As with most of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is one of the highest priced cities in Europe — especially when it comes to restaurants and alcohol. However, it is a beautiful city that can be easily enjoyed by strolling through the streets. Backpackers on a tight budget might want to limit their time in the city to a few days.
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Note: The currency used in Denmark is the Danish Kroner, but I’ve listed most prices in US dollars. The actual prices will change slightly based on the current exchange rate.
Average Daily Cost For Visiting Copenhagen
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Copenhagen: $80
- Attractions: $15 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: $28
- Breakfast: $3.5
- Lunch: $6.50
- Dinner: $15
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): $2.50
- Transportation: $7.50
- Accommodation (Hostel): $38
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Copenhagen: $60
- Attractions: $10 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: $16
- Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: $5 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
- Dinner: $8 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: $2.50
- Transportation: $0
- Accommodation: $34 (cheap hostel bed)
Copenhagen Attraction and Museum Prices
Paid attractions in Copenhagen aren’t cheap. Pick one or two things you want to do and then spend the rest of your time admiring the beautiful city and gorgeous people.
- National Museum of Denmark: Free
- Danish Museum of Art & Design: $15
- Church of Our Saviour: $5.30-$6 to climb the spire
- The David Collection: Free
- The Round Tower: $4
- Christiansborg Palace: $18.25, combined ticket
- Hirschsprung Collection: $11.50
- National Aquarium Denmark: $24.50
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: $17
- Carlsberg Brewery: $12 (includes two beers)
- Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides) or up to $47 (for paid tours)
- Bike tour: $46-$58
If you’re planning on visiting more than one of these attractions/museums, you should look into getting a Copenhagen Card. It includes admission to a ton of places, unlimited travel on public transport (bus, train, and subway), and airport transfers.
- 24-hour: $55
- 48-hour: $74
- 72-hour: $88.50
- 120-hour: $125
Copenhagen Food Prices
You’re going to have a hard time finding many budget meal options, so you’ll have to seek out the best deals. Grocery stores are probably your best friend in this city. Like any city, avoid the touristy areas if you want the best prices and quality.
Budget Breakfast: Free – $10
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less).
- Homemade bread, jam, cheese: $5.30
- Coffee & pastry: $10
Budget Lunch: $3-$15
- Hot dog from a street vendor: $3-$5.50
- Sandwich at a basic sandwich shop: $6.50-$9.50
- Open-faced sandwiches (known as smørrebrød) at a small, cheap café: $2-$3 each; you’ll need 3-5 for a meal
- Cheap takeaway meals (like a kebab with fries): $4-$7.50
Budget Dinner: $15-$20
- You should be able to find dinner at a restaurant or a buffet in a less touristy part of town for around $15-$20.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Drinks and Alcohol:
- Pint of standard beer out: $6
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: $1.70
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from a grocery store: $10
- Coffee: $5.50
Copenhagen Transportation Prices
Buses, harbor buses, trains, and the Metro use the same ticket. The most complicated part of Copenhagen’s public transit is all of the zones and zone rings. Just keep in mind that most of the attractions you’ll want to see will be in zones 1 & 2 and the airport is in zone 3.
- Single ticket: $3.75 (2 zones)-$16.50 (all zones)
- 10-trip ticket (these are being phased out): $23 (2 zones)
- 24-hr City Pass, all zones: $19.75
- 24-hr City Pass, zones 1-4: $12.15
- 72-hr City Pass, zones 1-4: $30.50
- Flexcard (7 days unlimited travel in 2 zones): $38
- Airport to city center by bus/metro/train (a single ticket for 3 zones): $5.50
- Taxi from airport to city: $38-$45.50
Copenhagen Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
It’s no surprise that hostels and hotels aren’t the cheapest in Copenhagen.
Hostels: $34-$50 (bed in a shared dorm room)
Expect to budget about $38/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay $70-$170.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: $85-$200
At the low end, you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around $100/night, the hotels get a bit better (think Super 8 or Motel 6). A room with a private bathroom and a twin bed will be around $85-$150, and a double bed will be $110-$200.
Rental Apartment: $90-$200+
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
Furthermore, if you’re traveling in a group, it can often be cheaper per person to rent a single apartment.
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