During the Århus festival, which takes place every year around the start of September, you can go on a fairly bracing boat tour of the harbour. The Danish guide clearly loved his job and had information and a funny story about almost every building, ship and warehouse we passed.
The most impressive and memorable bit of the tour was when our tiny boat went right up to and under a HUGE blue Mærsk container ship (See Photo).
A bit of a warning for you . . If you are planning on doing this tour, remember to give yourself plenty of time to find the precise departure point. It is a huge area, hardly anybody we asked knew about the trip and we got conflicting information about where to go from several sources. Many of the local workers were Eastern European and spoke neither Danish nor English.
One final point . . . Both the Århus festival and this boat trip in particular seem very much more popular with the Danes than English speaking tourists. I speak quite good Danish, so it did not really matter but if you don't, please check before you buy your tickets that the guide will be giving all his info and funny stories about the harbour in both languages.
Have fun and remember to take both your camera and a nice warm coat and hat .... It gets very windy and chilly out on the water and the boat can go pretty fast.
Arhus card is not just a transportation tips, it definitely is a thing to do, infact the first thing to buy once you are in Arhus. You find an Arhus card at hotels, youth hostels, bus stations, souvenir stalls and in all major stores. A 24 hour ÅrhusCard cost you 139 DKK or roughly 19 euros, while a 48 hour one costs 169 DKK or 23 euros for adults while the corresponding prices for children are 59 DKK (8 euros) and 69 DKK (9.5 euros). Once you have purchased one, you can have free admission to 20 museums and other tourist attractions in Århus including the Aros museum, Women's museum, occupation museum, moesgaard museum, natural history museum, zen museum, tivoli friheden, swimming stadium, skating rink, Night Club Kupé etc. and 30% discounted entrance to Den Gamle by, 10% and more discount in many restaurants, bowling areas, pubs, nightclibs and theatres. All these are apart from the free transport you enjoy for the period, by all kinds of public transportation and free parking. The card indeed multiplies your charm.
There are free bikes around aarhus that you can just take from bike stands and then again put in back not necessarily on the same exact spot but on another spot on the other part of the city. I found this a really cool thing.
You may take a carriage in order to be driven through a big part of the open-air-museum "Den Gamle By" and the lovely botanical gardens next to it. Such a ride takes between 30 and 60 minutes and might be a good idea, when you got tired already from walking all day on these cobbled stones.
I dont remember the prices of such a ride, but it was not really very expensive.
now Aarhus also have citybikes. They had it in Copenhagen for years but now we finally have it here. They are situated around town. You throw in a 20 kr, deposit and take the bike and get the money back when u deliver it at the designated areas around town. . its good if you dont want to rely on busses or just need to get downhill fast.
Unless you are planning to visit all the museums in Aarhus, its not something you should buy. Århus is a small town and if youstay in sleep inn or hotel in the centre you would be pretty ok with a free map from the tourist office. A multiride ticket will do the job for you what you may need.
If you are staying in Århus for a longer period, just ask for advice at one of the many shops or kiosks which sells Multi-ride tickets with 9 punches. They can be used by several people at the same time. They are valid for 2, 3, or 4 zones and are available for children, youngsters and adults. Whereas single ticket for 2 hours cost 17 DKr and can be bought at machine a 10-ride ticket cost just DKr. 100.
To travel cheaply from Aarhus to Copenhagen, bus is the option. For a normal one way fare it is around 60 DKK or 10 USD cheaper than the train. But if you have a ISIC student card you pay DKK 110. Normal adult fare is DKK 240. If taken train you pay DKK 306. All for single trips. Though the journey is by bus you spend nearly an hour and half on ferry where you can relax and grab a little snack or coffee.
If you wanna get around in Århus take the citybus. It has an extended network and drives to destinations outside of town.
The funny thing in these busses are the way you pay which I havent seen anywhere else.
You enter the bus in the back and buy a ticket( or you dont if you dare) in the ticket machine.
Then when you are leaving the bus you leave in the front. Many people from outside of town cant get used to that and it annoys the driver soo much.
A ticket is 14 kr. for an adult for 4 zones in about 2 hours, and 6 for a child until the age of 13.
If you are staying longer period it would be wiser to buy a card with 9 trips on for the prize of 76 kroner.....
There are nightbusses but only in the weekend and they only drive outwards so if you wanna go into town it's too bad youll have to fork out the price of a cab...
Arhus has an aiport but you are probably better off flying to Copenhagen and taking the train or to Billund (home of Legoland) and taking the regular bus service to Arhus. Flights into and out of Arhus can be expensive - the other two options are usually cheaper.
The inner city region is small enough to walk through.
there is an airport in Aarhus though its almost 40 kms from Aarhus.
Usually we call it the airport of Tirstrup, but since noone know where that is we refer to it as Aarhus.
There are flights to various towns in Denmark including ; Copenhagen and Billund.
There are a few international departures for instance with ryanair to London / Stansted
in Denmark the most normal way of transportation is the train though also a very expensive way.
the whole of Denmark is connected and AArhus is on the mainline to copenhagen.
The trip takes about 4 hours and costs appr. 500 kr. ( 45 £) return.
Frans went to Arhus with a little bus, on this picture on the front left. It was well organised, it had a loo, macrowave and lovely food on board!
The building is the headquater of the firm York which gave this course.
probably the best way to get to Aarhus is by train. Denmark has train that go all over and they are fairly reasonably priced. From Copenhagen take the train to Aarhus or from anywhere else. Gas is really expensive and it is also very expensive to rent cars there.
Getting around Aarhus is probably best by walking to taking a bike. Bikes are very common in Denmark. They even have special bike lanes and they get the right of way over pedestrians and cars. There are also busses that can be used but they can get fairly expensive too.
The airport bus brings you in about 40 minutes from the airport to Århus, pay at the driver, 100 Danske kroner or € 15 or pay with credit card (VisaMastercarand JCB).