Centrally located on the mainland of Denmark, Billund is perhaps most famous as the birthplace of LEGO...
... and the home of the original LEGOLAND park theme park. But there's more to the city than plastic bricks and pirate ships. Take a road trip out of town to discover the bleak beauty of the Jutland peninsula, with its powdery sand beaches, vibrant port towns and ancient heathlands, and return home telling tales of Viking rune-stones, ancient kings and fascinating wartime history.
Arriving at Billund Airport
Billund International Airport is the second largest in Denmark and serves a wide range of domestic and international routes. With only one terminal, the airport is relatively easy to navigate, and the public transport connections are good too. Buses run from outside the terminal to train stations in Vejle, Give, Esbjerg, Skanderborg and Aarhus – and of course to Billund itself, which is only a few kilometres away.
Onward travel is even easier between June and August, when a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the airport, the city centre and Billund’s main attractions. LEGOLAND is also served by route 384, which leaves the airport every hour on the hour and stops at the LEGOLAND Holiday Village and Hotel LEGOLAND, before continuing to the city centre.
Outside of peak season, many visitors opt to hire a car, and there are a number of international agencies stationed at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt. Taxis are also readily available outside the terminal building, but this is Denmark, so be prepared for high prices.
Public transport: Billund doesn't have a train station – the nearest is at Vejle – so public transport means buses. There are bus connections from Billund centre to most of the big towns and cities in the region, including Vejle, Kolding, Esbjerg, Horsens, Aarhus and Vejen. These are supplemented by the free airport and LEGOLAND shuttle in the summer months.
Car hire: A number of car hire agencies operate at the airport, and a couple have offices in Billund town too. Denmark’s quiet roads are safe and easy to navigate, so if you're looking for more independence or need to make some long journeys, this is a good option.
Cycling: Cycling is popular among locals and bike hire is available at several locations in town. A network of cycling routes also criss-crosses the surrounding countryside.
Taxis: You can easily hail taxis on the street in Billund but fares are high. If you can't find a taxi or want to book ahead, the Visit Billund website recommends Billund Taxa, a 24-hour service with English and German-speaking personnel.
Billund is a modest town surrounded by moors, conifer woods and meadows, so there aren't many neighbourhoods to choose from! Most tourists stay at or near major attractions such as LEGOLAND and Lalandia (which is less famous in the UK, but has a huge waterpark that’s extremely popular with families).
That said, staying in town will give you a taste of authentic local life. Billund is characterised by narrow streets lined with pretty little houses, and has a fine Romanesque 13th century church, a Dutch-style windmill and an exhibition hall – plus plenty of local restaurants serving up traditional dishes, from herring to meatballs.
For a livelier location with more shopping, try the city of Vejle, which is around 30 kilometres away in the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula.
Voltage: 230 volts
Currency: Krone (DKK)
Time zone: GMT +1 (no difference during BST)
Languages: Danish, but German and English are widely spoken.