How to travel (almost) free on Danish trains this summer

Denmark’s national rail operator DSB on Tuesday announced a travel pass that will give unlimited access to public transport across the country during an eight-day period this summer.

train in aarhus
Passengers in Denmark can buy an eight-day pass for unlimited use of public transport during the summer. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The rejsepas (travel pass), which was also offered by DSB during the last two years, will be released for sale on June 1st and available until July 31st.

It will give the holder free access to all public transport in Denmark during eight consecutive days, which must be between June 25th and August 7th.

The pass will cost 399 kroner for adults, meaning one rail journey between Jutland and Copenhagen will see its costs covered (the regular ticket price for a single trip from Aarhus to Copenhagen is around 400 kroner).

In addition to all DSB trains, the pass can be used on Arriva buses and trains; the Copenhagen Metro and S-train, the Letbane in Aarhus and local rail services. In line with rules for regular tickets, you may need to buy an add-on ticket if you bring your bicycle with you on trains.

DSB notes that, because more maintenance works are carried out on tracks over the summer, you are more likely to travel on replacement buses or with reduced services or changed departure times.

The price of the pass for children is 199 kroner.

Sales of the travel pass will be limited to 75,000.

There’s additional good news for parents: if you travel using an adult pass, you can take up two children under the age of 12 with you for free.

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Three great Copenhagen open air swimming spots

On a warm day — or for the Danes, even on a cold day — a dip in Copenhagen's harbors and beaches can do just the trick. Here are three of our favourite spots for an open air swim in Denmark's capital city and advice on where not to swim.

Three great Copenhagen open air swimming spots

Amager Strandpark — a beach’s beach 

If you’re looking for white sand beaches and room to spread out a towel (as long as you get there early enough), Amager Strandpark is your best bet. It’s about 25 minutes by bike or via metro line 2 from downtown Copenhagen. 

Children play on popular Copenhagen beach Amager Strandpark. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Amager Strandpark offers 4.6 km of beachfront real estate with areas for picnicking, ball games, and, of course, swimming. 

It’s also prime territory for watersports (kayaking, anyone?) and the Copenhagen Surf School offers windsurfing lessons for beginners. 

The Islands Brygge harbour bath offers fantastic views of the city. Photo: Kasper Palsnov/Ritzau Scanpix

Islands Brygge Havnebad — an urban swimming experience 

A stone’s throw from the city center, Islands Brygge is perhaps Copenhagen’s most iconic urban swimming spot. 

The Harbour bath boasts three diving platforms as well as five semi-inclosed pools, two designated for children. 

Svanemølle Beach is a hop, skip and a jump from the fashionable Østerbro neighborhood. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Svanemølle Strand 

Literally “swan mill beach” in Danish, this small beach in Østerbro is a favorite haunt for families with young children since the tide comes in very slowly. For the grown-ups, a massive 130-meter pier offers access to deep water. 

Places NOT to swim 

It’s not permitted to swim in the canals at Nyhavn or in Copenhagen’s famous lakes (though with the summer algae bloom, you probably wouldn’t want to anyway). As a rule of thumb, anywhere without a lifeguard in high season or without ladders in and out of the water should be avoided. 

The map below shows the three recommended swimming spots. Zoom in to see where they are in Copenhagen.