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Getting Around Denmark

Air

Internal flights in Denmark are served by a network of scheduled services from Copenhagen (Kastrup). Other airports well served by domestic airlines include Ålborg, Århus, Billund, Bornholm, Karup and Sønderborg. Domestic airports are generally situated between two or more cities that are within easy reach of each other. Internal flights are usually of no more than 30 minutes' duration. SAS (www.flysas.com) is the main domestic carrier.

Road

The Danish Motoring Organisation is Forenede Danske Motorejere (FDM) (tel: +45 7013 3040; www.fdm.dk).

Side of the road

Right

Road Quality

The road system in the Danish archipelago makes frequent use of ferries.

Car Hire

Generally available to drivers over the age of 21, and can be reserved through travel agents or airlines. Hertz requires a minimum age of 19 years. However, many firms will only hire vehicles out to drivers over 25 years of age. All major international firms are represented.

Bike

There are cycle lanes along many roads and, in the countryside, many miles of scenic cycle track. It's easy to take bikes on ferries, trains, buses and domestic air services.

Regulations

The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 110kph (68mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on other roads and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas (signified by white plates with town silhouettes). Speed laws are strictly enforced, and heavy fines are levied on the spot; the car is impounded if payment is not made. Drivers must keep their headlights switched on at all times, including during the day. Children under 12 years old need to travel in the rear of the car.

Breakdown services

Dansk Autohjælp A/S (tel: +45 7010 8090).

Documentation

A national driving licence is acceptable. EU nationals taking their own cars to Denmark are strongly advised to obtain a Green Card. Without it, insurance cover is limited to the minimum legal cover in Denmark; the Green Card tops this up to the level of cover provided by the car owner's domestic policy.

Urban travel

Copenhagen has an integrated bus and urban train network, known as S-tog (www.dsb.dk/s-tog), as well as a metro (www.m.dk). Taxi fares include a tip.

Rail

The main cities on all islands are connected to the rail network: Ålborg, Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Herning, Horsens, Odense and Randers. Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel: +45 7013 1415; www.dsb.dk) operates a number of express trains called Lyntogs which provide long-distance, non-stop travel. Intercity IC3 trains are faster and more direct. Seat reservations are compulsory. Children under 10 years old travel free. There are also price reductions for passengers over 65 and groups of eight people or more.

DSB passenger fares are based on a zonal system. The cost depends on the distance travelled; the cost per kilometre is reduced the longer the journey.

Rail Passes

InterRail One-Country Pass: offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month within Denmark. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children under 12 travel free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).

Water

There are frequent ferry sailings from Kalundborg to Århus, Ebeltoft to Sjællands Odde and Rønne to Copenhagen. The larger ferries usually have restaurants or cafés and may have TV, video and cinema lounges, shops, play areas for children and sleeping rooms. Local car ferries link most islands to the road network.

The principal domestic ferry operator is Scandlines (tel: +45 3315 1515; www.scandlines.dk). Ferries to Bornholm island are operated by Færgen (tel: +45 7023 1515; www.faergen.com).

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