Copenhagen is the essence of Scandi cool.
Approximate flight time: 1 hours 45 minutes (total distance 621 miles)
No of flights per week: 11
Airlines that fly direct: SAS
No. of Airports in Copenhagen: Copenhagen Airport
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - February
Currency: Danish Krone
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Flying from Birmingham Airport is a fantastic choice for anyone flying from the UK. With great shops, restaurants and other amenities on offer, you can feel like your holiday has begun before your flight even takes off.
Whether you’re arriving by car, train, bus, or taxi, Birmingham Airport is easy to get to. Drivers will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal on foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
Taxis can drop you right outside the terminal or, if you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail Link from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Whether you need last minute holiday essentials or a new outfit for your trip, you can get it at Birmingham Airport. Discover all your favourite brands at discount prices at World Duty Free. Any last-minute travel essentials will probably be found in Dixons Travel (for electricals and gadgets) or Boots (for health and beauty). Need to exchange currency? ICE (International Currency Exchange) offers great rates and is located before and after security.
If you want to enjoy a meal before you fly, we recommend Factory Bar & Kitchen or Giraffe. Pret a Manger is great whatever time you’re at the airport, with organic coffee, sandwiches, wraps, salads, hot food and even sushi. You can also grab something from M&S Food to Go or try some authentic Indian ‘Grab & Go’ cuisine at Wrapchic.
If you prefer the finer things in life, why not book into one of our five fantastic airport lounges? Enjoy comfy seating, complimentary food & drinks, and WiFi.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Whether you like to get through the airport as quickly as possible, or you enjoy spending time looking in the shops and having something to eat, check out our ‘Plan your Journey’ articles for the speedy and leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, is located 8km south of Copenhagen city centre and there are three options for your travel between the two.
The quickest way to reach the city centre is via the metro or train as they run 24/7 and take only 15 minutes to reach the city centre. Both the metro and train are located at terminal 3. Regional and intercity trains link the airport with Denmark and southern Sweden, should you be journeying further than Copenhagen.
Another option for your onward travel to the city centre is to take the bus. This is the cheapest way to travel but has a longer journey time, at around 35 minutes.
If you’d like a direct service to the city centre, you should jump into a taxi which will get you there in 20 minutes.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Copenhagen
The capital of Denmark has got urban living down to a tee; the Danes take quality of life seriously and it really shows. From cosy cafés dealing you your daily hygge fix in the winter to beaches and harbour pools full to the brim in the summer, Copenhagen is something special. Locals travel everywhere by bike, whether it’s to work, school or a night out on the town, so make sure you get onto two wheels whilst you’re out there.
The national language of Copenhagen is Danish but in general, Danes speak English extremely well.
Most people choose to visit Copenhagen between May – August, where the city tends to enjoy mild to warm weather. Wintertime is cold and snowy, which makes for a magical experience.
Culture in Copenhagen
In Denmark, culture can be described by these three aspects of Danish life: simplicity, politeness, and equality. With an inviting culture that values work-life balance and the environment, Denmark often comes out near the top of global surveys on liveability and happiness.
Copenhagen combines a distinctly European feel, with a friendly street-life, and unique café culture, which will make you want to return time and time again. You'll find the Parliament (Folketing) at Christiansborg, familiar to many through the Danish smash-hit TV series Borgen, and the residence of the Royal Family at Amalienborg. Don’t leave without checking out Tivoli Gardens, an old amusement park complete with rides, fairground stalls, high-end restaurants, blooming flower gardens, exotic architecture and live entertainment from major international artists.
A major aspect of Denmark culture is "hygge", which is the concept of feeling snug and cosy during moments such as holidays when friends relax and eat together.
Denmark's food culture is more than just seafood (give the traditional pickled herring a try, though). Part of a traditional lunch consists of smorrebrod (open sandwiches). There's also the kolde bord (cold buffet) for lunch, frikadeller (meatballs), hakkebof (chopped meat patties), polser (hot long sausages), and many other typical local dishes.