Bike paradise Copenhagen – let's go!

Anyone looking for a sustainable, emission-free, and health-promoting means of transportation will quickly discover the classic mode of travel by bicycle.

The Danish capital is internationally regarded as a role model for bicycle-friendly cities and has been repeatedly recognized for its efforts to facilitate cycling in the city center.

Prepare yourself for the wonderful experiences of cycling in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen's bicycle friendliness

Ein Mann fährt auf dem Fahrrad durch Fahrradweg in Kopenhagens Zentrum

© Thomas Høyrup Christensen & VisitCopenhagen

No carmageddon, please! Copenhagen is world-famous for its bicycle friendliness – this is no surprise and not news.

In the 1970s, the residents of the capital protested extensively in front of the city hall to take cycling seriously and prioritize it in urban planning. This was, of course, a consequence of the drastically increasing car traffic at the time. Ultimately, Copenhagen has been and continues to be developed in such a way that its bicycle infrastructure is one of the most important parts of the city.

Frau auf dem Lastenrad fährt über die Brücke in Kopenhagen

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Sustainable metropolis for people

Behind this bicycle friendliness lies a consistent transport policy and urban planning: in 2007 and 2008, the city administration adopted the initiatives Miljømetropolen (Eng. "Environmental Metropolis") and Metropol for Mennesker (Eng. "Metropolis for People").

The plan aims to reduce CO2 emissions, decrease air pollution and noise nuisance, make urban spaces more livable, and become the world's most bicycle-friendly city by 2025 – a unique concept for sustainability in a large city.

To improve bicycle infrastructure, authorities invest millions of financial resources annually. The over 1,000 kilometers long network of comfortable, specially constructed bike paths is constantly maintained and cared for, making Copenhagen attractive for cyclists of all ages.

In 2007, Copenhagen was named a UCI Bike City by the International Cycling Union (UCI) - the first city in the world! The recognition came thanks to Copenhagen's significant commitment to cycling and its development: not only in competitive sports but also in recreational activities.

Life on a bicycle in Denmark

Viele Fahrradfahrer fahren durch Kopenhagen

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A typical sight in Copenhagen: cycling in the city in all kinds of weather!

Yet, while in Germany recently only just under 10% of working people cycle to work, in Denmark, more than half commute between home and job on their bikes. Children and teenagers use their bikes to get to school or university. Young kids are also on the move by bike, often in cargo bikes in which they are taken to daycare by mom or dad. In addition, police, mail carriers, or of course, couriers use bicycles. So, yes, actually, everyone who can, gets around by bike!

Here, one really rides well, comfortably, and... safely! No matter if you're a Copenhagen local cycling every day, or a tourist recently exploring the city. 

Copenhagen by bike

Kind Pumpt Sein Fahrrad Bei Einer Fahrradstation In Kopenhagen

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The paths, with a width of over 1.70 meters (mostly over 2 meters), provide ample space. Importantly: bike paths here are one-way! This ensures greater safety and fewer accidents.

Additionally, the bike lanes are separated from roads by curbs - significantly reducing the risk of accidents and concerns when cycling with children. This width also allows residents to easily transport heavy and large items by cargo bike.

Direct routes with as few elevation changes as possible and smooth, easy-to-ride road surfaces further facilitate the journey.


Moreover, small conveniences make cycling in Copenhagen easier! In Copenhagen, you'll find footrests and rails at traffic lights, roadside tilted trash bins into which you can throw trash while cycling, and bicycle pump stations along some routes. As part of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS), for example, a series of green lights for bicycles at intersections has been secured, allowing smooth and quick passage through the city.

And cycling in winter? Nothing easier! What's special in Copenhagen is that bicycle paths are cleared of snow first, followed by the streets.

Cycling in Copenhagen: good to know

Bunter Fahrradständer in Kopenhagen

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In Denmark's capital, there's a fantastic bicycle infrastructure! Here, you not only find superb bike paths but also real bicycle highways.

Good to know: if you want to make a stop and securely park your bike, you can do so at bike racks. Locking a bike to a bench or tree is generally illegal.

Bike suddenly broke down? No problem! At many train stations, there are bicycle workshops available for emergencies.

In Danish trains (DSB), you can take your own bike for free! Trains in the vicinity of Copenhagen, known as S-tog, even have special carriages designated for bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers. Even in Copenhagen's public transport, taking a bike is possible, though for a small fee. Attention! Sometimes you have to be aware of peak times.

Interestingly, every taxi in Copenhagen is supposed to have a bike rack and offer bike transport.

Cycling in Copenhagen and Denmark - things to note:

  • Every bike must have a bell, white light at the front, red light at the back, and yellow on the pedals.
  • During night rides, white and red lights must be on.
  • Persons over 15 years old may transport a maximum of 2 children in special seats.
  • Wearing a bicycle helmet is not mandatory but recommended while riding.
  • Riding is done on the right side. In cities, it's not possible to turn left with other cars. You should cross to the other side of the road and then take the selected direction.

Renting a bike in Copenhagen: our tips

Fahrradfahrer auf Cirkelbroen in Kopenhagen

© Martin Auchenberg

Arriving in Copenhagen without a bike? No problem at all! There, you have countless options to rent various types of bicycles, including e-bikes and the mentioned cargo bikes.

  1. First option: Rental from your hotel.
    Many hotels and accommodations offer this.
  2. Second option: Borrow a city bike (bycykler). 
    This is a free, municipal bike rental service in Copenhagen. Deposit 20 DKK. 
  3. Third option: Get a bike from private rental places.
    You can really try out many different bicycles! Bike rentals.

Bike rentals – our tips:

  • Baisikeli: 
    In Swahili, the word simply means "bicycle." The idea behind this bike rental service is "bicycles for everyone, even the poorest!” Address: Ingerslevsgade 80
    Address: Ingerslevsgade 80

  • Bicycle Innovation Lab: 
    The perfect place for testing! Here, you can try out new technological solutions, i.e., special prototypes of bicycles that you can't find anywhere else, such as the velomobile Leitra.
    Address: Prismen, Holmbladsgade 71

  • Copenhagen Bicycles: 
    Bike rental in the center, where numerous bike tours organized by the company also start.
    Address: Nyhavn 44
  • Københavns Cykelbørs: 
    The oldest, largest, and most well-known bike rental in Copenhagen, operating since 1881! The guides for bike tours speak multiple languages and are very knowledgeable.
    Address: Gothersgade 157
  • Velorbis:
    Ideal for fashion fans! The bikes are super elegant, have cool designs, and are very ecological.
    Address: Nørre Farimagsgade 63

The best bike routes through Copenhagen

A holiday in Copenhagen is truly worth spending on a bike! There are so many great cycling routes.

The selection is wide and varied: you can take a cool tour through the imaginative Superkilen, ride over the water via various bridges like the Cirkelbroen, explore the historical streets on safe bike paths, and architectural novelties on bicycle highways. And then - dare to take on the famous so-called Bicycle Snake: it's not there to bite, just for cycling!

Cycling is so much fun in Copenhagen! You can explore the beautiful city on your own on two wheels or participate in a guided tour.

Exciting cycling routes in Copenhagen:

  • Harbour-Tour:
    A beautiful route around Copenhagen's harbor
    >> approx. 13 km
  • Route with 6 Forgotten Giants (The 6 Forgotten Giants):
    A fantastic route on the outskirts of Copenhagen, searching for large wooden trolls by Thomas Dambo
    >> approx. 31 km
  • Nordhavn Art Route:
    An interesting route with lots of nature and culture to discover
    >> approx. 12 km
  • The architectural BIG bike tour:
    A route full of the best architectural treasures created by the architectural firm BIG and star architect Bjarke Ingels
    >> approx. 22 km

Bike Tours - our tips:

  • Green Bike Tours:
    To learn about Copenhagen's green and sustainable sides.

  • beCopenhagen Guided Architecture Tours:
    To get to know the urban and architectural ideas of the capital.

  • CPH:cool:
    To find the cool and alternative corners of the city.

    To get closer to Copenhagen's art and culture.

    To discover diverse sides of Copenhagen including industrial flair.

Marguerite Route

Fahrradweg in Kopenhagen übers Wasser

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Have you ever noticed the signs with a white daisy on a brown background during your holiday in Denmark?

They are the wayfinders to Denmark's longest attraction: The 3,500 kilometers long Marguerite Route (Margueritruten) traverses the entire kingdom and, due to its nature and course over narrow bridges and away from main roads, is best traveled by bike.

And what could be more beautiful and healthier than exploring Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, from the trusty bicycle? Stopping wherever it's beautiful, enjoying a little break in the fresh air, and feeling somewhat royal: The route was established in 1990 on the occasion of Queen Margrethe II's 50th birthday.

Amager Beach Park

Amager Strandpark in Kopenhagen

Since 2005, Copenhagen has also had its own beach. The protected recreational area on the east coast of Amager Island is about 60 hectares in size and enhances the quality of life for Copenhageners with its 4.6 km long bathing beach, which runs around the island.

Amager Beach Park – How to get there

Amager Beach is only about 5 kilometers from the city center and can be reached by car in a maximum of 15 minutes. While free parking spaces in Copenhagen are rather scarce, you can park for free at Amager Beach Park. However, during the holiday season, you should arrive at the beach early, as the parking spaces are no longer a secret tip and are occupied early on. If you prefer to use other means of transport, the following options are available from the center of Copenhagen:

  • By metro – e.g., from Nørreport station – in just 10 minutes. The train runs every 5 minutes
  • By bus directly to the beach: Take bus line number 31
  • You can also take the direct bus from Hovedbanegården/Tivoli to Samosvej and be dropped off at the beach after about a 20 minutes ride
  • If you prefer to walk and are starting in the center of Copenhagen, the journey to Amager Beach takes about 1.5 hours

Whichever means of arrival you choose, plan enough time to explore the surroundings, as Amager Beach Park invites you to linger.

Amager Strand Promenaden 1
2300 Copenhagen

Touring with the whole family

Excursion destinations for young and old

For a bike tour with the whole family, for example, the Jægersborg Dyrehave animal park with 2,000 deer, located just 13 kilometers north of Copenhagen, is suitable for a day trip.

Those who prefer a beach atmosphere over forested areas can head to the popular Bellevue Beach in Klampenborg, also about 13 kilometers from Copenhagen – or to Amager Beach Park, only six kilometers away, with real dunes and lagoons.

And if you prefer to return by public transport after a bike ride to the beach or countryside, bicycles can be taken on the S-train for free; a reasonable bicycle ticket is required for trains, buses, and the metro. Good to know: Even taxis transport bicycles for an additional charge on rear racks.