Driving Tips - Denmark
Denmark offers its share of scenic driving routes. For instance, the Marguerite Route covers almost 3,000 km (1864 miles) of the country, including about 200 attractions along the way, as well as scenic views. If you’re planning a road trip in Denmark, this guide will familiarize you with some of the rules and regulations.
Before you travel, gather the necessary documents. You’ll need the following:
- A valid driver’s license from your country
- Official photo ID (passport)
- Proof of insurance (Call your insurance company to be sure you are covered in Denmark)
- Proof of ownership if you are bringing your own car or a signed letter from the owner
- An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) (a translation of your license, which you get in your own country) is nice, but not necessary
- Rental documents, if driving a rented car
You must be 18 to drive a car in Denmark. However, you can get a tractor/motorized equipment license at 16, which allows you to drive a moped. Drivers over 70-years-old are required to take periodic driving tests to keep their license, so check to make sure your license will be valid if you are above that age.
Driving Rules, Laws, and Regulations
- Travel on the right hand side of the road
- Pass on the left hand side of the road
- Give the right of way to people on bikes
- All people in the car must wear a seatbelt
- Do not use your phone while driving
- Pay attention to road signs
- Be sure to stay out of emergency lanes, as you can be fined
- You must use a warning triangle if you are stopped for an emergency
- Yield to traffic in a roundabout
Speed Limits and Fines
The speed limits in Denmark will be posted in kilometers per hour. Generally, they are as follows:
- 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas
- 80 km/h (49 mph) in rural areas
- 130 km/h (81 mph) on 4-lane highways
The fines begin at 1,000 kroner, and they go up to about 7,500 kroner, depending on the percentage you are going over the speed limit. Keep in mind these are minimum fines. Denmark has a day-fine system, meaning the fine can be based on your income. Fines can be demanded on the spot, and radar traps are often used to catch drivers. The speed limits are strictly enforced in Denmark.
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in Denmark is 0.05 g/100ml, which is basically the equivalent of one drink per hour. You will face the following punishments if caught driving above the limit:
- Fines (for a second offense, you will be fined one month of your net salary)
- License restrictions (based on a point system; if your BAC is above 0.12, your license can be revoked for 3 years)
- Jail time (especially if you are involved in an accident or your BAC is above 0.2).
- Car confiscation (multiple offenses)
You’ll be able to find free parking in many cities; however, most of these have a time limit. You’ll need a parking disk to show when you arrived, which you can find at post offices, banks, and gas stations. You’ll also find private parking lots where you’ll have to pay to park. A few more things to keep in mind:
- You cannot park on pedestrian crosswalks or in bike lanes
- Do not park at a yellow curb, a bus stop, or on motorways
- Only park on the right hand side of the street
Keep in mind that the police in Denmark strictly enforce the traffic laws, and you can always be fined on the spot for a violation.
Denmark Driving Guide
Denmark has a number of characteristics that distinguishes it from its northern European neighbours, such as the 406 islands (excluding Faroe and Greenland), the endless coastline surrounding the country and a highest point at a mere 170 metres above sea level.
Many of the attractions and famous amusement parks are free, as are access to the beaches, making this a very affordable country to visit. With some planning you can do a lot more and spend less.
A great way to really discover Denmark is to plan a road trip; but remember that Copenhagen was designed around cycle paths and cyclists have right of way. The rest of the country is a pleasure to explore by road. Transport between the islands, for people and cars, are managed by ferry services.
Copenhagen and Zealand - where memories are made
Copenhagen, on the eastern coast of Zealand, is Denmark's charming capital where you can walk in fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen's footsteps. Here you can see the self-proclaimed ‘free town’ of Christiania, Stroget, which is the world's longest pedestrian street and visit the famous amusement park Dyrehavsbakken (Bakken) which is the world's oldest operating amusement park. In the city districts of Vesterbro and Norrebro, you can enjoy cosy cafés and good shopping opportunities, whilst sampling the world-famous beer and get a taste of the nightlife.
The Little Mermaid - (Den Lille Havfrue) is the famous legendary symbol and landmark for Copenhagen. Make sure to pose alongside her for a sharing moment.
In the north of Zealand is Elsinore, the closest city to Sweden and a 40 min drive from Copenhagen along the coastline of the Sound (the narrow gateway to the Baltic); home to Kronborg Castle, as immortalised in Hamlet.
Most of the delightful sights on this island is a less than an hours’ drive from Copenhagen.
Skagen, Aalborg and Aarhus offers the best driving in Denmark
Skagen is Denmark’s most northerly city. Famous for its unique light, Skagen is an extremely popular destination and an increasing number of tourists are discovering this gem.
Around Skagen you can experience magnificent countryside with large white sandy beaches and Denmark's largest moving sand dune, Rabjerg Mile. Here you can also see the church buried in sand, where only the steeple remains visible.
The harbour is one of Denmark's most important fishing harbours with fascinating daily fish auctions. Every summer, yachts stream into the harbour.
After a morning visit in Skagen you can head for Aarlborg, the capital of North Jutland. From here to Aalborg via the E39 and through Norresundby — over the Limfjordsbroen Bridge — takes about an hour.
Getting a taste of Aalborg, means sampling the great gastronomic delights, enjoy good shopping opportunities and see the unique countryside. The Viking burial site Lindholm Hoje on the city's perimeter is worth visiting and from the Aalborg Tower you have an extraordinary view over the city.
After some more exploring in Aarlborg it is a 120km drive to Aarhus. Situated in a green valley surrounded by forests you can enjoy the seaside atmosphere, and the city's parks are great places for relaxation and sunbathing in summer.
Aarhus was founded by the Vikings in the 8th century. At Moesgard Museum you can travel back to the earliest Viking Age and relive life in The Old Town. Weaving through tight streets of Aarhus’ busy cafés you will find the Aarhus Cathedral, located in the centre of the town. It is Denmark's longest with the biggest organ and the most frescos. The city has a large University ensuring the town’s young and dynamic pulse, and is a hub for arts and culture.
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