Car rental Billund Airport near Legoland in Denmark
Despite being located in a rural area on the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, Billund airport is the 2nd largest and busiest airport in Denmark after Copenhagen Kastrup. It is also a convenient location for hiring a car for travelling in Denmark. The airport is well served of rent-a-car companies and the rates for rentals booked some time in advance are reasonable.
Toyota Aygo, one of the cheapest rental cars at Billund Airport
History of Billund Airport in Jutland
The small town of Billund is mostly known as being the home of LEGO toys, founded here by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1934. LEGO’s head office and original theme park are still located there and Billund Airport also has LEGO to thank for its existence.
In the late 1950’s after the “LEGO-brick” (as we know it today) was invented, LEGO’s popularity was expanding rapidly beyond Danish borders. As a result, the 2nd generation owner of LEGO, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, established an 800 metre landing strip and a hangar in close proximity to the factory in 1961.
However, the LEGO family had bigger ambitions for Billund’s future in aviation. By 1964 the entrepreneurial Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, had convinced local politicians and investors from several other municipals around Billund, that a commercial airport would benefit the area and by 1st of November 1964 Billund’s new commercial airport opened its doors to the public.
Legoland Denmark near Billund Airport
Only 4 years after the official opening of Billund Airport, LEGO opened its first theme park only a stone throw from the airport. Billund Airport has since undergone significant expansion and modernisation in the past decade.
The Legoland amusement park is by far Billund’s most popular tourist attraction and has been for half a century.
Legoland in Billund, Legoland California Carlsbad, Legoland Windsor UK, Legoland Germany Günzburg and Legoland Florida (largest in the world) were all sold as part of a major company restructuring in 2004.
The new and current owner of Legoland Parks is the UK Leisure Group ‘Merlin Entertainment’ who also own popular UK attractions such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and London Eye. Merlin has turned Legoland’s misfortune around and is not only running the Legoland parks successfully, but also just opened an all new park in Malaysia and planning to open 2 new LEGO theme parks in Japan and Dubai.
Fly direct to Billund from the UK
In 2012 Billund Airport became low fare airline Ryanair’s main hub in Denmark. Ryanair, which also offer departures from Aarhus Denmark, fly to 20 different destinations from Billund Airport. There are daily departures from London Stansted to Billund Legoland with Ryanair. Other direct flights from the UK to Billund Denmark include British Airways routes from London City and Manchester Airport.
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Billund is a thriving airport which has experienced a 60% increase on passengers the past decade. Not only was the airport terminal expanded recently, but road infrastructure has also been improved significantly, so it is now easier and quicker to get to major towns and cities from Billund Airport avoiding congestion or getting stuck by slow moving farm traffic.
As you can only get to and from Billund by road, there is a broad selection of car hire companies in the terminal building. In Billund cheap car rental is available from major providers such as AVIS, Budget Car Rental, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise Rent A Car and Sixt Rent a Car, with offices located directly in the terminal. The cheapest rates, however, are often avaialble from the off-side providers, such as Flizzr Rent A Car.
Car hire is usually available from around £110 per week for the smallest hire car in Billund Airport.
Billund Airport near Aarhus and Jutland’s “Triangle area”
Purely from a geographical point of view, Billund Airport is located almost in the perfect centre of the Jutland peninsula of Denmark. Many of Jutland’s main cities and towns such as Aarhus, Esbjerg, Ribe, Herning, Horsens, Vejle, Kolding and Fredericia are within an hour of Billund Airport in a rental car.
Shaping an almost perfect triangle on a map, the 3 large towns Vejle, Kolding and Fredericia, forms one of Denmark’s most important and thriving areas for industry and logistics. The area is commonly known as the “triangle area” in Denmark.
Denmark’s 2nd largest City Aarhus, sometimes also referred to as “the capital of Jutland”, is also in relatively close driving distance from Billund Airport by hire car. Aarhus has its own airport ‘Tirstrup’ (Aarhus Airport) where it is also possible to fly to from London Stansted with Ryanair and find cheap car hire. From Aarhus outer ring road joining motorway E45, the journey to Legoland in a hire car is approximately one hour subject to traffic conditions.
Public transport and prices from and to Billund
Due to Billund’s small size and rural location, there are unfortunately no train services from the airport in Billund or the town of Billund for that matter.
There is a dedicated airport bus service between Billund and Aarhus typically operating between 5:45 am to 11:30 pm. A one way ticket from Billund to Aarhus is 180 DKK per person, which is the equivalent of around £19.
Taxis in Denmark are known for being expensive compared to pretty much anywhere else in the world. The closest city to Billund is the historic city of Ribe, which is 39 miles south West of Billund. A taxi journey from Billund to Ribe is approximately 900 Danish kroner each way, which is approximately £95. Expect around £200 travelling by taxi from Billund to Aarhus city centre.
Distances from Billund key cities and towns in Denmark (and Northern Germany)
- Distance Billund Airport to Copenhagen by car: 162 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Aarhus by car: 61 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Odense by car: 65 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Aalborg by car: 128 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Esbjerg by car: 38 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Viborg by car: 65 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Kolding by car: 39 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Vejle by car: 28 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Fredericia by hire car: 32 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Roskilde by car: 142 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Randers by car: 80 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Herning by car: 38 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Ribe by hire car: 39 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Sonderborg by hire car: 84 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Flensburg (Germany) by car: 84 miles
- Distance Billund Airport to Hamburg (Germany) by car: 176 miles
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