We will be disembarking a Princess Cruise on June 2nd. Our flight to London isn't until later in the afternoon. Any suggestions on where to store our bags so we can explore around the city before going to the airport. Also, is the city center walking distance from the cruise port? We don't travel with much luggage and are physically able to walk distances.
What city/ country are you disembarking from prior to your flight to London?
Edit: I read posts in the AllTopics mode and didn't see that you had posted in the Denmark forum. Now I'm assuming that you'll be disembarking in or near Copenhagen. How many hours will you have from the time you disembark to when you need to be at the airport? Is it a remote airport or the main airport for Copenhagen?
We are disembarking the cruise in Copenhagen. From what I have read it is at the Oceanjak terminal. I am looking to book an Easy Jet flight from Copenhagen to London Gatwick in the late afternoon as we fly home to Vancouver the next day.
Here is one suggestion.
If Princess offers an expedited disembarkation take it and be one of the first people off....assuming a 7AM arrival and clearance and that you carry all of your own bags off the ship.
Take a taxi to the airport CPH (30 - 45 minutes) and turn in your checked bags to the airline. (Assuming your airline does not restrict an early check-in.) Then take the train/metro into town. It is a quick and inexpensive trip and puts you into the heart of Copenhagen. Do research via your RS guidebook and the internet for sights and city maps. Lots of things to see and do that are close to the train station. Then head back to the airport at the appropriate time in order to clear security and be at your gate well before your flight time.
Edit: I wrote the above before you posted your flight plans. Easy Jet may have restriction on an early check in of your bags. Check this detail. If they do NOT allow check-in 6+ hours before your flight ....never mind. Check the CPH website for information about a short term luggage storage.
It seems to me having your luggage at the airport and not having to drag it around on the train/metro would make for a better experience. IMO.
Here is a wiki thread that looks to be helpful. In 2014 a new cruise terminal opened in this vicinity which supposedly handles 60% of the cruise traffic. Verify with your cruise company which terminal they use and note busses to the city center train station where you can hopefully store your luggage and purchase an ongoing ticket for your later in the day journey to the airport.
Edit: link to luggage storage in Copenhagen http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/luggage-storage
Thanks Robert - that is a great idea.
Mona, thanks for the wiki info. Will check it out.
Instead of going back and forth to the airport, you can also just store your luggage at the central station and then catch a train to the airport from there when you are done sight seeing. From Oceankaj you need a bus and a local train to the central station and from the central station there are regular trains to the airport. Use www.rejseplanen.dk to plan all journeys with public transport.
I am lucky a Copenhagen local has replied to me. How long would you estimate the time to get from the cruise port to the train station? And then from the train station to the airport?
Morten's plan sounds good. When I replied I did not know for sure that there was luggage storage at the train station. Take a taxi to town for the easiest and quickest transfer with your luggage. It is not far to town my guess is that it is about 15-20 minutes depending on traffic. With this plan you might not need to get off the ship first thing. It depends on how much you want to see. Check opening times for any sights you want to see.
It is a fast train to the airport. Again probably around 15 minutes. Details in Rick's guidebook.
Thanks so much for the info. We will definitely do the storage at the train station and explore the city
You can find the exact travel details in the link I posted. Its the online travel planer for all public transport in Denmark. Just type in departure and destination, date and time and you will get all the details you need. Its in English as Well.
Thanks everyone. I think we now have this portion figured out.
Morten, if you were flying from Copenhagen to London Gatwick, what airlines would you use? I am leaning towards Easy Jet but don't know of other local options.
Jfrail1: use skyscanner.com to see lots of possibilities, including budget airlines, between Copenhagen and London airports. Since you are coming from a cruise, and I don't know how you pack, be aware of extra fees and baggage limitations on most budget airlines and pay the smaller fee to check your main luggage when you book, as opposed to having to pay a substantial fee on the spot if you are overweight or over sized. Read baggage limitations carefully.
We did two cruises out of Copenhagen in Fall 2014. Loved the city and Denmark.
The cruise terminal is north of the city and the airport is on the SE side of the city.
There ia a local bus that goes from the cruise terminal into the city where you could go to the rail station then a train to the airport. I think the bus us number 26.
Still, slugging your luggage on the bus may not be the best choice.
Taxis are expensive in Copenhagen. Therefore, you might check with the cruise line for what they charge for transport to the airport. Also, there may be private transfers available.
The city center is NOT walking distance from the cruise port. My Wife and I had to walk about 2.5 to 3 miles from a METRO station. It was very windy and chilly and we should not have done that.