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Transportation in Denmark

Timetables and travel planning

The easiest way to determine the quickest mode of transportation is to use the journeyplanner (Rejseplanen).

Alternatively, visit the websites of the national railway network DSB or the regional public transport companies. Their websites gives you information on public transportation within the area including individual bus timetables:

  • Midttrafik covers the mid-Jutland (Midtjylland) area (covering Aarhus, Viborg/Foulum, Silkeborg, and Herning). You can get free bus timetables (Køreplan) for all the city buses at the main bus station (rutebilstation) in Aarhus.
  • Fynbus covers Funen (Fyn). Buses 800 and 801 serve Odense train station and Aarslev.
  • Movia covers the Copenhagen and Sealand area (including Roskilde and Emdrup and Slagelse).
  • Sydtrafik covers the southern part of Jutland.
  • Nordjyllands Trafikselskab covers the northern part of Jutland.

Journeyplanner.dk

The journeyplanner website (www.journeyplanner.dk) provides information on travel within Denmark. This site can help you find the best possible travel options by bus, train, metro and walking when you type in departure and destination points.

In order to obtain a discount on bus travel, S-train and Metro, a 10-ticket card (Klippekort) or an electronic payment card (Rejsekort) is advisable. Using a Rejsekort allows you discount depending on how frequently you travel, when you travel and where you are travelling from and to.

When using trains, S-trains and the Metro the 10-ticket card must be stamped in the yellow or red boxes before boarding. The Rejsekort must be activated both before and after the travel at the blue dots on the platforms, and must always have a minimum of 50kr on it.

Integrated ticket system covering bus, city bus and trains

Denmark is divided into five regional public transport companies providing bus, city bus and commuter train services. Within the regional public transport companies there are an integrated ticket system covering transport by bus, city bus and trains (both commuter and national trains) within the area. In Copenhagen, the metro is also covered by the integrated ticket system. Tickets are therefore valid for all three modes of transportation. Please notice that the national bus connections are not necessarily covered by the integrated ticket system, i.e. The Abildschou Coaches, Line 888 and Rute 1000 are not part of the system.

Trains

DSB runs national train connections throughout the country with frequent services.

  • Copenhagen and Zealand are connected to Fyn and all of Jutland by InterCity trains, which run direct trains every hour. 
  • The InterCity Lyn ('lightning') trains connect the Copenhagen area with Odense, Aarhus and East Jutland by hourly direct trains with few stops.
  • Other companies run regional train services (including commuter trains) in different parts of Denmark.

When travelling on a weekend or with lots of luggage, you are strongly advised to pay a small additional fee to book a specific seat. Tickets can be bought at the station (in the kiosk or at self-service ticket-machines), online or through the DSB mobile app. Please note that it is not possible to buy tickets on the train. It is important that you purchase your ticket before boarding the train. Otherwise, you risk being fined DKK 750.

You can buy discount tickets called DSB Orange which are considerably cheaper (but less flexible) than regular tickets. The DSB Orange should be bought well in advance.

For information on ticket prices and timetables, contact the DSB Customer Centre at +45 7013 1415 or book your tickets online at: www.dsb.dk or via the www.journeyplanner.dk.

Here are the best ways to get from Copenhagen (Kastrup Airport) to various places in Denmark:

By train to Aarhus

  • You can either take the airport bus to Copenhagen’s central train station or, more conveniently, take a direct train from Kastrup airport to Aarhus. The train ride takes 3–4 hours and there are trains leaving for Aarhus every half hour during the day and evening. Aarhus central train station (Hovedbanegården) is centrally located in downtown Aarhus at the very end of the main shopping street. Outside the station you will find a taxi rank and bus stops for most city buses.

By train to Aarslev

  • The train ride takes approximately 2 hours and you will have to change trains in Odense. There are trains leaving Copenhagen for Odense every half hour during the day and evening. Connecting trains for Aarslev leave every half hour during workdays and hourly during evening and weekends.

By Metro and S-train from Copenhagen to Campus Emdrup

  • Taking the 24 hour metro and changing to the S-train is the easiest way to reach Campus Emdrup from Kastrup Airport. The metro (towards Vanløse Station) runs every four to twenty minutes and you should get off at Nørreport St. From here you can take the S-train (towards Farum Station) and get off at Emdrup Station. From Copenhagen Central station there are direct trains (S-train) to Emdrup Station, connecting Emdrup to national train and bus connections from Aarhus (among other cities).

By train to Roskilde and Slagelse

  • There are frequent services from Kastrup Airport to Roskilde (approximately 50 minutes). Some of the services run directly from the airport but sometimes it might be necessary to change at Copenhagen Central Station. Please see: www.journeyplanner.dk for a detailed plan. The same applies to Slagelse (approximately 80 minutes), although it’s sometimes faster to use the Metro. Both Slagelse and Roskilde can be reached by direct national train connections from Funen and Jutland.

By train to Viborg

  • The train ride takes 4.5 - 5 hours and there are trains leaving every hour from the airport during the day and evening. You will have to change trains at Aarhus Central Station.

Buses

Abildskou Coaches operates within Denmark and offers a cheaper alternative than the train. The service between Copenhagen and Aarhus, Silkeborg and Viborg is the Line 888 which runs several times a day, with certain buses going directly from Copenhagen Airport, others from Valby train station west of Copenhagen. Valby station is easily reached by S-trains and regional train connections.

City buses

City buses (easily recognised by their yellow colour) are run by the five regional public bus companies. You can buy multi-ride tickets and season cards in most kiosks and supermarkets. In Aarhus you can only buy multi ride tickets online via the Midttrafik app. Please note that city buses usually don’t accept credit cards, so you will need to have cash to hand. Usually, you can buy the ticket in a self-service ticket machine in the bus. A train ticket often includes a free ride with connecting city buses – ask the bus driver if your train ticket is valid for the bus. The Rejsekort (electronic travel card) can be used in a growing number of regional buses. Please note that you cannot bring a bike with you in a city bus.

Regional buses

Regional buses are also run by the five regional public bus companies. Regional buses connect smaller cities and the countryside with public transport to major cities, train stations etc. The frequency of regional buses varies a lot depending on the day of the week, time of the year and whether it is day or night. Multi-ride tickets and season cards can be purchased in most kiosks and supermarkets. Please note that regional buses don’t accept credit cards, so you have to pay in cash. The Rejsekort can be used in a growing number of regional buses.

Car

Bringing your car to Denmark

If you take up residence in Denmark and bring a vehicle, you must register your foreign registered vehicle within 30 days of arrival and you must pay a registration tax.

Read more about what to do if you bring your vehicle to Denmark

Converting your driving licence

If you establish residence in Denmark you must in some cases exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish licence within a certain period. Read more about converting your driving licence under On arrival

Car leasing

If you are in Denmark a longer period of time and want to know your car expenses beforehand, leasing might be an opportunity. Read more about car leasing

Car pooling

There are several Danish sites that offer carpooling. The point of carpooling is to use the empty seats in cars going a longer distance, by matching people driving with empty seats and people needing a ride. Read more about car pooling

Car rental

If you are in Aarhus for a short period of time, renting a car maybe a possibility to get around. Generally you need to be at least 23 years old and have had your drivers license for at least 6 months to be able to rent a car. Read more about car rental 

Car sharing

One of the cheapest ways to have access to a car in Denmark is through a carsharing association. The carsharing association is like a club, where you become a member and gain access to the common pool of cars. The association is non-profit, so the expenditure is kept to a minimum. Read more about car sharing 

Taking a car out of Denmark

If you have a car registered in Denmark, you will need to de-register the vehicle in Denmark when you leave. In certain cases, you may be entitled to a refund of the registration fee. It is also possible to buy a new car with border plates (no tax or VAT).

Read more on the website of the Danish taxation authorities (SKAT).

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Read more about how to register your car and which documents to bring at the different stages on the skat.dk website.

 

 

Bicycles

Bicycles are the most popular means to get around in Denmark. Bike paths cut across the country, and all Danes are used to bikes as a means of transportation. You can rent a bicycle for a short stay in Denmark or buy a second hand bike. Major supermarkets offer new but cheap bikes from around DKK 1,500. You can also buy a second-hand bike at police auctions around the country. For the times and locations of the next auction, contact your local police station. During the summer, Viborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen provide city bikes parked in the city centre which you can use free of charge.

Cycling culture

In Denmark, cycling is a practical means of transportation. We cycle to work, to school, when we bring the kids to kindergarten, to keep in shape and not least - we cycle because it is fun. Therefore, there is a vast network of cycle paths and routes throughout Denmark which makes life easier and better for cyclists.

Find out more about cycling in Denmark at Visit Denmark or find information on where and how to buy a bike here.

Rejsekort (Travel Card)

What is a rejsekort?

Rejsekort (travel card) is an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train and metro. Rejsekort unites the different transport operators, travel zones, ticketing systems and discount schemes into a common system, which makes it easier for passengers to use public transport services in Denmark.

Read more about how to travel use a rejsekort and buy your own rejsekort here.

Watch a video about how to use the rejsekort.

If you can't find the answer to your questions
regarding rejsekort on rejsekort.dk, you can call:




Rejsekort Customer Service on weekdays from 07.00 - 22.00 at 70 11 33 33.

Taxi

In Denmark, taxis are relatively expensive in comparison to other countries. However, they are safe, reliable, and comfortable. There are several taxi companies in the larger cities – ask your colleagues for the local taxa-companies. Read more about taxi travel in Denmark

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