Travelling to Denmark? How to get access to the internet
It’s always nice to be able to be online now and then when you’re on holiday. If you are a tourist going to Denmark there are several ways to get access to the internet to check the weather for the upcoming days or simply read the latest news from your home country.
Mobile broadband gives you wireless internet access through a USB-modem. In Denmark we have four providers with their own network. TDC, 3, Telenor and Telia. 3 does not offer deals for customers without a Danish personal security number, but Oister(ISP owned by 3 and using their network) offers pre paid deals.
First of all, a very important tip: Do not use your normal mobile broadband subscription in Denmark! After having used about 5 megabytes of data, it is generally cheaper to buy a Danish pre-paid sim card for 100 Danish kroner instead for EU-citizens.
If you go to one of TDC’s, Telia’s or Telenor’s shops, they will be able to help you get access to the internet with mobile broadband. However, if you don’t have a USB-modem you will have to buy one, and it might be too expensive for 1 to 2 weeks of use.
If you already have a USB-modem, you’ll probably only need a Danish sim-card. The best solution would be to buy a prepaid sim-card.
You will probably pay between 1 and 10 Danish kroner per megabyte – if you buy a sim-card with 100 Danish kroner, it will be enough to check the weather and e-mail several times during your holiday, but it might not be enough if you want to read the latest news every single day – and you should definitely avoid watching videos online.
It’s always a good idea to check the coverage maps before going to Denmark. If you’re not staying in one of the bigger cities, there are big differences between the providers.
3 (click “Tjek din dækning her påkortet” – only subscriptions – you’ll most likely not be able to get a sim-card at 3 as a tourist)
Telenor: (click “se dækningskortet” – click “data” in the right coloumn to see the expected speed)
These are the general prices pr. MB if you use pre-paid simcards:
Telenor: 1 kr/MB – spending cap at 25 kroner pr. day, so you can only use 25 MB each day
Telia: 1 GB 49 kroner (one week), 3 GB 99 kroner (one month) or 10 GB 299 kroner (3 months)
TDC: 5 kr/MB
Oister: 1 day, 29 kroner, 1 week 79 kroner, 1 month 199 kroner. Data cap: 10 GB for all three. Read about the offer in English on Oisters homepage.
Find the nearest shops:
Telenor (the light blue icons are Telenor’s own shops, orange icons are experts – a electronic chain and grey icons are Føtex , dark blue is Bilka – both are danish supermarket chains with an electronic department)
Telia (lilac icons are Telia’s own shops, while the blue icons are other shops selling Telia subscriptions)
3 (only mobile broadband and mobile subscriptions – you’ll most likely not be able to get a pre-paid sim-card at 3)
Oister’s deal(some small shops sells the deals too. When you’ve but the start package, you are also able to refill at all post offices.)
Free internet access and WIFI-spots
There are also several opportunities to get free access to the internet. One of the easiest ways is the libraries (Danish: bibliotek). At most libraries you can borrow a stationary computer with internet access, and it is also very common to be able to access free WIFI connections for your own laptop.
There are libraries in most cities – you can find the nearest library on bibliotek.dk – search for the city or postal code in the bottom of the left menu.
There is also free WIFI access at many cafés bars and tourist bureaus – ask at the desk if you are interested. All Danish McDonald’s offer free WIFI access for the customers.
If you are staying at a hotel or at a campsite there might be internet possibilities too. At many hotels there’s WIFI or wired connections available, and many campsites have computers with access to the internet – and there might be WIFI access too. It might cost a fee to use the internet, though.
There’s also internet access in some trains and busses. All Danish Arriva trains offer free WIFI access, and some busses do too – mainly in Copenhagen. DSB, the largest Danish train operating company, does not offer internet access on all routes, and it costs a fee for using the internet on their routes, unless you have paid for first class tickets.
More information for tourists
If you are going to Denmark, you might want to take a look at Visit Denmarks homepage(available in several languages). Visit Denmark is the official Danish tourist organization, and you’ll find lot’s of info.
If you are looking for other pratical information you might be interested in more information about Danish standars, you might want to check out the page with general information
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