Aarhus Airport Mini Guide
Why am I Flying to Aarhus?
The city is an attractive slice of Denmark with an old centre and plenty of museums and galleries to tempt those with a liking for culture. You’ll find a huge number of restaurants there and it is generally accepted to have the widest range of excellent restaurants in the whole country. Outside the city, the area is hillier than you’d expect in Denmark and there are plenty of opportunities for cycling, walking or hiking. Finally, Aarhus welcomes the gay community and there are several bars, clubs and activities specifically to help the community have a great time in the city.
How do I get Into Aarhus?
You can fly from the UK
with Ryanair from Stansted or from many other European destinations. The city is a little way from the airport but transport links are good. Some people visiting Aarhus also use Billund Airport
, some 65 miles away.
What is the Airport Like?
It was built in World War II then rebuilt in 1981 before undergoing upgrades and renovations in 2007 and 2009. Today, it looks modern and certainly the facilities are adequate for a small airport. The airport was meant to be only a temporary solution for getting people to Aarhus but plans for a closer airport were shelved eight years ago.
When you arrive, there’s a short walk from your plane to the terminal building as there are no air bridges. If you need assistance then there are call points in various parts of the airport but if you can’t locate them, visit the airport information desk. There they can also give general advice and directions around the airport as well as telling you about local transport options. After clearing security and collecting your bags you’ll enter the arrivals hall. If you are collecting a pre-booked hire car the offices of the companies are easily picked out by their illuminated signs around the perimeter of the hall.
For public transport, check the schedules and routes either before travelling or at the information desk. The collection point is outside the terminal building and to your left. There are ATMs in the airport should you need cash before continuing your journey.
What can I Expect on the day of my Departure?
After checking in and depositing your bags, you’ll be surprised to find that the only shop is a small kiosk selling papers, drinks and confectionery. There is a restaurant called Kokpit which serves a variety of salads and good quality burgers. They also serve hot and cold, soft and alcoholic drinks. You’ll need to go through security to the departure lounge to find better shopping opportunities and there you’ll discover the ‘Flybuy’ shop which sells duty free and discounted duty paid products including beers, wines and spirits as well as perfumes , gifts and toys. There’s a light snack bar there too should you still feel hungry. Wi-Fi is available across the airport on a pay per use basis.
Aarhus Tirstrup Airport (airport code AAR) serves the city of Aarhus. With car hire Aarhus Tirstrup Airport you can drive there easily. It is only a 40 kilometre journey south west. If you are unsure of the direction then you can include the hire of sat nav with your car hire booking.
The airport itself has a long history having been built in World War II and serving as a base for various western forces during the 1980s. Although Aarhus Tirstrup Airport used to be relatively inaccessible it is now reachable on the Djursland motorway.