Car Hire in Copenhagen
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Drive around Denmark’s capital with a rental car with the help of Skyscanner’s informative guide on how and where to find the best car rental deals in the city, among trusted and reliable companies. Explore Copenhagen’s beauty as you take scenic road trips in and around the city.
Where to hire a car in Copenhagen
There are several car rental companies in Copenhagen, which include internationally recognised Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, and Enterprise, which also have car rental offices at Copenhagen Airport. If you will rent a car at the airport, you’ll have to pick up your chosen vehicle at the rental office, unless otherwise agreed. You will have to return the vehicle in the parking garage P10 - Europcar and Sixt on the third floor, Hertz on the fourth floor, Avis and Budget on the fifth floor, and the car keys must be returned to the respective car rental office. Aside from the aforementioned companies, other car rental companies in the city include Autorental (leases secondhand cars) and Driveon. Choose from a wide selection of vehicles, ranging from small cars to vans and even buses. Aside from the airport, other car rental locations also include the city centre, the Cruise Port, some hotels, Vordingborg, and Zealand/Delivery Service, among others.
What to expect when hiring a car from Copenhagen
Even with the easy and well-established public transport connection, driving by car is still the most popular way to get around Copenhagen and its surrounding areas. The city has an extensive road network, including motorways, which link Copenhagen to other parts of Denmark and even Sweden over the Øresund Bridge. A downside of this is the heavy traffic congestion in the roads during rush hour.
When it comes to parking, know that there are three parking zones in Copenhagen, which is divided into red (priciest), green, and blue (cheapest) parking zones, covering the city centre and the inner bridge areas, or known as “brokvarterer” in Danish. They are Østerbro, Vesterbro, Amagerbro, and Islands Brygge. Parking spaces closer to the city centre are more expensive. From Monday at 08:00 till Saturday at 17:00, parking is paid, and is only free between the two intervals. There are many car parks –multi-storey, underground, etc. – scattered in the city, including at the airport.
Driving rules and regulations include: driving on Denmark is on the right; a valid driver’s licence, along with vehicle registration information, and certificate of motor insurance (the last two should be obtained from the car company before you leave with the vehicle) must be carried at all times; using a mobile phone while driving is illegal; wearing a seatbelt is mandatory (all passengers under 15 should wear a seatbelt), headlights should be on at all times (dipped during the day); carrying a warning triangle is mandatory; third-party liability insurance is compulsory; and the following must be kept inside the vehicle at all times: a first aid/emergency kit, a spare bulb kit, and a fire extinguisher.
Copenhagen is known as one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, with 400 kilometres exclusively dedicated to cycle lanes.
Getting to your destination
Copenhagen is home to plenty of breathtaking tourist attractions that one can reach by car! Some of these places are:
This area that used to be a busy commercial port has been renovated and is now lined with stunningly beautiful old houses, classy restaurants, and plenty of quaint areas by the canal.
From the city centre, drive southwest on H. C. Andersens Blvd. toward H. C. Andersens Blvd. Continue on Stormgade. Take Vindebrogade to Holmens Bro in København K, then take Holmens Kanal to Holbergsgade. Continue straight onto Holbergsgade. Nyhavn will be on the right. The duration of the trip takes about seven minutes, without traffic, and covers 1.9 kilometres.
Constructed in the 1700s, Amalienborg is touted as one of the greatest works of Danish Rococo architecture, comprised of four identical buildings housing royal residence. It is also known for the Royal Guard, the Den Kongelige Livgarde.
From Copenhagen city centre, drive southwest on H. C. Andersens Blvd. toward H. C. Andersens Blvd. Continue on Stormgade. Take Vindebrogade to Holmens Bro in København K. Take Holmens Kanal to Holbergsgade, then drive to Toldbodgade. The drive will take about nine minutes, if there’s no traffic, covering 2.5 kilometres.
Known as Bakken for short, everything about this beloved amusement park is more than just the rides. At 431 years old, it’s the oldest amusement park in the world, surrounded by centuries-old trees and the green, lush woodlands of Jægersborg Dyrehave.
From city centre, head southwest on H. C. Andersens Blvd. toward H. C. Andersens Blvd. Continue on Tietgensgade. Take Ingerslevsgade to Flæsketorvet. The duration of the drive is about four minutes, covering 1.7 kilometres.