How Much Spending Money Do I Need in Copenhagen?

Copenhagen is an awesome city. It's super modern, super clean and the people are super friendly. That's a lot of super. A lot of mystery still surrounds how much travel money you need for a trip to the likes of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm though...

So we've taken a closer look at Copenhagen (which is the most popular Scandinavian city with WeSwap travellers) and closely analysed all things budget-based, including the big one: How much Danish Kroner do you need to budget per day? 

Average daily spend by real travellers in Copenhagen: Kr 690 (£81)

This reflects what everyday travellers tend to spend in Copenhagen. Think mid-range - most of the major attractions, a few cab rides, maybe a big night out, and a bit of shopping on the side. It doesn’t include the cost of hotels or car hire as these are often booked in advance.

  • Eating Out: Kr 258 per day
  • Entertainment (bars, tours & attractions): Kr 250 per day
  • Transport: Kr 127 per day
  • Shopping: Kr 255 per day

Don't forget to order your WeSwap Card before you go and swap your money into Danish Kroner for the best rates.

Cost of Entertainment in Copenhagen

Real Traveller Average Daily Spend: Kr 250

  • “WeSwapper Favourite” Tivoli Gardens - kr120
  • Rundetaarn - kr25
  • Visit Carlsberg - kr100
  • Yhavn - free
  • Rosenberg Castle - kr110
  • Staff Pick The Cisterns - kr60

Tivoli Gardens is a charming, old-fashioned amusement park - one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. They don't charge to get in but you'll pay to go on the rides or have a go at some of the games.

Rundetaarn or The Round Tower is one of the most popular attractions in the country. If nothing else, a walk to the top - there's no elevator - will help you work off all the lovely food and drink you'll be tucking into. The 209m long spiral ramp (not staircase) winds round and round and round. I feel dizzy just writing that.


Round and round and round the ramp. Somehow more interesting than a staircase

"Carlsberg don't do museums, but if they did, they would probably be the best museums in the world". No, we just made that up, they do, do museums, and this is not the best museum in the world. But it is good fun: The best bit is the sample section in the brew house. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Have a drink in the bar afterwards.

A visit in Copenhagen is certainly incomplete without a walk in Nyhavn. Be it cloudy or sunny, this colourful area by the water is always is a beautiful sight and worth a photo opportunity or two. This is the stuff that postcards are made of. Literally.


Nyhavn - if ever a shot was worthy of a postcard

Our staff pick is The Cisterns. A subterranean reservoir: The Cisterns once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Located under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, this is one of those places you won't really understand until you visit. It's somehow barren, awe-inspiring and somehow it's typically Scandinavian.

Cost of food and drink in Copenhagen

Real Traveller Average Daily Spend: Kr 258

  • “WeSwapper Favourite” Copenhagen Street Food  - kr132
  • Warpigs Brewpub - kr251
  • Sushi with a view -  Sticks’N’Sushi
  • Glass of wine/beer in a bar - kr50
  • Coffee kr35
  • “Staff Pick” Paludan Book & Cafe - kr95

Copenhagen Street Food is effectively a huge collection of stalls. It's a trendy, busy spot with a massive variety of culinary options. Definitely a sensory overload the first time you set foot in there, this is a place to scope out and do a lap of before you choose your medicine.

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Find "Copenhagen Street Food" inside this market. Sort of street, anyway.

Brewing and craft beer is a big deal in Copenhagen. They're a trendy bunch so that's no real surprise as this is very much en vogue worldwide right now. WarPigs doesn't take itself too seriously which makes for a comfortable food and drink experience. Everything is cooked and brewed on site too.

Sticks and Sushi has a number of venues across Copenhagen, however it's worth making sure you find this particular branch (12th floor of the Tivoli Hotel) for the views. It's not cheap but worth it - especially on a clear day.

Paludan is effectively a huge library serving famously HUGE portions of food for reasonable prices. After you've eaten your massive portion, you'll want some time to wallow, which is when you grab a book or play a board game. A great experience.



Surprisingly gigantic portions but time to read a book and let your food digest afterwards

Cost of Transport in Copenhagen

Real Traveller Average Daily Spend: Kr 127

  • Taxi from Airport to the centre - Kr 300
  • Train into city from the airport - Kr 36
  • 24-hour city pass with unlimited travel - Kr 80

By far the best way to see Copenhagen is on foot. There are few main sights or shopping quarters more than a 20-minute walk from the city centre. If you prefer to get around a little faster then hire a bike. Copenhagen is known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. 45% of all citizens here commute to work. So if you want to travel around like a local, this is the way.

Another key transport link is the famous Bridge that connects Copenhagen with Malmo in Sweden. Bob across on the train for a day trip to Sweden. As you do.

For up-to-date prices, check out this helpful site.

Cost of a Shopping Trip in Copenhagen

Real Traveller Average Daily Spend: Kr 255

WeSwapper favourite: Magasin Du Nord - Kr 168

  • Illum - Kr 335

Clothes shopping in Copenhagen is more expensive than it is in the UK. Pe prepared for that.

Magasin Du Nord is the most popular shop with WeSwap travellers. It's a shopping mall that covers everything from designer to high-street and everything in between. They have good sales in July and January, by good we're talking 40%, 50% off - sometimes more. So then is the time to shop.

The area in and around Kongens Nytorv (The King’s New Square) buzzes with cutting-edge Danish fashion brands and interior design shops. You’ll find Bang and Olufsen’s flagship store here too so if you have a spare arm and let to spare, this is the place to do it.


Even the shops in Denmark are spectacular to look at

Illum is not only a great big shopping mall, it has bars and restaurants on the 4th floor that offer awesome views over the city. Look out for a great bar called Vinkort. The staff are lovely and primed for an honest recommendation or two so make sure you ask.


Last checked and updated: 15.03.2017. All travel, accommodation and entertainment costs are taken from the provider’s official website – but don’t forget to double check yourself first before you head off.


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