Copenhagen Card 2024

Copenhagen Card

This website provides information about the official Copenhagen Card. We explain what the product offers, how it works and where you can buy the City Card. For every product sold, we receive a commission from our partner company GetYourGuide. This does not change the price.

We'll mention an important special feature right at the start: there are two variants of the Copenhagen Card that differ significantly from each other. We present them briefly and concisely here:

Copenhagen Card "Discover"

Copenhagen Card Discover

Information on the Discover Card:

  • Choose from around 80 attractions
  • incl. public transport
  • Several boat trips included
  • Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • Digital City Card for your mobile phone
  • Free app for using the City Card

Evaluation of the guests: 4,6 (3482 Reviews)

Some top attractions: Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, Danish National Museum, Copenhagen Zoo, Planetarium, Church of the Saviour, etc.

Price: from EUR 64.20 - depending on the period of validity.

Copenhagen Card „Hop“

Copenhagen Card Hop

Information on the Hop Card:

  • Choose from around 40 attractions
  • incl. hop-on/hop-off bus (3 routes)
  • One boat trip included
  • Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours
  • Digital City Card for your mobile phone
  • Free app for using the City Card

Evaluation of the guests: 4,3 (195 Reviews)

Some top attractions: Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, Danish National Museum, Copenhagen Zoo, Planetarium, Church of the Saviour, etc.

Price: from EUR 77.07 - depending on the period of validity.

How does the Copenhagen Card work?

The Copenhagen Card is the official city card of the Danish capital. With this card you have free entry to many sights and museums as well as several boat trips. The Copenhagen Card is a real all-inclusive package!

Note, however, that there are two variants of the City Card, which differ from each other. The Discover Card includes approx. 80 attractions, the Hop Card approx. 40 attractions.

  • Popular castles: Rosenborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace & Christiansborg Palace
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens
  • Top museums: Danish National Museum, Glyptoteket, Copenhagen Contemporary etc.
  • A canal cruise in Nyhavn
  • Public transport included (only Discover Card)
  • Hop-on/hop-off bus included (only Hop Card)

Any number of services can be used within the period of validity:

  • Discover Card: 24, 48, 72 96 or 120 hours
  • Hop Card: 24, 48 or 72 hours

The more sights you visit in the time you have, the more the Copenhagen Card pays off.

After purchase, you must download the official Copenhagen Card app and import your City Card into the app. Activate the card in the app before your first visit. Show the app at all participating attractions to receive your free admission ticket.

Unfortunately, you cannot skip queues with this City Card.

What attractions are included?

The Copenhagen City Card covers up to 80 attractions and tourist services that you can visit without having to buy additional tickets. These include popular sights, numerous museums and at least one boat trip.

The two variants Discover Card and Hop Card differ essentially in the use of transport:

  • Discover Card: Public transport for 24 - 120 hours
  • Hop Card: Hop-on/hop-off bus for 24 - 72 hours
Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen
© Javier Rincón / Unsplash

Museums with the Copenhagen Card

With the Copenhagen Card you can visit some popular museums:

  • Danish National Museum
  • Glyptoteket
  • Natural History Museum
  • Copenhagen Contemporary
  • Danish Resistance Museum
  • Viking Ship Museum (Discover Card only)
  • ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (Discover Card only)
  • SMK National Gallery
  • ….

In addition, you can visit other museums (Show all museums). During the period of validity of the Copenhagen Card you can visit all museums at any time. Reservations are not necessary.

Attractions with the Copenhagen Card

You can visit the following attractions with the City Card without additional tickets:

  • Tivoli Gardens
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • Amalienborg Palace
  • Christiansborg Castle
  • Church of the Redeemer
  • Copenhagen Zoo
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Planetarium
  • … (Show all attractions)

All sights can be visited at any time during the validity period of the Copenhagen Card. Reservations are not necessary.

City tours & boat trips

But that's not all. The Copenhagen Card includes some interesting tourist offers that allow you to explore Copenhagen in comfort:

  • Hop-on/hop-off bus with Strømma (Hop Card only)
  • Canal tour
  • Copenhagen Sightseeing Train
  • Boat tour with Baadfarten (only Discover Card)
  • Boat trip with Netto-Bådene (only Discover Card)
Port in Copenhagen
© Ava Coploff / Unsplash

A central part of the Copenhagen Card "Hop" are the Strømma hop-on/hop-off buses, which can be used for the entire duration of the City Card (up to 72 hours).

The buses run on three routes through Copenhagen:

  • Classic Route (The bus runs daily all year round)
  • Urban Green (The timetable is seasonal)
  • Colorful Copenhagen (The timetable is seasonal)

The Copenhagen Card "Hop" is only worthwhile if you take the hop-on/hop-off buses. With the Hop Card you can use the light green buses from Strømma, but not the buses from Red Sightseeing.

Public transport

With the Copenhagen Card "Discover" you can use public transport in Copenhagen free of charge. This applies to the metro, S-Bahn, buses and regional trains. The Discover Card is valid for zones 1 - 99.

Here you can see the zones on a map: Zones 1 - 99.

The ticket also takes you to places outside Copenhagen such as Roskilde, Hillerød and Helsingør.

However, most tourists probably only travel in zones 1 - 4. While the unlimited public transport rides are attractive, they make the Discover Card comparatively expensive.

You can travel by public transport throughout the validity period of the Copenhagen Card.

Is the Copenhagen Card worth it financially?

There are good reasons to buy the Copenhagen Card if you want to visit many sights and take advantage of several tourist offers. But is it also worth it financially?

We answer this question in this section.

What does the Copenhagen Card cost?

The price of the Copenhagen Card depends on the period of validity. The longer the City Card is valid, the more expensive it becomes. However, the value for money improves as the period of validity increases.

Copenhagen Card "Discover"

  • 24 hours: 479 DKK / 64,00 EUR
  • 48 hours: 699 DKK / 94,00 EUR
  • 72 hours: 879 DKK / 118,00 EUR
  • 96 hours: DKK 1,019 / EUR 137.00
  • 120 hours: DKK 1,149 / EUR 154.00

Copenhagen Card „Hop“

  • 24 hours: DKK 545 / EUR 73.00
  • 48 hours: DKK 745 / EUR 100.00
  • 72 hours: DKK 910 / EUR 122.00

There is a reduced City Card for young people between 12 and 15 years of age. Each adult can take two children under the age of 12 for free. However, children between 2 and 11 need the free Kids Card.

Example calculation for 3 days

In general, the longer the Copenhagen Card is valid, the cheaper it is per day. The most popular variant is the one with a validity period of 72 hours. With each additional day, the product becomes slightly more expensive. Using the example of the 3-day Copenhagen Card, we would like to show you how much money you can save.

AttractionPrice with
Discover Card
Price with
Hop Card
Price without
Copenhagen Card
Tivoli Gardens0,- DKK0,- DKK155 DKK
Rosenborg Castle0,- DKK0,- DKK140 DKK
Amalienborg Palace0,- DKK0,- DKK120 DKK
Canal trip0,- DKK0,- DKK109 DKK
Danish National Museum0,- DKK0,- DKK130 DKK
Copenhagen Zoo0,- DKK0,- DKK239 DKK
Church of the Redeemer0,- DKK0,- DKK69 DKK
Hop-on/hop-off busNot included0,- DKK319 DKK
Local public transport0,- DKKNot included440 DKK
Total879 DKK (purchase price)910 DKK (purchase price)962 DKK + Transport

With both variants of the Copenhagen Card, you can save a lot of money if you use two to three offers daily and also travel with the hop-on/hop-off buses or public transport.

Conclusion: Good savings are possible if the Copenhagen Card is valid for at least 72 hours and you use several expensive services every day.

Purchase, Download & Activation

The Copenhagen Card is the official product of Wonderful Copenhagen. You can buy it on the official website or via external ticket portals like GetYourGuide. The price is the same.

The City Card is available here:

Various payment methods are available there: Credit/debit card, Paypal, bank transfer, etc.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with an online voucher containing a number.

Then download the free Copenhagen Card app and enter your unique number into the app to import the Copenhagen Card into the app.

The card is activated as soon as you activate it in the app.

If you have purchased the Copenhagen Card from GetYourGuide, you can cancel the purchase free of charge up to 24 hours before departure. The card must not have been activated at this time.

Copenhagen Card App

Arguments against the Copenhagen Card

The Copenhagen Card is a very good product. Nevertheless, there are also arguments against the City Card:

No quick entry: With the Copenhagen Card you do not have Fast Track access. You always have to queue at the box office to get your free ticket.

No guided tours: The Copenhagen Card does not include guided city walks and city tours.

Only worth it if you do a lot of sightseeing: This product is only suitable if you are prepared to do a lot of sightseeing in a few days. Two to three services should be used daily to make the Copenhagen Card worthwhile.

Public transport or hop-on/hop-off: You have to decide whether you want to use public transport or the hop-on/hop-off buses. Unfortunately, both are not possible.

Partly long journey: Some sights are located outside Copenhagen. These have to be reached by public transport. This is hardly worth it, as the Copenhagen Card is time-limited.

Conclusion: For whom is the Copenhagen Card suitable?

Under the following circumstances, the Copenhagen Card may be suitable for your trip to Copenhagen:

  • You want to visit some of Copenhagen's best museums. With the City Card you have free entry to the Danish National Museum, the Glyptoteket, Copenhagen Contemporary and the Viking Ship Museum.
  • You would like to visit the castles of Copenhagen.
  • You would like to use either the hop-on/hop-off buses or public transport for several days.
  • You want to do at least one canal trip in Copenhagen.
  • You want to explore Copenhagen intensively: You should use two to three services a day so that the Copenhagen Card really pays for itself. Then a good saving is possible.
  • You don't want to worry about individual tickets.
  • You are travelling to Copenhagen with children. The Copenhagen Card is free of charge for children up to the age of 11.

About the author

Patrick has been involved with city breaks within Europe since 2018. Here he writes about the Copenhagen Card, the popular product for the Danish capital. His goal is to always keep the information up to date.

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