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Guide to driving in Denmark


Denmark is a compact country with beautiful surroundings, and you're rarely more than half an hour away from a pristine beach.


Getting started

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 €52 and €104 with a caravan (July 2015).

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


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  • 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.

Danish speed limits

Road type Speed limit
Urban areas 50 km/h
Outside urban areas 80km/h or 90 km/h (check signage)
Motorways 110 km/h or 130 km/h (check signage)

Local knowledge

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

Planning on driving to another country? Take a look at our section on driving abroad.


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