Car Hire in Copenhagen
This information is correct as of April 2015
Renting a car in Copenhagen gives you the freedom to explore the city’s far flung neighbourhoods on your own schedule. Enjoy fantastic road trips into the Danish countryside, or nip over to Sweden for the afternoon. Whether you’re planning an epic Scandinavian road trip or just want a more convenient way to get around, you can always find the best car hire deals with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Copenhagen
You can hire a car at Copenhagen Airport. All of the car hire desks are located in Terminal 3, and include Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Sixt. There are also some car rental locations in the city centre. Sixt, Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Europcar all have pick-up locations near the south end of the Sankt Jorgens So.
Driving in Copenhagen
Cycling is very popular in Copenhagen: around 36% of the population commute by bicycle. Cyclists have their own dedicated lanes and traffic lights, but it’s still important to keep an eye out for them. You should be careful when turning onto side streets: always check your mirrors and blind spots for speedy cyclists.
Copenhagen doesn’t tend to suffer from traffic congestion: maybe because the locals are so fond of their bicycles. The only time you might encounter jams is during the weekly rush hour, especially around 8am and 5pm. Aside from that you should find it pretty easy to get around the city.
Traffic drives on the right in Denmark, and your rental car will have its steering wheel on the left hand side. If this is your first time driving abroad it might take you a little while to get used to this. Exercise extra caution when approaching roundabouts and T-junctions.
Parking in Copenhagen
You will need a parking disc to park your car in Copenhagen. Your rental car should come with one, but if not you can pick one up easily at the petrol station, bank, or tourist information office. Set the display to show the time you arrived.
There are three paid parking zones in Copenhagen: red, green, and blue. As a rule of thumb the closer you get to the city centre, the more expensive parking costs. Charges are in place from Monday at 8am until Saturday at 5pm. Blue zones are the cheapest at DKK 11 (about £1.10) an hour, green zones charge DKK 18 (about £1.80) an hour, and red zones are the most expensive at DKK 30 (about £3) an hour. Prices are cheaper in the evenings. It costs DKK 11 (about £1.10) per hour to park from 6pm ‘til 11pm and DKK 3 (about 30p) per hour from 11pm until 8am. It’s free to park on public holidays. There are plenty of private car parks too, if you have trouble finding on-street parking. Jeudan Parkering have two central car parks: Dronningens Tvaergade, near Amalienborg Castle, and Gammel Mont which is in the middle of the city centre. There are also six Q-Park car parks to choose from. Some hotels in Copenhagen offer car parking to their guests, although you may have to pay extra for this service.
Great day trips from Copenhagen
It only takes 45 minutes to reach the Swedish city of Malmo from Central Copenhagen. You will need to drive over the Oresund Bridge, Europe’s longest combined road and rail bridge at five miles. The toll for crossing the bridge is 335 DKK (about £35) but it’s worth it to add another country to your trip. Malmo has lots of great museums, restaurants, and historic squares to discover: you’ll definitely want to spend a full day here.
This fairytale castle is just over half an hour from Copenhagen. As well as being surrounded by wonderful baroque gardens, the castle is also home to Denmark’s Museum of National History: and has been since 1878. The museum covers more than 500 years of Danish history, with plenty of paintings and portraits showing key scenes and players.
This famous castle is believed to have inspired William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As a result it’s one of Denmark’s most popular tourist destinations, and a must-visit if you have your own car: it’s only 45 minutes drive from central Copenhagen. The Shakespeare connection here is strong. During the summer the bard’s plays are often performed in the grounds.
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