Copenhagen is one of the most bike friendly cities in the world. This is understandable as the city is super flat, making biking very easy. Copenhagen is also covered with around 350 km of designated bike lanes, which are raised from the road and are very safe to ride on.
Even though Copenhageners love to complain about the weather, that doesn’t stop them from riding their bikes every day, no matter how bad the weather is (below zero, rain, snow, and wind). Copenhageners just love their bikes!
A third of the population commutes to work every day by bike. The bike culture is so strong that bikes have not only outnumbered cars in Copenhagen, but also people! There are 40,000 more bikes than people in central Copenhagen. So what better way to explore this wonderful city than by bike? Let’s see what is important to know when biking in Copenhagen for the first time.
Find a bike in Copenhagen
The first thing to do is to find a bike! There are many options for renting a bike in Copenhagen such as bike shops and online rentals. If you are staying in Copenhagen for longer than two weeks even buying a second hand bike wouldn’t be a bad idea!Rent a bike in Copenhagen The average cost is around 90kr for a day’s bike rental in Copenhagen and 350kr for a week. Always have a test drive before leaving the bike shop to make sure it’s working properly!
Here are some bike rental options to check out:
Biking rules in Copenhagen
It’s very important to be aware of cycling rules when biking in Copenhagen if you want to stay safe, not get a fine, and don’t want to hear any curses from the locals!
#1 You must keep on the right side of the lane
#2 Before you stop, you first have to raise your hand to warn cyclists behind you
#3 Give hand signals to the left or right before turning
#4 Watch over your left shoulder before overtaking cyclists
#5 Always overtake other cyclists on the left
#6 Do not ride against the traffic flow or on sidewalks/pavements, pedestrian crossings or pedestrian streets
#7 Cycling is not allowed in parks in central Copenhagen
#8 To turn left at an intersection you must first cross to the opposite right corner of the intersection where you stop and wait for the traffic light to change before continuing
#9 A short ring on the bell is often a signal that a cyclist wants to pass – so please keep to the right
#10 From dusk to dawn, bicycles must be equipped with both front and rear bicycle lights
#11 It is prohibited to ride more than one person on a bicycle unless it is a cargo bike or a bicycle with a child seat or a bicycle trailer
#12 Watch out for the bus stops. Always stop when people are about to disembark from the bus!
#13 Use of phones while biking is not allowed. Same goes for headphones.
Wearing a helmet is not compulsory in Denmark. If you would like one though, you can rent them at all bike shops. It is also very important to lock the bike at all times! There are more bike thieves than you would expect in a city where there are more bikes than people!
Bringing a bike on the metro or train in Copenhagen
On the s-train bikes are always allowed free of charge. The only exception is Nørreport Station, where cyclists are not allowed to take their bikes on or off the train during rush hour.
On the metro, cyclists have to buy a ticket (13kr) for their bike. Also, during rush hour, bikes are not allowed in any metro station.
Taking the bike on the buses also allowed. However, there is only space for two bikes on each bus, but you need to also be aware of prams,and rush hour , as buses are usually very crowded. A bike ticket (13kr) is needed, but you can only buy this in the train or metro stations.
Cargo bikes are not allowed on any means of public transportation.
Rush hour is Monday-Friday 07:00-09:00 and 15:30-17:30.
So now that you know everything about biking in Copenhagen, grab a bike and explore all Copenhagen’s attractions on two wheels!
Wondering what to do in Copenhagen? If you would like to have a bike tour and get to know the city through the eyes of a local, Nova Fairy Tales offers one of the best bike tours available in Copenhagen!