Where and What to Hire
Copenhagen offers visitors a good choice of car hire companies. International firms including Sixt, Hertz and Europecar all have branches in Copenhagen Airport while Sixt and Hertz also have offices located near Copenhagen University in the city centre. Vesterport station has a branch of Sixt, Avis and Hertz located nearby. Most types of cars can be hired although they tend to be up to five-door vehicles. Small city cars are frequently available as well as hatchbacks and family-sized cars.
Driving in Copenhagen is relatively straightforward with sensible, disciplined drivers and good roads and signage, however there are still some points to be aware of. Driving in Denmark is on the right, passing on the left. Copenhagen has a high percentage of cyclists. With some cycle paths on the pavement and others integrated into the road system it is best to stay vigilant at all times. Cyclists have the right of way at all times of the year. The speed limit is 31 miles per hour in cities and towns and 81 miles per hour on the motorway. Roads may be slightly busier than normal at weekends and during rush hours which are from 8am to 9am and 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
Every car in Denmark requires a parking disc to be visible from the windscreen. All hire cars should come with them but check just to be sure. These discs are used in all areas which do not have parking fees. Much of the street parking in Copenhagen has to be paid for via the ticket machines on the street. Many of these spaces are time limited and cost from around 10 to 29 DKK per hour depending on the time of day and the zone. Zones are red, green and blue. The cost of parking from 11pm to 8am costs 3DKK per hour while parking is free from 5pm on Saturday to 12noon on Sunday. Many hotels offer free parking to their guests and there is limited free parking at the train station.
Where to Go and What to See
While having a car in Copenhagen is useful for seeing the sights, it is very handy to have one to explore the surrounding area. Just under an hour away from Copenhagen is the city of Malmo in Sweden. This historic city has a wonderful square with beautiful architecture, cosy cafes, art galleries, museums and quirky shops to spend time in. Just 35 minutes west of Copenhagen is the Danish capital of Roskilde. This ancient city is a World Heritage Site telling the story of Vikings and ancient kings not to mention home to one of the best music festivals in Europe, the Roskilde Festival which draws over 100,000 visitors to the city every July. Families looking for entertainment for the kids can’t do much better than visiting the magical Tivoli, just on the outskirts of Copenhagen. This stunning amusement park is filled with history, fairground rides, concerts, restaurants and exhibitions. Even Hans Christian Anderson himself strolled through these grounds. Summer there is lovely but Halloween and Christmas are extra special. A day out at Copenhagen zoo, complete with gorgeous gardens as well as polar bears, elephants, tigers and more, is also in the city centre, while Klampenborg Deer Park, just a few minutes to the north, is home to the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken. There is even a beach here, making it possibly the best place in Copenhagen for a family day out.