Driving on Danish Roads

Understand the road signs, traffic conditions and speed limits on motorways and other types of roads in Denmark…

Types of Road

Danish roads are considered some of the best in the world and are well maintained. The main types of road in Denmark are:

  1. Motorways: The main motorways running up and across the country start with letter E. Some motorways just have a number. The speed limit varies from 110km/h to 130 km/h but these limits are signposted. The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) publishes a leaflet on the motorways each year called, Motorvej, which details information about the motorways, maps of Denmark's biggest cities, and information about service stations and the most important traffic regulations. Exits on motorways are numbered.
  2. Rural/open roads: These are either numbered or named and are generally quiet and well-maintained. Speed limits are from 80km/h to 90km/h.
  3. City/town roads: Town roads are generally quiet except for those in the main cities. Care should be taken of cyclists in towns and cities. The speed limit for town and city roads in 50km/h. Local signs may indicate higher or lower speed limits.
  4. Toll roads: There are no toll roads in Denmark but some of the bridges do have a toll. For example the motorway-bridge across Storebælt on the E20 and the motorway bridge across Øresund also on the E20 motorway charge a toll.
  5. Tourist routes: The Marguerite Route is a tourist route of approximately 3,500 Km, which incorporates many of Denmark's tourist attractions. It is however not recommended for caravans and trailers, and many of the roads are narrow and twisty.

Speed Limits

Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour (km/h). All traffic offences are subject to on the spot fines. There are three main speed limits in Denmark:
  • Town/city speed limits - 50km/h
  • Open/rural roads - 80km/h - 90km/h
  • Highways/motorways - 110km/h - 130km/h

Traffic Information

Rush hour in Copenhagen is generally between 07:00 and 08:30 and between 15:00 and 17:30. During rush hour there are restrictions for bicycles on the Metro. Also bikes are generally not allowed on buses. It is normal to have bicycle and vehicle congestion during rush hour in major cities, such as Copenhagen. Traffic reports are available from: