The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Copenhagen on a Budget

The Ultimate Backpacker’s Guide to Copenhagen on a Budget

Welcome to Copenhagen, the city where bicycles outnumber cars, and where the pursuit of coziness is a way of life. For us, coziness also means financial stability, which is why we’ve created this Copenhagen travel guide with an emphasis on budget tips and hacks.

In this travel guide, we won’t just show you Copenhagen; we’ll reveal a city that defies expectations. 

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Travel Costs: Detailed Breakdown

Let’s tailor your Copenhagen experience to your budget without compromising on the joy of discovery. Whether you’re pinching pennies or unleashing your inner aristocrat, our budget-friendly breakdown will help you navigate the city’s offerings with finesse. Here’s a sneak peek into the cost of everyday Danish life:

Suggested Budget per person

  • Low: €50-75
  • Middle: €75-125
  • High: €125+

Detailed Costs


  • Low: Hostels or budget guesthouses: €20-40 per night
  • Middle: Mid-range hotels or B&Bs: €50-100 per night
  • High: Luxury hotels or upscale apartments: €100+ per night

Check out our guide on the best hostels in Copenhagen.

Public Transportation:

  • Metro ticket (single journey): €3.50
  • Copenhagen Card (24 hours): €85
  • Copenhagen Card (72 hours): €110

Entrance Fees:

  • Low (mostly Free Activities): Nyhavn harbor, Kongens Have, Kastellet fortress, …
  • Middle: €12.50
  • High: €22


  • Low: “Pølsemænd” (hot dog stand): €4-6
  • Middle: Traditional Danish Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches): €10-15
  • High: Fine dining restaurants: €30+ per main course

Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) with various toppings

  • Low: Vegetarian option with cheese and vegetables: €8-10
  • Middle: Classic with smoked salmon and dill: €12-15
  • High: Gourmet options with lobster or truffles: €20+


  • Low: Takeaway coffee: €2-3
  • Middle: Cafe latte in a cozy cafe: €4-5
  • High: Specialty coffee with unique brewing methods: €6+

Beer & Wine:

  • Low: Local beer at a pub: €5-6
  • Middle: Glass of wine in a mid-range restaurant: €8-10
  • High: Craft beer or special vintage wine: €10+

Please note: These are just estimated prices and can vary depending on the specific location, season, and establishment.

Important: If you’re from a non-European-Union country, make sure to always request a tax-free form whenever you buy something over 300DKK (€40.25). Denmark has a 25% VAT rate, which translates into a 25% discount every time you shop. Just make sure to get your form validation from either the Illum department store (in central Copenhagen) or at the Copenhagen Airport.

Exploring Copenhagen: Things to See & Do

We’ve curated a list of must-see attractions that will fill your itinerary with wonder. Whether you’re marveling at modern art or tracing the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen, get ready for a Copenhagen adventure that’s as rich in experiences as it is kind to your wallet.

Must Do in Copenhagen Denmark

  1. Tivoli Gardens: This world-famous amusement park offers thrilling rides, charming gardens, and captivating performances, all within a fairytale-like atmosphere. (Paid entry)
  2. Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace: Observe this colorful ceremony where the Royal Guards, clad in bearskin hats, march and change positions with precision. (Free)
  3. Nyhavn district: Stroll along the colorful waterfront lined with 17th-century houses, indulge in delicious seafood at a harborside restaurant, and soak in the lively atmosphere. (Free)
  4. Wander through the pedestrianized Strøget: Discover a shopper’s paradise on this car-free street, lined with high-end stores, local boutiques, and charming cafes. (Free)
  5. Scenic canal tour: Glide through the picturesque canals and admire Copenhagen’s iconic landmarks from a unique perspective. (Paid entry for most tours)
  6. Nationalmuseet: Explore Denmark’s fascinating past through interactive exhibits, Viking artifacts, and stunning crown jewels. (Paid entry with discounts for students and seniors)
  7. Experimentarium: Engage in interactive science experiments, explore mind-bending illusions, and learn about the world around you in a fun and immersive way. (Paid entry with discounts for children and families)
  8. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: venture on in modern and contemporary art collections housed in a stunning waterfront setting. (Paid entry with free admission for children under 18)
  9. Kastellet: Explore this star-shaped fortress, wander through its peaceful gardens, and enjoy panoramic city views from its ramparts. (Free)
  10. King’s Garden: Relax in this expansive park, stroll amidst manicured lawns and flower beds, or rent a boat and explore the moat surrounding Rosenborg Castle. (Free)
  11. Freetown Christiania: Explore this self-proclaimed freetown, known for its alternative lifestyle, colorful houses, and unique shops (be mindful of local rules and photography restrictions).

Free things to do in Copenhagen

  1. Explore Copenhagen’s diverse neighborhoods: Discover the charming cobbled streets and trendy shops of Nyhavn, wander through the historical district of Christianshavn, or engage in the multicultural atmosphere of Vesterbro. (Free)
  2. Witness the architectural wonders of Copenhagen City Hall: Admire the impressive neo-Renaissance architecture of this iconic landmark and enjoy the free-changing exhibitions inside. (Free)
  3. Assistens Cemetery: Stroll through this peaceful cemetery, the final resting place of famous Danes like Hans Christian Andersen, and appreciate the serene atmosphere and historical monuments. (Free)
  4. Free walking tour: Gain insights into Copenhagen’s history and culture from knowledgeable guides while exploring iconic landmarks and hidden gems. (Free, with optional tips for the guide)
  5. Picnic in the park: Pack a delicious spread and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at one of Copenhagen’s many green spaces, like King’s Garden, Østre Anlæg, or Fælledparken. (Free)
  6. Flea markets: Hunt for unique treasures, vintage finds, and local crafts at flea markets like loppemarked (flea market) at Israels Plads or SMK Fridays. (Free entry, cost of purchases separate)
  7. The Little Mermaid: Pay homage to the iconic fairy tale character at this small but significant statue, a symbol of Copenhagen.
  8. Christiansborg Palace: Witness the seat of the Danish Parliament and the Danish Queen’s residence, offering free changing of the guard ceremonies.


  1. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek: Discover an extensive collection of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern sculptures, as well as European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. 
  2. Designmuseum Danmark: Delve into the world of Danish design, from furniture and fashion to architecture and industrial design. 
  3. Thorvaldsens Museum: Explore the life and works of renowned Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, most famous for his neoclassical sculptures. 
  4. National Gallery of Denmark: Admire Danish and international art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Monet. 

Remember, many museums offer discounts for students, seniors, and families, so be sure to check their websites for details. Additionally, some museums have free admission days or specific hours, so plan your visit accordingly to maximize your budget-friendly exploration of Copenhagen’s cultural scene.

Copenhagen Activity

Where to Stay: Accommodation Guide

While Copenhagen’s city center offers charm and proximity to major attractions, it also comes with a higher price tag for accommodation. However, several other neighborhoods outside the city center offer excellent options for affordable stays, each with its unique character.

Here are some budget-friendly neighborhoods:

1. Vesterbro: This trendy and youthful district is undergoing rapid transformation, offering a mix of historic buildings, hip bars, and trendy restaurants. With its central location and excellent public transportation links, Vesterbro provides easy access to the city’s main attractions while remaining slightly more affordable than the city center.

2. Nørrebro: Known for its multicultural atmosphere, lively street art scene, and independent shops, Nørrebro is a haven for budget-minded travelers seeking a unique experience. Explore the area’s diverse eateries, browse through quirky local stores, and soak up in the district’s creative energy.

3. Østerbro: This quiet residential area offers a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Østerbro boasts beautiful green spaces like Fælledparken, perfect for picnics and outdoor activities. While slightly farther from the city center, the neighborhood is well-connected by public transportation and offers a relaxed atmosphere at a more affordable price point.

4. Valby: Located southwest of the city center, Valby is a charming and up-and-coming neighborhood with a strong sense of community. Explore its cozy cafes, independent shops, and family-friendly parks. Valby provides a relaxed and affordable alternative to the city center, while still offering convenient access to other areas through its efficient public transportation network.

Choosing the right neighborhood for your stay depends on your individual preferences:

  • If you prioritize convenience and proximity to attractions, Vesterbro might be a good fit.
  • For a taste of local culture and an energetic atmosphere, consider Nørrebro.
  • If you seek a peaceful and green environment, Østerbro could be your ideal choice.
  • For a relaxed and affordable option with a community feel, Valby is worth exploring.

*Reminder: we have a guide on the best hostels in Copenhagen.

  Copenhagen Neighborhoods

Eating and Drinking on a Budget

Tempt your taste buds with the classic charm of smørrebrød, the zesty thrill of kebabs, and the heavenly sweetness of flødeboller—all while keeping your wallet happy. This treasure map to edible exploits peels away Copenhagen’s gourmet layers, from fountains offering a sip of refreshment to “bagelær” finds that promise gastronomic joy without the tourist tag.

Water: Copenhagen tap water is safe to drink, so ditch bottled water and save money by carrying a reusable bottle and refilling it at public fountains.

Affordable Eats

Affordable Food Options:

  • Embrace the Smørrebrød: Copenhagen’s unique culinary scene revolves around smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches piled high with a variety of delicious toppings. Explore delis and cafes outside the tourist bubble for a more authentic and budget-friendly smørrebrød experience.
  • Budget tip: Look out for “smørrebrødspakker” (smørrebrød packages) offering bundled deals for multiple sandwiches.
  • Escape the Tourist Traps: Tourist hotspots generally come with higher prices. Venture away from the main attractions and explore neighborhood eateries for a more authentic Copenhagen experience and lower price tags.

Cheap & tasty restaurants we like: Hija de Sanchez, Sporvejen, Grød.

Eat at Local Markets:

  • Torvehallerne: This bustling food hall in the heart of Copenhagen offers an abundance of fresh produce, seafood, and international delicacies. Grab a bite at one of the stalls or build your own picnic from the diverse offerings.
  • Papirøen Food Market: Housed in a transformed paper warehouse, this trendy market boasts numerous street food stalls serving delicious and affordable international cuisine. Perfect for sampling different flavors from around the world!
  • Broens Gadekøkken: Situated in the hipster Vesterbro district, this street food haven features over 30 vendors offering delectable and affordable eats from all corners of the globe. A must-visit for budget-conscious foodies!

Budget Bites:

  • Kebab: A classic budget-friendly option throughout the city, kebab shops offer savory meat, fresh vegetables, and flavorful sauces wrapped in warm pita bread. Consider Kebabistan in Vesterbro for a local favorite.
  • Pølser (Hot Dogs): Danes are passionate about their hot dogs. Find them readily available at street vendors and stalls. Look for “pølsevogne” (hot dog carts) for a truly authentic experience.
  • Flødeboller: Indulge in a typical Danish treat. These delightful confections feature light and airy meringue shells filled with whipped cream and coated in chocolate. Find them at most bakeries and supermarkets.

Where you can find the most affordable groceries in Copenhagen:

  • Lidl: This popular German chain provides a wide range of affordable products, including fresh produce, meat, and household items.
  • Rema 1000: Another budget-friendly supermarket option in Denmark, Rema 1000 offers a good selection of essentials at competitive prices.
  • Netto: Similar to Lidl and Rema 1000, Netto offers a variety of affordable groceries and household products.

Drinks (Nightlife):

  • Bodega: These retro dive bars offer budget-friendly beers (from just 20DKK). Must-visits include Eiffel Bar, Bobi-Bar, and Nørre Bodega for an unforgettable evening.

Bonus Tips:

  • Embrace “bagelær”: Many Copenhagen bakeries offer discounted bags of assorted day-old pastries and bread, perfect for a budget-friendly breakfast or afternoon snack. Look for signs offering “bagelær” or “daggammelt” (day-old) items. Mus try dannish pastries include: Kanelsnegle (Cinnamon rolls), Rabarberhorns (Rhubarb and marzipan pastry) and Fastelavnsboller (Pastry cream filled cardamom buns).
  • Pack a picnic: Stock up on affordable groceries and enjoy a refreshing picnic in one of Copenhagen’s many beautiful parks, like King’s Garden or Østre Anlæg.
  • Consider lunch specials: Many restaurants offer special lunch menus with lower prices than their dinner menus.
  • Look out for “happy hour” deals: Some bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and snacks during happy hour, typically in the late afternoon or early evening.
  • Cheaper Coffee: Check out Minas Kaffebar, a cafe known for its lower coffee prices. 

How to Get Around

Copenhagen boasts a well-developed and efficient public transportation network, making it easy and affordable to explore the city without a car. Here’s a detailed breakdown of your options, ticketing tips, and strategies for saving money:

Getting Around Copenhagen


  • Metro: The metro is the fastest and most convenient way to travel across Copenhagen, connecting major landmarks and neighborhoods. It operates daily from approximately 5:00 AM to midnight, with extended hours on weekends.
  • Tickets: Single tickets can be purchased at metro stations from vending machines or DOT ticket app. Consider purchasing a Copenhagen Card for unlimited travel on metro, buses, and trains within specific zones for a set period (24, 48, or 72 hours). This can be cost-effective if you plan on using public transportation frequently.
  • Accessibility: All metro stations are equipped with elevators and escalators, making them easily accessible for travelers with disabilities.


  • Buses: Buses cover a wider area than the metro, reaching neighborhoods not directly served by the metro lines. While slightly slower than the metro, they offer a more comprehensive network and provide a chance to experience the city from a different perspective.
  • Tickets: Similar to the metro, single tickets can be purchased from machines at designated bus stops or through the DOT ticket app. Consider multi-day passes or the Copenhagen Card for cost-effective travel.
  • Real-time information: Download the DOT app or visit the official website ( for real-time bus arrival information and route planning.

Harbour Buses:

  • Harbour Buses: These scenic boat buses provide a unique way to travel between harbor destinations and enjoy the city from the water. While not the most affordable option, they can be a fun experience for short journeys, particularly during sunny weather.
  • Tickets: Single tickets can be purchased onboard the harbor buses or through the DOT ticket app. Consider purchasing a Copenhagen Card if you plan on using the harbor buses frequently during your trip.


  • Bike Rentals: Several shops offer bike rentals at reasonable prices throughout the city. Choose from city bikes, e-bikes, or even cargo bikes if you’re traveling with luggage.
  • Cycletracks: Copenhagen boasts an extensive network of dedicated cycle tracks separated from car traffic, making cycling safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities.
  • Cycling Rules: Familiarize yourself with basic cycling rules in Copenhagen. Always cycle on the right side of the lane, use hand signals, and obey traffic lights and signs. Helmets are not mandatory, but are highly recommended

City bike: Around 80 DKK (approximately €10.50) for 24 hours.
E-bike: Around 150 DKK (approximately €20) for 24 hours.

App: Donkey Republic App.

Ticketing and Discounts:

  • Single tickets: Available for purchase at metro stations, bus stops, or through the DOT ticket app, these offer a one-time journey within a specific zone. Prices vary depending on the number of zones you travel through.
  • Copenhagen Card: This convenient option provides unlimited travel on metro, buses, trains, and harbor buses within specific zones for 24, 48, or 72 hours. It also offers free or discounted entry to various attractions, making it cost-effective for sightseeing-heavy itineraries. Purchase online or at tourist information centers upon arrival.
  • City passes: Several city passes offer discounted travel and entry to attractions, catering to different interests and durations. Explore options like the Copenhagen Welcome Card or the Copenhagen Discount Card to find the best fit for your trip.
  • Discounts: Students, seniors, and holders of certain travel passes may be eligible for discounted fares. Check with local public transport authorities or download the DOT app for specific details.

Tips for Saving:

  • Walk whenever possible: Copenhagen’s city center is relatively compact, and many attractions are within walking distance. Walking allows you to discover hidden gems, experience the city at your own pace, and save on transportation costs.
  • Purchase multi-day passes: If you plan on using public transport frequently, consider purchasing a multi-day pass (24, 48, or 72 hours) or the Copenhagen Card for significant savings compared to single tickets.
  • Group tickets: If traveling with a group, consider purchasing group tickets for trains or the metro, which can offer discounted fares compared to individual tickets.
  • Validate your ticket: Remember to validate your ticket upon boarding buses or entering metro stations to avoid fines.
    Getting from the Airport to the City Center:

Cheapest Way to Get To and From the Airport in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has two airports: Copenhagen Airport (CPH) or Kastrup Airport, the main international hub, and Roskilde Airport (RKE), primarily serving domestic flights and low-cost carriers. Both airports offer several options to reach the city center, and the cheapest will depend on various factors like your group size, luggage, and time constraints. Here’s a breakdown of the three most budget-friendly options for each airport:

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to city center:

  • Metro: The fastest and most affordable option. Take the M2 line directly from the airport station (located beneath Terminal 3) to Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport stations in the city center, taking about 13 minutes. Tickets cost 36 DKK (around €4.80) for zones 1, 2, and 3.
  • Train: DSB regional trains connect the airport directly to Copenhagen Central Station in about 15 minutes. Tickets are slightly more expensive than the Metro, costing around 45 DKK (around €6) for adults.
  • Bus: While not the fastest, bus 5C offers a budget-friendly option, taking about 35 minutes to reach Copenhagen Central Station. Tickets cost 36 DKK (around €4.80) for zones 1, 2, and 3.

Roskilde Airport (RKE) to city center:

  • Train: The most convenient and affordable option. Take the regional train directly from the airport station to Copenhagen Central Station, taking about 20 minutes. Tickets cost around 45 DKK (around €6) for adults.
  • Bus: While offering more frequent departures compared to the train, bus 350S takes about 50 minutes to reach Copenhagen Central Station and is slightly more expensive than the train, costing around 50 DKK (around €6.70).
  • Carpooling: Consider carpooling apps like BlaBlaCar. Prices can be cheaper than public transportation, especially if you arrive with other travelers. However, remember to factor in the time and effort to find and connect with potential carpoolers, and ensure the driver is reliable and insured.

Cycling in Copenhagen

Best Time to Visit Copenhagen

Whether you’re chasing the sun or bundling up for snowflakes, let’s unwrap the pros and cons of visiting this Nordic gem throughout the year.

  • High Season (June – August):

Pros: Long sunny days, cool atmosphere with festivals and events, outdoor activities galore.
Cons: Peak crowds, higher accommodation prices, potential for unpredictable summer showers.

  • Shoulder Season (April – May & September – October):

Pros: Pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, lower accommodation costs, beautiful fall foliage in September/October.
Cons: Shorter daylight hours compared to summer, some outdoor activities may have limited hours.

  • Low Season (November – March):

Pros: Most affordable accommodation prices, fewer crowds, unique winter experiences like Christmas markets.
Cons: Shortest daylight hours, colder temperatures with potential for rain or snow, some attractions may have reduced hours.

National Holidays & Peak Festivals

  • School holidays: During school holidays, particularly those in neighboring countries, expect higher accommodation prices and larger crowds throughout Copenhagen. This is especially true during the summer months, as well as during Danish school holidays in mid-February and late April/early May.
  • New Year’s Day (January 1st): Like many other places around the world, Copenhagen experiences a surge in hotel and flight prices around New Year’s Day. 
  • Vinterjazz (February): This month-long winter jazz festival attracts music lovers from all over the world, leading to increased demand for accommodation and potentially higher prices. 
  • Fastelavn (February): Celebrated on the Sunday seven weeks before Easter, Fastelavn is a carnival-like event with parades and festivities. While not as significant as other events on the list, it can still contribute to slight price increases, especially for hotels in the city center. 
  • Easter Weekend (March/April): Easter is a major holiday in Denmark, and Copenhagen sees a rise in tourist activity during this period. This can lead to higher prices for flights and accommodation. 
  • Copenhagen Distortion (May/June): This large-scale electronic music festival transforms the city into a giant street party for several days. The influx of visitors can cause accommodation prices to spike, especially in the city center. 
  • Constitution Day (June 5th): While not a major holiday in terms of closures, Constitution Day is a national celebration that can still see an increase in tourist activity and potentially slightly higher prices. 
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival (July): One of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, this event attracts international musicians and music enthusiasts, leading to increased demand for accommodation and potentially higher prices. 
  • School Holidays (July and December): During school holidays, Danish families tend to travel domestically, which can put some strain on accommodation availability and potentially lead to higher prices in popular tourist destinations like Copenhagen.
  • Weekend getaways: Copenhagen is a popular weekend destination for travelers from nearby countries. This can lead to increased prices, particularly for accommodation, on Fridays and Saturdays. Consider booking your stay in advance, especially if you’re traveling during weekends.
  • Weather: While Copenhagen experiences a temperate climate year-round, the low season (November – March) can be quite cold, with occasional freezing temperatures and rain or snow. Some outdoor activities and attractions may have limited hours or close entirely during this time. If you’re planning a winter trip, pack warm clothes and be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.

Backpacker Essentials & Safety Tips

Set in the warmth of “hygge,” the Danish philosophy of contentment and comfort, as you set off for an awesome Copenhagen experience. 

Essential Packing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Copenhagen is a pedestrian-friendly city, so pack sturdy shoes with good tread for navigating cobblestone streets and covering long distances. Consider waterproof shoes for potential rain, especially during fall and winter.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: Pack layers for unpredictable weather. Summers can be warm and sunny, but evenings can be cool, and winters can be cold and windy. Rain gear and warm clothes are essential year-round.
  • Reflective gear: During the darker winter months (November to March), consider wearing reflective clothing or accessories, especially when walking or cycling at night, as daylight hours are shorter.
  • Reusable water bottle and grocery bag: Tap water is safe to drink in Copenhagen, so save money and reduce waste by bringing a reusable water bottle and grocery bag. Many shops charge for plastic bags, so having your own is helpful.
  • Travel adapter and converter: If traveling from outside Europe, you’ll need a travel adapter with two round prongs for Danish outlets. Consider a universal converter if your electronics don’t handle voltage fluctuations.
  • Daypack: A comfortable daypack is essential for carrying your essentials while exploring the city.

Safety Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings: As with any city, stay vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas like public transportation, tourist hotspots, and the changing of the guard ceremony at Amalienborg Palace.
  • Trust your instincts: If something feels off, avoid the situation and trust your gut feeling.
  • Beware of pickpockets: While Copenhagen is generally safe, petty theft can occur, particularly in crowded areas. Keep valuables secure in a money belt or front pockets, and avoid carrying large sums of cash. Consider using contactless payment options where available.
  • Be mindful of cycling lanes: Copenhagen has a well-established cycling infrastructure. Always respect designated cycling lanes and avoid walking or standing in them to prevent accidents. 
  • Download the DOT app: This app provides real-time information on public transportation schedules and allows you to purchase tickets conveniently.

Common Scams

  • Fake petitions: Individuals may approach you with seemingly legitimate petitions seeking signatures. These could be scams to distract you while an accomplice steals your belongings. Politely decline and move on.
  • Overpriced souvenirs: Be cautious of street vendors selling overpriced souvenirs or trinkets, especially around tourist attractions. Haggling is not customary in Denmark, so compare prices elsewhere before making a purchase.

Things Not to Do

  • Littering: Copenhagen prides itself on cleanliness, so dispose of waste responsibly in designated bins. Littering can result in fines.
  • Jumpering queues: Queues are respected in Danish culture. Avoid jumping lines or pushing your way through crowds.
  • Public intoxication: Excessive drinking and disruptive behavior in public are frowned upon. Consume alcohol responsibly and be mindful of your surroundings.
  • Taking photos in Christiania: Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood, has strict rules against photography. Respect their guidelines and avoid taking photos within the area.

Resources Money Saving Tips

Here’s a quick recap and some few extra tips to consider for traveling to Copenhagen on a budget:

Budget-Friendly Passes:

  • Copenhagen Card – Discover: Unlock the best of Copenhagen with this versatile card—choose from 24 to 120 hours to dive into over 80 attractions, with the added perk of unlimited free public transport. (starting €64)
  • Copenhagen Card – Hop: Unlock over 40 attractions with Copenhagen’s city pass, valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours, and enjoy unlimited exploration on the hop-on hop-off bus. (starting €73)

Money Saving Tips for Copenhagen

  • Explore free walking tours: Several companies offer free walking tours of Copenhagen, providing historical insights and local recommendations. While tips are appreciated, they are not mandatory, making this a budget-friendly way to explore the city and learn about its history and culture.
  • Visit museums on free admission days: Many Copenhagen museums offer free admission on specific days or evenings. Check museum websites or calendars to plan your visits accordingly. 
  • Picnic in the park: Take advantage of Copenhagen’s numerous green spaces like King’s Garden, Ørstedsparken, or the Botanical Garden. Pack a picnic lunch with groceries from budget-friendly supermarkets like Rema 1000, Lidl, or Netto to enjoy a relaxing and affordable meal outdoors.
  • Embrace cycling: Copenhagen is a cycling haven, with dedicated bike lanes and a bike-sharing program called Donkey Republic. Renting a bike for a day or exploring the city on foot are excellent ways to save on transportation costs while experiencing Copenhagen’s car-free culture.
  • Happy hour deals: Many restaurants and bars offer happy hour specials with discounted drinks and appetizers, typically between 4 PM and 6 PM. Look for signs or ask about happy hour offerings to enjoy savings on drinks and snacks.
  • Enjoy cultural events: Throughout the year, Copenhagen hosts various cultural events, including concerts, exhibitions, and festivals. Check local listings or tourist information centers for upcoming events to add a touch of cultural immersion to your budget-friendly itinerary.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle: Tap water is safe to drink in Copenhagen, so avoid buying bottled water and refill your reusable bottle at public fountains or taps. This saves money and reduces plastic waste.

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