About Copenhagen

Copenhagen City Hall - credit Martin Heiberg and Wonderful Copenhagen

Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, and Copenhagen the world’s most liveable city. Why? Because every bit of Copenhagen is designed for life, from the buildings and architecture, the food and the water, the many bikes and the intelligent infrastructure to free education, free health care, and a society firmly focused on the life balance between work and play.

Copenhagen is a pocket-sized fairy tale and at the same time, a buzzing and innovative hub of ideas. Copenhagen is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy, but small enough to bicycle from one end to the other in twenty minutes. It is all there, the urban pulse in the cobbled streets, the castles and bell towers, the artists, makers and the green grass, the mothers, babies and their strollers, the hipsters and their dreams, the prince and the queen.

The Copenhageners excel in combining simple and sustainable solutions with a casually sophisticated lifestyle. A lifestyle based on tradition, history and culture, yet constantly moving forward, giving Copenhagen a unique blend between the harmonies of old world charm and the progressive beat of a truly cosmopolitan city.

Getting around town

Copenhagen is a compact city with a well-planned network of public transportation, making it easy for visitors to get around. No matter where you are going in Copenhagen, public transportation using a bus, the metro, or an S-train (red) can take you there. The city is also extremely accommodating for walking or biking around, and numerous rental bikes are available city-wide.

The AIB 2019 meeting will be held on the campus of the Copenhagen Business School. We will primarily be in two buildings: Solbjerg Plads and Kilen. The nearest metro station is Frederiksberg. For directions from the various AIB conference hotels to the CBS campus, please see the AIB 2019 - Hotels to CBS document that our hosts have created for you.


  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Whether you plan to go sightseeing in the heart of Copenhagen or to experience the many cultural and local sights in the area around the city, public transport is the obvious choice for getting around. You may go by bus, train, metro and harbour bus with the same ticket. In the city center buses, trains and metro are in service around the clock, and there is always a stop within easy walking distance of where you need to go. The buses, trains, and metro use an integrated ticket system based on geographical zones. For example, travel from the airport to the city covers three zones.

    Copenhagen Metro Station - credit Wonderful Copenhagen Metro runs along two lines, M1 and M2, and is in service all day and all night, every day of the week. There are 2-4 minutes between each train during rush hour, and 3-6 minutes outside rush hour and during the weekends. A new metro line will open later this summer.

    S-trains, locallly known as S-tog, runs along seven lines through the Central Station (København H). The S-train also runs from the Copenhagen Airport to the Central Station. Services typically run every 4-20 minutes from 5am-12:30am all days. All-night services are available on the weekends.

    When using the public transportation in Copenhagen, all members of the family must have a valid ticket. Metro entrances and exits do not have gates, but there is ongoing ticket control on the metro, and both Copenhageners and tourists are responsible for having the correct tickets. If you and your family are travelling without a valid ticket or with an insufficient number of tickets, you can all be individually fined.

    For more information, you can visit to DOT website. You can also plan and pay for your individual trip using the DOT Mobilbilleter app or using the Rejseplanen website.

    Info IMPORTANT: AIB 2019 Conference Participants get discounts on multi-day unlimited travel passes (for less than 5 Euros a day!) and on Copenhagen Card (10% discount), a discount card that includes museum access as well as unlimited transportation in and around Copenhagen. See the Travel Discounts page for additional information (member login required).

  • TAXI: Taxis can be flagged on the street and are also can be seen lined up at various points around the city center. If the yellow taxa (taxi) sign is lit, the taxi is available for hire. Fares vary somewhat between the companies. Taxa 4x35 has iOS and Android apps you can download to order and pay for taxis online.

  • UBER: Uber is not available in Copenhagen, as it was banned by the city.

  • Donkey Republic
  • BICYCLES: In Copenhagen practically everybody rides a bike. If you want to be like a true Copenhagener, you can rent a bike and cruise around and explore the city on two wheels. There are more bikes in Copenhagen than inhabitants, and with 375 kilometers of dedicated bicycle paths and traffic lights that are coordinated in favour of cyclists during rush hour.

    A number of bike rental companies operate in Copenhagen. Donkey Republic, a self-service bike rental system available in more than 50 cities, but founded in Copenhagen, has kindly agreed to provide AIB 2019 participants 2 free hours of bike rental during the conference, so that participants can feel part of the culture. Visit the Travel Discounts page to take advantage of this offer.

Practical Information

Time

Copenhagen is in the Central European Summer Time (CEST) zone during June, which is UTC/GMT +2 hours.

Language

Primary language in Copenhagen is Danish, which is a closely related to Swedish and Norwegian. Most Danes speak English very well, and even some German and French.

Money

Danish Kroner

Although Denmark is part of the European Union, it still uses its own currency - the Danish Kroner (DKK). At the beginning of June 2019, 1 Euro was about 7.5 DKK, and 1 US Dollar was about 6.7 DKK. Taxis, most tourist attractions, and restaurants will accept Euros, however the exchange rate will not be to your advantage.

Most hotels, stores, cafes, restaurants, and taxis accept credit cards. However, note that some palces might charge a fee when accepting foreign cards as payment.

Banks are open from 09:30 to 16:00 on weekdays with late hours until 18:00 on Thursdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays). There are numerous cash machines throughout the city and the plentiful bureaux de change are open during weekends, for example Forex at Nørreport Station and Copenhagen Central Station.

Danish prices include 25 percent Value ADded Tax (VAT). If you are a non-EU resident, you can receive a refund on any goods (minimum 300 DKK) you purchase in Denmark and are taking out of the country.

European plug

Electricity

Denmark operates in 220 volts, 50 Hz and uses the typical European 2-pin Type C or Type F plugs. Please remember to bring any adapters and transformers you may need.

Climate

The climate in Copenhagen follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere, but temperatures can vary considerably during the year. In June, expect daytime average temperatures around 20°C (68°F). Night temperature may fall to around 12°C (54°F). You can find more information at WeatherSpark-Copenhagen.

Tipping Advice

Tipping is not a tradition in Copenhagen. Most bills already have service billed in, and most waiters, waitresses, and taxi drivers earn higher wages in Denmark than in other countries and are not dependent on tips.

Tipping is greatly appreciated, but not expected, and you should only do so if you feel you are getting exceptionally good service. If you do so 10 percent of the bill is sufficient.

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