Driving in Denmark

Discover Denmark in a car is a very good way to experience the country.

It's safe, and distances between sights and cities are short. It is free to drive everywhere on Denmark’s road network, but there are two exceptions - this is the Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbro) between Zealand and Funen and the Øresund Bridge (Øresundsbro) between Denmark and Sweden.

Driving regulations

Of course, you will have to be aware of the driving rules before you go. In Denmark, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road. Please notice the signs and rules of the road follow international conventions, but here are some extra things to take note of when driving in Denmark.

Take care of the many cyclists in Denmark

Denmark has more cyclists than most places, and you should pay particular attention to them when turning right. Make sure you give way to cyclists and motorcyclists continuing straight when you turn right.

Motorway driving

The general rule before changing lane on the highway is of course to indicate and if unexpected things like queues or slowing down traffic exist to use your hazard lights to warn others

Speed limits in Denmark

The speed limits are: 

50km/h (31.1mph) in urban areas
80km/h (50mph) on roads outside urban areas.
130km/h (81mph) and 110km/h (68mph) on highways

Parking in Denmark

Parking and waiting in a car is permitted on the right side of the road but prohibited on main roads and motorways. You may not park on roads with an unbroken white line down the middle, anywhere within 5 meters (16 feet) of a pedestrian/bicycle crossing or 10 meters (33 feet) from an intersection. You may also not park within 12 meters (40 feet) of a bus stop, where the curb is painted yellow. Parking restrictions with regards to certain times and days are written on signs at parking areas and areas where you may not park. Police may remove illegally parked cars or hand out a fine on the spot. In Denmark, parking discs are required where time-limited parking is allowed.

Alcohol limit in Denmark

The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 per thousand, equivalent to approximately two measures.


In the case of an emergency, you can always dial 112. It is a free call which will connect you to the police, fire brigade or hospital. 

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