Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Danish Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
Denmark uses the Danish krone. Even as a member of the European Union, Denmark opts not use the Euro, though some touristy shops may accept it. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted by many establishments excluding supermarkets.
Denmark has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or K socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is widely available throughout the populated areas of Denmark. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. There are also a few Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge. Even if there is not a sign noting it, many cafés and bars provide free wireless Internet for paying customers, so feel free to ask. The public library in almost every town will also offer free Internet, though you may have to wait for a computer.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
Prices in Denmark shops and boutiques might come with a bit of sticker shock. The country charges a 25% consumer sales tax that is included in the displayed prices. Even so, Danish goods gleam with good taste and often capture the residents' keen eye for design. Among the most popular items to take home are crystal and glass, silver, furniture, antiques, jewelry, stainless steel flatware, Danish cheese, amber and sweaters. Name brands you're sure to recognize in Denmark include Lindberg designer eyewear, Skagen watches, Royal Copenhagen porcelain, Bang & Olufsen electronics, Georg Jensen silverware and jewelry, LEGO toys and ECCO shoes.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxi drivers won't expect a tip, but rounding up the fare on the meter is appreciated, Restaurants and bars 10-15% of the total bill.
As with most of Europe, traveling within cities and towns can be easily done on foot, by bus, tram or taxi. If your travel plans include two or more cities, bus and rail networks will get you to and from. Railways are precise and run like clockwork in Denmark. Renting a car may also be a convenient option, as roads are well-maintained and easy to navigate. To reach the smaller islands of Denmark, you'll need to catch a ferry.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for.