Denmark Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Denmark

Good well signposted roads, well maintained cars, high driving standards and a huge range of rental options make Denmark a relatively stress free self drive option. Remember to drive with dipped headlights at all times. Speed limits are 50 kmh in towns, 80 km/h on open roads, and usually 110 km/h on the motorway (some parts allow 130 kmh with posted signs).

Motorways are free to use though you must pay to use the Oresund bridge, the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge linking Denmark and Sweden with a one way charge of €40. There’s also a charge to use the Storebælt or Great Belt Bridge which links East and West Denmark (€32) .

Parking may be a challenge in the larger towns and cities of Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. Many towns operate a disc parking scheme. Discs can be obtained from petrol stations, post offices, banks and tourist offices. Denmark has around 1000 KM of motorways and getting around is generally quick and efficient.

Some travel times and distances between major cities –
Copenhagen to Odense -160 KM, 2hrs
Odense to Aarhus -145KM, 1 hr 30
Odense to Esbjerg – 140KM, 1hr 30
Aarhus to Esbjerg -170KM, 1hr 45
Aarhus to Aalborg – 120KM, 1hr 20

Denmark Car Rental –

Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget,Thrifty, Dollar, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as If you prefer to use a local company, the website below belongs to the biggest Danish firm.

This well known American company now operate in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They rent older vehicles and tend to be cheaper than most of the big companies. They also have less stringent rules on young drivers and renting without a credit card.

Denmark Self Driving Rules-

Cross border rentals and international one way rentals are generally allowed with all the major companies. There may be restrictions on taking certain vehicles to some countries and also in Winter, winter tyres may be needed if you intend to take the car to Sweden and Norway.


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