Transport and Driving in Denmark

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Transport and driving in Denmark is convenient and efficient. Denmark’s roads are in very good condition and congestion is not a major problem. There is a comprehensive public transport system in Denmark comprising trains, buses and ferries, so expats who choose not to drive will have plenty of ways to get around.

Denmark is also known as one of the world's cycling capitals and expats will find that cycling is indeed a popular way to get around. Copenhagen in particular is very cycle-friendly and the government is constantly extending the existing cycling infrastructure.

Public transport in Denmark

Public transport in Denmark is an efficient and inexpensive way for expats to reach almost any part of the country. Many Danes use public transport every day and the Danish government encourages citizens to use it rather than drive their cars. 


The national rail network in Denmark is operated by Danish State Railways. It also operates the S-Tog commuter rail network in Copenhagen. Expats can use the train to travel between the major cities on all of Denmark’s islands. 

Smaller towns and rural areas in Denmark are serviced by regional trains. Long-distance trains run frequently throughout the day and are a relaxing and safe way to travel between cities in Denmark. Denmark also has international railway links to Sweden and Germany.


Copenhagen is home to Denmark's only metro system, which is well-integrated with other public transport links throughout the city.


Denmark has a good system of long-distance buses that makes travelling between Danish cities easy. Express coaches are also available for expats who want to travel to other countries in Scandinavia. 

Travellers can purchase bus tickets on the bus itself or they can purchase them in advance.


Large cities in Denmark will have an abundance of taxis run by many different companies. Smaller cities, however, might only have one or two local operators. 

All taxis in Denmark have meters and the fares are regulated. Expats can recognise taxis by the green and yellow light on their roofs and can hail them on the street or reserve one by telephone.

All taxis should charge the same rate and fares increase during rush hour and at night. Some taxi companies may add a service charge if the taxi is reserved by phone. 


Denmark is an archipelago, so ferries are one of the best ways to get around the country. This is especially the case for expats who want to explore some of the smaller islands. 

The best way to save money is to reserve a ticket ahead of time. This is also important because of how popular ferries are as a mode of transport in Denmark, and they can quickly become fully booked.

Cycling in Denmark 

Cycling is an extremely popular mode of transport among the Danish population. The country has a huge network of bicycle routes that extends for over 12,000km (more than 7,000 miles), making cycling an easy and safe way to get around Denmark. 

Air travel in Denmark

Denmark’s cities are situated very close together, so domestic flights within the country are usually shorter than 30 minutes. That said, there are numerous domestic airports around the country, with the main hub being Copenhagen Airport. The national carrier, together with Sweden and Norway, is Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).

Driving in Denmark

Expats driving in Denmark can expect an easy, stress-free experience. The roads are in excellent condition and traffic jams are not a major issue. The Danish government has invested in extending the country’s road network and expats will find that, due to the building of bridges, more and more areas and islands of the country are accessible by car. Expats can also use ferries to transport their cars between Denmark’s islands.

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