Airport Guide: Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport, also known as Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, is the most important airport in Scandinavia. It serves 24 million passengers a year and is the hub for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Norwegian Air Shuttle and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia are also very important for the growth of the airport. In our Airport Guide, we want to help you to come along with the big airport.

Copenhagen Airport has a really rich history. It is one of the oldest airports in Europe, dating back to 1925. It gained huge importance after the Second World War, as Scandinavian Airlines was founded in 1946. By 2013, the airport served 24 million passengers – a record high.

Also, the facilities are currently expanded, so the airport will be able to handle 40 million passengers in a few years. With all the growth, the airport got a little confusing. Passengers who did not change in Copenhagen yet may be interested in learning more about the facilities in our Airport Guide.

Sunset at Copenhagen Airport

Sunset at Copenhagen Airport

Currently, there are three terminals at Copenhagen Airport. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights, Terminal 2 and 3 are for international flights. Terminal 1 will be shut down in 2015, making Terminal 2 and 3 the only terminals operating. A new terminal was in discussion, but was discarded later on. Instead, the facilities on Terminal 2 and 3, where all flights will be served in the future, will be expanded soon.

  • Flights departing from Terminal 1: Regional flights (mainly operated by SAS)
  • Flights departing from Terminal 2: International flights (all airlines, joint airside terminal with Terminal 3)
  • Flights departing from Terminal 3: International flights (all airlines, joint airside terminal with Terminal 2)

Shopping and eating at Copenhagen Airport

For international passengers, Copenhagen Airport is a real shopping paradise. Due to the joint airside terminal 2 and 3, all flights are operated in the same area. That means that travelers can chose between several shops. International brands and regional brands are having stores at the airport. Overall, there are more than 120 different shops, many of these offering tax free goods for travelers leaving the European Union.


There are several international brands at Copenhagen Airport

Moreover there are several restaurants offering all kinds of food, from traditional Scandinavian food to Asian and American delights. Even though there is a lot offered, international passengers may be shocked by the prices. Even for an airport, Copenhagen Kastrup is a really expensive place. The high wages in Denmark as well as the high standard of living in the country are the main arguments for that.

Sleeping at Copenhagen Airport

Even though Copenhagen Airport is a major hub for SAS, there are only few facilities for transfer passengers searching for some rest. There are some quieter areas and also many restaurants offering food until late in the evening, but there are no dedicated sleeping areas like in Oslo Gaerdemoon Airport. Instead, guests may choose to book a hotel near the airport. The best known one is the Hilton Copenhagen Airport, located right at the airport with a view on the tarmac.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport is located right next to the airport

Hilton Copenhagen Airport is located right next to the airport

Moreover, there are several hotels in a range of five minutes from the hotel. To name a few: Copenhagen Go Hotel (3 Star), Copenhagen Airport Hotel (3 Star), Quality Hotel Airport (3 Star), Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (4 Star) and Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport (3 Star). Guests, once again, should be aware of pretty high prices in Denmark.

Lounges at Copenhagen Airport

As Copenhagen Airport is a Star Alliance hub, the most important lounge at the Airport is the SAS Lounge. It offers a dedicated First Class and Star Alliance Gold area, but also an area for Business Class guests and holders of a lower tier in the frequent flyer program of SAS. Moreover, there are three independent lounges at the airport, some also serving SkyTeam and oneworld frequent travelers as well as Business Class guests.

SAS Lounge Copenhagen Airport

Buffet at the SAS Lounge in Copenhagen

The new Copenhagen Airport Lounge offers drinks and meals included for a price of 169 DKK or 23 Euro (~28 US-Dollar). The older Novia Lounge is available for just 129 DKK or 17 Euro (~21 US-Dollar). Moreover, there is the Aspire Lounge priced at 25 Euro (~31 US-Dollar) with a bigger complimentary buffet.

Transportation at Copenhagen Airport

The unique location just a few miles away from the city center makes Copenhagen Airport one of the best connected airports in the world. The Metro M2 connects the airport to the city center in just 10-15 minutes (depending on where you want to go). Moreover, direct trains are reaching the central station of Copenhagen in just 10 minutes.

Copenhagen Airport offers a perfect transportation system

Copenhagen Airport offers a perfect transportation system

Also, there are several connections with regional and long distance trains to Swedish metropolises like Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm, but also to German cities like Flensburg. Moreover, there are some bus lines connecting the airport to the city. Parking is available on lots as well as in garages. The airport got a highway connection to Copenhagen.


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