HOW TO GET TO AARHUS?
Aarhus is located in the heart of Denmark on the East coast of Jutland peninsula in the Northern Europe. The city is stretched along the sea shore at the bay of Aarhus facing the Kattegat sea.
Getting to Aarhus
There are several ways to get to Aarhus depending on your budget and time available. You might consider getting there by plane, by train, by bus, by car or by ferry. To help you make a well informed decision about which option will suit you best please read the detailed description of every option in our guide below.
Aarhus lies at one of the most important railway intersections in Denmark. There are hourly departures to the north, south and west. From Southern and Central Europe the connections are via Hamburg/Flensburg. Travel time from Hamburg to Aarhus is approximately 5 hours. From Eastern European countries train connections to Aarhus go via Poland and Copenhagen.
Aarhus has hourly services to and from Copenhagen. The trip takes three and a half hours. There are several daily connections to Sweden, Germany and the rest of Europe.
Please visit DSB or DSB Journey planner to find all your connection route options.
Be aware that besides buying a ticket you need to reserve a seat as well. It is worth noting there are also Quiet zones on the trains in Denmark where you are expected to let passengers and yourself enjoy the silence.
Danish trains have free WiFi and storage for bicycles or baby carriages.
Getting by bus is the cheapest option. The central bus station in Aarhus is called Aarhus Rutebilstation.
The bus services run less frequently than the train and sells out fast during busy periods but they are cheaper than trains if you are going last minute.
Ticket prices to/from Copenhagen start from 99 DKK for a single one way trip.
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The buses leave from Ingerslevsgade near Copenhagen’s Central Station and arrive at Aarhus Rutebilstation (bus station) in downtown Aarhus or Nørreport– a journey time of around four hours.
Aarhus is located close to E45 motorway, it has direct connections to the great European network of motorways, making it easy to get to most European cities. Hamburg can be reached within roughly four hours.
There are also excellent roads to most places in Denmark. For more information, please check location on the map
If you prefer to drive from Copenhagen the journey down through Zealand, across the island of Funen and up through eastern Jutland to Aarhus, is approximately 300 kilometres and takes about three hours. You need to follow the E20 motorway from Copenhagen to Jutland where it connects to the E45 motorway up to Aarhus.
Your road trip to Aarhus by car will include crossing two of Denmark’s impressive suspension bridges, spanning the Great Belt and the Little Belt straits on each side of the island of Funen.
Along the way you will have to pay a toll of 245 DKK (one way) for crossing the Great Belt Bridge though the Little Belt Bridge between Funen and Jutland is free.
If you don’t have your own car or simply want to save some money, you might be able to find a carpooling deal through a service like GoMore since Copenhagen to Aarhus is a very common journey.
Ferry terminal in Aarhus is located within walking distance from the center. The ferry service Molslinien can get you across the water on the modern and fast catamaran. This service is useful if you going by bus or car as you won’t need to pay for driving across the bridges and it helps to make a shortcut across the sea of Kattegat saving you 100 km drive. Check the Molslinjen website for current timetables for ferries to Zealand (Aarhus-Odde).
BY FERRY AND BUS FROM COPENHAGEN
You can catch the Kombardo Expressen bus (with free WiFi) from Ingerslevsgade near Copenhagen Central Station.
The bus takes you west across Zealand to the tip of Sjællands Odde, where it boards a fast Molslinjen ferry to Aarhus harbour before arriving at its final destination, Aarhus Rutebilstation in central Aarhus. The ferry trip takes 75 minutes and it’s a 3 hour 30 minutes journey in total by road and sea.
Tickets start at 99 DKK (single one way ticket, including the ferry).
CAR AND FERRY
Alternatively you can take your car on the ferry to Aarhus (see above). The drive from central Copenhagen to the harbour at Sjællands Odde is approximately 115 km. The ferry fare for a normal-sized car (up to 6 metres) including driver starts at 199 DKK.
The Aarhus airport Tirstrup is located 40 km north of the city. It is under big expansion and currently has direct connections to 24 destinations ( depending on winter and summer timetables) and offers direct international flights to a number of European destinations, for instance Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Manchester, London (Stansted and Gatwick), Berlin, Munich, Nice, Rome and Cyprus. Please visit their website for information on flight arrival/departure times.
Travelling to/from Aarhus airport
There is an airport shuttle bus 925X from Aarhus airport with departures every 20 minutes after each flight arrival. It departs from just outside the main entrance. Single ticket to Aarhus will cost you 115 DKK. It takes about 40 minutes drive to reach downtown Aarhus. You can purchase ticket in advance
Bus fare can be paid cash (DKK, NOK, SEK, USD, GBP, EUR). The following credit cards are also accepted on the Airport bus: Dankort, VISA, MasterCard or JCB.
Individual taxi services are available for approximately DKK 600 from Aarhus Airport to Aarhus downtown.
For more information visit Aarhus Airport
Billund airport is located 100 km south of Aarhus and has direct international flight connections to over 90 destinations. Regular flights connecting major European destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona (Girona), Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Riga, Rome and Stavanger. Please visit the airport website for more information on arrivals and departures.
Travelling to/from Billund airport
There is an airport shuttle bus 922X between Aarhus and Billund airport with several daily departures. The travel time from Billund Airport to downtown Aarhus is approximately one hour and 30 minutes. You can buy your bus ticket to Aarhus online. Tickets are also sold on the bus for about 140 DKK. The following credit cards are also accepted on the Airport bus: Dankort, VISA, MasterCard, Visa Electron, V Pay, China Union Pay, American Express or JCB.
You can get access to free WiFi onboard the bus.
Individual taxi services cost around DKK 1500 from Billund Airport to Aarhus downtown.
For more information visit Billund Airport.
There are direct flights between Aarhus Airport/Tirstrup and Copenhagen International Airport with many daily departures on weekdays and some departures on Saturdays and Sundays. SAS flies between Copenhagen and Aarhus airports. Flying time takes around 35-40 minutes.
If you book far in advance you might find tickets from 549 DKK (one way single fare); otherwise expect to pay between 1300–2000 DKK each way.
In Copenhagen a free transit bus links the International and Domestic airport terminals.
Alternatively you can catch the bus from Copenhagen Airport to Aarhus. The time of the first and last departure varies depending on the day although it worth mentioning that the buses do not run very late in the evening.
Trains bound for Aarhus railway station leave Copenhagen Airport hourly. The price is about 410 DKK for a one-way ticket (including seat reservation). If you book way in advance, you can find fares from as low as 99 DKK for a one way ticket. To buy a ticket at the Copenhagen airport you should go to the DSB Ticket Sales booth in Terminal 3 just above a rolling sidewalk which takes you down to the train.
For more information visit Copenhagen airport.
For truly spectacular flight experience consider using seaplane. Nordic Seaplanes flies between Denmark’s two biggest cities in just 45 minutes. The planes take off from the water near the Little Mermaid in central Copenhagen and land in Aarhus harbour. Single tickets normally cost around 1900 DKK, but it is often possible to get special offers and promotional discounts. This trip is one of a kind and definitely the fastest option available. The services are offered depending on a season.
Sightseeing flights over Aarhus are also available.
For more information visit Nordic Seaplanes.
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