When you think ‘Budget city break’ I’m sure Copenhagen doesn’t feature high on places that comes to mind. Copenhagen is instead notoriously known for being an expensive city; it is actually the 4th most expensive city in Europe and the 7th highest cost of living in the world! But it’s still cheaper than Sweden or Norway so at least there’s that haha. However, it’s very possible to enjoy Copenhagen on a budget, so here are my tips for doing just that!
Where to Stay on a Budget
Getting accommodation in the city centre is the best way to cut spending because you can walk everywhere. However, areas like Nørrebro tend to offer really cheap accommodation but are a short bus ride from the centre. So keep this in mind when picking where to stay.
If you’re on a super tight budget, then hostels will definitely be the cheapest option for you. There are some pretty cool hostels right in the city centre with great reviews. Like the super cool Urban House Hostel a few steps from the Central Station (starting from £28/night in a 10 bed mixed dorm)
Or Copenhagen Downtown Hostel also centrally located (starting from £34/night in a 12 bed mixed dorm)
However, if you’re not really about that life, then Airbnbs are the next cheapest option. They range in prices massively so have a look and see what’s available in your budget.
Another great way to save on accommodation is looking for 2 night tickets that have a late departure time from Copenhagen. For example, we arrived in Copenhagen at about midday on Saturday and our flight departed on Monday at about 10pm. So we got basically 3 full days and only paid for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast only twice!
TIP! – A lot of bathrooms in Copenhagen are wet rooms, which were honestly my worst nightmare. Lol I have a DEEP dislike for wet rooms. So make sure you look for the bathroom pictures of your Airbnb/hotel otherwise you’ll be showering over your toilet lol.
Eating on a budget
Eating out can quickly get expensive in Copenhagen, especially on a budget. One great way to save money is to get breakfast from the nearest Supermarket! Look out for Lidl, Netto (Remember Netto guys??) and Fakta. Avoid the Seven Eleven at all costs! We got breakfast from Supermarkets and only spent about 20DKK (̴ £2.30) for 2 pastries and a chocolate bar. Instead of at least 89DKK for breakfast in a café!
Bakeries could also be cheap options for breakfast but to get better prices avoid the main tourist areas. Check out bakeiris in more residential areas like Nørrebro or Vesterbrogade.
For lunch, have hotdogs topped with crunchy onions from one of the street stalls (DØP). Or head to John’s Hot Dog Deli for gorgeous hotdogs topped sky high with whatever you want for 50DKK! And trust me; it will sustain you till later in the day! Instead visit one of the many food markets around the city, like Torvehallerne or Reffen, for some great quality food!
If hotdogs are not your thing then grab a Smørrebrød, a popular open sandwich topped with anything from pork to fish. Lots of places offer it but look for dedicated stands or casual places because they will be significantly cheaper.
Small saving but tap water is safe to drink in Denmark! So fill up at home before heading out instead of buying water each time costing at least 20DKK (£2.30).
By the way, restaurants in Copenhagen charge at least 5DKK for tap water, super cheap but still, really? Who charges for tap water??
The tap water is even among the safest and most eco-friendly water in the world! If you run out of water, don’t worry, there are over 60 drinking fountains where you can refill for free! Check out this website for a map of fountain nearest to you.
Copenhagen is a pretty compact city so it’s very possible to walk to most places. So first money saving hack is to put on your walking shoes and WALK! It’s free and it’ll save you all the transportation money you would have otherwise spent.
The next cheapest option is to get a Bike. Copenhagen’s one of the most bike friendly cities in the world so getting around on two wheels couldn’t be easier! There’s a tons of city bike schemes but the cheapest I found was Baisikeli. It’s close to Dybbølsbro station and prices start as low as 50DKK for 6 hours and 80DKK for 24hrs. The best thing about renting from here is the money from rentals is used to send bikes to Mozambique!
Public transport is super reliable and includes buses, metro, S trains and harbour buses. A single ticket on any of these modes costs 24DKK (not including the airport). There’s also the CityPASS if you think you’ll be using the metro alot or just don’t want to walk around. A 24hr pass costs 80DKK (€11) and can be used on all forms of transport in the city! If you have the Copenhagen Card (I talk about it further down), travel is covered on it so free for you!
Things to do in Copenhagen on a budget
In my last post listed ‘20 Free and Cheap things to do in Copenhagen’ so check that out!
Is the Copenhagen Card worth getting to save money?
The Copenhagen card is a discount pass that can save you money with free or discounted entry into a number of attractions. And free unlimited travel on any mode of transport (except bicycles).
So should you bother getting one? Will it actually save you money?
Weeeeell, it depends lol. We didn’t get one because I was trying to keep to a tight budget and this just didn’t fit into it. If you want to mostly walk around the city, explore, eat and chill, then I definitely wouldn’t recommend this card.
However, if you’re there for a long time or want to cram as much as possible into a couple of days then it’s worth considering. I would advise before you just buy it, start by making a list of the attractions you want to see. Then check their website if they’re covered by the card. After that you’ll have to do some quick math and compare the combined entry prices of the attractions on your list without the card against what the card costs for whatever period of time you choose and factor in travel if you plan on using public transport. This should help lay it out very plainly if it’s worth getting for you!
Thanks guys for reading! I hope I’ve helped reduce some of your fears about visiting Copenhagen and having to spend a lot of money to enjoy your time. These are the tips I used when I was there to enjoy Copenhagen on a budget. Do you have any more money saving tips for visiting? If you do, share in the comments!
Until Next time Biscuits xx