While commuting through Copenhagen, buses are most useful in connecting areas not reached by the metro or trains. They drive out to the Greater Copenhagen area and even connect to other Danish cities such as Roskilde and Århus.
Bus stops are marked by a yellow post with the stop name, and various bus lines usually stop in the same spot. On this post, there are timetables showing the bus schedule on this post. Buses run typically from 6:00 to midnight.
Tips and Tricks for Riding the Bus
- Some buses have a visual display notifying you of the next stop
- Write down your stop’s name, and if necessary, politely ask the bus driver to notify you when your stop is approaching
Various Bus Types – in Copenhagen and its Suburbs
- The regular lines: Plain yellow buses named with a number
- There are several A line routes, which have a red stripe. These run every few minutes on the backbone routes through the city
- The S (blue stripe) and E (green stripe) buses are express buses, with the S generally going further out in the suburbs. Unless you know where you are going and that the bus will stop where you need to, you may want to avoid the express buses
- There is only one C line, specifically called 5C. This bus line is marked with turquoise and is longer than the regular buses found in Copenhagen. It is said to be the busiest bus line in northern Europe with more than 20 million passengers a year! It is also a CO2 neutral biogas bus, and is, therefore, environmentally friendly
- The N, or Night Bus. These routes are limited and only run in the middle of the night (about 1:00 am – 5:00 am), when regular bus and train service has stopped
You can ride the bus with a standard zone transportation pass or single use ticket (purchase from the bus driver – cash only – or a ticket machine).