Cyclists and pedestrians given free weekday use of Danish ferries

Cyclists and pedestrians given free weekday use of Danish ferries
A Molslinjen express ferry en voyage from Aarhus to Sjællands Odde in 2019. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark’s Molslinjen ferry company will from August 2nd allow pedestrians, cyclists and people disability parking permits to use their services for free on all weekdays.

The company confirmed its decision in a statement on Friday.

Free ferry journeys are already provided for in a summer stimulus package approved by the government earlier this year. Molslinjen has previously placed its free tips on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

“There has been a lot of demand for the free journeys… we can now extend the scheme to every weekday,” the company’s commercial director Jesper Skovgaard said.

One of the conditions of the government stimulus package is that the scheme must be valid in July, August and September. Ferry companies are allowed to decide on which delays to offer the free journeys.

“We began cautiously with three days per week so we could be sure we can manage the (number of) guests.

“It has gone well in July and we now have a clear enough picture of demand to make us comfortable about adding weekdays,” Skovgaard said.

The offer is valid on all Molslinjen ferries across the Kattegat sea (between Jutland and Zealand) as well as connections to Bornholm, Samsø, Als and Langeland.

The ferry to west coast island Fanø will offer free trips from mid-August after the end of the school holidays.

A similar scheme last year provided for free ferry crossings within a one-month interval, resulting in congestion on many services.

Free tickets available from August 2nd must be bought and paid for online as normal. The value is subsequently refunded to the customer.

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