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Driving in Denmark

One of the best ways to see other countries is to drive through them. This allows tourists to get a feel for the country as a whole, including the expanses of countryside between major cities. Of course, train travel will do much the same thing, but trains restrict tourists to a set route that may not suit them. Travelling by car, in contrast, allows tourists to literally take the ‘road less travelled’, giving the kind of flexibility that comes from being freed from someone else’s route and schedule.

Driving rules in Denmark

Driving a car is much the same anywhere, but tourists who arrive in Denmark on the North Sea ferry will want to be aware of a few things in advance. In Denmark, motorists drive on the on the right side of the road.

All distances are signed in kilometres. Road signs will not be too unfamiliar to those who are accustomed to standard international symbols, though at times they will include Danish words and phrases as well as symbolic information.

Speed limits are generally standardised across the country, with motorists limited to 110 kilometres per hour on highways and 80 kilometres per hour on major roads. Some highways, however, do allow motorists to drive as fast as 130 kilometres per hour. Motorists are most restricted to 50km/hr in most towns.

A strict blood alcohol level of 0.5 promille is enforced in Denmark, particularly in the areas around Copenhagen. It is therefore best to avoid drinking and driving entirely, as it may be difficult for individuals to know when they have passed the legal limit. Motorists are required to wear seat belts at all times and have a warning triangle to hand in their car.

Taking the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry will allow tourists to Denmark to see the country at the pace they prefer – and in the comfort of their own car.