Cycling is a fantastic way to get around the island. You can bring your own on the ferry or rent one in Rønne harbour as you get there, but also in any of the other major towns and villages. Several hostels and hotels also offer bike rentals. Contact the tourist information through the link on the intro page to get updated companies.
The island's southern third from Nexø to Rønne, and including the great beaches, is flat and invites to fast cycling or tours for less experienced, whilst the northern part is more demanding but hey, I am not particularly fit and I still enjoyed it. My main tip is to start with buying "Cycling on Bornholm" as I think the English version of a good Danish booklet is called (also a German edition) and which gives you all the numbered cycle paths with short info on the places you pass and potential obstacles on the paths. Those obstacles aren't many though, the worst probably being the "cycle steps" we negotiated a couple of times and which you can read and see more about under Warnings. Around Gudhjem, the coastal path is along the main road and quite narrow but otherwise the paths are only on less trafficked country lanes or on dedicated cycle paths most of the time. There is good signing in most places (we followed route 10 around the coast) and close between parking places with amenities.
Bornholm aims at being one of Europe's top five cycle tourism destinations in a few years and I'm sure they will succeed. Everywhere is geared up for biking with proper bike racks and fairly considerate car drivers (there are always idiots). We also left our panniers on the bikes at all time without anything stolen as did most others when visiting museums etc. on the road. If you want to know more about our trip, just mail me or have a look at pedal_fool's travelogue. You can also browse the official cycle portal below.
- Family Travel
During summer there is a nice opportunity to get from some Polish coastal resorts to Bornholm.
Between Swinoujscie and Rønne
Between Kolobrzeg and Nexø
Between Darlowo and Nexø
http://www.zegluga.pl/bornholmuk.htm Zegluga Gdanska
- Family Travel
Christiansø is one of the most important sights on Bornholm and can only be reached with a ferry. Christiansøfarten has two routes from Allinge and Gudhjem.
The peak season is from 18/6 - 27/8 and there is 3-4 daily tours.
The price is 220 DKK for an adult and 110 KDD for Children (6-14).
- Historical Travel
If you want to bring your car to Bornholm a local company named "Bornholms Trafikken" delivers transportation through 3 routes:
Rønne - Ystad (About 1000 DKK for a car with 5 people).
Rønne - Køge (About 1500 DKK for a car with 5 people - night ferry)
Rønne - Sassnitz (About 1000 DKK)
You get 50 DKK discount if you book through their webpage.
- Road Trip
It can be difficult to get around at Bornholm without a car or a bike. But BAT delivers city busses in Rønne and busses for transportation around the island.
At this webpage you can see the diffrent routes:
Be aware that rout 7 and 8 only is in the summer.
Page 2: Places where you can buy tickets.
Page 3: Prices
If you need help with translating or planing your tour, then feel free to contact me!
- Budget Travel
Between the 18th june and 29th august(2010 dates) there is a cheap bus/ferry combination leaving from Copenhagen central station and arrive in Allinge. This transportation includes a 2 hours bus ride from Copenhagen central station to Simrishamn and 1 hour ferry from Simrishamn to Allinge.
The bus is very well equipped. There is a toilet on the bus and free tea and coffie(Most times). The ferry is very new a good looking with a seating spot for every passenger. There are toilets for people with disabilities. There is a very small shop aboard as well.
The bus leaves Copenhagen at 07:15 and 16:45 and will be in Allinge havn at 10:30 and 20:00.
The ferry leaves Allinge at 8:00 and 17:45 and will be at Copenhagen central station at 11:30 and 21:00.
It cost from 300 DKK for an adult and 150 for a children but only if you leave Allinge at 7:00 and Copenhagen 16:45. Otherwise it cost 480 DKK.
This way of transportation is highly recommended if your destination is Allinge or Sandvig or if you can get transportation to you final destination.
Note: The ferry can't bring cars but you can bring a bicycle!
Phone: (+45) 56 48 51 76
- Budget Travel
We travelled with the ferry from Sassnitz to Bornholm.
Mukran is the new ferryharbour of Sassnitz, and is 5km south of Sassnitz.
When you travel by bus on Rügen: busline 20 stops in Dubnitz, and from there it is a 20 min walk to the ferry-office of Scandlines.
Scandlines is the booking-partner of Bornholms Trafikken.
Bornholms Trafikken is the shipping-company and ferry owner.
The crossing takes 3,5 hours to Bornholm.
When you leave the harbour of Sassnitz, the ferry sails along the coast of Rügen and you have a good view on the white cliffs. Very nice. On board there is a good restaurant, and they have also a animaltoilet for the dogs!
The ferry arrives in Rønne.
- Road Trip
You can go to Christianso by ship. You can see around the island by boat.
There are many connections between Bornholm and Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany etc. Between Bornholm and Simrishamn(Sweden) is just 1 hour but you can vomit, be careful!
Horse and carriage is a popular way to see small parts of Bornholm in summer. The most well-known is maybe the tours starting from Ekkodalen near Aakirkeby. There is also the horse tram in Svaneke and if you would rather sit on a horse yourself than in a carriage, there are several stables advertising on billboards in the villages, especially around the Dueodde area and in the forest.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
- Horse Riding
If you don't have your own boat, don't despair! To get to Bornholm, you can catch various ferries. A popular one even for Danes departs from Ystad in Sweden (where most sailings are by fast catamaran which takes roughly 1hr20 depending on conditions). There are even direct matching trains (Bornholmer Expressen) from Copenhagen to Ystad now that the bridge between Sweden and Denmark has opened, making this the fastest route for Copenhageners. Otherwise, Danes not wanting to fly also have the option of a slower (6 hrs) conventional ferry from Køge south of Copenhagen, which also does a night sailing.
Should you come from more continental Europe, there are ferries from Swinousje in Poland and Sassnitz in Germany too.
All ferries (apart from some summer only services from Poland to Nexø and Swedish Simrishamn to Allinge) arrive in Rønne which makes sense as the biggest town has everything you might need to stock up on before venturing off on your island adventure.
- Sailing and Boating