SAS- Scandinavian Airlines
The official Scandinavian airline with daily direct connections from the US to Copenhagen.
Gateways with daily departures:
New York (Newark)
Chicago-Copenhagen, 8 1/4 hours.
New York-Copenhagen, 7 1/2 hours.
Washington DC-Copenhagen, 8 hours.
San Fransisco-Copenhagen, 11 1/2 hours.
SAS operates connecting flights to major cities in Denmark via Copenhagen. Through cooperation with United Airlines, SAS links all of the US directly to Denmark. Air services between North America and Denmark are operated with wide body equipment. SAS is a member of the S.T.A.R. Alliance allowing you to connect in these cities from virtually anywhere in the US. Contact SAS for further information.
Copenhagen Airport is situated only 8 kilometers outside of Copenhagen city centre.
With 60,000 passengers a day it is the busiest airport in Scandinavia. At the airport you have plenty of opportunities for tax free shopping and dinner and drinks before or after your flight.
Three airport terminals
The airport contains three terminals, which are all connected. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights. Terminal 2 and 3 are for international lights and routes to Greenland and the Faroe Islands. All international arrivals are at Terminal 3.
Transport to and from the airport
Trains from Copenhagen Central Station and the airport departs every ten minutes, and the journey is about 20 minutes long. The easiest way to get to and from the airport is by Metro. The Metro runs around the clock, and stops at Kongens Nytorv, Nørreport, Frederiksberg and Vanløse. A bus ride is as cheap as the train and Metro, but the ride is a lot longer. A ride with either train, bus or Metro equals three zones and costs DKK 36.
A cab ride is the most expensive way to get to and from the airport. To Copenhagen city centre it will cost around DKK 250 and 350. Taxi stands are located just outside terminal 3. The Greyhound Bus line 999 runs from Malmo to Copenhagen and stops at Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (by Terminal 3), Sydhavnen (the South Harbour), on Kongens Nytorv by the Royal Theatre, Nørreport and the Town Hall Square.
Bus terminal at the airport
Abildskou Bus line 888 runs from Jutland in West Denmark to Copenhagen and stops in larger Danish cities such as Aalborg, Aarhus, Silkeborg, Randers, Skive, Viborg and Hobro. The bus stops close to Copenhagen in Holbæk and Roskilde. In Copenhagen it stops at Valby Station and at Terminal 2 at Copenhagen Airport. The Greyhound Bus line 999 runs from Malmo to Copenhagen and stops at Copenhagen Airport by Terminal 3 and in city centre.
From Aalborg Airport, you can fly to London, Amsterdam, Oslo, Malaga, Mallorca, Crete, Antalya, Gran Canaria and many more opulent destinations.
West Denmark's International Airport
Providing service to an annual 2.7 million passengers, it is Billund Airport’s mission to be West Denmark’s international airport.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
All-year round destination
Weatherwise, Denmark is an all-year-round getaway, with four distinct seasons. Cultural events are spread throughout the year with things to warm you in winter and refresh you in summer.
The summers are warm and everyone comes outside to enjoy the long evenings. The sun doesn’t set until after 10pm in June. Danish school children return to school in August, so late August is a great time to visit for good weather and less crowds.
Though the days are shorter in the winter, the country is often covered with snow, so there are loads of opportunities to enjoy a natural winter wonderland. During the winter, some attractions and services close. For example, Tivoli Gardens is closed from the middle of September to the middle of April. It opens with gusto, however, over Christmas (except 24 and 25 December) and Halloween.
The Danish currency is kroner and øre. There are 100 øre in one kroner. In Danish and English, kroner is shortened to kr. You may also see DKK used, particulary with regards to currency transactions.
In Denmark, you will see notes in values of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000kr. Coins come in 1, 2, 5,10 and 20kr, as well as 50 øre.
Denmark is not in the single European currency, so the Euro is a foreign currency and not legal tender.
Importing and exporting currency
There are no restrictions on the amount of currency you are allowed to import or export, but anything over €10,000 (approximately 75,000kr) must be declared.
Knowing your Ås from your Æs!
The national language of Denmark is Danish, a Germanic language. Danish has three special characters that come at the end of the alphabet: Æ, Ø and Å. The letter Å can also be written as AA, and you will notice many Danish cities start with this combination, such as Aalborg and Aarhus.
Speaking English in Denmark
Danish people tend to have a very good level of English and it is easy to get around the country, even if you don’t speak Danish. You will find that Danes are happy to stop and help you in English. Foreign language films are always shown in the original version with Danish subtitles, both in cinemas and on television.
112 is Denmark’s emergency number. Call 112 to access police, ambulance and fire brigade services. Calls to this number from public phone booths are free.
Medical Emergencies on Holiday
You are entitled to free emergency treatment in hospital or emergency rooms in cases of sudden illness, accident or worsening of chronic illness, during your holiday in Denmark.
In Denmark, you can buy prescription drugs in pharmacies, called Apoteks. Some non-prescription medicines can also be bought at approved sales outlets, such as supermarkets.
Dental Emergencies on Holiday
If you need emergency dental treatment, you can visit any dentist that is part of the Danish National Health Service. Your local tourist office can help you locate a local dentist in case of emergency. You can also call the Danish Dental Association, for help with finding local dentists and emergency dentists, on +45 70 25 77 11.
Service charges are included in hotel, restaurant and taxi bills. If you feel you’ve received great service however, feel free to tip. How much you tip is entirely up to you, and there is no set etiquette for this in Denmark.
Denmark by Rental Car
Denmark is a great place to drive. It's relatively safe and distances between sights and cities are short. If you follow the Danish rules of the road and take care when driving in Denmark, you can enjoy a truly tailor-made holiday. You'll get the chance to venture out into Denmark's best countryside, visit Denmark's attractions around the country and really get a feel for Denmark and Danish living.
Public Transport in Denmark
It's easy to get around Denmark by public transport. Distances between places are small, so you can get from one end of the country to the other relatively quickly.
Domestic Flights in Denmark
There are several daily flights from Copenhagen to cities around Denmark. SAS have direct flights to Aarhus, Aalborg and Billund. Norwegian flies direct to Aalborg, Billund and Karup. Not sure where to fly to in Denmark? Here's a handy list of airports in Denmark to help you decide!
The Danish national rail operator DSB operates regular train services between Copenhagen and towns across Denmark and southern Sweden. A train from Copenhagen to Aarhus will take three hours, to Aalborg four hours and to Odense half an hour. You can see train routes, find times and book train tickets with DSB by calling +45 70 13 14 15. There is also the option of booking via the DSB website, where they have a handy tutorial for how to use their Danish booking system.
InterRail and Eurail Passes
Non-European travellers in Denmark can take advantage of theEurail Denmark Pass, for cheap train travel in and around Denmark. Eurail also offers a Europe-wide Eurail pass which includes travel in Denmark. If you are a European citizen, you can use the InterRail Denmark Pass instead, for cheap rail travel round Denmark, or the InterRail Pass around Europe.
Denmark by Coach
If you prefer travelling by coach, or want to explore more remote areas of Denmark, the country has an extensive network of long-distance bus routes. These are operated by different companies and not all of them have English-language websites, so it’s a good idea to contact the tourist office of the destination you have in mind, to ask for their guidance on routes and tickets.
Taxi Travel in Denmark
Licenced taxis are readily available all over Denmark. It’s possible to hail them on the street, if the taxi light on their roof is on. You can also pick one up at the many taxi ranks in cities and towns, or by booking one in advance. Booking a taxi in advance will be slightly more expensive than hailing one. Tipping is always included in the fare. If you have big luggage that needs to go on an outside rack, you will be charged extra. Most taxi drivers speak English and all will give you a receipt at the end of your ride. Drivers are required to display their licence number and rate cards. Payment can be made with cash or with credit card. A typical trip from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen will cost between 200kr and 250kr.
Cycling in Denmark
Your bike must have a bell, a white reflector visible from the front, yellow reflectors on the pedals and wheels and a red reflector at the back. Bikes come with these things as standard in Denmark but if you’re bringing a bike with you from abroad, you’ll need to make sure yours is fitted with these.
When cycling in the dark, you must have a working white light at the front and a red at the back. You can pick these up from convenience stores and bike shops in Denmark.
Bike trailers must have two white reflectors on the front and two red on the back, with two yellow reflectors on each side. After dark, you must make sure your trailer has a red light either fitted at the back or the left-hand side.
You must always cycle on the right-hand side of the road and if there’s a bike path, you should use this. If you are turning left, cross over the road you will join, so that you are waiting with the traffic on the right-hand side. Then go with the traffic when the light is green. Cyclists must use their arms to signal that they are slowing down, turning or stopping.
You are not legally required to wear a helmet. But it is a great idea to use one anyway!
Entry to Denmark
No More Land Border
Denmark is part of the Schengen agreement, which eliminated border passport control between Schengen countries in Europe. This means you no longer need to stop or show your passport when travelling between Denmark and Germany or Denmark and Sweden. You must still have your passport with you, however, when travelling in Schengen countries as a form of identification.
The following countries are part of the Schengen Agreement:
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
There is a passport control when entering Denmark from a country outside the Schengen area and some nationalities need a visa to enter Denmark. You can check visa requirements for your country at the Danish Immigration Service website.
The Danish climate is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and is therefore milder than surrounding Scandinavian countries. Denmark has four distinct season. The spring months, April to May, are the mildest, while the summer months of June, July and August are the hottest. Autumn, from September to November, tends to be rainy and more overcast. Winter runs from December to March and is normally cold, with frost and snow.
Denmark is located in the North Temperate Zone and has a mean temperature of 7.7°C (46°F) . Statistically, February is the coldest month (mean 0.0°C/32°F) and August the warmest (mean 15.7°C/ 60°F).
The prevailing wind is westerly, which means that the west coast of Denmark receives more rainfall than the rest of the country. The annual rain fall in Denmark averages 61 cm (24 in) of precipitation.
Denmark is surrounded by coastline and swimming in the sea is a popular pastime. The seawater temperature around Denmark, from June to August, is between 17°C (63°F) and 22°C (72°F). In August, this can rise to around 25°C (77°F).