We arrive in Copenhagen early morning on June 12th and leave on a cruise from the Freeport Terminal on June 13th. Where is a good, reasonably priced place to stay to take maximum advantage of our 1 day in Copenhagen? And what is the best and cheapest method of transportation from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the cruise port? Grateful for any help.
There are several hotels in the area around Kgs. Nytorv and Nørreport. One option could be the Wake Up Hotel in Borgergade https://www.wakeupcopenhagen.com/?_ga=1.171307232.1170386958.1433314715#/search
There are also a lot of budget hotels in the area around the central station, but that area is a bit more seedy, though by no means dangerous.
However since I live in Copenhagen, I have never needded a hotel here, so I have no real experience with Copenhagen hotels apart from their locations.
Public transportation would be your best option. From the airport there is a regular train that takes you to the central station or a metro that takes you to Kgs. Nytorv or Nørreport St. To get from the city centre to the Cruise terminal you can take the S-train from either the Central Station or Nørreport to Nordhavn St. and its a short, signed walk fro there. Use www.rejseplanen.dk as your travelplanner.
We're going out of the Oceankaj port--a little farther out. It's a new terminal facility and many of the larger ships depart from there.
Our hotel is in the Center City, and we're taking a train to the main train station from the airport. We're within walking distance. to get to the cruise port, we're taking a train and then Bus 25 to within 400 meters of the Oceankaj facility.
Many flying out after disembarkation take a cab to the airport--expensive but less hassles.
We are sailing out of Oceankaj too. What terminal is the pier at? Staying at the airport the night before and will likely do a zip into town for a walk around on that first day.
Will be looking for a supermarket that sells wine there. Any ideas where we can find one?
I looked at the average price of wine in Copenhagen and it seems like a better idea to get it there than to bring it in suitcase.
Besides, it gives us a target that will include more ordinary aspects of Copenhagen.
I recommend staying in the area of Kongens Nytorv/Nyhavn (at the north end of the Stroget). It's a nice, cleaner and quieter area than down by city hall/train station. The hotels we stayed at in the area are The Strand (the longest walk from the metro but a really good budget choice) The Opera (really convenient, just around the corner from the metro, another great choice but shows it's age - or at least did in 2010) and The Phoenix (nice hotel, a little more expensive, with one of the best breakfasts anywhere).
To get there, take the metro into town from the airport. The Kongens Nytorv stop is not more than fifteen minutes - amazingly fast. If you're staying downtown, near city hall/train station/Tivoli, you can take the train but that's about 25 minutes from the airport. Trains, metro and/or busses are included in the Copenhagen card (which you can buy at the TI in the airport).
From Kongen's Nytorv to the docks take the metro away from the airport (if the first stop is Christianshavn you're going back toward the airport) I believe it's one-stop to Norreport. At Norreport, change to an S-Train going north. It's a short ride to Nordhavn. From there it's a longish walk to the ship depending on which dock you're at.
You might want to double check with your cruise line to verify which port you're sailing out of. Most of the large ships are now going out of the new Oceankaj terminal--handling 3 ships at a time. Many port listing I've read online are inaccurate. Oceankaj is just a little farther out.