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Being a regional junction that combines the Greater Copenhagen area with the rest of Zealand, Roskilde is with its well-functioning public transportation system the perfect starting point for a daily commute or an inspiring day trip. Within Roskilde Municipality, 9 out of 10 citizens have less than 500 meters to the nearest bus stop or train station. On top of that you have good biking conditions, and a traffic that often favours cyclists. In cities and towns, cycling is often the fastest, most efficient and not to mention the cheapest way to get around.
If you need to plan your travel with public transport, you can use Rejseplanen, which is a travel planner available in Danish, English or German.
The A-buses are buses that depart frequently all day with fixed intervals. S-buses are quick and direct buses with few stops on route.
Roskilde is a major train station between Copenhagen and the regions of Denmark located to its west. This means that from the Roskilde train station you will find trains to Copenhagen several times an hour, and it only takes between 18-27 minutes, depending on the train. It is also possible to travel to other towns and cities with direct connections, for example Holbæk, Ringsted, Odense or Aarhus.
Young people aged 16 to 26 years can buy the youth card DSB WildCard at the prize of 185 DKK. It allows half-price train fares Monday to Thursday and Saturday and 25% off on Fridays and Sundays, as well as other discounts. The card is valid for 1 year.
S-trains and Metro
In The Greater Copenhagen area you can get around using the S-train, and in inner Copenhagen you can also use the Metro.
Tickets for public transport
In Denmark a electronic ticket system for public transport called Rejsekort has been introduced. The former ticket system is to be phased out throughout 2014/2015 and will until then still be valid parallel to the Rejsekort system.
Rejsekort covers most of Denmark and can be used in nearly all buses, trains, and Metro, and a combination of these.
Travelling with Rejsekort, journeys are calculated from the distance made from the beginning of the journey to the end. The card must be checked in at the beginning of your journey, when changing transport along the way on the journey, and it must be checked out when the journey ends. This is to be done at one of the blue card readers at stations or inside buses. Please check that an ”OK” appears on the card reader screen and that a sound appears. It is your responsibility that the card is correctly checked in.
You can make an automatic money transfer from your bank account to your Rejsekort, or you can transfer money manually at the online self-service, at one of the travel card machines on train stations or in one of the DSB Ticket Sales.
Your can order your Rejsekort for free at Rejsekortet's webpage. You will need a CPR number to order online. If you have not received your CPR number yet, you can order your Rejsekort in person in one of the DSB Ticket Sales, e.g. at Roskilde Train Station.
Tickets, multicards and period passes
You can always buy normal tickets without a Rejsekort at all times in buses, at machines at train stations and in DSB Ticket Sales before beginning your journey. Tickets are in most cases a lot more expensive than travelling with Rejsekort.
Multicard tickets, called Klippekort, are a 10 clip card that can be bought in various forms depending on how long your journey is. You must stamp it in the bus or at the train station before your journey begins. Klippekort will be phased out throughout 2014 and replaced by Rejsekort.
A period pass, called Periodekort, is a monthly pass that is a good option if you often travel the same route. Contact DSB for more information at (+45) 70 13 14 15 or ask in a DSB Ticket Sales.
How to bring pushchairs
To take a pushchair on the train is free in regional trains. When taking a pushchair on an IC train, you must make a reservation beforehand at telephone 70 13 14 15. The reservation is free, and can be done in English.
To take a pushchair on the bus is free. Signal to the bus driver first, and then enter through the middle exit with the pushchair. If the bus is packed or if there are already two pushchairs on the bus, the driver is allowed to refuse another one.
How to bring bicycles
You will need a special ticket for your bike if you want to take it on the train, bus (not allowed on A-buses) or Metro. This can be bought at machines at train stations and in DSB Ticket Sales before beginning your journey. If you have a Rejsekort, you can register your bike when checking in at certain blue card readers at the station. In the S-trains it is free to bring your bike.
How to get a bike
If you want to buy a new bike, you will find many shops and larger supermarket that sell bikes.
If you want to buy a second-hand bike, you can seach for one here:
In Roskilde, you can also rent a bike from Jupiter Cykler. They are situated close to Stændertorvet at Gullandsstræde 3.
Traffic regulation for bikes
There are some bike regulations that you must observe. If not, you will risk a fine of DKK 700 or DKK 1000, depending on the type of violation.
You must always cycle on the right-hand side of the road. If there is a bike path, you should use this, and you must keep to the right of the bike path. The left part of the bike lane is reserved for overtaking.
If you wish to turn left at an intersection, continue straight forward through the intersection and stop on the other side. When light is green, go with the traffic. To signal slowing down or stopping, raise your hand up in the air. To signal turning left or right, straighten your arm out to the side you want to turn to so that it is clear to other road users which way you are about to turn.
Driving a car
When driving in Denmark, you will need to know all about traffic regulations such as speed limits, toll roads, traffic regulations, stopping and parking, alcohol and driving, maps, and accidents.