About Denmark (DK)
One of the three kingdoms of Scandinavia, Denmark is one of the most modern and affluent countries in Europe and the world-at-large. Located primarily on the Jutland Peninsula, Denmark includes over 400 islands, 72 of which are inhabited. Forty percent of Danes live on the island of Zealand, which comprises one-sixth of the country’s landmass, and home to the capital city of Copenhagen, plus other major cities of Roskilde, Hillerød, Næstved and Helsingør.
Denmark practically oozes sophistication, and nowhere is that more evident than its immaculately maintained network of roads. Car rentals in Denmark may be slightly more expensive than other European countries, but drivers are rewarded with seamless connections to a wide range of urban and natural attractions. Danes are pretty fussy about following traffic rules, so you’ll most likely notice an absence of inconsiderate and reckless driving behaviors on the road.
One of the most popular Danish driving experiences involves The Marguerite Route (Margueritruten) — also known as The “Daisy” route, a 3,500-km (2,100- mi) stretch of scenic roads linking over 1,000 attractions in the northern region of the country, and marked by road signs bearing the white and yellow flower.
Choosing your car
Like its northern neighbor, Norway, car hire rates in Denmark are on the high side of the spectrum. But don’t let that discourage you from renting the perfect vehicle. Cheap car rentals are available; you just need to where to find them. What’s the best advice on renting a car in Denmark? Rent a car from Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, or Budget. They offer the best deals. Generally speaking, the best rates are found with minicars, compact 3-door hatchbacks, and economy 4-door sedans. But due to the popularity of group travel in Denmark, you’re very likely to get a great deal on a 7-12 seater minivan. On the other hand, if money is no object, go ahead and splurge on a premium SUV.
Tips and advice
Denmark is linked to Germany via E45, which spans the east coast of the peninsula and connects the city of Aarhus to Frederikshavn in the north.
Denmark is loaded with sea bridges, which experience heavy gusts of wind, and complicate the overtaking of trucks and slower moving vehicles. Traversing longer bridges is best left to drivers who are familiar with the physics of crosswind navigation.
With the exception of two bridges — Storebæltsbroe, linking Zealand and Funen; and Øresundsbron, between Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden — there are no toll roads in Denmark.
Bicycles are an exceedingly popular mode of transportation for Danes, and you’ll be sharing the roads with cyclists who don’t exactly have a lot of respect for automobiles. Use extra caution when navigating in larger cities, which are particularly dense with cyclists.
Demark car rentals uniformly include limited mileage. One sort of sneaky maneuver around already inflated prices is to rent a car in Sweden or Germany — where prices are roughly half that of Denmark, and include unlimited miles — and drive it into the country.
Most Denmark car rentals are equipped with manual transmission, and you’ll need to book well in advance to acquire a vehicle with automatic. Also be advised that non-manual transmission vehicles are significantly more expensive.