Public transport to cost more in large parts of Denmark in 2023

People who use buses and trains in much of eastern Denmark, as well as the Copenhagen Metro, will pay more on average for their journeys from January 2023.

Public transport to cost more in large parts of Denmark in 2023
Bus, train and Metro passengers in Copenhagen and elsewhere will pay more on average for their journeys in 2023. File photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

Transport operators that are part of the Din Offentlige Transport (DOT) group are to raise prices by an average of 4.9 percent from January 15th, DOT confirmed in a recent statement.

This means that services operated by DSB and Movia on the islands of Zealand, Lolland, Falster and Møn will all cost more, as will the Copenhagen Metro.

Increased costs for fuel and electricity are the main reason for the price increases, DOT said.

Short journeys paid for using the Rejsekort and Pendlerkort travel cards will see the sharpest price hikes.

Passengers who use a normal Rejsekort will see the cost of their journeys increase by an average of 8.6 percent, according to figures published by DOT. A three-zone journey will cost 9.3 percent more than current prices, meaning the current cost of such a journey will go up from 21.50 kroner to 23.50 kroner.

Some tickets will see a fall in price, however. Single tickets for journeys of two zones or more will become 6.3 percent cheaper. In practice, that means a ticket costing, for example, 36 kroner currently (this is the cost of a three-zone single ticket) will cost 30 kroner from January.

Single tickets for longer journeys will also fall in price. A 12-zone single ticket will cost 96 kroner, compared to 116 kroner today.

In the statement, DOT said it wants the Rejsekort to remain cheaper than buying tickets individually but wants to reduce the price difference overall.

“Just like everything else, the cost of delivering good public transport is also increasing steeply at the moment. This comes after several years where prices were kept constant, but it is now necessary to let them go up on average,” DOT head of the board Marlene Holmgaard Fris said in the statement.

“However, with the new prices it will be cheaper relatively to travel further with public transport and thereby more attractive to leave the car at home and take public transport,” she said.

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Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive

Fare prices were this week raised for public transport across Denmark, but the price hikes might not be done yet according to a report.

Why public transport in Denmark could become even more expensive

Monday saw ticket prices for buses, trains, Metro and light rail services across Denmark go up by an average of 4.9 percent. The exact increase depends on how far you are travelling, the mode of transport and location.

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The price hikes might not be the last public transport passengers see this year, according to a report by broadcaster DR.

Companies which operate Denmark’s various public transport services are usually only permitted to raise prices once every year, but the hope to be given extraordinary permission for a second adjustment according to the report.

“We have now increased prices by 4.9 percent and that is based on some old inflation figures,” Steen Vindum, the chairperson of the national confederation for public transport companies, Trafikselskaberne, told DR.

Specifically, the traffic companies are looking for an additional 10 percent increase in fares from May or June onwards.

“Inflation in Denmark this year [2022, ed.] has been around 10 percent, and we wouldn’t be able to introduce that increase until 2024 under normal circumstances. That’s why we’ve applied to introduce it somewhat earlier,” Vindum said.

“We simply need to cover our increasing costs for fuel in general. If we don’t do that, the consequence is that there might be fewer bus departures in future,” he also said.

“The consequence could unfortunately also be that some people think public transport is getting too expensive and choose not to use it, and that’s why this is a difficult question. We are very aware that prices shouldn’t go up too much,” he said.

Transport minister Thomas Danielsen told DR that he expected the public to generally understand a 4.9 percent increase in fares given an inflation level of 10 percent.

He did not commit with regard to additional increases.

“When inflation is almost 10 percent, an increase of 4.9 percent isn’t very much,” he said.

“I will have to have a discussion with transport companies and their owners in relation to what they envisage before I say yes or no to one thing or another,” he said.

“Increasing prices do not promote the use of public transport, but everything in our society is increasing in price. So nothing is getting cheaper at the moment because of high inflation,” he said.

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