Bridges play an important role in Danish traffic. The many Danish islands are connected by various large bridges. These bridges offer a beautiful view over the vast Danish landscapes and are an important part of everyday life in Denmark. In this article you will find information about the most important bridges in Denmark.
Toll must be paid at the Great Belt Bridge and Sound Bridge. All other roads and bridges in Denmark are toll free.
Travel on the Great Belt Bridge
The island of Funen can be reached from Sjælland via a 20 km long bridge tunnel: the Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbroen). This is the longest suspension bridge in Europe and the third longest in the world. Both pylons are 254 meters high, and the hanging cables are attached to huge concrete blocks. Tolls are levied on this bridge. For an up-to-date overview of the toll rates, we refer you to the website of the Great Belt Bridge. You can pay by credit card or cash in Euros or in local currency.
There is a more than three kilometer long bridge between the islands of Sjælland and Falster.
A railway line also runs across the western part of the bridge. As pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed on this bridge, they must use the train. This is possible between the stations of Nyborg and Korsør. In the summer, special shuttle buses also run between Nyborg and Korsør. In fact, the large Belt Bridge does not consist of one, but of two bridges. One of 6.6 and one of 6.8 kilometers in length. The bridges both lead to the island of Sprogø. At Sprogö, the road and the track separate. While the highway continues over the east bridge, the railway runs through an 8 km long tunnel to Sjælland. The two pylons have a height of 281 m, 27 m of which are below sea level and 254 m above the water. The total length of the West and East Bridge is 18,000 m in total, the maximum height 254 m, Headroom 65 m.
The majestic Oresund Bridge
Another bridge tunnel lies between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö: the Oresund Bridge (Øresundsbron). Tolls are also levied on this bridge. For an up-to-date overview of the toll rates, we refer you to the Oresund Bridge website. The toll station is on the Swedish side. You can pay by credit card or cash in Euros or in local currency.
A railway line also runs over this bridge and pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed, they must also use the train here. This is possible between the stations of Copenhagen and Malmø. The entire connection over the Sound consists of a double-deck bridge (motorway up, railway down) of almost 8 kilometers on the Swedish side. This bridge leads to an artificial island of Peberholm where the highway and railroad are next to each other. Then both dive into a 4 kilometer long tunnel, the Drogentunnel. The highest pylon of the bridge is 204 meters, the road surface is at a maximum of 57 meters
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