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Get more out of Copenhagen with the new metro line

Copenhagen's new Cityring is now open and has made it easier, quicker and more enjoyable to get round the Danish capital city. We have put together a few facts and figures on the new metro, to make your trip to the city even more fun.

For eight years, the center of Copenhagen has looked  like a building site with diversions, disruptions and delays. The largest construction project in Copenhagen since the reign of Christian IV, aims to make traveling round the city much easier, faster and more convenient.

Archaeological excavation during the subway work. Photo: Nanna Kreutzmann/Metroselskabet

The new Cityring – or M3 - has 17 new stations in central Copenhagen. The entire length is 15.5km and takes 24 minutes from start to finish. It links together central hubs such as Kongens Nytorv, Hovedbanegården, Rådhuspladsen and Marmorkirken with the bridge districts of Vesterbro, Østerbro and Nørrebro in next to no time. It has literally never been easier to experience more of Copenhagen.

The metro's not just quick. It's also the most environment friendly means of transport in the city, after walking and cycling. And it's very popular. Since the first metro line opened in Copenhagen in 2002, passenger numbers have increased year by year and last year saw a record number of 64.7 million passengers use it. The Metro company expects Cityring to double the number of passengers to 120 million a year by 2020. Half a million people have already used the system since it was officially opened.

Photo: Büro Jantzen/Metroselskabet

The new metro line cost Dkr25.3 billion to build and is the second largest metro construction project in Europe to date, after the Crossrail project in London.

The Copenhagen metro system is also being further expanded with the M4 line, that is due to be completed in 2024.

Three tips for using the new Cityring:

Foto: Büro Jantzen/Metroselskabet

1) Orient yourself to the transfer points first

The new Cityring differs from metro lines M1 (Vanløse-Vestamager) and M2 (Vanløse-Copenhagen Airport) in not having an end station. To find out which direction to take for your quickest journey, you should orient yourself with the closest transfer point to where you want to go. The five transfer points; Kongens Nytorv, Østerport, Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Copenhagen Central Station, are displayed on station information boards and on the trains. You can then check which direction to choose when going round the ring.

The metro station is red at Copenhagen Central Station, among others. Photo: Reginaldo Sales/Metroselskabet

2) Color code: change to an S train at red stations

The M1 and M2 lines serve many of the same stations. However, the Cityring stations have been given different colors and denotations. Several of them are red, which means you can transfer to an S train there.

Photo: Tuala Hjarnø/Metroselskabet

3) Change to the M1 and M2 line at Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg

The new Cityring intersects with the “old” metro lines at Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg. You can therefore transfer from the Cityring to lines M1 and M2 and vice versa at these stations.

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