How to Get Around Denmark: Our Top Transport Tips

Cyclists reign supreme in Denmark, and often think they have ownership of the roads. Here's everything you need to know about getting around.

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It's easy to see why cycling is so popular in Denmark, as bicycle lanes are everywhere in Danish cities. If you accidentally step onto one of these designated strips of pavement, sandwiched between car lanes and the pedestrian sidewalk, be prepared to get run over. Crossing paths with a fast-pedaling local isn't ideal. Unfortunately, it's common for bus drivers to drop passengers off in these cycling lanes, so look in both directions before you step off the bus to avoid a collision.

Bike Rental in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the world's most bike-friendly cities, but this is also a very expensive place to travel.

The good news is, the city has a great bike share program, Bycyklen, which replaced the free bike rental program which was decomissioned in 2014.

There are 30 docking stations around town, but first you need to create an account online. Once you find a bike, log in using your details, and off you go. There are a range of payment options to suit travelers with different needs.

If you choose to hop on a bike, know that cyclists will be fined for being under the influence of alcohol.

Driving in Denmark

Roads are well-maintained throughout Denmark, and law enforcement for drivers is strict, too. Failing to signal when switching lanes is against the law here, so you can expect a fine for not switching the blinkers on. Speeding is closely monitored, so keep a close eye on speed limit signs. Plus, penalties are issued on the spot, so you'll be forced to cough up the kroner to cover your citation.

The legal limit for alcohol consumption is 0.5, and even a smidge over this number will result in fines and imprisonment.

Drivers and motorcyclists must turn their headlights on during the day, and it is illegal to drive with a hand-held cell phone.

Everyone must carry a red warning triangle in their cars in case of a roadside emergency.

Public Transport

Navigating the city using Copenhagen's well-maintained public transport system is easy with City Pass. Purchase online when you arrive, and receive an SMS with a City Pass ticket. With City Pass, two children under the age of 12 can travel with you for free.

City Pass makes it easy to catch the metro, train and buses around the city – including getting to and from the airport. 

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