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Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark
Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark
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About Denmark (DK)

One of the three kingdoms of Scandinavia, Denmark is one of the most modern and affluent countries in Europe and the world-at-large. Located primarily on the Jutland Peninsula, Denmark includes over 400 islands, 72 of which are inhabited. Forty percent of Danes live on the island of Zealand, which comprises one-sixth of the country’s landmass, and home to the capital city of Copenhagen, plus other major cities of Roskilde, Hillerød, Næstved and Helsingør.

  Getting around

Denmark practically oozes sophistication, and nowhere is that more evident than its immaculately maintained network of roads. Car rentals in Denmark may be slightly more expensive than other European countries, but drivers are rewarded with seamless connections to a wide range of urban and natural attractions. Danes are pretty fussy about following traffic rules, so you’ll most likely notice an absence of inconsiderate and reckless driving behaviors on the road.

One of the most popular Danish driving experiences involves The Marguerite Route (Margueritruten) — also known as The “Daisy” route, a 3,500-km (2,100- mi) stretch of scenic roads linking over 1,000 attractions in the northern region of the country, and marked by road signs bearing the white and yellow flower.

  Choosing your car

Like its northern neighbor, Norway, car hire rates in Denmark are on the high side of the spectrum. But don’t let that discourage you from renting the perfect vehicle. Cheap car rentals are available; you just need to where to find them. What’s the best advice on renting a car in Denmark? Rent a car from Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, or Budget. They offer the best deals. Generally speaking, the best rates are found with minicars, compact 3-door hatchbacks, and economy 4-door sedans. But due to the popularity of group travel in Denmark, you’re very likely to get a great deal on a 7-12 seater minivan. On the other hand, if money is no object, go ahead and splurge on a premium SUV.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Denmark


Denmark is linked to Germany via E45, which spans the east coast of the peninsula and connects the city of Aarhus to Frederikshavn in the north.


Denmark is loaded with sea bridges, which experience heavy gusts of wind, and complicate the overtaking of trucks and slower moving vehicles. Traversing longer bridges is best left to drivers who are familiar with the physics of crosswind navigation.


With the exception of two bridges — Storebæltsbroe, linking Zealand and Funen; and Øresundsbron, between Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden — there are no toll roads in Denmark.


Bicycles are an exceedingly popular mode of transportation for Danes, and you’ll be sharing the roads with cyclists who don’t exactly have a lot of respect for automobiles. Use extra caution when navigating in larger cities, which are particularly dense with cyclists.


Demark car rentals uniformly include limited mileage. One sort of sneaky maneuver around already inflated prices is to rent a car in Sweden or Germany — where prices are roughly half that of Denmark, and include unlimited miles — and drive it into the country.


Most Denmark car rentals are equipped with manual transmission, and you’ll need to book well in advance to acquire a vehicle with automatic. Also be advised that non-manual transmission vehicles are significantly more expensive.

Are you driving a rental car in Denmark?

Urban Speed Limit


50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit


80 kph  | 49.7 mph
Motorway Speed Limit


110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Fuel Price




Road Driving


Driving Age


18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services


Documentation requirements



Here's some more in depth Denmark driving rules and guidelines for car renters:

Denmark offers its share of scenic driving routes. For instance, the Marguerite Route covers almost 3,000 km (1864 miles) of the country, including about 200 attractions along the way, as well as scenic views. If you’re planning a road trip in Denmark, this guide will familiarize you with some of the rules and regulations.


Before you travel, gather the necessary documents. You’ll need the following:

  • A valid driver’s license from your country
  • Official photo ID (passport)
  • Proof of insurance (Call your insurance company to be sure you are covered in Denmark)
  • Proof of ownership if you are bringing your own car or a signed letter from the owner
  • An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) (a translation of your license, which you get in your own country) is nice, but not necessary
  • Rental documents, if driving a rented car

Age Restrictions

You must be 18 to drive a car in Denmark. However, you can get a tractor/motorized equipment license at 16, which allows you to drive a moped. Drivers over 70-years-old are required to take periodic driving tests to keep their license, so check to make sure your license will be valid if you are above that age.

Driving Rules, Laws, and Regulations

  • Travel on the right hand side of the road
  • Pass on the left hand side of the road
  • Give the right of way to people on bikes
  • All people in the car must wear a seatbelt
  • Do not use your phone while driving
  • Pay attention to road signs
  • Be sure to stay out of emergency lanes, as you can be fined
  • You must use a warning triangle if you are stopped for an emergency
  • Yield to traffic in a roundabout

Speed Limits and Fines

The speed limits in Denmark will be posted in kilometers per hour. Generally, they are as follows:

  • 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas
  • 80 km/h (49 mph) in rural areas
  • 130 km/h (81 mph) on 4-lane highways

The fines begin at 1,000 kroner, and they go up to about 7,500 kroner, depending on the percentage you are going over the speed limit. Keep in mind these are minimum fines. Denmark has a day-fine system, meaning the fine can be based on your income. Fines can be demanded on the spot, and radar traps are often used to catch drivers. The speed limits are strictly enforced in Denmark.

Drunk Driving

The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in Denmark is 0.05 g/100ml, which is basically the equivalent of one drink per hour. You will face the following punishments if caught driving above the limit:

  • Fines (for a second offense, you will be fined one month of your net salary)
  • License restrictions (based on a point system; if your BAC is above 0.12, your license can be revoked for 3 years)
  • Jail time (especially if you are involved in an accident or your BAC is above 0.2).
  • Car confiscation (multiple offenses)


You’ll be able to find free parking in many cities; however, most of these have a time limit. You’ll need a parking disk to show when you arrived, which you can find at post offices, banks, and gas stations. You’ll also find private parking lots where you’ll have to pay to park. A few more things to keep in mind:

  • You cannot park on pedestrian crosswalks or in bike lanes
  • Do not park at a yellow curb, a bus stop, or on motorways
  • Only park on the right hand side of the street

Keep in mind that the police in Denmark strictly enforce the traffic laws, and you can always be fined on the spot for a violation.

Denmark Driving Ideas Guide

Denmark has a number of characteristics that distinguishes it from its northern European neighbours, such as the 406 islands (excluding Faroe and Greenland), the endless coastline surrounding the country and a highest point at a mere 170 metres above sea level.

Many of the attractions and famous amusement parks are free, as are access to the beaches, making this a very affordable country to visit.  With some planning you can do a lot more and spend less.

A great way to really discover Denmark is to plan a road trip; but remember that Copenhagen was designed around cycle paths and cyclists have right of way. The rest of the country is a pleasure to explore by road. Transport between the islands, for people and cars, are managed by ferry services.

Copenhagen and Zealand - where memories are made

Copenhagen, on the eastern coast of Zealand, is Denmark's charming capital where you can walk in fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen's footsteps. Here you can see the self-proclaimed ‘free town’ of Christiania, Stroget, which is the world's longest pedestrian street and visit the famous amusement park Dyrehavsbakken (Bakken) which is the world's oldest operating amusement park.  In the city districts of Vesterbro and Norrebro, you can enjoy cosy cafés and good shopping opportunities, whilst sampling the world-famous beer and get a taste of the nightlife.

The Little Mermaid - (Den Lille Havfrue) is the famous legendary symbol and landmark for Copenhagen.  Make sure to pose alongside her for a sharing moment.

In the north of Zealand is Elsinore, the closest city to Sweden and a 40 min drive from Copenhagen along the coastline of the Sound (the narrow gateway to the Baltic); home to Kronborg Castle, as immortalised in Hamlet.

Most of the delightful sights on this island is a less than an hours’ drive from Copenhagen.

Skagen, Aalborg and Aarhus offers the best driving in Denmark

Skagen is Denmark’s most northerly city.  Famous for its unique light, Skagen is an extremely popular destination and an increasing number of tourists are discovering this gem.

Around Skagen you can experience magnificent countryside with large white sandy beaches and Denmark's largest moving sand dune, Rabjerg Mile. Here you can also see the church buried in sand, where only the steeple remains visible.

The harbour is one of Denmark's most important fishing harbours with fascinating daily fish auctions. Every summer, yachts stream into the harbour.

After a morning visit in Skagen you can head for Aarlborg, the capital of North Jutland. From here to Aalborg via the E39 and through Norresundby — over the Limfjordsbroen Bridge — takes about an hour.

Getting a taste of Aalborg, means sampling the great gastronomic delights, enjoy good shopping opportunities and see the unique countryside. The Viking burial site Lindholm Hoje on the city's perimeter is worth visiting and from the Aalborg Tower you have an extraordinary view over the city.

After some more exploring in Aarlborg it is a 120km drive to Aarhus. Situated in a green valley surrounded by forests you can enjoy the seaside atmosphere, and the city's parks are great places for relaxation and sunbathing in summer.

Aarhus was founded by the Vikings in the 8th century. At Moesgard Museum you can travel back to the earliest Viking Age and relive life in The Old Town. Weaving through tight streets of Aarhus’ busy cafés you will find the Aarhus Cathedral, located in the centre of the town. It is Denmark's longest with the biggest organ and the most frescos. The city has a large University ensuring the town’s young and dynamic pulse, and is a hub for arts and culture.

Explore Denmark and return home with a lifetime of memories.  To find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels. We really do believe that spending less to do more when you get there is the best way to have the most fun.

Denmark is waiting for you!

The Cheaperthancars Team

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Denmark

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Denmark?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Denmark?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Denmark?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Denmark?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Denmark?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Denmark?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Denmark?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Denmark?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Denmark?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Denmark?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Denmark?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Denmark?