Copenhagen contrasts

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One of Arriva’s Scania CK230UB OmniLinks, BW 90 025. EMILY WHITLAM

Emily Whitlam takes a short look at some of the open-top tours and regular service buses plying their trade in the Danish capital

On a recent trip to Copenhagen, I sampled a variety of the city’s Red Sightseeing open-top tour buses and also spotted some of its regular service buses. Copenhagen is a very environmentally-conscious Scandinavian city, aiming to be the first carbon neutral capital by 2025 – not only does the city boast frequent sightseeing buses for tourists, but its whole transport system is integrated. This means that tickets purchased from DOT (Din Offentlige Transport, or in English ‘Your Public Transport,’ the organisation set up between operators in Copenhagen to integrate bus services in the city) are valid for buses, trains and the metro. Cycle lanes criss-cross the city on every street, making the use of bicycles more realistic and safe for commuting and getting around the city centre easily.

Copenhagen is split up into zones, and upon purchasing your ticket, you must pay to travel through at least two of them, which costs 24 kroner (around £2.80) – if making a longer journey, passengers need to pay for the amount of zones their journey spans across. Movia is the transport authority responsible for buses in Copenhagen, but sub-contracts other operators to run its routes, meaning the majority of buses in the city wear the familiar Arriva logo on their sides. Unfortunately, my time in Copenhagen was limited and I was unable to travel on any of the vehicles operated by DOT, however I did manage to photograph some of its service buses on my travels.


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