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Hop On Hop Off Copenhagen Bus Tours

Updated: June 30, 2023

The following post provides details about each of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours available in Danish Capital Copenhagen.

We include information about any additional service they offer and discounts you can use to save some money.

Disclosure: We think you should consider our free tours, but we have also provided other options. While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

Pros and Cons

This section covers a few things you may want to consider before taking a Copenhagen hop-on hop-off bus tour.

If you’re trying to decide whether or not this is the best type of tour for you, check our list of pros and cons before purchasing a ticket.


Here are just a few positive things about taking a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour in Copenhagen, including some factors that make these good features for a variety of people visiting the city.

Good Overview

Whether you want to learn some general information about Copenhagen or you’re short on time and need some help figuring out where all the major sites are located, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to become familiar with the area.

Explore at your own Speed

Although the tour alone typically lasts around 1-2 hours, your ticket is good for at least one day – up to 3 if you want, giving you the chance to jump off and discover several landmarks at your own pace.

Get Around Town

If you’re not sure where to find the landmarks and historical sites in Copenhagen, this is a great way to travel around the city with ease.

Hop-on-hop-off bus tours make frequent stops at the best locations, so you could even potentially use this service as another means of transportation.


A majority of travelers will have at least one good reason to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, but there are a few negative factors you should consider before buying a ticket.

There is No Guaranteed Seat

Although some bus tours let you pay for a seat by the window, seats on a hop-on-hop-off-bus are first come, first serve.

During the busiest periods of the year, you may only have room for standing!

Tour is Not Extensive

If you need more than just a general overview of Copenhagen, you won’t necessarily get it from a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

These services usually only provide basic information about each of the locations on the route.

Inefficient Way to Take a Tour

If you’re short on time, chances are you won’t be able to hop on or off at your leisure and take an entire day to explore the city.

For a more efficient choice, consider a guided walking tour or bike tour instead.

Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

This section covers each of the hop-on-hop-off-bus tours available in Copenhagen, providing details about how to purchase tickets, which services are included, and potential ways to save money on admission.

Red Sightseeing

Unlike both of their competitors, this company currently offers one route which includes 23 stops including iconic Rosenborg Castle, The Citadel, The Latin Quarter, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and more.

Their audio guide is available in the following languages: English, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese.

This hop on - hop off bus tour is available for a total of 48 hours and it can be combined with a hop on hop off boat tour which we will cover in more detail in our discounts section.

48 Hour Ticket

  • €30.00/Adults
  • Free for kids 16 and under (max 2 kids per adult)
  • Add a boat tour for just €5 more!

Purchase Red Sightseeing hop on hop off bus tour tickets.

As you can see, one of the biggest differences between this company and others is that admissions are free for youth and children 15 years of age and younger.

If you’ve got any younger teens in your family, this could be a great way to save money on admissions.

In addition to that, it should be noted that you can save more than 15% off admissions for Red Sightseeing by using a Copenhagen Card, and you can learn more about that option in our discounts section.

Tour Route

With 23 stops, this route takes about 1 ½ hours to finish.

Ticket holders can expect to see a wide range of sites including the National Museum of Denmark, Tivoli Gardens, The Round Tower, and of course the historic locations listed above.

Whether you’re interested in learning about the history of Copenhagen or you want to see some of the most notable attractions in the city, this hop-on hop-off bus tour will get you where you need to go.


If you’re looking for a shorter tour, this company offers a 48-hour validity ticket which has the same routes as those offered by City Sightseeing.

This is basically the same tour provided by their competitors, including the fact that their audio guide is available in the same 11 languages.

Copenhagen Stromma Bus Map

What sets this service apart from others is that you can purchase combo tickets which include both this hop on hop off bus tour and additional activities like a hop on hop off boat tour.

We’ll cover these options in greater detail under our discounts section.

Much like the other services on this list, admissions are available either for one route or all routes.

48 Hour Ticket – One Route

  • €24/Adults
  • €12/Children
  • Free for children under 6

Purchase Stromma One Route tickets.

48 Hour Ticket – All Routes

  • €29/Adults
  • €14.50/Children
  • Free for children under 6

Purchase Stromma All Routes tickets.

This tour is included for free with the Copenhagen City Pass, and you can find more information about how that service could save you 50% or more on a variety of activities in our discounts section.

As with other hop-on-hop-off-bus tours, if you decide later that you don’t want to go on this tour, you can always return your tickets for a full refund up to 24 hours before it begins.

For more details about the three lines offered, please read this tour routes section.

City Sightseeing

When it comes to hop-on-hop-off bus tours, there are few names more trusted than this tour company.

City Sightseeing currently offers this type of service in the most historic and notable cities in the world.

Their tour in Copenhagen includes 3 routes, 30 stops, and is provided in the following 11 languages: English, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Polish and Russian.

City Sightseeing Map Bus Copenhagen

While on this hop on hop off bus tour, you can expect to see a variety of notable sites including the Royal Palace, Rosenborg Castle, City Hall Square, Frederiksberg Garden, Copenhagen Zoo, and more.

Currently, this tour is only available in the form of a 3-day admissions, and there are no additional services included. You can purchase either one route or all route admissons.

72 Hour Ticket – Classic Route (Red)

  • €30.85/Adults
  • €15.43/Children
  • Free for children under 5

Purchase City Sightseeing Classic Route tickets.

72 Hour Ticket – Colorful Route (Violet)

  • €33.59/Adults
  • €16.80/Children
  • Free for children under 5

Purchase City Sightseeing Colorful Route tickets.

72 Hour Ticket – All Routes

  • €37.71/Adults
  • €18.86/Children
  • Free for children under 5

Purchase City Sightseeing All Routes tickets.

If you’re interested in a discount on this service, keep in mind that you can save 20% off all City Sightseeing bus tours using the Copenhagen Card.

For more details, please read our discount section.

Even if you purchase tickets and later decide not to take the tour, you can still return them for a full refund up to 24 hours before the service begins.

Tour Routes

City Sightseeing offers three routes in Copenhagen which cover different areas of the city.

The Classic Copenhagen route is the only one available daily throughout the year, and it is the tour that you’ll receive if you purchase a one route admission.

This route includes 15 stops at locations like Rosenborg Castle, Tivoli, City Hall Square and many other popular/historic sites. The full outing takes about 1 ½ hours to complete.

If you’re more interested in family-friendly attractions, the Urban Green Copenhagen route includes stops at locations such as the Planetarium, Copenhagen Zoo, the Frederiksberg Garden and more.

This route has 11 stops and is currently available from Friday - Sunday and only with an all routes admission.

During the summer, you can take this tour daily. You can expect the full trip to take around 45 - 60 minutes to finish.

Finally, the Colourful Copenhagen route will take you to Christianshavn and beyond, with stops at the Opera, Casino and Tivoli. There are 7 stops included and it’ll take 45-60 minutes.

Deals & Discounts

This section provides information about each of the discounts available on Copenhagen bus tours, including details about combo packages and tourist passes that include this service.

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

There are currently two popular attraction passes in Copenhagen, and each of them offers excellent deals for the various bus tours available throughout the city.

While the Copenhagen Card only offers free public transport by bus, train, and metro, the Copenhagen City Pass fully covers the cost of a Stromma hop on hop off bus tour.

Depending on how you use the Copenhagen City Pass, you could save up to 50% off or more.

These passes include admission to dozens of popular attractions and activities in the city, including some of the following excellent examples:

  • Planetarium | €21.40 ($23.00)
  • Experimentarium | €26.00 ($27.75)
  • Copenhagen Zoo | €26.00 ($27.75)
  • Amalienborg Palace | €12.70 ($13.60)
  • CopenHill Ski Slope | €29.40 ($31.45)
  • Hop on Hop off Boat Tour | €14.00 ($15.00)
  • Kronborg Castle | €19.40 ($20.75)
  • The National Museum | €13.40 ($14.33)
  • RAGNAROCK | €15.40 ($16.50)
  • Christiansborg Palace | €21.40 ($22.89)
  • And more!

If you’re curious about how these discount passes work and which one best fits your plans, please read our post covering Copenhagen tourist attraction discount passes.

Combo Packages

These packages are an excellent alternative for those who either don’t plan on doing much other than touring Copenhagen or don’t have a lot of time to spend in the city.

Rather than paying for the cost of dozens of activities, a combo deal covers 2-3 attractions or tours at a discounted rate.

Here are a few of the best options available:

Stromma Bus & Boat Tour

  • 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Boat Tour
    • €33.60/Adults | €16.80/Children

Red Sightseeing Bus & Boat Tour

  • 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Boat Tour
    • €35/Adults | Free for Youth 15 and under

If you're looking for more details about these hop-on hop-off boat tours, make sure to read our post on Copenhagen Canal and Boat tours.


How much are Copenhagen hop-on hop-off tickets?

Prices may vary depending on the specific tour company and package chosen, but on an average admission cost between €25 to €35.

How long does a hop-on hop-off Copenhagen tour take?

The duration of a hop-on hop-off Copenhagen tour can vary depending on the specific tour company and the route you choose.

Typically, these tours offer multiple routes with various stops, allowing you to explore different parts of the city at your own pace.

A full loop or circuit of all the stops can take around 1.5 to 2.5 hours, but the total time you spend on the tour depends on how often you decide to hop off and explore the attractions along the way.

Are hop-on hop-off Copenhagen tickets valid 24/7?

Hop-on hop-off Copenhagen tickets are typically not valid 24/7.

These tickets are usually valid for a specific duration, such as 24 or 48 hours, starting from the time of activation.

The operating hours of the hop-on hop-off buses also have specific time frames, usually starting in the morning and ending in the evening.

Are Copenhagen hop-on hop-off tours easier than public transportation?

Copenhagen hop-on hop-off tours provide a guided and convenient way to explore the city's attractions.

They offer designated stops and informative commentary, making navigation easier for tourists.

On the other hand, public transportation in Copenhagen, such as buses and trains, can be a viable option for getting around the city, but it may require more planning and familiarity with the routes and schedules.

And much, much more

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: June 30th, 2023
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