It obviously depends on your point of reference, but Denmark has a bit of a reputation as being an expensive travel destination to visit. There is some truth to that, Denmark has a relatively high standard of living, so it might seem a bit of a stretch for your travel budget for you to add it into your itinerary. But a visit to Denmark and its capital city Copenhagen doesn’t have to break the bank – in this article we’re going to take a look at how to visit Copenhagen on a budget.
Choose accommodation in a central location
Accommodation that is in a central location may come at a slightly higher price than something that you can find out in the suburbs of the city, so it may seem counterintuitive to focus your search on the best locations. However, by finding accommodation that is nice and central, you’re going to save money on transport costs – overall, it’s going to be a better result for your budget, and you’ll get a lot more out of your time in Copenhagen. There are a range of hotel options at various price points, or you could look at private rentals or Copenhagen holiday apartments which might be a better fit for your budget.
Don’t spend all of your money on eating out
One of the benefits of opting for accommodation that is an apartment-style is that you’ll have your own kitchen and cooking facilities. While you will obviously want to get out and about and experience the justifiably renowned Danish cuisine, try and limit yourself to eating out only one meal a day. Stock up from the local grocery stores and prepare your own breakfast, pack yourself some snacks for lunch while you are out and about, and then you could enjoy a nice meal at one of Copenhagen’s many great restaurants. Or, if you are travelling with your family or young children, you may find it more practical to eat out at lunch-time and then cook an evening meal for you all back at your accommodation. This is one of the biggest budget savings you can make.
Embrace public transport
Copenhagen has a fantastic public transport system. Pretty much wherever you need to get to, you will be able to do it either via the modern metro train system, or via its extensive bus system. The great thing about Copenhagen is that the English language is widely used, so all of the maps and ticketing systems are easy to follow, and if you get stuck then you can ask one of the locals to assist you – they are generally fairly approachable.
Cycle like the locals
The city of Copenhagen is relatively flat, and one of the first things you will notice is that pretty much everyone has a bike and cycles to get around town. Depending on where you are staying, your accommodation may be able to provide you with a bike, or you could hire one for the duration of your stay. Not only is it an inexpensive way to travel, but cycling is also a great way to get your bearings in the city, and to really immerse yourself into the daily life of the place.