Getting Around - Internal Travel
The network of scheduled air services radiates from Copenhagen
(Kastrup). Other airports well served by domestic airlines include
Ålborg, Århus, Billund, Esbjerg, Karup, Rønne,
Skrydstrup, Sønderborg and Thisted.
Domestic airports are generally located between 2 or more cities
which are within easy reach of each other. Domestic flights are
usually of no more than 30 minutes’ long.
Limousines are available. Discounts are available on some tickets
bought in Denmark. Family, children and young person’s discounts
are also available.
The main cities on all islands are connected
to the rail network:
Ålborg, Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Herning, Horsens, Odense
and Randers. Danish
State Railways (DSB) (telephone number: 7013 1418, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
operates a number of express trains called Lyntogs
which provide long-distance, non-stop travel, it is often possible
to purchase newspapers, snacks and magazines onboard these trains.
There is also a new type of intercity train called the IC3
, which is even faster and more direct. Seat reservations
are compulsory. Children under 10 years old travel free
and there are also price reductions for persons over 65 and groups
of 8 people or more.
The Englænderen boat-train runs between Esbjerg
and Copenhagen and connects with ferries from the
UK. DSB passenger fares are based on a zonal system
and the cost depends on the distance travelled, the cost per kilometre
is reduced the longer the journey.
The Scanrail Pass allows unlimited travel within
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. First-class prices for adults
are approximately £297 for 21 days and £167 for 5 days
out of 15. As elsewhere in Europe, Inter-Rail passes
are valid in Denmark. Bus, ferry and rail tickets may be purchased
at all railway stations.
There are frequent ferry sailings from Kalundborg
to Århus, Ebeltoft to Sjællands
Odde and Rønne to Copenhagen.
The larger ferries have restaurants or cafes and may have TV, video
and cinema lounges, shops, play areas for children and sleeping
rooms. Local car ferries link most islands to the road networks.
The road system in the Danish archipelago makes frequent use of
ferries. Country buses operate where there are no railways, but
there are very few private long-distance coaches.
Motorways are not subject to toll duty and Emergency telephones
are available on motorways and there is a national breakdown network
similar to the AA in Britain called Falck, which
can be called out 24 hours a day. There are petrol stations on the
motorways, generally with other services such as restaurants and
cafes. Most of the petrol stations are automatic. A maximum of ten
litres of petrol is allowed to be kept as a reserve in suitably
The Danish Motoring Organisation is
Danske Motorejere (FDM),
PO Box 500,
Telephone number: 7013 3040
fax number: 4527 0993
Speed limits are 110kph (66mph) on the motorways,
80kph (48mph) on other roads and 50kph (30mph) in built-up areas
(signified by white plates with town silhouettes). Speed laws are
strictly enforced, and heavy fines are levied on the spot and the
car is impounded if payment is not made.
There are cycle lanes along many roads and, through the countryside,
many miles of scenic cycle track. Bikes can easily be taken on ferries,
trains, buses and on domestic air services.
Available to drivers over the age of 20 years old, and can be reserved
through travel agents or airlines, but many car rental firms will
only hire vehicles out to drivers over 25 years of age.
Traffic drives on the right had side and the wearing of seat belts
Motorcyclists must wear
helmets and drive with dipped headlights at all times.
Headlamps on all vehicles should be adjusted for
right-hand driving. All driving signs are international.
A national driving licence is acceptable. EU nationals
taking their own cars to Denmark are strongly advised to obtain
a Green Card. Without it, insurance cover is limited
to the minimum legal cover in Denmark, the Green Card tops this
up to the level of cover provided by the car owner’s domestic
Car repair is often available at the petrol stations, costs include
25 per cent VAT on labour and materials, which is not refunded when
you leave the country.
Parking in cities is largely governed by parking discs, available
from petrol stations, tourist offices, post offices, banks and some
police stations. These allow up to 3 hours parking in car parks.
Kerbside parking is allowed for 1 hour Monday-Friday 0900-1700 hrs,
Saturday 0900-1300 hrs unless stated otherwise. The hand of the
disc should point to the quarter hour following time of arrival
and place the disc on the side of the screen nearest the kerb. Where
discs do not apply, parking meters regulate parking and used. Parking
on a metered space is limited to 3 hours Monday-Friday 0900-1800
hrs, Saturday 0900-1300 hrs. Meter charges alter according to the
area of the city
Travel Times: The following
chart gives approximate travel times from Copenhagen (in hours and
minutes) to other major cities/towns in Denmark.