Driving in Copenhagen

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Copenhagen.
|-Driving in Copenhagen

1. Driving in Copenhagen

Driving in Copenhagen is generally safe and straightforward, with well-maintained roads and clear signage. However, the city is known for its cycling culture, and there are many cyclists on the road. Drivers need to be aware of cyclists and give them the right of way. Traffic can be heavy during peak hours, and parking in the city center can be challenging.

2. Recommended Car

As Copenhagen is a compact city with excellent public transportation, a small, fuel-efficient car is recommended. Electric cars are also becoming increasingly popular due to the country’s focus on sustainability.

3. Parking in Copenhagen

Finding parking in Copenhagen can be difficult, especially in the city center. Most parking spaces are metered, and the cost can add up quickly. It’s advisable to use public transportation or cycle when possible. If you need to park, consider using one of the city’s Park and Ride facilities.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Denmark with an international driving license for up to 90 days. After that, you will need to obtain a Danish driving license. If you are from a non-EU country, you may need to pass a driving test.

5. Obtaining a Danish Driving License

To obtain a Danish driving license, you will need to pass a theory test and a practical driving test. The tests are usually conducted in Danish, but English tests can be arranged. You will also need to provide a medical certificate from a Danish doctor. It’s advisable to take a few driving lessons to familiarize yourself with Danish driving rules and regulations.

6. Tips for Driving in Copenhagen

Always be aware of cyclists and give them the right of way. Use your indicators when turning and check your mirrors before opening your car door. Speed limits are strictly enforced, and there are many speed cameras around the city. Also, remember that it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% or above.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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