Entry to Denmark
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.
Following Brexit, UK citizens can travel to any country in the Schengen area, including Denmark, for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.
Border openings post-corona are subject to change. You can find out about entry requirements in place on our Safe Travel in Denmark page.
There is a passport control when entering Denmark from a country outside the Schengen area and some nationalities need a visa to enter Denmark. Following Brexit, UK citizens are not required to have a visa to visit Denmark. You can check visa requirements for your country at the Danish Immigration Service’s website.
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.
VAT is 25% in Denmark, but prices are always inclusive of VAT.
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.
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. Read more about the regulations at the Danish Tax Authority’s website.
International credit cards can be used in restaurants, hotels, petrol stations and shops, but the company has the right to charge you an extra fee. Not all of them do and you will be notified before making a payment, if an extra fee will be charged.
Many smaller shops and supermarkets do not accept international credit cards.
The Danish currency is kroner and øre. There are 100 øre in one kroner. In Danish and English, kroner is shortened to kr. 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.
Most shops in Denmark accepts cash, but there is an increase in cash-less shops where it’s only possible to pay by credit card or mobile. You should also note that many kiosks and supermarkets do not accept cash after 8 pm.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect city break hotel, a quaint little inn in the countryside, a family friendly campsite, or a summer house by the coast, you’ll be able to find your ideal accommodation in Denmark. Source our accommodation site to find your place to stay during your visit to Denmark.
Domestic flights in Denmark
There are several daily flights from Copenhagen to cities around Denmark. SAS have direct flights from Copenhagen to Aarhus, Aalborg, Billund, Karup, Rønne (Bornholm) and Sønderborg. Alsie Express flies from Copenhagen to Sønderborg, and from Sønderborg to Rønne (Bornholm). Norwegian flies direct from Copenhagen to Aalborg. Not sure where to fly to in Denmark? Here's a handy list of airports in Denmark to help you decide!
Licensed 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. Like to book a taxi in Denmark ahead of time? Search taxi companies in Denmark here.
How it works
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.
Can I rent a bike on location?
The short answer is: YES! You don't have to bring your own bike if you'd rather not.
In Copenhagen, touring bikes can be rented from Baisikeli and Copenhagen Bicycles for longer trips outside the city. You can take bikes on trains and metros to reach your start point, or hire a bike in the destination on arrival.
In order to be able to use your mobile phone in Denmark, your normal provider will need to have a roaming agreement with one of the Danish mobile phone operators. This is normal practice but it is a good idea to check both the availability and cost before you travel, as it can be quite pricey depending on where you're from or where you're calling.
In some cases it might be cheaper to buy a Danish SIM card to use during your stay. You can find out more about buying Danish SIM cards and mobile phone shops in Denmark here.
European mobile roaming tariffs
Visit the European Commission’s website for the latest up-to-date information on roaming tariffs in Europe.
Denmark uses two-pin continental plugs and 220 volt (50Hz) like most other European countries. Visitors from Ireland or the UK will need adaptors for electrical appliances, while those from North America will need a transformer to use 110/125 volt appliances.
The Danish climate is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and is therefore milder than surrounding Scandinavian countries. Denmark has four distinct seasons. 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).
Denmark is within the Central European Time (CET) zone, thus, Denmark is 1 hour (UTC +1) ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
However, Denmark uses Day Light Savings time (also known as Summer time) which starts on the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. During this period the time is using the offset UTC +2. You can check the specific dates for the time changes here.
You can get medical treatment anywhere in the country by contacting a Danish National Health Service doctor, during consultation hours. If you are in urgent need of medical care outside office hours, you can contact an emergency doctor (Lægevagten). Once on the site, click where you are on the map of Denmark to find the telephone number of the emergency doctor in your area.
Emergency medical care
If you are covered by public health care in an EU country, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you are entitled to emergency healthcare during your stay in Denmark.
Denmark is made up of the mainland peninsula called Jutland and over 400 scattered islands. The largest of Denmark’s islands, Zealand, is where you’ll find the capital city, Copenhagen. Denmark is part of Scandinavia and shares a similar geography with the south of Sweden, to which it is attached via the Oresund Bridge, and Germany, with which it shares a land border. The Kingdom of Denmark also includes the enormous, self-governing territory of Greenland, situated near North America and the autonomous territory of the Faroe Islands.
Apart from the 68km-long border (42 miles) with Germany to the south, Denmark is surrounded entirely by water. The furthest you can be from the coast at any point in Denmark is only 52km (32 miles). At its West Coast, it touches The North Sea and this coastline is dominated by long, windswept stretches of sand and dunes. The North Coast runs up into the Kattegat and Skagerrak seas and is also a dynamic coast, with some of Northern Europe’s biggest shifting sand dunes. To the east, you’ll find a more sheltered coast and the calm waters of the Baltic Sea.
Total area: 42.934km²
Total length of coastline: 7.314km (4545 miles)
Highest point: 170,086m (Møllehøj)
Biggest lake: Arresø (39,5km²)
Longest river: Gudenå (176km/ 98 miles)
Agriculture: 66 %
Forest and heathland: 16 %
Cities, roads and construction: 10 %
Lake, meadow and marsh: 7 %
Statistics from 1 January 2018 – Source: Denmark’s Statistics.