Practical Tips for Travelling to Copenhagen with children {plus a reader discount}

I thought I’d write a post about travelling to Copenhagen with kids. As a city, Copenhagen, is small and compact and very family friendly. Nevertheless travelling to a new city with young children can have stress associated with it so with these few practical tips I hope I can take some of that stress away*

Practical tips – transportation

  • Most people fly into Copenhagen Airport to begin their trip here and the Metro at the airport takes you into the city centre in around 15 minutes. You can buy City Passes {link} from machines at the airport which cover you for all transportation in the main city zones for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours. You can also get a Copenhagen Card {link} which covers public transport and also entrance to 86 attractions and museums.
  • Copenhagen has integrated transport which means your ticket is valid for buses, trains, metro and harbour buses for the zones and times period you have purchases. You can read more about transport tickets here You can see more about how to buy tickets {link} and about Copenhagen Main station {link} on my YouTube channel.
  • Two children under the age of 12 can travel with an adult on their paid ticket.
  • There is space on S trains and the Metro for prams and buses will take a maximum of two prams per bus. You can travel with a baby in a pram on your own ticket and if you are lucky the driver will lower the bus for you. There is a special button to press when you are coming to a bus stop so the driver knows you are getting off with a pram. All Metro and S train stations in the Copenhagen area have elevators.
  • You can use an app called Rejseplanen (or Journey Planner) {link} to plan your journey around the city. You can put in your starting address or let it find it for you using your phone’s location and your end point and the app will give you all the transport options and times as well as guidance on walking to the station or stop.
  • If you are staying in a hotel they will often have bikes you can use but there is also another app called Donkey Bikes {link} where you can find one of their bikes on the street, unlock and pay using the app and then join the rest of Copenhagen on the main dedicated and separate to car traffic bike lane.
  •  Just remember to gen up on the cycling rules {link} to avoid upsetting the locals!

Other practical tips

  • Almost everyone you will encounter will speak English but it is worth learning to say hello (hej pronounced Hi), good bye (hej hej) and thank you (tak) to make a good impression.
  • Generally it is easy to find nappy changing facilities when you are out and about. Many cafés will have a table that folds to the wall or a specific table. Likewise department stores and shopping malls will also have facilities, sometimes located in the disabled toilet or in a separate place. Tivoli has a big space by the Rasmus Klump playground with nappy changing facilities and also microwaves to warm milk and food. It is not acceptable to change a nappy in an open public place nor to leave unbagged used nappies in bathroom bins. Look for Puslerum or a sign with a baby in a nappy.
  • Breastfeeding in public is generally acceptable but many mothers use a muslin as a cover up. Illums and Magasin department stores have dedicated family rooms where you can breast or bottle feed on a nice comfy chair. They also have microwaves to warm milk and food. They do deter you from breastfeeding in the cafs and restaurants in these department stores but it is not illegal to breast feed in public yet it can be embarrassing if you are challenged. I certainly have views on this but I thought I’d include it here as a point of reference.
  • With such long day light hours in Denmark in the summer months, it is well worth considering getting a black out blind for the windows in the room where the baby or child will sleep.  The Gro Company Anywhere Black Out Blind is a great travel one with suckers to attached to the window and can be bought from Amazon for around 200dkk. I know that on AirBNB they will often state if there are black out blinds in the apartment and you can always ask of you can’t see it on their listing. For adults or older children getting an inexpensive sleep mask is also a good idea.

Groceries and eating out

  • In supermarkets, kiosks and 7-11 you can buy a variety of both healthy and unhealthy snacks for children and stopping in a bakery is often a great solution for hungry children (and adults).
  • Many supermarket bakery counters and the popular bakery chain, Lagkagehuset {link} will offer a free børnebolle, as soft semi sweet bun either plain, with raisins or choc chips to children if their parents are buying other baked goods.
  • Formula (modersmælkserstatning) is available in all supermarkets and is either the powdered variety or pre-made cartons. Organic options are widely available.
  • If you are looking for baby food pouch food is the predominant type of baby food available and it seems to be that sweet ones are the ones the supermarkets stock the largest selection of. There are pouches of the usual suspects of spaghetti Bolognese etc but nothing too exciting. The traditional type of baby food is, of course, jarred food and this can be found in all supermarkets with varied selections.
  • Nappies or diapers can be found in all supermarkets but not in pharmacies.
  • There is not a huge selection of specifically family friendly cafés such as you may find outside Denmark. The general rule of thumb is that if there are high chairs provided by the cafe or restaurant then they welcome families with babies or toddlers. The Laundromat Cafe {link} chain (currently three places) in Copenhagen are very family friendly with small play areas and a children’s menu. Wagamamas {link}, close to Tivoli with an entrance from inside the park and in Frederiksberg is a popular choice for families as is the sushi chain, Sticks & Sushi with restaurants all over the city. I would also recommend checking out the covered food market, Torvehallerne {link} and also Reffen Copenhagen Street Food {link} (in the summer months) as there are many choices here so something for everyone and plenty of seating. You can watch my video about street food in Copenhagen here {link}.

Where to stay

  • There are plenty of options for hotels in the city but the most economical way to stay in Copenhagen is in an AirBNB. It also means you have more freedom and home comforts which is often very important for families.
  • One thing to remember is that you will be staying in a building with permanent residents so remember to be respectful in terms of noise and also using the rubbish bins as recycling culture is very important here. I made a video {link} about recycling in Danish homes which is a useful introduction so you don’t fall foul of the rules.

Equipment

  • It can often be overwhelming travelling with children especially young ones considering all the kit they seem to need. I often worried about my son’s stroller being lost or damaged when we travelled. When you land at Copenhagen Airport there are plenty of airport strollers to use inside the terminal and I would really recommend using a baby sling for babies and toddlers when travelling so you don’t need to bring your own stroller or pram with you.
  • There is a great company called Baby Golightly who rent out lightweight strollers and prams as well as easy to use travel beds. They are based in Copenhagen Airport and you can book in advance and then collect and drop off around the clock.  What a joy not to have to heft your stroller or pram all the way here or the worry about your accommodation providing a cot or travel bed when you know your child is going to be tired from travelling. Again readers of this blog can get a 5% discount with Baby Golightly by using the code dejligedays at the checkout. You can book here.

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