Denmark Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Denmark

Denmark drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of any EU country to drive here.Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. Speed limits range from 130kmh on motorways to 80kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas. Dipped headlights should be used at all times.

Denmark has a well maintained and efficient road network. The country’s motorways are denoted with an E Prefix –

E20- Øresund bridge – København – Ishøj – Køge – Sorø – Storebælt bridge – Odense – Fredericia – Kolding – Esbjerg

E39 -Hirtshals – Hjørring – Brønderslev – Aalborg

E45 – Frederikshavn – Aalborg – Randers – Århus – Horsens – Vejle – Kolding – Haderslev – Åbenrå – Kliplev – Padborg –

E47- Helsingør – Nivå – København – Køge – Vordingborg – Farø – Nykøbing – Rødbyhavn

None of Denmark’s roads are toll roads 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) .

Most roads are well signposted and in good condition, cars are well maintained, and driving standards are usually high. Additionally a huge range of car rental options make Denmark a relatively stress free self drive option.

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.

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

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Denmark Car Rental –

Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget,Thrifty, Dollar, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites  and Web discount sites such as

We currently have no local car rental partners in Denmark. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

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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