Car hire in Denmark

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Car hire in Denmark

Going by car is the perfect way to experience the small country of Denmark. With a hired car you’ll find getting to and from the different islands easy and convenient, and you’ll definitely make the most out of your holiday.

Car hire is available in all of Denmark’s bigger towns. It is recommended that you prebook your rental car to get the best price. This will not only be cheaper, it will also be safer and will guarantee that the car is available when you need it.


For car hire in Denmark there are a few requirements:

  • You must be 21 years old and have had your driving license for at least one year. This age limit may vary depending on the type of car you’d like to hire.
  • Most car hire companies have an upper age limit of 80 years.
  • Drivers under 25 years are likely to be charged extra, but this will depend on the car hire company.

Add-ons at booking

Should you want extra equipment in the car, e.g. a GPS or a child car seat, it is recommended that you add this to your booking from the start. This will facilitate the pick-up of your car and ensure that the equipment is available on site.

Using a GPS is a good idea when driving in the countryside as the roads there aren’t as clearly sign posted as the ones in the bigger towns.

Also keep in mind that by Danish law, children shorter than 135 centimetres are required to use a child car seat.

Driving in Denmark

The Danish traffic rules and traffic rhythm is much like the rest of Scandinavia. Generally, the traffic is calm and the roads are in very good condition as well as clearly sign posted.

The speed limits are generally as follows: 50 km/h in urban areas, 80-90 km/h on main roads and 110 km/h on motorways. Some motorways have a speed limit of 130 km/h. Pay attention to speed limit signs! Speeding is fined even if it is only a few km/h above the limit, so it is important that you keep an eye on the speed indicator. If issued a fine by the Danish police, you will often be required to pay it directly on site.

Listed below are a few Danish traffic rules to be aware of:

  • Talking on the phone without the use of a handsfree is prohibited.
  • There are no toll roads in Denmark, apart from a small bridge toll over The Great Belt.
  • Pay attention to parking. Most places require you to display a parking disc in the windscreen. Parking discs can be picked up at gas stations and tourist information centres.
  • Keep in mind that a car is considered parked if it is still for more than three minutes.
  • The Danish speed cameras also search for people not using a seatbelt or talking on the phone without a handsfree.