Travel & Transport
Gateway to Europe
Denmark's location makes it an excellent gateway to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. Berlin is just an hour’s flight away. London and Paris can be reached in less than two hours, and Barcelona, Rome, Vienna and Prague are all just a few hours away. Denmark also has excellent transport infrastructure, which makes it easy for you to explore the nation’s scenic countryside and national parks in your free time and holidays.
Travel in Denmark
Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland and an archipelago of 433 named islands. All 72 inhabited Danish islands are connected by ferryboat service or bridge. The two largest and most densely populated islands are Zealand and Funen.
Denmark has two mega-bridges – one connecting Funen and Sealand (the Great Belt Bridge) and one connecting Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö (the Öresund Bridge). Both are among Europe’s biggest. Bridges also connect other Danish islands, including the bridge between Jutland and Funen (the Little Belt Bridge).
The Danish motorway network now covers 1,111 km and the railway network totals 2,667 km of track. You can travel to most cities by train, bus, or ferry. Copenhagen has one of the world’s most efficient metro systems – a fully-automated system operating 24/7. Denmark has several international airports, the largest of which are Copenhagen and Billund. There are also domestic flights between Copenhagen and the cities of Aalborg, Aarhus and Rønne.
Public transport in Denmark uses a common pricing and zoning system. Access further information by clicking on the links below:
Arriving from abroad
Arriving in eastern Denmark
You will most likely fly to Copenhagen Airport, the largest airport in Scandinavia. Handling around 9,691,000 passengers each year, it is located 8 km southeast of the city centre. From the airport, the city centre can be accessed in various ways:
- Train: There is a train station under terminal three, which is served by airport shuttle trains and intercity trains. Travel time to the city centre: approx. 12 min. There are also trains to Malmö in Sweden and high-speed trains to the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
- Metro: Line M2 links the airport with the city centre. Travel time to the city centre: approx. 15 min.
- Bus: Movia buses 5A, 35, 36, 75 E, 76 E and 96 N and Gråhundbus line 999 all stop at the airport. Bus 888, the express to Jutland, also stops at the airport. Movia bus 2A stops near the airport. There are long-distance buses to Sweden.
- Car: The airport has 8,600 parking spaces. The E20 motorway goes right by the airport. Junctions 15, 16, and 17 are the best exits.
- Taxi: A taxi fare to the city centre costs around DKK 200,00 (€27). The ride takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. So taking the metro is faster – and cheaper.
Arriving in western Denmark
For the west of the country, the major airport is Billund, which is located just 2 km outside of the city of Billund in Central Jutland. From the airport, the city centre and other major cities in Jutland can be accessed in various ways:
- Bus: There is an airport shuttle bus service.
Alternatively, Aarhus Airport is located in northeast Jutland around 36 km from the city of Aarhus. From the airport, the city centre can be accessed in various ways:
- By taxi: There are taxis available outside the terminal building. The fare is around 300 DKK (€41) and takes approximately 30 minutes.
- By bus: There is an airport shuttle bus service. Also, route 212 between Ebeltoft and Randers stops at the airport.
Getting around on your bike ...
Almost all Danes own a bicycle. In small towns and cities alike, cycling is the most common means of transport. Easy, cheap and eco-friendly, cycling makes an excellent alternative to driving. The facts are impressive. In Copenhagen alone:
- Cyclists pedal a total of 1.1 million kilometres – every day! That is the equivalent of a couple of brisk trips to the Moon and back
- There are 350 km of cycle lanes and 40 km of parkland cycle routes. This equals the entire length of Denmark.
- The city’s bicycle infrastructure is state of the art – with green waves and special traffic regulation for bicycles.
- One out of three people travel to work or school by pedal-power every day
Bringing your car
If you are coming to Denmark in a vehicle with a foreign registration, you have to get it registered in Denmark within two weeks of arrivel. There are two options of registering, depending on the length of your stay:
If you stay in Denmark more than 185 days:
You MUST register your vehicle in Denmark (changing your domestic registration plates to Danish registration plates) from day one and pay registration tax (proportional (quarterly) tax to be paid). Use application form: 21.033 EN.
If you stay in Denmark in 185 days or less:
You CAN apply for permission to drive your vehicle in Denmark keeping your domestic registration plates without paying Danish registration tax. Use application form: 21.059 EN. The price for applying for this permit is of 400 DKK! You MUST on demand show documentation issued by your institution that you are enrolled as a student (including time of stay: starting date and completion date). This documentation must be shown on demand to tax officers or police.
Make sure that your insurance is valid in Denmark including Danish liability insurance requirements.
- Copenhagen Airport
- Billund Airport
- Aarhus Airport
- DSB (train company)
- Public transportation route planner
- Ferry boat planner
- Online map and addresses in Denmark
www.denmark.dk - the official website of Denmark
www.visitdenmark.com - tourist information for visitors to Denmark
www.visitcopenhagen.com - information about the Danish capital
www.visitaarhus.com - information about Denmark's second largest city
www.visitodense.com - information about Denmark's third largest city
www.visitaalborg.com - information about Denmark's fourth largest city