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European route E45

E45 shield

Major junctions
North end: Karesuando ( Sweden)
South end: Gela ( Italy)
Countries: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy
Highway system
International E-road network
E 45 between Sorsele and Slagnäs in Lappland, Sweden. The speed limit here has been reduced to 100 km/h (62 mph)[1] from 110 km/h (68 mph) since this picture was taken.
Most northern exit on the continental part of E 45; just south of Frederikshavn

The European route E 45 goes between Sweden and Italy, through Denmark, Germany and Austria. With a length of about 4,920 kilometres (3,057 mi), it is the longest north-south European route.

The route passes through Randers - ÅrhusVejleKoldingFrøslevFlensburg (Germany) – HamburgHanoverGöttingenKasselFuldaWürzburgNurembergMunichRosenheimWörgl (Austria) – InnsbruckBrennerFortezza (Italy) – BolzanoTrentoVeronaModenaBolognaCesenaPerugiaFiano RomanoNaplesSalernoSicignanoCosenzaVilla San GiovanniMessinaCataniaSiracusaGela[2]


The E45 is not signposted in Finland ,[3] since the official document[2] uses the Swedish version ("Karesuando") of the name of the village at the border, hinting that it would start on the Swedish side. The Swedish government proposed the extension in 2005 and did not include the Finnish road in the proposal, which was accepted as it was. The gap between the end of E45 and the European route E8 is about 1 km along the existing Finnish regional road 959 Karesuvanto (FIN) - Karesuando (SWE)


In November 2006, the E 45 was extended with the then existing Swedish national road 45, which makes it start from Karesuando at the Swedish–Finnish border (near the E 8), over ÖstersundMoraGrums, to Gothenburg and on. This extended the length of the route by about 1,690 km (1,050 mi). The signs of road 45 was changed to E 45 during the summer of 2007. The E 45 has now no other national number. In Sweden the road is called Inlandsvägen.

The E45 in Sweden is mostly an ordinary road. Between Karesuando and Torsby (1370 km) the road is usually 6–8 meters wide, and goes mostly through sparsely populated forests, with occasional villages and only two cities above 10.000 people, Östersund and Mora. The E45 is a motorway for 6 km together with E18 south of Grums. Between Säffle and Trollhättan several parts of it is 2+1 road with a middle barrier. Between Trollhättan and Göteborg there is a 52 km long motorway, finished 2012. The speed limit is usually 100 km/h north of Mora and usually 90 south thereof. There are 27 road crossings or intersections where the Swedish E45 does not follow the straight direction. There are 26 level crossings with railways.

The ferry GothenburgFrederikshavn has about 7 daily departures and takes 2–3½ hours.


In Denmark the E 45 is a motorway (speed limit 110 km/h - 130 km/h) from the south of Frederikshavn to the Danish–German border. The E 45 has no other national number. It connects to the E 39 and E 20 motorways.

E3 in Denmark, before 1992: Changed to E45; the number E3 was re-attributed.

In 1992 it was renamed from E 3 (which actually before 1985 ended in Lisbon, Portugal) and until 2006, with the extension in Sweden, the northern endpoint was Frederikshavn.

The total length in Denmark is 357 km.

Exits in Denmark

Name/Location # Destinations Notes
Sæby N 12 180 Sæby, Vangen
Rest area Øksenhede
Sæby S 13 180541 Sæby, Syvsten, to 553
Flauenskjold 14 589 Flauenskjold, Dybvad, Voerså
Jyske Ås 15 Klokkerholm
Hjallerup N 16 559 Hjallerup, Asaa, Dronninglund, to 180
Rest area Hjallerup Enge Gas station on the east-side
Lyngdrup 17 180 Hjallerup, Grindsted
Vodskov N 18 Vodskov, Langholt, to 180
Vodskov 19 Vodskov, Hals
Bouet 20 Nørresundby, to E39 11 55 180
Vendsyssel E39 11 Brønderslev, Hjørring, Hirtshals, Thisted, to 55 180 Northbound exit, southbound entrance
Nørresundby N 21 180
Nørresundby C 22 180 Nørresundby Northbound exit, soutbound entrance
Limfjordstunnelen Max height 4,3m
Aalborg N 23 Rørdal Soutbound exit, northbound entrance
Ø. Uttrup Vej 24 Rørdal
Humlebakken 25 Aalborg Ø Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Th. Sauers Vej 26 Aalborg
Aalborg C 27 Aalborg Northbound exit, southbound entrance
Aalborg S 28 Skalborg
Rest area Dall/Limfjorden Restaurant on the west-side
Svenstrup 29 Svenstrup, Ellidshøj
Støvring N 30 Støvring
Støvring S 31 519 Støvring, Sørup
Service area Himmerland
Sønderup 32 Aars Soutbound exit, northbound entrance
Haverslev 33 535 Haverslev, Arden
Rest area Senhøj
Hobro N 34 29541 Hobro
Hobro V 35 579 Hobro
Onsild 36 Mariager
Handest 37 180 Handest, Hobro
Rest area Glenshøj
Purhus 38 Purhus, Fårup
Randers N 39 180507 Randers, Hadsund
Randers C 40 Viborg
Rest area Gudenå
Randers S 42 162146180 Randers, Grenaa, Ebeltoft Sjællands Odde
Sønder Borup 43 511 Sønder Borup, Hadsten
Hadsten 44 587 Hadsten, Ebeltoft, Grenaa Aarhus Airport
Århus N 46 Kalundborg
Tilst 47 Viborg
Rest area Pedersminde/Blankhøj
Århus Vest Herning
Århus S 49 Kalundborg Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Hørning 50 Hørning, Hasselager Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Århus Syd Kalundborg Northbound exit, southbound entrance
Skanderborg N 51 Stilling
Rest area Fuglsang
Skanderborg V 52 Ry, Odder
Skanderborg S 53 Østbirk, Nørre Snede Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Ejer Bavnehøj 54 Ejer Bavnehøj
Horsens N 55 461 Horsens, Østbirk
Horsens V 56 Silkeborg
Horsens S 57 30451 Horsens, Odder, Billund Billund Airport
Rest area Merring/Nørremark
Hedensted 58 Hedensted, Løsning
Hornstrup 59 131823 Hornstrup, Herning, Vejle
Vejle N 60 170 Vejle, Juelsminde
Vejle S 61 28 Vejle, Fredericia, Billund
Service area Skærup
Skærup E20 Odense Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Kolding E20 Odense Northbound exit, southbound entrance. Concurrency with E20 begins
Kolding Ø 62 170176 Kolding, Billund Billund Airport
Bramdrupdam 63 Bramdrupdam
Kolding Vest 64 E20 Kolding, Varde, Esbjerg Concurrency with E20 ends
Rest area Hylkedal
Kolding S 65 25 Kolding, Vamdrup, Tønder
Christiansfeld 66 Christiansfeld
Haderslev N 67 Haderslev
Vojens 68 47 Vojens, Ribe, Haderslev Vojens Airport
Service area Ustrup
Haderslev S 69 435 Haderslev, Tønder
Rest area Øster Løgum
Aabenraa N 70 24 Aabenraa, Rødekro, Ribe
Rest area Årslev Restaurant on east-side
Aabenraa 71 Sønderborg Soutbound exit, northbound entrance
Aabenraa S 72 42 Aabenraa, Tinglev
Kliplev Fynshav
Kliplev 73 481 Kliplev, Gråsten, Tinglev, Ribe
Rest area Oksekær
Kruså 74 Kruså, Flensburg Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Bov 75 Kruså, Egernsund
Padborg 76 Frøslev Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Service area Frøslev
Padborg 76 Frøslev Northbound exit, southbound entrance


The road E 45 follows:

Between Nuremberg and Verona, Italy the E45 corresponds with the route of the old imperial road, the Via Imperii, though the Autobahns are newer roads.


The road E 45 follows:


Signs for the E45 route in Sicily.

The road E 45 follows:


  1. ^ Vägverket "Nya hastighetsgränser på nationella vägar"
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ Karesuando och Karesuvanto... (Bilder) and SV: Skyltning efter vägarna !!
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