How to get to Denmark

By | May 3, 2022


With its clean cities and scenic countryside, efficient infrastructure and commendable public administration structure, Denmark is a fantasy come true except for one thing – the sunless winters. When it comes to entertainment, Denmark has a lot to offer. Museums, festivals, architecture and shopping will satisfy even the most adventurous visitor. If you are looking for real relaxation, you can use Denmark’s numerous hiking trails or take a water holiday in the many beach resorts. Family holidaymakers will of course find every child’s dream here – Legoland – but there are also some much-vaunted interactive museums and adventure centers for children. Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is a remarkable city with well-preserved medieval streets, renowned art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants and a thriving commercial centre. Denmark is a member of European Union defined by ehealthfacts.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

The Scandinavian airline SAS Scandinavian Airlines System (SK) offers direct flights to Copenhagen from Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Geneva and Vienna. Lufthansa (LH) connects Frankfurt and Munich directly with Copenhagen and Frankfurt with Billund. Other direct flights to Copenhagen are offered by: easyJet (U2) from Berlin, Basel/Mulhouse and Geneva; Ryanair (FR) from Cologne; Austrian Airlines (OS) from Vienna; Swiss (LX) from Zurich and Geneva. Air Dolomiti (EN) flies from Munich to Aarhus.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Copenhagen: 1 hour 20 minutes; Frankfurt – Billund: 1 hour 15 minutes; Hamburg – Copenhagen: 1 hour; Munich – Copenhagen: 1 hour 30 minutes; Vienna – Copenhagen: 1 hour 50 minutes; Zurich – Copenhagen: 1 hour 40 minutes; Geneva – Copenhagen: 1 hr 55 min

Arrival by car

The road networks of neighboring European countries are connected to Copenhagen by ferry. It is advisable to book the ferries in advance, especially in summer. When traveling from Schleswig-Holstein to Copenhagen, the shortest route is via Flensburg, Odense and the bridge over the Great Belt to Zealand and from there via Køge to Copenhagen. For travelers from southern regions of Germany as well as from Austria and Switzerland, the route via Rostock is ideal, where a ferry leaves for Gedser in Denmark (journey time: approx. 2 hours). Copenhagen can be reached by car from Gedser via the E47 (approx. 150 km). Another route runs over the island of Fehmarn. In Puttgarden, the ferry continues from there to Rødby and on the E47 via Køge to Copenhagen (journey time from Hamburg: approx. 5 hours). The Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden) connects the Scandinavian peninsula with the European continent. Motorists who want to cross from Denmark to Norway take the continuous motorway connection from the Ellund border crossing north of Flensburg (connection to the German A7) via Århus and Aalborg to Hirtshals in northern Denmark. Long-distance bus: Flixbus travels to Denmark from numerous cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The IC Bus operates the Berlin-Copenhagen routes once a day via Rostock and from there by ferry across the Baltic Sea, and Hamburg-Copenhagen four times a week, at night from Friday to Monday. Toll: There are no toll roads in Denmark. However, tolls are levied on the Storebaelt Bridge between the Danish islands of Funen and Zealand and on the Öresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden). Documents: The national driving license is sufficient.

Arrival by train

Until the opening of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, the connection from Hamburg runs exclusively via Flensburg and via Odense on Funen. Travel time from Hamburg to Copenhagen on this route: 4 hours and 40 minutes. It takes about 7 hours from Berlin, about 14 hours from Basel, about 16 hours from Geneva and about 15 hours from Vienna 30 minutes to Copenhagen. Deutsche Bahn provides information. ICE and EC trains operate on the routes from Berlin via Hamburg and Flensburg and via Puttgarden to Århus and Copenhagen. The journey time from Berlin to Århus is about 6 hours 45 minutes, to Copenhagen 7 hours 45 minutes; from Hamburg to Copenhagen approx. 5 hrs 30 mins and to Århus 4 hrs 30 mins. The SJ high-speed train connects Copenhagen with Stockholm (Sweden). The EuroCity runs between Copenhagen and Hamburg. Train4you operates the holiday express car train on the routes Hamburg – Munich, Hamburg – Lörrach and Hamburg – Villach (Austria). The BahnTouristikExpress car train serves the Hamburg – Lörrach route. Fast trains run every 20 to 30 minutes via the Øresund connection between Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden) (journey time: 35 minutes). More information: Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel. +45 3 70131415). Fast trains run every 20 to 30 minutes via the Øresund connection between Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden) (journey time: 35 minutes). More information: Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel. +45 3 70131415). Fast trains run every 20 to 30 minutes via the Øresund connection between Copenhagen and Malmö (Sweden) (journey time: 35 minutes). More information: Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel. +45 3 70131415).

rail passes

The Interrail One Country Pass and the Interrail Global Pass are also valid in Denmark. Deutsche Bahn’s Europa Sparpreis offers a cheap way to travel to Denmark.

Arrival by ship

The main Danish ports are Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Frederikshavn, Hirtshals and Hanstholm. There are regular ferry services to and from Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Ferries and excursion boats leave for Denmark from numerous ports in Schleswig-Holstein. The most important ferry connections are Puttgarden – Rødby, Sassnitz – Rønne and Rostock – Gedser. Scandlines offers day trips both with and without a car between Puttgarden – Rödby and Rostock – Gedser.

Cruise ships

The following cruise lines dock in Copenhagen, among others: Aida – Baltic Sea cruises from Warnemünde or Kiel; Hapag Lloyd Cruises – from Kiel and Hamburg; Oceando – from Bremerhaven and Kiel; Norwegian Cruise Line – from Warnemünde.

Ferry provider

The main ferry connections between Denmark and its neighboring countries Germany, Norway and Sweden are operated by: Scandlines: Puttgarden (Fehmarn) – Rødby (journey time: 45 min.) (cancelled until 2024), Rostock – Gedser (journey time: approx. 2 hours); Færgen: Sassnitz (Rügen) – Rønne (Bornholm) (journey time: 3 hrs 30 mins) – only runs until early November; Smyril Line: North Jutland – Iceland and the Faroe Islands; Fjordline: North Jutland – Norway; Stena Line: Fredrikshavn – Gothenburg.

How to get to Denmark