Getting Around In Denmark.

The best way getting around in Denmark is by private car.

Are you arriving in Denmark in your own car? Well then there are only the fuel prices to worry about, the fuel prices are quite expensive.

Rental cars.

If you are arriving by plane and want to rent a car for your holiday or business trip then it is worth to plan ahead and book your rental car in advance.

In most cases advanced booking is cheaper and you will get the car and model you want, where on the other hand if you arrive in Denmark with no booking, the car or model you prefer may not be available and quite often it is also more expensive.

There are a number of car rental companies at all the international airports in Denmark like Budget, Avis, Hertz and other smaller local car hire companies.

Getting around in Denmark as a family, a rental car will not be that much more expensive than using public transport, especially taking into consideration that getting around in Denmark on public transport you are dependent

on time tables, dragging luggage on and off busses or trains and keeping an eye on the kids at the same time.

Don’t forget you are on a relaxing family holiday.

Driving In Denmark.

In Denmark they drive in the right lane like most other European countries, the road network is excellent and most roads are well maintained. However be on a lookout for big potholes after an extreme winter, it will take some time for the maintenance crew to get it all fixed up again.

  • You will need a valid driving licence (in Roman type) or international licence, for the type of car you are driving.
  • When driving in Denmark you need to have your headlight on at all times, also during the day.
  • Seatbelts must be worn by all passengers and the driver.
  • In Denmark they use a “parking meter“ It looks like a clock placed on the windscreen of your car, when you park you have to set the time on the “parking meter” that way the parking inspector can see how long you have been parked at this particular place.
    Make it a habit to set it every time you park even if it is not necessary, that way you will not forget to set it when you need to.
    The parking meter is available at most service stations.
  • It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. A hands free phone is still legal to use.
  • There must be a reflective warning triangle in a car when driving in Denmark, in case of a breakdown or an accident the triangle has to be set up at least 100m before the breakdown or accident so other drivers can be warned.
  • The hazard light must be used when accidents happen on the motorways or if stuck in a queue on motorways.

Be also aware of the many push bikes and pedestrians, when getting around in Denmark.

Denmark has the highest number of push bikes in the world compare to population.

Always lookout for bikes and pedestrians when turning, especially if turning to your right.

Speed Limits.

  • The speed limit in build up areas is 50 km, unless other stated.
  • On most country roads the speed limit are 80 km unless other stated, the speed limits has been increased on a few country roads lately.
  • The speed limit on the motorway is generally 130 km but some places you will find restrictions.
  • The speed limit when towing a trailer or caravan: Build up areas is 50 km, country roads up to 70 km and motorway 80 km.

Getting Around In Denmark, Towing A Caravan.

  • Be aware too, especially if you are towing a campervan that on the motorway in Denmark you will see signs with overtaking forbidden for trucks and cars towing campervans some places and at specific times.
  • Be aware that on the many bridges in Denmark there can be very strong winds, this is mainly the case for the following three bridges, The New Lille Belts Bridge between Jutland and Funen, The Big Belt Bridge between Funen and Zealand and The Vejle Fjord Bridge.
  • In real bad conditions these three bridges will be closed down for traffic.

    Crossing The Big Belt Bridge in Denmark.

    Crossing The Big Belt Bridge in Denmark.

    However if you are staying in Copenhagen only, public transport may be the best solution for you, due to the heavy traffic, and it may also be hard to find parking, and the public transport system in Copenhagen is excellent.

    Here you can find more information about Public Transport In Copenhagen.

    Getting Around By Plane.

    From Copenhagen airport you can reach any other airport in Denmark in less than 1 hour.
    Billund Airport, placed on the Jutland Peninsula , is Denmark’s second largest airport and is also an international airport, with connection to most cities in Europe.

    For more information go to Copenhagen airport.

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