Cost of Copenhagen
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 12:56 AM Last Post By: Bjoern
Feb 11, 2013 8:51 AM
Cost of CopenhagenHi. In July I am traveling to Copenhagen to spend the summer with my girlfriend. I will be staying with her so I don't need a hotel or a car. However, I would like to do some shopping and sight seeing. I will have about $1,000 US Dollars (i think that's about 5000 DKK), should that be enough for three weeks?
Feb 12, 2013 4:24 AM
1That works out at about 250 DKK per day which is quite a tight budget relatively for Denmark. If you're careful and mostly walk rather than use public transport and take advantage of the days that museums are free then you should be fine for sightseeing and there are a lot of free events in the summer too. However, on that budget you will need to eat at home or picnic more than eating out. Similarly with going out to bars/clubs, you'll find your budget used up v quickly if you want a few beers in the evening. Shopping, it depends what you're after but you'll find prices generally a lot higher than in the US although if you reclaim the tax when you leave it will make a big difference given sales tax is 25%.
Feb 12, 2013 7:34 AM
Either you are a bit pessimistic, or you have a more luxurious expectation of how to go on a holiday. Katfish95 already has the accommodation covered, and is also not going to rent a car. That means the only basic need is food, which I, as a Danish Student, budget at 50 DKK a day if cooking at home. If cooking for two you get a bit more economies of scale. That leaves 200 DKK for on seeing things and getting around. That will obviously not cover going to a nightclub every night for all three weeks or eating all meals at restaurants. But it could cover:
- Going to a nightclub twice a week
- Eating out at a cheaper restaurant once a day
- Going to a couple of museums every day
If staying for 3 weeks I don't expect katfish to try to "do Copenhagen in a week". You can easily spend more than 250 DKK a day in Copenhagen, but you can still have a good time at that price.
With respect to transportation you should be aware of the free bikes available for loan in the central parts of Copenhagen. They may be a bit hard to get hold of, but keep your eyes open. Se: http://www.bycyklen.dk/english/thecitybikeandcopenhagen.aspx
Also with public transportation you can read about some of the options on http://intl.m.dk/#!/about+the+metro/travel+information/tickets . As a price example a 10 trip card valid for the central Copenhagen is 150 DKK. If you expect to use more than two 10 trip cards you might also consider a full month (da: månedskort) travelling pass at a price of 350 DKK. If getting one of these you would have most transportation needs covered for around 17 DKK a day. These monthly cards are not mentioned on the English version of the m.dk site since it is targeted at shorter term tourists. You should be able to buy it anyway at the train stations.
Feb 12, 2013 8:50 AM
Feb 12, 2013 9:37 AM
Feb 12, 2013 11:16 AM
5Yeah, maybe you're right and I'm getting a bit flashpacker in my old age but what I meant was that you could be living it up in some parts of the world on that budget but Copenhagen requires a bit more care...
Feb 17, 2013 12:45 PM
6Does your girlfriend have a bike? If she does, and can borrow one for you to use during your stay, then you'll have little need for public transport and will experience the city the way huge numbers of the locals do. I highly recommend it!
You can also rent bikes - Baisikeli is an organization that rehabs used bikes, rents them, and then eventually sends the bikes and profits to Sierra Leone and Mozambique. Price for a basic bike for 3 weeks is 525kr, about $95.
Feb 17, 2013 12:49 PM
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