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A windmill in Denmark

Hit the road

Denmark is so tidy and compact that even in the cities you’re rarely more than half an hour away from a pristine beach, a pine forest or a quaint fishing village.

Motorways are free to use but it’s worth paying the toll to cross the magnificent Oresund bridge, the world's longest cable-stayed bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. A one-way trip costs €40 (€80 with a caravan).

Star drive

The Strandvejen, the coastal road between Copenhagen and Helsingor, offers sensational views across the sea to Sweden. Must-sees en route include the stunning Modern Art Museum in Louisiana and buildings in Klampenborg designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen.

Laws of the land

  • All car passengers must wear seatbelts if fitted
  • Children under 13 cannot sit in the front unless in a suitable baby/child/booster seat. Children under 3 years old or less than 1.35m high are not allowed in a car unless in an approved child seat/restraint system appropriate to their size. If using a rear-facing child seat in the front, passenger side airbags must be deactivated
  • Fines for speeding and drink driving are issued on the spot
  • Buses always have priority
  • Motorcyclists must dip their headlights during the day and wear crash helmets (including passenger)

Danish speed limits

Road type

Speed limit

Urban areas

50 kmh

Outside urban areas

80 kmh or 90 kmh (check signage)


110 kmh or 130 kmh (check signage)


Local knowledge

When waiting at a level crossing you should switch off your headlights and use only sidelights.

Parking can be a challenge in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. If there are no meters, buy a parking disk from a petrol station, post office, bank or tourist office.

Did you know?

If the weather is wet or slushy in Denmark you must slow down to avoid splashing other road users.

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