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Travelling around Denmark

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There are quite a few choices when it comes to transportation in Denmark. You can choose from trains, buses, taxis, aeroplanes, and even bikes and boats, depending on the purpose of your trip. Whether you are shopping, sightseeing, or going to work, getting there will not be a problem in Denmark.

Trains

Train travel is a common and practical means of transport in Denmark, and most major and medium sized cities can be reached by train. Managed in large part by Danish State Railways, there are multiple local, regional, and international train lines. Different types of tickets are available for different types of and frequency of travel. The S-train (S-tog) system is the network running in the Greater Copenhagen Area.

The DSB website has information on the different types of tickets in Danish, and Rejseplanen can help you plan your journey in English or German. Tickets can be purchased on the Rejseplanen website, via the DSB website or DSB mobile application, or at the station via automatic vending machines or 7/Eleven shops.

 Good to know:

A paying adult can have up to two children under 12 years of age with them free of charge.

Bikes are allowed, but some types of trains require the purchase of a separate bike ticket (cykelpladsbillet). Find more information at DSB.dk (in Danish).

Buses

Buses come in handy in the city or when train travel does not cover a particular zone. You can find bus routes that cover both short and long distances—also to other destinations in Europe. As with trains, you can purchase tickets online, from a ticket vending machine, or from the bus driver. To purchase directly from the driver, you should have cash -- the exact change if possible. Abildskou and Thinggaard are two of the major Danish bus companies. You can plan your bus trip on the Rejseplanen website.

Cycling in Denmark

For Danes, cycling is more than leisure or a means of transportation—it is a lifestyle. As a result, bike paths are almost everywhere in Denmark—cities and countryside alike. Because Denmark is relatively flat and it is much cheaper than driving or taking public transportation, cycling is a sensible choice. Make sure you know the rules before you enter the fray, especially if you are biking in a bigger city.

Bikes are allowed on trains and buses provided you are in possession of a cyklerpladsbillet (see above). Several cities have bike sharing programs, and bikes can often be rented at bike shops.

Taxis

Taxis are available in all major cities. You can hail a taxi on the street if it has a lit sign on its roof, or you can wait at a taxi stand. Advance booking is possible for a fee. Tips are included in the taxi fare. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Domestic flights

If you’re going to travel a longer distance within Denmark, it might be worth it to check domestic flights, as fares can sometimes be comparable to train fares. With twenty-something airports to choose from, air travel could be the way to go if it fits your itinerary. Aarhus, Aalborg, Billund, Karup, Sønderborg, and Bornholm are just a few of the choices. Copenhagen and Billund are the main international airports.

Boats

Denmark boasts a number of domestic and international ferry routes, providing an alternative to the more conventional modes of transportation. Different types of ferries are available, from simple shuttle ferries linking islands to the mainland to cruise-type ferries with restaurants, cafes, restrooms, and other features. Ferry services are primarily provided by four companies—Scandlines, Stena Line, Color Line and Fjord Line.

 Useful links:

SAS
Norwegian
Scandlines
Color Line
Fjord Line
Rød Billet

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