Below are the different Denmark bus types that travel within the Copenhagen area.
It is very helpful to know the various bus types in the Copenhagen area, so that you can choose the right bus to take to make your journey quicker and easier on you.
Letters on the buses will tell you which type of bus it is and than you will know what to expect from it if you decide to board. The type of bus, does not refer to the physical attributes, but how it travels a bus route.
The number 5 bus will travel route 5, but so will 5A, 5N and 5E, but each one has it own set of stops and times it travels.
If you look at the bus above, you
will see that there is no letter, just a bus number. This denmark bus is a normal city
bus, which will stop at each stop on the route map if there are people waiting to get on or need to get off the bus.
The other two pictures show a "S" bus. It is 150S. And the other is "N" bus or night bus. It is 96N.
Now here is what these letters and others mean.
A Bus: The A buses are very efficient and reliable city buses, which run on a high frequency. They stop at all stop points, so you can be sure that they will stop for you. The A-Busses have good connection to the train stations and major traffic junctions, so you can quickly and easily switch to other buslines, trains and/or Metro.
The A Busses have a A in back of the line number, for example 6A
S Bus: S-buses are fast and direct bus routes with few stops. They serve a number of S-train stations and bus terminals. They connect the suburbs with the city. Since they make fewer stops you may take the same route as another bus line but they will skip 3 or 4 stops that the other line makes. Make sure the S bus you take stops near where you want to get off. The S bus usually has numbers like 100S, 200S, 300S, 250S 150S.
E Bus: E-buses are express bus lines running only during rush hour. This type Denmark bus will run mostly from the suburbs and into the city including major work place areas or major transportation hubs. A good example of that is the 173E bus.
P Buses: These are local buses, which run in the daytime and always end and start at the same train station. They are basically shuttle buses between stations and residential or work places. For example in Lygnby the 591P leaves the station travels through the Lyngby suburbs and returns to the station. These buses always end in the letter P.
N Bus: These are night buses and are only in use late at night and the early morning hours. You can see where the stops are by either the gray bus signs or noticing the numbers. They have either 80s or 90s numbers. They run every 10 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays, and usually about every 20 minutes during the week.
It's best to make sure you take the right denmark bus, so check the schedule or ask the driver if in doubt.
Another type of bus is the harbour bus, which is called the
The Havnbus (or Harbor Bus) is another Denmark bus, except it travels on water and will stop at all scheduled stops/ports.
Just wait until the bus comes to the bus stop/port and let them open the doors. Passengers who are getting off should be allowed off before you try boarding. There is only one way to get on and off. Show your ticket to the driver, grab a seat and enjoy the ride. This is a great way to sightsee.
The Havnbus travels along the harbor and makes 6 regular stops including the Opera House, Nyhavn and Kgl. Bibliotek.
Tip: If you are planning on going to the Opera House, this is the best way. There are very limited parking spaces at the Opera House, so it's very inconvenient to try and park. The Havnbus transports opera goers back and forth to Nyhavn until everyone is back. Basically, it operates as a shuttle between those two points when the opera is over.
I hope this will help you enjoy the public transportation system that Denmark has to offer. Most of the rest of Denmark bus transport system works on a similiar system. You may experience a few differences in different parts of the country.
For example, in Aarhus, you board the yellow buses from the back and depart from the front. You don't show your ticket to the driver; you are on the honor system - similar to riding the trains in Copenhagen.
Now if you take a blue bus (Rutebus), it is like taking a yellow bus in Copenhagen: you enter from the front, exit from the middle, show your ticket to the driver, etc.
This also applies to other cities. The best way to be sure is watch others who are boarding or just ask the driver. Most bus drivers speak Danish, English and, often, German. If you cannot speak with them, there will be people on the bus who can help. Just relax and follow the rules above and you should have an enjoyable experience.
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