Buy or Bring Car?
Buying a Car
If you want to buy a car, you should consider whether you want to buy a new or used car. Car dealers often offer discounts and/or bonuses on new cars, making it advisable to compare prices. If you have optional extras which increase the security in the car or make it more environmentally friendly, these extras can reduce the registration costs.
If you are considering a used car, it can be advantageous to compare prices. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the value of a used car rapidly decreases after 3 years, and hence you may get a 3 year old car which is less expensive than one which is only 1 or 2 years old.
Bringing a Car
When taking up residency and bringing a car to Denmark, you must register your car within two weeks upon arrival. To do this, you find and visit your nearest tax centre. Find more information here!
Registration fee, duties and VAT
When you register a car to Danish number plates, you must pay a registration fee. The registration fee is calculated by SKAT and is based on the car's market price. Customs duty and VAT are charged on cars imported from non-EU countries, whereas owners of cars registered in EU countries do not have to pay either customs duty or VAT.
After registering your car, everyone is required to pay annual taxes and duties. These depend on the type of car and on how it is used. Please note that during the first year in Denmark you will experience some limitations on the use of your car such as not being allowed to sell, rent or use your car for commercial purposes.
In the section below you will find a list of what you need to do and bring in order to register your car in Denmark.
Registering your Car
When you bring your car to Denmark, you need to register it, as mentioned above. To do this, you need to do the following in the described order:
Roadworthiness check (“Bilsyn”)
Car insurance (“Bilforsikring”)
Registration at the nearest tax centre (“Registrering”)
Number plates (“Nummerplader”)
For more information on registering your car click here.
At a roadworthiness check or vehicle inspection the car's identity, number of kilometres on the clock, features and general condition will be determined. At the completion of the check, you will receive a roadworthiness report (also called a vehicle inspection form), which you will have the bring to your tax centre afterwards when registering the car.
To register a car in Denmark you need to take out a liability insurance. This should be done before you register at SKAT, since you will need to provide documentation of an insurance document. Contact an insurance company for more information (see the section on "Social Security and Insurance" at the top left menu).
When you register at SKAT you will need to provide the documentation of your roadworthiness report, foreign registration certificate, receipt, if any, for payment of customs duty and VAT, insurance certificate, registration form (form no. 21.016, download from www.skat.dk) and cash to pay the registration fee. You will then be issued a number plate at the number plate desk.
When you have registered your car, you will get a registration number. The registration will appear on your new number plate and consists of two letters followed by normally five numbers. There are two types of number plates, ordinary number plates (used for private use) and commercial number plates (used for commercial use). The cost of a ordinary number plate is approximately DKK 1.800.
For more information on bringing your car click here.
In Denmark the most popular and cheapest way to get around is cycling. In cities and towns cycling is the fastest, most efficient and not to mention cheapest form of transportation, and traffic favours cyclists.
Despite the fact that cycling conditions are very good, it can however be tricky for a newcomer to understand how the bicycle roads work as Danes have lots of unwritten rules it is wise to follow on the cycle paths of Denmark - read about them here:
Other guides to look at if you are confused on the Danish cycling paths:
Bike Light rules - click here!
Rules for bikes in traffic - click here!
It is important to lock your bike, as theft of bicycles especially in the cities is relatively common. If it is stolen, report it to the police and to the insurance company, both can be done on the internet.
But how come Danes bicycle so much? Press the bright bicycle and find out!
Denmark has an extensive, efficient and fairly affordable public transport system. The government encourages the use of public transport rather than private cars and the majority of the population use these services on a regular basis.
Danish State Railways operate the national rail network, as well as the S-Tog commuter rail system in the Greater Copenhagen area. Inter-city services link the main cities on all of Denmark's islands. There are also a number of small railway lines throughout the country that are operated by private companies.
Within Copenhagen there is a Metro which opened in 2002 and is gradually being extended throughout the city. City transport is also provided in the form of Copenhagen's distinctive yellow buses. Denmark's smaller towns and rural areas are well served by local buses and regional train services.
If you want to plan your route by public transport, you can use the following website which also tells you the cost of your journey: www.rejseplanen.dk (available in English and German).
Costs of Public Transport
Public transport in the region of the capital uses a common pricing and zoning system, divided into coloured zones. Hence, you can transfer freely between buses, trains and the Metro on the same ticket or card, provided that you do so within the time and zones of which your ticket is valid. You can buy a monthly travel card and a discount card for buses and trains. If you bring your dog you must buy a child’s ticket for it, unless it is a guide dog.
There are several car rental companies in Denmark which offer different services. If you want to rent a car in Denmark it is advisable to check the offers of all the companies before deciding which one suits your interests best.
Denmark's main international airport is located 8 km from Copenhagen, with a second international airport 44km north-east of Aarhus in Jutland. There are also a number of regional airports which you can read more about at www.visitdenmark.com
There are also numerous ferry services to Denmark from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Poland and the UK. There are also ferry connections within Denmark. Denmark's main harbours include Copenhagen, Esbjerg and Frederikshavn. Different companies operate different connections - so we advise you to search for your preferred route.
See a list over ferry connections at www.visitdenmark.com