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How to take advantage of cheaper travel in Denmark this summer

Denmark’s government is once again doing what it can to give domestic tourism a boost this summer. Here's how you save money on transport.

How to take advantage of cheaper travel in Denmark this summer
Last summer, 1 million passengers too advantage of free ferries throughout Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

On June 4th, Denmark’s government announced a 1.65bn kroner “summer package” to heavily subsidise trains, buses and ferries throughout Denmark. The package brings back the popular Travel Pass or Rejsepas and free ferry trips to Denmark’s islands and between Bornholm and the Swedish city of Ystad.

Although 1 million passengers took advantage of last summer’s free ferries, the 50,000 available travel passes sold out in only three days last year. 

With 100,000 travel passes available this year, there’s still time to snag one and set off on an affordable summer adventure. Read on to learn how you can profit from cheaper travel in Denmark this summer.

When can you go?

Travel passes are valid for a consecutive eight-day period of the traveller’s choice between June 27th and August 9th. 

Free ferry passage is available from July through September, but exact availability is up to each ferry operator.

Where can you go?

Travel passes allow for unlimited travel on DSB and Arriva trains, and on buses, metro services, local rail and light rail throughout the country. 

The full list includes travel with You can travel with Arriva, BAT (Bornholm), DOT, DSB, FynBus, Metro, Midttrafik including Letbanen, Movia, Nordjyllands Trafikselskab (NT) and Sydtrafik.

To plan your trip and see route options, visit rejseplanen.dk.

How can I get my Travel Pass?

Travel Passes are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for purchase online and in person at Copenhagen Central Station, Aarhus Central Station and at Odense Railway Station. 

Although passes are still available, it’s best to buy yours soon. Last year, the 50,000 available passes sold out in three days. This year, more than 10,000 passes were sold within the first few hours they became available, according to Avisen Danmark.

This year, the passes cost 399 kroner for adults and 199 kroner for children between 12-15 years. Children under the age of 12 travel free of charge with an adult. The prices are up from last year’s offer, which was 299 and 149 kroner, respectively. 

The last date you can buy one of this year’s 100,000 Travel Passes is August 1st, according to DSB.

Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

What else do I need to know about my Travel Pass?

Travellers still need to book seat tickets on regional trains, including the Øresund train, as well as in InterCity and InterCityLyn. 

Even though the Travel Pass  offers unlimited travel, DSB encourages you to cancel any seat reservations you’ve made that you no longer need so that seat is available for someone else. 

If you’ve bought several tickets in one purchase, one ticket will be issued and all travellers will need to travel with the original ticket holder whose ID matches the ticket. So, if you want to travel separately, each person must buy their own Travel Pass matching their own ID.

The passes aren’t changeable or refundable.

How do the free ferries work?

Free ferry passage is available to pedestrians, cyclists and handicapped drivers.

Unlike in last year’s summer package, ferry operators will be able to decide which departures are free, which is aimed at ensuring that the ferries do not become too crowded. 

Last year, locals complained that too many tourists had swarmed the islands and made ferry travel difficult for locals. Last year, more than 1 million passengers took advantage of last summer’s free ferries, according to the Danish Transportation Ministry.

Although the free ferry offer lasts from July through September, it’s up to ferry operators to determine the free period if the company wishes to participate in the scheme. Check the websites of ferry operators along your desired route to see free available trips.

What other discounts can I take advantage of?

Restaurants will also be able to apply for grants of up to 35,000 kroner between June 24th and July 21st to provide discounts or hold activities to attract tourists. 

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SAS

SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

More than 3,700 flights where cancelled and 380,000 passengers where affected by the 15-day strike which hit Scandinavia's SAS airline last month, the company has revealed.

SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

“We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected by the July strike,” Anko van der Werff, the company’s chief executive, said in a press release. “We are happy operations returned to normality again allowing us to start regaining our customers’ trust.”

According to the release, 1.3 million passengers travelled with the airline in July, which was still a 23 percent increase on the same month last year, when Covid-19 restrictions were still reducing tourism levels.

“In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased with 32 percent and capacity was decreased by 23 percent, which was a result from the 15-day pilot strike,” the release read. 

Pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, went on strike for 15 days last month over pay, conditions, and the company’s refusal to rehire pilots laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic on the same terms as before. 

The strike, which cost the airline between €9m and €12m a day, was ended on July 19th, after which it took several days to get flights back to normal

Van der Werff said company said it would now continue putting in place its restructuring plan, SAS FORWARD, and push ahead with restructuring in the US, where the company has filed for Chapter 11. 

He said these would both “accelerate the transformation process that will lead to a financially stable airline, that will be able to deliver the service our customers are expecting”. 

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