Last modified: 19.05.2020

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Transportation in Denmark

Denmark has more than 2,600 kilometres of railway and more than 70,000 kilometres of road, of which 1,100 kilometres are motorway. There are many ways to get around in Denmark and long distances can easily be covered by plane, train, bus or car.

Quick start to commute in Denmark: 

  1. Use Journey Planner (Rejseplanen) for suggestions on the best way of getting from A to B in Denmark. You can also use it to book tickets for trains and buses.
  2. Purchase the electronic Travel Card (Rejsekort) for travelling by bus, train, and metro all around the country. 
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    Bicycles

    You can rent a bicycle if you are in Denmark for only a short stay or buy a second hand bike. Big supermarkets offer new but cheap bikes from around 1,500 DKK. You can also buy a second-hand bike at police auctions in different cities (including Aalborg, Copenhagen and Esbjerg). For the times and locations of the next auction, contact your local police station. During the summer, Copenhagen provides city bikes parked in the city centre which you can use free of charge. In Aalborg and Esbjerg, you can find many places where you can rent a bike for short periods.

    CYCLING CULTURE

    In Denmark, cycling is a practical means of transportation. Bike paths cut across the country and all Danes accustomed to cycle to work, to school, when they bring the children to kindergarten, to keep and also to keep in shape. Therefore, there is a vast network of cycle paths and routes throughout Denmark, which makes life easier and better for cyclists.

    Click here to find tips for cycling in Denmark.

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    Buses

    It is easy to get around Denmark by public transport. Distances between places are small, so you can get from one end of the country to the other relatively quickly.

     

    CITY BUSES

    City buses (easily recognised by their yellow colour) are run by five regional public bus companies. The Rejsekort (electronic travel card) can be used in Copenhagen, Esbjerg and Aalborg city buses.

    Please note that you cannot bring a bike with you in a city bus.

     

    REGIONAL BUSES

    Regional buses are also run by five regional public bus companies. Regional buses connect smaller cities and the countryside with public transport to major cities, train stations etc. The frequency of regional buses varies a lot depending on the day of the week, time of the year and whether it is day or night. Multi-ride tickets and season cards can be purchased in most kiosks and supermarkets. Please note that regional buses do not accept credit cards, so you have to pay in cash. The Rejsekort can be used in a growing number of regional buses.

    You can also travel by coach using Denmark’s extensive network of long-distance coach routes. Bus connections are operated by providers including Eurolines Germany, FlixBus and Swebus and include routes between Danish towns and cities as well as multiple cities in Europe.

    Abildskou Coaches operate within Denmark and offers a cheaper alternative than the train. The service between Copenhagen and Aalborg and Copenhagen and Esbjerg is the Line 888, which runs several times a day, with certain buses going directly from Copenhagen Airport, others from Valby train station west of Copenhagen. Valby station is easily reached by S-trains and regional train connections.

     

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    Car

    Bringing your car to Denmark

    Read more about what to do if you bring your vehicle to Denmark in the 'upon arrival' section Bringing your car.

     

    Converting your driving licence

    If you establish residence in Denmark, you must in some cases exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish licence within a certain period. Read more about converting your driving licence under the 'upon arrival' section Converting your driving license

     

    Car leasing

    Leasing is similar to a long-term rental where you pay a given amount a month for using a car (including repairs, insurance, etc.). The only thing you pay extra is the mileage. 

    You lease a car by contacting a leasing service and putting down a payment of approximately 10.000 DKK – 20.000 DKK. You pay a monthly fee of approximately 1500-3500 DKK a month, depending on the cars original price and how much you intend to drive. For each car, an average monthly mileage is set, based on your own assumptions. If you exceed the predefined mileage, you will need to pay an extra fee. If you driver less than approximated, you will get a refund. The leasing contract often runs for a period of three years.

    The following websites offer leasing services:

     

    Car-pooling

    Several Danish sites offer car-pooling. The point of car-pooling is to use the empty seats in cars going a longer distance, by matching people driving with empty seats and people needing a ride. This approach is environmentally friendly and money saving. You need to register with the different sites in order to use their pooling services.

    The following websites in English offer carpooling services:

     

    Car rental

    Generally, you need to be at least 23 years old and have had your driver’s license for at least 6 months to be able to rent a car. Here are some examples of car rental companies:

     

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    Rejsekort (travel card)

    What is a rejsekort?

    Rejsekort (travel card) is an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train and metro throughout Denmark. Rejsekort unites the different transport operators, travel zones, ticketing systems and discount schemes into a common system, which makes it easier for passengers to use public transport services in Denmark.

    Read more about how to use a rejsekort and buy your own rejsekort here.

    Watch a video about how to use the rejsekort.

    If you cannot find the answer to your questions regarding rejsekort on www.rejsekort.dk, you can call the Rejsekort Customer Service on weekdays from 07.00 - 22.00 at (+45) 70 11 33 33.

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    Taxi

    In Denmark, taxis are relatively expensive in comparison to other countries. However, they are safe, reliable, and comfortable. There are several taxi companies in the larger cities.

    Licenced taxis are readily available all over Denmark. It is possible to hail them on the street, if the taxi light on the roof is on. You can also pick one up at the many taxi ranks in cities and towns, or by booking one in advance. Booking a taxi in advance will be slightly more expensive than hailing one.

    Search taxi companies in Denmark here.

     

    How does it work?

    Tipping is always included in the fare. If you have big luggage that needs to go on an outside rack, you will be charged extra. Most taxi drivers speak English and all will give you a receipt at the end of your ride. Drivers are required to display their licence number and rate cards. Payment can be made with cash or with credit card.

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    Timetables and travel planning

    The easiest way to determine the quickest mode of transportation is to use the journey planner (Rejseplanen).

    Alternatively, visit the websites of the national railway network DSB or the regional public transport companies. The websites provide you with information on public transportation within the area including individual bus timetables:

    • Nordjyllands Trafikselskab covers the northern part of Jutland (covering Aalborg).
    • Midttrafik covers the mid-Jutland (Midtjylland) area (covering Aarhus).
    • Sydtrafik covers the southern part of Jutland (covering Esbjerg).
    • Fynbus covers Funen (Fyn). Buses 800 and 801 serve Odense train station and Aarslev.
    • Movia covers the Copenhagen and Sealand area (including Roskilde and Emdrup and Slagelse).

    You can get free bus timetables (Køreplaner) for all the city buses at the main bus stations.

     

    Journeyplanner.dk

    The journey planner website (www.journeyplanner.dk) provides information on traveling within Denmark. This site can help you find the best possible travel options by bus, train, metro and walking when you type in departure and destination points.

    Obtaining an electronic payment card (Rejsekort) is advisable. Using a Rejsekort allows you discount depending on how frequently you travel, when you travel and where you are travelling from and to. The Rejsekort must be activated both before and after the travel at the blue dots on the platforms, and must always have a minimum of 50 DKK blance on it.

     

    Integrated ticket system covering bus, city bus and trains

    Denmark is divided into five regional public transport companies providing bus, city bus and commuter train services. Within the regional public transport companies, there is an integrated ticket system covering transport by bus, city bus and trains (both commuter and national trains) within the area. In Copenhagen, the metro is also covered by the integrated ticket system. Tickets are therefore valid for all three modes of transportation. Please notice that the national bus connections are not necessarily covered by the integrated ticket system, i.e. The Abildschou Coaches, Line 888 and Rute 1000 are not part of the system.

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    Trafic rules

    In Denmark traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road. Overtake to the left and stay in the right-hand lane of multi-lane roads, when not overtaking. Signs and rules of the road follow international conventions, but here are some extra things to take note of when driving in Denmark:

     

    Right of way

    Red and white triangular signs or white triangles painted on the road mean give way to traffic on the road you are about to enter.

     

    Buses

    Give way to buses pulling out of bus stops. They will indicate before doing so.

     

    Cyclists

    Denmark has more cyclists than most places and you should pay particular attention to them when turning right. Make sure you give way to cyclists and motorcyclists continuing straight when you turn right.

     

    Motorway driving

    You must indicate when changing lane on the motorway. Use your hazard lights to warn others of unexpected queues or traffic slowing down.

     

    Speed limits

    In Denmark, the speed limits are: 50km/h (31.1mph) in urban areas; 80km/h (50mph) on motorways outside urban areas; 130km/h (81mph) on motorways in most places and 110km/h (68mph) in others; 80km/h (50mph) on dual carriageways and normal roads outside of urban areas.

    On motorways, cars and motorcycles with trailers have a speed limit of 80km/h (50mph) and on normal roads 70km/h (44mph). Failure to  comply with the speed limits in Denmark will result in an on-the-spot police fine for foreign visitors.

     

    Parking

    Parking and waiting in a car is generally permitted in the right side of the road, but prohibited on main roads and motorways. You may not park on roads with an unbroken white line down the middle, anywhere within 5 metres (16 feet) of a pedestrian/bicycle crossing or 10 metres (33 feet) from an intersection. You may also not park within 12 metres (40 feet) of a bus stop, where the curb is painted yellow. Parking restrictions with regards to certain times and days are written on signs at parking areas and areas where you may not park. Police may remove illegally parked cars or hand out a fine on the spot. In Denmark, parking discs are required where time-limited parking is allowed.

     

    Blood alcohol limit

    The blood alcohol limit in Denmark is 0.5 per thousand, equivalent to approximately two measures.

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    Trains

    DSB (the Danish national railway company) runs national train connections throughout the country with frequent services.

    • Copenhagen and Zealand (Sjælland) are connected to Funen (Fyn) and all of Jutland by InterCity trains, which run direct trains every hour.
    • The InterCity Lyn (high speed trains) trains connect the Copenhagen area with Odense, Aarhus and East Jutland by hourly direct trains with few stops.
    • Other companies run regional train services (including commuter trains) in different parts of Denmark.

    When travelling on a weekend or with lots of luggage, you are strongly advised to pay a small additional fee to book a specific seat. Tickets can be bought at the station (in the kiosk or at self-service ticket-machines), online or through the DSB mobile app. Please note that it is not possible to buy tickets on the train. It is important that you purchase your ticket before boarding the train. Otherwise, you risk being fined DKK 750.

    You can buy discount tickets called DSB Orange which are considerably cheaper (but less flexible) than regular tickets. The DSB Orange should be bought well in advance.

    For information on ticket prices and timetables, contact the DSB Customer Centre at +45 7013 1415 or book your tickets online at: www.dsb.dk or via the www.journeyplanner.dk.

During your stay

Rejsekort (travel card)

Rejseplanen (journeyplanner)