Transport and Driving in Denmark
Transport and driving in Denmark is convenient and efficient. Denmark’s roads are in very good condition and congestion is not a major problem. There is a comprehensive public transport system in Denmark comprising trains, buses and ferries, so expats who choose not to drive will have plenty of ways to get around.
Denmark is also known as one of the world's cycling capitals and expats will find that cycling is indeed a popular way to get around. Copenhagen in particular is very cycle-friendly and the government is constantly extending the existing cycling infrastructure.
Public transport in Denmark
Public transport in Denmark is an efficient and inexpensive way for expats to reach almost any part of the country. Many Danes use public transport every day and the Danish government encourages citizens to use it rather than drive their cars.
The national rail network in Denmark is operated by Danske Statsbaner (DSB). It also operates the S-tog commuter rail network in Copenhagen. Expats can use the train to travel between the major cities on all of Denmark’s islands.
Smaller towns and rural areas in Denmark are serviced by regional trains. Long-distance trains run frequently throughout the day and are a relaxing and safe way to travel between cities in Denmark. Denmark also has international railway links to Sweden and Germany.
Copenhagen is home to Denmark's only metro system, which is well-integrated with other public transport links throughout the city.
Denmark has a good system of long-distance buses that makes travelling between Danish cities easy. Express coaches are also available.
Travellers can purchase bus tickets on the bus itself using exact change or they can purchase them in advance.
Denmark is an archipelago, so ferries are one of the best ways to get around. This is especially the case for expats who want to explore some of the smaller islands.
There are also international ferry connections to destinations such as Sweden, Norway, Germany and the UK.
Taxis in Denmark
Large cities in Denmark will have an abundance of taxis run by many different companies. Smaller cities, however, might only have one or two local operators. Taxis can be hailed on the street, or can be booked online or via phone.
All taxis in Denmark have meters and the fares are regulated. Fares increase during rush hour and at night.
Driving in Denmark
Expats driving in Denmark can expect an easy, stress-free experience. The roads are in excellent condition and traffic jams are not a major issue. The Danish government has invested in extending the country’s road network and expats will find that, due to the building of bridges, more and more areas and islands of the country are accessible by car. Expats can also use ferries to transport their cars between Denmark’s islands.
Cycling in Denmark
Cycling is an extremely popular mode of transport among the Danish population. The country has a huge network of bicycle routes that extends for over 7,000km (more than 4,000 miles), making cycling an easy and safe way to get around Denmark.
Air travel in Denmark
Denmark’s cities are situated very close together, so it's rarely necessary to travel by plane within the country. That said, there are numerous domestic airports around the country, with the main hub being Copenhagen Airport. The national carrier, together with Sweden and Norway, is Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).