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Denmark Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

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.

Rail

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: dsb@dsb.dk) 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.


Sea

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.

Road

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 safe containers.

The Danish Motoring Organisation is
Forenede Danske Motorejere (FDM),
Firskovvej 32,
PO Box 500,
2800 Kgs.
Lyngby
Telephone number: 7013 3040
fax number: 4527 0993
e-mail: fdm@fdm.dk
website: www.fdm.dk

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.

Cycling

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.

Car hire

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.

Regulations

Traffic drives on the right had side and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory.

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.

Documentation

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 policy.

Urban Transport

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

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.
  Air Road Rail
Ålborg
0.45 6.00 4.30
Århus
0.30 4.30 3.08
Billund
0.50 5.00 -
Esbjerg
1.00 5.00 3.12
Odense
0.35 3.00 1.45
Sønderborg
0.30 5.30 3.45
 
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