Learn how to move around the city of Aarhus and/or reach some of the nearest and wonderful destinations in the area.
One of the first things you want to master as soon as you move to a new city is the transportation system. Once you manage to get around this new place, a new set of opportunities appear as you are able to access many other different services, than the counted ones in your area.
Nonetheless, there are several rules one must follow in order to get the best profit our of it, not mentioning that by doing them your are complying with the local norms, hence making the whole experiences a better one for everyone, including yourself.
In Aarhus you can find the most common ways of public transportation such as buses and trains, and pretty soon a new railway system called Letbanen. However, due to the high number of bikes in this country it is also worth it giving some relevant space to this transportation system.
City yellow buses are the most common and most probably you’ll be able to reach all main attractions and areas of this city by taking one of them.
‘A’ buses are constant routes, meaning they come between 6 to 10 minutes apart (less frequently during weekends/holidays). If you need to take non-A routes, be sure to check the timetables before departing since these can come any time between 10 minutes to every hour.
On the other hand the blue buses are interregional. Their schedules are very different among each route so it is better to plan any journey with them in advance, since few of these routes are as often as the yellow ones.
Strollers/Prams: Yes (no extra fee)
Note: Maximum 2 strollers/prams per bus. Yellow buses will have a bigger area than the blue ones, which can get occupied by a single big pram. Strollers/prams shall enter/exit through the middle door of both type of buses. In case you need help to carry your stroller/pram up in the blue bus any passanger in or out will gladly give you a hand if asked, or even the bus driver if required. In case there are already 2 inside it is not recommended to try to push a third one in due to security reasons.
Payment methods: Cash (machine inside the bus), Mobile App (Mobilbillet), pre paid travel card (Rejsekort).
Note: Machine only accepts coins, but bills can be changed into coins with the bus driver, note that it is recommended to do it just with a 50DKK or 100DKK bill.
Timetables and route planning: Rejseplanen and Google Maps.
Note: Rejseplanen will be more accurate specially during specific dates/periods such as Christmas and Summer holidays. In case of doubt try to check both.
The region of Mid Jutland is very well connected in terms of train lines, reason why most people travel from and to Aarhus, as well as other surrounding areas, by the trains managed by DSB.
Although it can be a bit more expensive than traveling with bus companies such as Linie 888, Rødbillet or Rute 1000 there are for sure some options that can benefit you, for example student discounts, multi-ticket cards and ‘orange tickets’ when purchasing train tickets with DSB.
The train will be specially recommended in case you are travelling with a considerable amount of bags, strollers/prams and children. This is due mostly to the space available for walking around, easy storage of personal belongings and other additional add-ons such as a large bathroom (with changing tables, in case it is needed).
Bikes: Yes (extra fee, reservation needed). Read more about it here.
Strollers/Prams: Yes (no extra fee, reservation needed)
Note: There is a maximum number of strollers/prams allowed in these trains as they are placed in the same wagon as where bikes are located, reason why a reservation is required.
This type of reservation can only be done at the DSB ticket office, 7/11 stores and/or by telephone at the number +45 70 13 14 15. Read more about it here.
Payment methods: Tickets are NOT sold on the train and must be purchased in advance at a DSB ticket office, 7/11 store or through the Mobile App (DSB).
Timetables and route planning: DSB (App or homepage), Rejseplanen, Google Maps.
Aarhus’ newest public transportation system is meant to be running by mid 2017.
This tram will connect several areas of the city that will enable you to explore all the corners of this region in an easier and more accessible way.
Be sure to keep up with the updates on their website and other media in order to be one of the first ones to enjoy a ride.
Bikes: Yes, with possible restrictions during rush hour.
Note: To be confirmed how many strollers/prams can fit per car and if there are any restrictions.
Payment methods: Prices for the Letbanen will be the same as the buses and passangers will be able to use the same ticket for both systems (city buses), taking always into consideration the timeframes of validity of each ticket
Timetables and route planning: Rejseplanen and Letbanen guidelines.
By now you might have noticed that bikes are Denmark’s #1 transportation system. It’s not only a wonderful choice for the environment but also for yourself, just be aware that you will need some extra strength in your lower body in case you want to go around the different areas in Aarhus.
This region can be surprisingly ‘hilly’ compared to the general Danish ‘flatness’!
However, in case you are just wandering around downtown you can either rent a bike for the time you need from different private providers or you can take a City Bike to stroll around.
Prices: This will differ very much depending on the place you rent the bike, nonetheless a very accessible option is to deposit 20 kroner in one of the 56 spots around Aarhus where you can get a City Bike. The money will be returned to you once you get the bike back. Find a map of these spots here.
The Rules: In case you come from a non-biking city/country it is important to acknowledge that in Denmark bikes have a series of (almost) unbreakable rules that we advise you to follow in order not to make your ride a regrettable one.
The three main ones you should bare in mind are that bikers will always ride on the right side of the streets, meaning the biking paths have only one direction, that when stopping remember to signal by raising your hand openly and finally when turning extend your arm to the direction you are turning, as this will allow others riding behind you know about your actions, hence avoiding any accident.
The use of helmet is not compulsory here, yet absolutely recommended. However the use of a light in your bike at night or during winter is mandatory. If you don’t have one you might get a ticket for it.
- You can buy multi-tickets rides on both the apps of DSB and Midttrafik, which means single rides will cost less than if you buy each journey individually. Children under the age of 16 are entitled to a fare discount and little ones under 12 travel free of charge.
- Your bus/Letbanen ticket is valid for a determined period of time depending the zones you are travelling within. Whether you buy the ticket at the bus or on the app the valid period of time will be visible in the receipt. This means you can ride as many times you want as long as you comply with the time and the zones, which can be checked here.
- Bus control happens regularly, specially during rush hour and main routes. You will be fined in case you don’t have a valid ticket at the moment of the inspection. Failures in the app are not a valid excuse, as you are supposed to buy the ticket before going inside the bus.
- There are several options to purchase travel cards. Be sure to explore them and other additional information about the system here.
- If travelling with kids on the DSB trains, remember to add the passenger when you buy the tickets and make a seat reservation in order to make the trip more confortable.
- In case you are travelling with friends/family DO NOT buy a ticket in the silent zone. In Denmark, the ‘silent’ is taken seriously and you will be addressed immediately in case you talk to other people, if you talk on your phone, if the music you are listening to is too loud or if you are doing any other thing that might disturb those who apply the rule. Book your trip in the family or standard zones if this is not your preference.
- Cyclists own the road so to speak in Denmark. As a pedestrian be attentive not to cross in front of a bike, or walk in the biking lane, as you will hear a bell/scream at you to point out the mistake.
- Do not forget to put a lock on your bike, regardless were you are going. Despite the secureness of these cities, bike thieves are always on the hunt.
- Public air pumps are found in many spots of the city. However, in case its needed a bike shop will offer it for free, in the majority of the cases.
- Danes recommend many foreigners to be aware of the weather conditions when biking. Many accidents are registered when there is heavy rain and/or snow.