of validity that you hire. Once you have chosen your attractions, I recommend that you group them by zone. This way, I can assure you that you will get much more out of your time in Copenhagen.

Also, it is important to remember that even if you buy the Copenhagen Card in advance, the card is only activated when you use it for the first time. For example, if you arrive in the city at night and plan to start visiting tourist attractions the next day, it is best to wait until then to use the card.

Finally, it is important that you take the time and carefully read the Copenhagen Card tourist pass user guide to learn about all the included tourist attractions, opening and closing times, as well as discounts at selected restaurants and stores. This can help you plan a more efficient itinerary and make the most of all the benefits of the pass.

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