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Copenhagen Airport Departures

Copenhagen Airport is very compact for a major international hub and has easy access by road and public transport. The train arrives beneath Terminal 3, the Metro has escalators down into Terminal 3 and the public buses stop between the two terminals. Charter coaches park at the eastern end of the terminal building and taxis will drop you off directly outside.

The nearest car parks are a short walk away and the long-stay car parks and car rental centre are served by the free airport shuttle bus.

Should you have to wait around in the departures hall there are bars restaurants and shops including a post office. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Special assistance is available throughout the airport for people with reduced mobility, but you need to request this from your airline or tour operator at the time of booking.

Terminals 2 and 3 are interconnected and have shared check-in and arrivals facilities. The terminal at which you need to check in depends on which airline you are flying with. The information should be on your booking, but you can also find a full list here, which also shows the check-in choices for the airlines.

It is advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled departure time of short-haul flights, and at least three hours for long-haul flights.


There are a number of options for checking in. With many airlines, you can check in online, either on a mobile device or a computer, and then print your boarding pass or store it on your smartphone or tablet.

Copenhagen Airport has 133 self-service check-in machines, some of which allow you to print the luggage tags and check in your bags, after which you just take them to the bag drop.

If you need to check in at one of the manned counters, check the information screens for which ones are in operation for your flight. You will need your ticket or booking confirmation and your passport.

You should ensure that you know your airline's weight and size limits for hold and cabin baggage. Being over can be an expensive mistake.

Security Screening

Prepare yourself for the security checks before you leave for the airport. Liquids have to be in containers no bigger than 100ml and put in a resealable, transparent plastic bag. If you have a laptop in your cabin bag, pack it at the top because it will have to be taken out and screened separately.

You will be required to empty your pockets and remove jackets and belts. You might have to take off your shoes. Plastic trays are provided to place your items in.

Boarding Areas

You should be aware that when departing on intercontinental flights you will leave from Pier C and non-Schengen flights depart from Pier D101 to D104 and you will have to go through passport control at these locations. Allow enough time before your flight for this procedure.

In the departure areas, there are a wide variety of snack bars, restaurants, fast food outlets and pubs. The many shops sell goods including duty-free, souvenirs, local food and drink specialities, electronics, fashion and sports clothing, newspapers, books and magazines.

As well as the free Wi-Fi, the terminal has charging points throughout for mobile devices and laptops.

The departure information screens will show the gate number for international flights a minimum of forty-five minutes before departure and a minimum of thirty minutes before domestic flights. As soon as the gate number for your flight is shown, go directly to the gate to avoid any delay.