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Danielle from Phoenix asked

8 hour layover in Copenhagen? What can we do?

I have an 8 hour layover in Copenhagen on both arrival and departure flight.  Seems like the train will take you easily from the airport to the city.  Can someone confirm?  What should we do/eat in this short time?


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JR from Manhattan Beach

I just had a 4 hour layover (which got reduced to 3.5 hours because our arrival was late) and I took a buddy on a whirlwind tour of Copenhagen in that amount of time. It was great. You'll totally be able to get a feel for CPH in that amount of time.

Claus is the CPH expert so his metro call is spot on. 

A couple of noteworthy things to do/see in that short period of time. 

Go to Nyhavn (kind of a must because it's the canal that you see all the pictures of) and have a beer on the roof of the Donna Wood if it's not sailing (it's a sailboat in the canal). If it's gone, there are plenty of more touristy places for a beer where you can sit outside. Probably the best food in Nyhavn would be at Cap Horn

Also the Torvehallerne is a very cool newer food mart where you can eay/drink.

Some of the coolest squares in the city are around a couple of the older pubs in town. Restaurant Peder Oxe or Cafe Hvide Lam. Both of those places will give you a great feel of the inner city. Cool places/squares which really feel like Copenhagen to me :)

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Martin from United Kingdom

Yes. It is a smallish city with an excellent infrastructure.

Catch train or Metro to Nørreport That is more central to what is interesting than the Central Station.

The important bits are all within walking distance, if the weather permits. If you hit a rainy day, it may be a good idea to buy a day card in the airport. That will also give you access to the main tourist destinations, museums, etc.

I would also get out on the water. Either use the harbour busses, or get an open harbour excurtion (havnerundfart). It is great to see the city from that angle.

Restaurants are quite expensive. Some extremely so. - But then one of them Noma has been voted the World's Best Restaurant several years in a row.

Have fun and enjoy.

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Taking the train is easy from Copenhagen Airport and you are at the Hovedbanegården in around 20 minutes.

But if you want to do a bit of sightseeing in Copenhagen then you are actually better off taking the metro from the airport as it stops at Kongens Nytorv Nørreport and Christianshavn which are all slightly better located than the train station if you want to have a look at the center of the city.

The metro will take you to the center of the city in roughly 20 minutes and there is a metro back to the airport every 4-5 minutes from any of the 3 stations i mentioned.

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