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From Cars to Trains: Getting around Denmark

Many expats choose to explore Denmark by car.

Getting around Denmark is actually quite easy. Not only are extensive road networks and the usual modes of transportation readily available, you can also travel by boat and ferry to one of the surrounding islands or explore Denmark by bike.

Additionally, Denmark is very well located within Europe, in close proximity to other Nordic countries as well as Germany and the United Kingdom. For travel-addicted expats, it serves quite capably as a transportation hub.

Driving with Daisy in Denmark

Driving in Denmark is easy and hassle-free. Not only are roads in good condition, traffic is also fairly light — aside, of course from rush hour on busy streets. Since the country is fairly small, you will easily find your way around the Danish motorways. The roads that lead out of town are usually named after their main destination, and there is no shortage of road signs or rest stops.

Denmark is very easy to explore by car, but if you wish to also tour the many charming islands, you will need to go by ferry. Ferry rates are quite reasonable, but are usually somewhat higher during the summer. For some ferries, you should make reservations ahead of time, even if it is only a few hours. Particularly during holidays and on weekends, ferries can be quite crowded or even completely booked as many people, Danes included, flock to the smaller islands for a bit of relaxation.

For information on road conditions, traffic, ferry cancellations, and more, you can contact the Danish Road Directorate by calling 7244 3333.

Alternative Means of Transportation

If you’d rather not take the car, you can safely fall back on Denmark’s train network. The service is not only reliable, trains also travel frequently, and the fares are quite affordable. Most long-distance trains run at least once per hour during the day. Denmark’s train network is operated by DSB, and on Rejseplanen (travel planner) you can check connections and times for both trains and busses.

In broad terms, fares amount to roughly 2 DKK per kilometer and therefore always depend on your destination. Seat reservations have to be paid for separately and are usually 30 DKK.

It’s a good idea to get a Rejsekort (travel card), which can be ordered and reloaded online. This is not only much easier to use than buying individual tickets; fares also become quite a bit cheaper, and the card can be used on both trains and many busses.

Exploring the rest of Europe via plane is also pretty easy from Denmark. Most international flights arrive and depart from Copenhagen, and domestic flights in Denmark are rather limited. However, a few flights do connect Copenhagen to Aalborg, Aarhus, and Sønderborg. Some of these smaller airports also handle a selection of inter-European flights.

 

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