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Copenhagen Cruise Port Guide

By JoWednesday 03rd October 2018

Copenhagen Port Nyhavn

Why you should sail from the Copenhagen cruise port

Copenhagen, the capital (and largest) city of Denmark is full of history and home to the oldest monarchy in Europe. With its beautiful waterfronts, classic architectural masterpieces and bustling streetlife, Copenhagen is the perfect city to launch your cruise adventure. Whether you’re just making a quick stop in Copenhagen on the day your cruise departs or you’re planning to stay overnight, this guide has all the information you need to make the most of your time in the City of Spires.

Where is the Copenhagen cruise port?

The port of Copenhagen offers three cruise terminals: Langelinie Pier, Ocean Quay and Nordre Toldbod. Langelinie Pier is about 2.5 km from the city centre and the newest terminal, Ocean Quay, is in Copenhagen’s North Harbour. Nordre Toldbod is adjacent to the Copenhagen Kastellet and near the famous Little Mermaid statue. Royal Caribbean cruise ships are berthed at Ocean Quay.

The closest airport to the Copenhagen Ocean Quay cruise terminal is Copenhagen Airport (CPH), which is located an easy 13 miles away from the port. Options for travelling from the airport to the port include taxi, metro, shuttle and bus. Getting a taxi should take about 40 minutes and cost 300-400 DKK, but the quickest and easiest way to travel is via metro and bus. With the metro, it takes around 13 minutes to get from the airport to the Kongens Nytorv metro stop.

From Kongens Nytorv, you’ll have to get a bus to the ports. For Ocean Quay, you need to get bus 26 to Osterport and then bus 27 to Oceankaj, which should make the journey 40 minutes overall. For Langelinie and Nordre Toldbod, you need to catch a bus from Esplanaden. For Langelinie, you need bus 26 and bus 1A for Nordre Toldbod.

If you decide to drive to the port, it should take around 40 minutes depending on morning traffic and roadworks. The directions from Copenhagen Airport to the port are:

Exit Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and head north-east towards Teminalgade. At the roundabout, take the exit onto the E20 slip road to København/Dragør.
Then, continue on E20 to København S, København. Take exit 20-København C from E20 towards O2 and continue onto Sjællandsbroen.
Continue onto Sydhavnsgade and use the right two lanes to turn right onto Scandiagade and then continue onto Vasbygade/O2.
Keep left to continue on Holmens Kanal/O2 and turn right onto Folke Bernadottes Allé/O2. Turn right onto Sundkrogsgade, which then becomes Skudehavnsvej.
Turn left onto Færgehavnsvej, right onto Baltikavej and then continue onto Oceanvej until you enter the port.

The full address for the Ocean Quay cruise terminal in Copenhagen is: Nordhavn, 2150 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Getting around Copenhagen

Bikes in Copenhagen

Travelling around Copenhagen is inexpensive and hassle-free, as the city is home to one of the most efficient and reliable public transport systems in the world, with punctual bus, train and metro services running 24/7. Copenhagen is also known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, with extensive bicycle paths and cycle tracks that facilitate fast and safe bicycle transport across the city.

If you’d prefer to travel by rail, the Copenhagen metro is in service 24 hrs every day of the week, with 2-4 minutes between each train during rush hour, and 3-6 minutes outside rush hour and during weekends. The S-trains run between 5:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night, with Line F running every 4-5 minutes, Lines A, B, C and E every 10 minutes, and Lines H and Bx running every 20 minutes. Lines E, H and Bx do not run in the evenings and at weekends. 

The A-buses are the primary buses in central Copenhagen, running every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes otherwise. Night buses are in service between 01:00 and 5:00 at night. To travel on any public transport in Copenhagen, you’ll need a 2 Zone ticket costing around 24 DKK, which is valid for one hour and covers most areas in the city centre. Another option is the 24-hour ticket, which costs around 150 DKK and lets you travel on all forms of transport in the capital region for 24 hours.

Food and Drink

Danish smorrebrod

Danish cuisine is heavily influenced by local organic produce and seasonal ingredients. A popular local dish in Copenhagen is rød pølse (red sausage), which is usually served inside a fresh bread bun with ketchup and mustard. There are hot dog stands all over the city, each of which offer a fresh take on the classic speciality.

A typical Danish breakfast consists of coffee, tea and franskbrød (French bread), which is usually buttered and topped with soft cheese, sausage, cold meats or jam. On festive gatherings, breakfast may also feature wienerbrød, a multilayered sweet pastry containing custard or jam. For lunch, Danes often have a packed lunch or madpakke consisting of a few simply prepared pieces of smørrebrød, with cold meat, sliced sausage and a hard boiled egg. Dinner consists of one main course, typically a meat dish with potatoes and salad.

Denmark’s traditional dish is smørrebrød, which is an open-face sandwich consisting of rye bread, fish, meat or cheese. Almost every Danish restaurant in Copenhagen serves a variety of smørrebrød. If you have a sweet tooth you may want to try Æblekage, a cold delicious dessert consisting of stewed sweetened apples layered with butter-roasted crumbs.

To go alongside your meal, we recommend you try Akvavit, a distilled spirit principally produced in Scandinavia. In Copenhagen, Akvavit is known as schnapps and is meant to be drunk with cold food, preferably with a beer chaser. Akvavit gets its distinctive flavour from spices and herbs, the main one being caraway or dill.

For those who prefer beer, Copenhagen is home to two famous breweries; Carlsberg and Tuborg. There are also specialist craft beers widely available in the city, most of which are from the local Nørrebro Bryghus and Mikkeller breweries. The Danish phrase for ‘a beer please’ is ‘en øl venligst’.

The tap water in Copenhagen is entirely safe to drink. If you need a refill, there are more than 60 drinking fountains placed throughout the city.

Things to do and see in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Square at night

Copenhagen is a lively city known for its gourmet restaurants, vibrant streetlife, magnificent architecture and eminent royal buildings. Most of Copenhagen’s popular attractions and sights are within walking distance of one another, as well as being easily accessible by public transport.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and pleasure garden located just a few minutes’ walk from City Hall and Copenhagen Central Station. Founded in 1943, the park is often cited as the inspiration for Disneyland, with its picturesque scenery, exotic architecture, extensive fairy lights and lush gardens creating an enchanting fairy tale atmosphere. The rides are all designed to match Tivoli’s architecture, and for food-lovers, the park is home to an extensive selection of restaurants, serving everything from traditional Danish cuisine to French bistro or Asian food.

Little Mermaid Statue

At Langelinie Pier, you’ll be welcomed into Copenhagen by one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions. Unveiled in 1913, The Little Mermaid statue was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the city and is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to fall in love with a young, handsome prince on land. The bronze and granite sculpture is modelled on ballerina Ellen Price, who danced the lead role in The Little Mermaid ballet at the Royal Theatre in 1909.


Strøget is one of Europe’s oldest and longest pedestrian streets, with an abundance of budget-friendly and high-end shops stretching along the 1.1 km distance from City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. There’s much more to do on this street than shop, with street musicians and performers providing free entertainment, rustic food stalls selling delicacies like caramelised almonds and various restaurants offering authentic Danish cuisine.

Christiansborg Palace

Located in Slotsholmen, Christiansborg Palace houses the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. The Great Hall is the most imposing room in the palace, housing the Queen’s eleven tapestries which were gifted to her in 1990, and depicting 1000 years of Danish history. Guided tours reveal the ruins of Bishop Absalon’s 12th century castle that lie beneath the palace, the gilded splendor of the Queen’s Library, and the beautiful white horses that reside in The Royal Stables.

Round Tower

The 17th century Round Tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and is still used by amateur astronomers today. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform which provides a magnificent view of the historical part of Copenhagen and can be reached by a 268.5 metre-long spiral walk. This means that although the tower is only 36 metres tall, you’ll have to walk around 209 metres to reach the top.

Everything you need to know about money in Copenhagen

Although Copenhagen is generally considered one of the more expensive European cities to visit, there are plenty of affordable eateries, inexpensive transport services and free attractions that can help you stick to a budget. The currency in Copenhagen is the Danish Kroner (DKK), with one krone dividing into 100 Øre.

ATMs, or ‘Pengeautomats’, are the best place to withdraw money in Copenhagen, as they tend to have the best exchange rate and don’t charge commission like banks. The most common credit card accepted in Copenhagen is Visa. Most banks offer 24/7 access to ATMs, although they tend not to be replenished over the weekend so make sure you withdraw enough money for the week ahead. The closest cashpoint to the cruise terminal is the Nordea ATM, which is a 40-minute walk away.

Key information to know before travelling


The main language spoken in Copenhagen is Danish, although English is widely spoken. The Copenhagen Visitor Service is located on Vesterbrogade 4, which is a 30-minute walk away from the cruise port.

Opening Times

Shops are generally open between 9/10 am and 5.30/6pm Monday to Thursday, closing at 7/8pm Fridays and 1/2pm Saturdays. Many grocery shops are open until 9pm, while the 7-11 chain stores are open 24hrs.


The climate in Copenhagen is usually cold and temperate, with significant rainfall and precipitation. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 17°C, while January is the coldest at 0°C. The best times of year to visit Copenhagen are late spring and early summer.


Copenhagen is considered a safe city to visit, with a relatively low crime rate. However, it’s important to protect your personal belongings at all times. The national toll-free number for emergencies is 112.

If you want to experience the exquisite cuisine, impressive architecture and illustrious city history for yourself, book your Copenhagen cruise with Royal Caribbean today.

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