Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge to offer reduced tolls for commuters

A new discount system launched by the operators of Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge is designed to offer savings to people who live on one side of the bridge and work on the other.

Denmark’s Great Belt Bridge to offer reduced tolls for commuters
A new discount system on the Great Belt Bridge could offer savings to frequent travellers. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The Great Belt Bridge, a 7-kilometre, fixed-link bridge which connects the islands of Funen and Zealand, can cost up to 250 kroner for a single crossing in a normal passenger car.

Operator Sund & Bælt on Friday announced a new discount for commuters who cross the bridge 15 times or more in a month.

The deal could be particularly beneficial for people who live in Jutland or on Funen but travel regularly to Copenhagen for work.

The new discount system launches on May 1st, Sund & Bælt said in a press statement.

Specifically, private motorists who are registered to pay the toll fee via either the Bizz card or number plate recognition will automatically receive a discount if they cross the bridge more than 14 times within a calendar month.

This is because while the first 14 journeys across the bridge will cost the regular price, all subsequent journeys will cost 0 kroner until the 50th journey, when the price returns to normal. The number resets at the beginning of each month.

Provided payment is set up through one of the two methods mentioned above, bridge users do not need to register or pay anything in advance to benefit from the discount.

Customers who use the existing Storebælt Pendleraftale discount by planning their journeys to fit with the number of crossings provided by that deal could see a “small price increase” under the new system, Sund & Bælt said in the statement. Commuters unable to plan their journeys or who drive during weekends and evenings are likely to find the price drops slightly, it added.

Further information on the discount can be find on the Sund & Bælt website.

Earlier this week, the Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmø also announced a change to its pricing structure.

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How long will ferries be cancelled between Norway and Denmark?

All departures on Color Line's Superspeed 2 route between Norway and Denmark will be cancelled until Friday due to a collision at the weekend.

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As a result, ferry services between Larvik and Hirtshals will be cancelled until Friday, the transport company said Tuesday. 

“Work is done there as quickly as possible. At the same time, we are concerned that this should be done thoroughly and properly, and the current estimate is that the ship should be ready and will be able to operate as normal from Friday,” Color Line’s executive vice president for communications and public relations Erik Brynhildsbakken told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. 

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