Validity and use

Validity and use

You can choose to buy a Pensioner Card for 1 large zone, 2 large zones, the entire DOT area or three ordinary coherent zones.

The Pensioner Card can be purchased for three coherent zones or for The Copenhagen Metropolitan Area (DOT East), for West Zealand (DOT West), for South Zealand (DOT South) or for The Central Zealand (DOT Central). You can also purchase a Pensioner Card with two of the mentioned large zones, e.g., DOT East + DOT West. The Pensioner Card can be purchased for the entire DOT area.

See a map of the large zones

The card gives access to travel with bus, train and metro within the purchased validity zones. Pensioner Card are only sold with a validity period of three months. The card expires at 4am (last boarding), the night after the last day. However, it applies for 23:59pm for Rejsekort Personal for Pensioners.

The Pensioner Card is personal and must only be used by the person it has been issued to. There must not be corrected or added information at the card.

The time in the time schedule determines the Pensioner Card’s validity. In the Metro it is the time of boarding which determines the validity.

Delays should always be to your advantage. This also applies to cancellations and planned track work in DSB, including S-trains.

If a track work has not been announced at least 24 hours in advance and causes you to make extraordinary changes of transport, it is the time of the journey’s first boarding that is calculated on the basis of the rules of rush hour restrictions.

Rush hour restrictions

On Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, as well as the 5th of June, 24th of December and 31st of December you are free to use the Pensioner Card around the clock. On other days there are these restrictions:

The entire DOT area (zone 1-299) The Copenhagen Metropolitan Area (zone 1-99)
The card cannot be used on weekdays during the morning rush hour 7.00-9.00 by bus, local trains, metro, and harbor bus. The card cannot be used during the afternoon rush hour restrictions 15.00-17.00 on weekdays in DSB trains.

The Pensioner Card is valid for boarding/ departure outside the rush hour restrictions, cf. the section above.

Who can purchase a Pensioner Card?

You can purchase a Pensioner Card if you are 66,5 years old.


  • The yellow health insurance card, passport, or similar, stating the date and year of birth.

You can purchase a Pensioner Card if you are between the age of 65-66,5 and previously have had a Pensioner Card.


  • Your previous Pensioner Card

You can purchase a Pensioner Card if you are under the age of 66,5 and receive an early retirement or senior pension (also applies if you only receive a fractional pension).

You must bring documentation that is a maximum of one year old for both purchase and renewal.


  • Annual payout letter
  • Monthly payout notice
  • Form issued by the municipality or by DSB

The payout letter or payout notice can be displayed electronically or as a printout if, for example it has only been sent electronically. In that case, you must show identification with a CPR number.

For foreigners, the same rules apply as for Danes. If you receive an early retirement pension form another country than Denmark, the DOT Customer Service assesses whether you are entitled to a Pensioner Card. The processing time is 10 days.

You are not entitled to a Pensioner Card if:

  • You receive a pension from a previous employer, are on early retirement pay, partial pension or receive a disability benefit.

Extension ticket

You can travel within the rush hours if you purchase a ticket for at least 2 zones.

You can use your Pensioner Card as an extension of this. The ticket must be valid from the first station/ stop where the train/ bus stops after rush hour or the rush hour zone ends.

If you need to travel outside of the validity area of your Pensioner Card, you must purchase a new ticket for the extra zones, which are outside of the validity area on your Pensioner Card.

The ticket must be in a minimum of 2 zones and will be valid in addition to your Pensioner Card. You can purchase the ticket at the DOT app or at the ticket machines at the stations. You can also use your Rejsekort but then you need to check in at the last stop where your Pensioner Card is valid.

Here are a few examples of how to buy your ticket for onward travel, if you are on the train:

  • When you travel on Zealand, Lolland, Falster and Møn, you can buy a ticket from the zone next to your Pensioner Card. For example, if you have a Pensioner Card for zone 1-99 and want to travel to Næstved, then you must buy a ticket from Kværkeby to Næstved.
  • When you travel across Storebælt, you must purchase a ticket from the last station in the validity area. For example, if you have a Pensioner Card and wants to travel to Odense, you must buy a ticket from Borup to Odense.

See the stations and the validity area for the Pensioner Card

Refunds and changes

Pensioner Cards that are unused or only partially used are refundable without any explanation necessary. This is calculated as shown in the table below:

Used card Refunds
1 - 30 days 60 x (card price / 90)
31 - 60 days 30 x (card price / 90)
61 days and more No refund

The pass is considered to be used on the day it is refunded.

For reimbursement in case of documented illness and death and pre-purchased, changed and lost cards, Read more under Refund for Commuter Pass.

For all forms of reimbursement and changes, a fee of DKK 40 is charged.

Purchase and renewal

The Pensioner Card can be purchased and renewed two months before the first day of validity. You must show documentation the first time you buy a Pensioner Card and each time you renew it. It is your responsibility to ensure that the card is filled out correctly.

Buy Pensioner Card

Renew pensioner card