Driving Safely in Denmark

Here are the most important driving basics for visitors in Denmark

Are you a good driver abroad? Let's keep you safe in advance by going through the requirements and learning the basics of driving in Denmark. There are likely several differences to traffic rules in your home country.

  • 01 of 07

    Important Basics for Driving in Denmark

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    Note that in Denmark:

    • You drive on the right side of the road
    • And you must always have your lights on
    • Road signs use standard international symbols and sometimes include Danish phrases. (Keep in mind that 1 kilometer equals 0.6 miles.)
  • 02 of 07

    Danish Safety Requirements

    Driving Tips for Denmark
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    • Remember to keep your headlights on at all times, it's a must in Denmark even during the daytime. Newer cars in Denmark are even programmed in a way that you can't turn off the lights in the first place.
    • Also, seat belts are a national legal requirement and must be worn at all times.
    • Lastly, make sure to carry a warning triangle in the trunk your car, which is generally standard equipment in rental cars.
  • 03 of 07

    Speed Limits in Denmark

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    The speed limits in Denmark are as follows:

    • 50 km/h in towns,
    • 80 km/h on open roads (sometimes 90 km/h),
    • and usually 130 km/h on the highway (some parts allow only 110 km/h with posted signs).
  • 04 of 07

    Watch for Bicycling Traffic!

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    Denmark is one of the world's biggest countries when it comes to bicycling and you'll see bicycles everywhere you go. Please make sure to watch out for them. Oftentimes, they have their own lanes but sometimes you do need to share the road. You'll be in the minority in a car at times even!


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  • 05 of 07

    Alcohol While Driving

    Police in Denmark
    Police in Denmark

    This is an absolute no-no if you're a tourist in Denmark. The absolute legal limit for alcohol in your blood is 0.5 per mille in Denmark. That is very strictly enforced, especially around Copenhagen. Anything higher than 0.5 will attract stiff punishment and fines by local police. Just don't drink and drive - either drink OR drive.

  • 06 of 07

    Documents for Driving in Denmark

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    Since we're on the topic of police, keep in mind that you will need certain documents if you want to drive in Denmark. You may be asked for a driver's license, passport, and vehicle papers.

    Should you get an international license? Some say yes, some say no. Many places recommend getting an international drivers license in Denmark, but your regular driver's license from home should be just fine, too.

  • 07 of 07

    Emergency Assistance on the Road

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    If you get into an accident or require other emergency services, call 112 nationwide to reach the Danish police, fire department, ​and ambulance. Nearly all Danish police and emergency staff speak English and will be able to communicate with you without any major issues.​​