10 of the best bike tours in Copenhagen

What’s the best way to go sightseeing in Copenhagen? By bike, of course. 

Cycling is the best way to get round Copenhagen
Kristoffer Trolle (CC)

The city is regularly ranked number one in the index of best cities in the world for cycling, and its network of dedicated cycle paths are a joy to use.

So, why not do as the Danes do and explore the city on two wheels?

Why is Copenhagen so good for bike tours?

Over the last decade or so Copenhagen has invested more than $200 million in its cycling infrastructure, and it now boasts 239 miles of bike lanes. 

But it’s not just the excellent network of cycle paths that makes it such a bike-friendly city.

Bikes are considered a natural way to get around – nine of ten Copenhagen residents own a bike – and almost half of all commutes for work or education are by bike.

Commuting by bike is a popular way of getting to work in Copenhagen
Mikael Colville-Andersen (CC)

And of course the city is fairly flat, with no hard hills to climb. So if you’re wondering where to bike in Copenhagen, the answer is pretty anywhere!

What you can see on a bike tour of Copenhagen

If you opt for one of the classic guided bike tours in Copenhagen, you’ll see all the main sights in the centre of the city, including the canals and lakes, the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn and the Amalienborg Royal Palace.

If you already know the main sights, you may prefer one of the themed tours, that visit lesser known parts of the city or take you to places of specific interest.

When the tours run

Some bike tours in Copenhagen run year-round, weather permitting, but you’ll get more choice in the peak seasons of spring and summer. 

A bike tour is the best way to see the sights of Copenhagen
 Mikael Colville-Andersen (CC)

Of course, if you’re just renting a bike and doing doing your own self-guided bike tour you can go at any time of year you like. And many of the private bike tours of Copenhagen run year-round too.

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Who can join a Copenhagen bike tour?

As long as you can cycle, you can go on a guided bike tour in Copenhagen.  If you find a conventional bike difficult to ride, you can opt for an e-bike. 

If you’re looking for family bike tours in Copenhagen, most are happy to take children provided they are confident and competent on two wheels.

And if your kids are too young to cycle themselves, you can always take a cargo bike tour and put them in the bucket seat at the front.

The best bike tours in Copenhagen

So, if you fancy exploring the city by bike, here are some of our favourite bike tours in Copenhagen.

1. The classic best of Copenhagen tour

This is the classic three-hour Copenhagen bike tour that takes you round all the main sights, including Nyhavn, Rosenborg Castle, the Amalienborg Palace, the Black Diamond library and, of course, the Little Mermaid

Take a classic bike tour round all the main sights of Copenhagen.

You’ll also get to learn all about the history and culture of Copenhagen from a knowledgeable guide.

2. A speedy highlights tour of Copenhagen

If you’re short of time, why not try this 90-minute tour that whizzes you round the highlights of Copenhagen.

If you're short of time, take a speedy highlights tour of Copenhagen by bike.

Your experienced guide will give you an insight into the city’s history and show you to the main points of interest.

3. Fun foodie trip

Foodies will love this three-hour foodie trip by bike to six different venues where you can sample the best of Danish cuisine.

You can take a foodie tour of Copenhagen by bike

The trip takes in a local food market, a smørrebrød restaurant and an award-winning Danish hot dog stand.

Check out these guides for more on Danish smørrebrød and where to get cheap food in Copenhagen.

4. Book a private bike tour

If you already know the city and have seen the main sights, you may want to  book a private tour so that you can choose where to go or ask the guide to take you off-the-beaten-track to the lesser-known parts of the city. 

You can do a private bike tour of Copenhagen, for just your family or friends.

And if you’re travelling with family or a group of friends, it may not work out much more than going on a group tour.

5. Take a cargo bike tour

When in Copenhagen, you just have to have a go on a cargo bike, also known as Christiania bikes, after the suburb of Copenhagen where they were invented. (For more on the freetown of Christiania, read our guide.) 

Discover Copenhagen's sights on a cargo bike.

These distinctive bikes with a big bucket in front are great fun to cycle, or you can sit in the cosy front seat and let the driver do the peddling.

And because these cargo bikes are electric it’s not that hard work, so just about anyone can have a go at cycling.

Most people swap around and have a turn in the bucket seat and a turn cycling, or you can stay in the saddle and put your dogs or children in the front seat!

6. Hang out in hip Nørrebro 

Seen the main sights already? Then why not explore the lesser-known areas of Copenhagen by bike.

See the cool street art on a bike tour of  Copenhagen's trendy Nørrebro district.

Hang out with hipsters in the trendy district of Nørrebro, a former working-class area that has been gentrified and is now a lively, vibrant, multicultural suburb. 

You’ll check out some striking street art, artisan coffee shops, ethnic cafés, craft beer houses, design shops and artists studios, plus the grave of Copenhagen’s most famous son Hans Christian Andersen.

7. Cycle with Bike Mike 

Considered by many to be the best Copenhagen bike tour, no rundown of cycle trips in Copenhagen would be complete without the iconic Bike Mike tours

Go on a cycle tour of the city with Bike Mike, Copenhagen's ultimate bike guide.

A longstanding institution, Bike Mike has been cycling round the streets of Copenhagen for almost fifty years and has become legendary amongst cycle guides for his non-conventional and authentic tours.

8. Go easy with an e-bike tour

If you fancy a bike tour, but don’t want the effort of cycling yourself, this e-bike tour takes all the hard work out of it.

E-bikes make it easy for everyone to see Copenhagen's sights by bike.

All the iconic sights are included and you’ll also spend some time in Christiania which you can explore on foot.

Bikes and head-sets (so that you can hear the guide) are included and because e-bikes go faster then push bikes you’ll get to see more of the city in less time. 

9. Hunt the Forgotten Giants by e-bike

This open-air treasure hunt by e-bike takes you out of the city to search for four Forgotten Giants. 

Take a tour of Thomas Dambo's giant sculptures around Copenhagen by bike

Dotted around the countryside of greater Copenhagen, these huge sculptures by sustainable artist Thomas Dambo are made out of recycled materials and rubbish.

Not only will your guide take you to see these wonderful works of art, but you’ll explore some of the lesser-known countryside around the city and in Zealand too.

10. Rent your own e-bike

For those who know where they want to go and don’t need a guide, renting an e-bike is the fastest and most fun way to get around. 

Rent an e-bike and explore Copenhagen on your own.

Bikes come with baskets (so you can go shopping) and helmets, though they’re not compulsory in Denmark and you’ll see plenty of Danes cycling without them.

You can rent a bike from two hours up to five days, and they have a range of 80km so you can explore out of the city centre too.

See also: 
Copenhagen’s best spas and communal baths
Where to east Danish pastries in Copenhagen
70 cheap and free things to do in Copenhagen

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