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Copenhagen: Shuttle boats planned to Arena

24 January 2014 at 10:00 CET

Not all roads lead to RefshaleĂžen, but during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen an extra navigable route will lead there: the water route. 

Up until and after the dress rehearsals, Semi-Finals and Grand Final at the B&W-Hallerne on RefshaleĂžen, a shuttle service of harbour buses (which in fact are a fleet of yellow and blue boats!) will be laid on. This information comes from host city Event Manager from Wonderful Copenhagen, Ulrik Ammundsen:

"A great thing about this city is that you can travel around on the water. So after experiencing everything the so-called fan-mile has to offer, you can go down to Nyhavn and sail over to RefshaleĂžen"

64 passengers per boat

The fan-mile is a 1.4km long route, which during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be filled with party and colour. It will run from RĂ„dhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv from where it takes just a few minutes to reach the usual harbour bus quay.

Below you can see a video produced by Wonderful Copenhagen looking at how the fan-mile will look:

A harbour bus typically has room for 64 passengers so there needs to be put on a few extra round-trips in order to accommodate 10,000 strong audience expected at each show... That's if they all decide to arrive by boat, of course. 

The traffic company Movia and Copenhagen Municipality are presently trying to work out how many shuttle boats can run in relation to the normal timetable. 

"We are working with Wonderful Copenhagen in order to avoid all visitors having to leave at the same time. This means putting on activities for them", says Movia's area manager for Greater Copenhagen, Torben Rasmussen. 

Bus route 9A may be extended to Eurovision Island

In addition to the waterbound harbour buses, another possibility on the drawing board is to extend bus route 9A all the way out to B&W-Hallerne. 

"It usually terminates at the Opera House, which is relatively close by. So we are thinking about extending it so that it serves RefshaleĂžen in connection with the Eurovision Song Contest", Torben Rasmussen went on to say. 

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May at the B&W-Hallerne on RefshaleĂžen in Copenhagen, Denmark.