Getting around Denmark

Travelling around Denmark
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Updated 2019-12-18 14:18

Expats can rest assured, knowing that Denmark offers an extensive transportation network with reliable and affordable services. Depending on the preferred method of travel, expats can choose between trains, buses, airplanes, taxis, boats, and even bicycles – after all, Denmark is one of the best countries for cycling in the world. Here’s a summary of the different ways to travel around Denmark

Trains in Denmark

Train travel is one of the best ways to travel between major and smaller sized cities in Denmark. There are local, regional, and even international train lines that run throughout the day. 

For train travel around Denmark, the Rejseplanen website is great for finding routes, prices, and time schedules. The website is available in English and tickets can even be purchased directly on the website. 

Tickets can also be purchased on the DSB website or mobile application. Of course, tickets and information about routes are also available at the help centre of all train stations.

Trains in the Greater Copenhagen Area run on a different system and are called S-trains (S-tog). This system has affordable ticket options for regular travellers and bicycles can be taken aboard free of charge

 Good to know: 

Adults can be accompanied by two children younger than 12 years old free of charge

Bus system in Denmark

Denmark has great bus routes for short and long distances within Denmark and to other destinations in Europe. Tickets can be purchased online or from ticket machines found in bus terminals; in some cases, tickets can be bought on board with cash. To plan your route, use the Rejseplanen website. 

Here are some of the most popular bus companies:

Flixbus (within Denmark and to other countries)
Thinggaard (only within Denmark)
Nobina (only within Denmark)

Taxis in Denmark

Although ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are not allowed to operate in Denmark, the Scandinavian country does have a reliable taxi service in all major cities. Taxis in Denmark are quite expensive, so make sure to find out about rates before getting in at a taxi stand or hailing a taxi on the street. 

Advanced booking can be made at extra costs by telephone and sometimes via a mobile app. Cash and credit cards are accepted, and there is no need to tip the driver since tips are already included in the fare. 

Here are some of the well-known taxi companies:

Airport transfers in Denmark

Major cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus have dedicated airport transfer services. Airport transportation options in Copenhagen include bus and train transfers, while Aarhus has a public bus service.  

Public transportation methods for getting to and from the airport are reliable and the most affordable option. 

Flights in Denmark

There are more than 20 airports in Denmark that serve domestic and international routes. The busiest airports are Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and Billund Airport (BLL). Domestic flight prices are competitive; it is worth checking out costs and drawing a comparison to train fares. 

Expats can use flight comparison websites like flybillet.dk and Skyscanner to find the best fares for their desired route and departure date. 

Boats in Denmark

With over 7,000km of coastline, it makes sense that Denmark is accessible by boat. The Scandinavian country has several domestic and international ferry (‘færger’ in Danish) routes between various Danish and European cities. 

There are different types of ferries: car ferries, leisurely holiday cruise ferries with restaurants and entertainment, shuttle ferries linking islands and the mainland, and cargo ferries. 

Here are some of the main ferry lines:

Stena Line
Scandlines
Fjord Line
DFDS
Color Line

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