Car Rental in Copenhagen
Denmark’s capital city is a place of stunning beauty with its range of historical sights complemented by a vibrant modern cultural scene and world-class shops and restaurants. Along with the well-preserved churches and alleyways of the medieval Inner City district, travelers in Copenhagen can branch out and explore other areas like the colorful Nørrebro and the peaceful scenery of the northern suburbs. Car rental is an excellent choice when visiting Copenhagen as you are only a short drive from many other destinations worth seeing.
Where to rent a car in Copenhagen
Several international car rental providers are situated at Copenhagen Airport for travelers including Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Avis and Sixt. You will find all companies based in the Car Rental Center which is accessible from either passenger terminal with ease. You don’t have to pick up your vehicle at the airport as all providers have a presence within Copenhagen city. Many companies have offices around the Vesterport station but you will find other providers across the city at your disposal.
Driving in Copenhagen
Like most European capital cities it can be time-consuming driving in the center of Copenhagen but a car is ideal if you want to get out of the city and explore the suburbs and the surrounding region. Local drivers are well behaved but traffic gets congested in the city, especially during the morning and evening rush hours, and you will also need to be ever-vigilant about bicycle riders. The quality of the roads around the city are excellent, although the narrow medieval roads of the Inner City were not designed with vehicle use in mind.
Parking in Copenhagen
Parking is available in Copenhagen but you may be put off by the price in central areas. Parking in the city is divided into four zones and there are also plenty of private garages and lots available. The central Red zone will cost up to 20 AED per hour during weekdays, while in the cheapest Yellow zone it will be just 5 AED per hour. Parking on Saturdays after 17.00 and on Sundays and holidays is free of charge. If you find a private parking garage in the city center you can expect to pay up to 30 AED per hour, so you may be much better off parking on the outskirts and catching public transport into Copenhagen. It's always worth checking with your hotel to see if they have available parking.
Where to go around Copenhagen
Copenhagen consists of multiple districts each offering their own unique attractions. The medieval city center is best explored on foot so find somewhere to park up nearby. You will also want to check out the lively cafes and art galleries of Vesterbro and spend a day on the beach in Vestegnen. With your rental car you are within touching distance of many memorable destinations in the area such as the famous city of Elsinore (Helsingør), known globally for the Kronborg Castle, or the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Roskilde with its cathedral and Viking heritage. There are also many scenic beaches along the pretty coastline close to Copenhagen.
* This information is correct as of December 2018