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On today’s post, I will show you how to visit Copenhagen on a budget

Danish people they say are the happiest people in the world, so I and Motu thought, why not take a trip to experience this happiness first hand. Well, happiness I did find for myself personally! But what didn’t find happiness is my bank account that was hit from the heavy weight of the Scandinavian living. Guys it’s no joke a bottle of water cost 2.5 euros in a regular supermarket. C’est impossible!!!

…Just like a work of art, Copenhagen’s canals, colorful buildings, boats, relaxed culture, cozy walkways, ancient buildings and restaurants are truly magical. So magical they inspired H.C Andersen’s legendary fairy tales.  Sincerely, Copenhagen is perhaps the prettiest pearl Scandinavia has to offer its many visitors. To the budget traveler, Copenhagen like most of Scandinavia is very expensive, but as usual I got your back! I’ll be sharing some tips on how to travel Copenhagen on a budget.



How to visit Copenhagen on a budget;

Major tips on saving money in Copenhagen

To visit Copenhagen on a budget, I have compiled the following tips t help you save money;

  • Save on transportation by renting a bike, this is not only going to save you a lot of money it will also give you the opportunity to move at you own pace and explore the many beautiful attractions in Copenhagen.
  • Avoid the famous 711 supermarket you see everywhere (that’s where water cost 2 euros?). Just direct yourself to LIDL.
  • To save cost drastically, stay in Malmo, Sweden (preferably close to the train station) and commute to Copenhagen by train to explore. It’s only a 45 minutes ride and to arrive in the city centre.
  • Kill 2 birds with one stone. If staying in Sweden, you can dedicate a day to explore Malmo too. Meaning in one trip you can successfully explore both countries
  • Cook a meal per day to save the cost of restaurants, it is best you shop at affordable supermarkets like lidl, WeFood and Netto. In addition, Too Good To Go is an app that allows you get exotic restaurant meals at much discounted prices.
  • Make sure you claim your tax refunds, if you are visiting Copenhagen from outside the EU you qualify for a 30% refund on any purchase above 3000DKK. Ensure you collect a tax free cheque from the store and all you have to do is claim it at the airport on your way out.
  • I did notice in Nordic countries that some restaurants offer free buffet entrees. It means you only get to pay for the main course. Make sure to ask when you go to a restaurant for this. We almost missed it since the waitress assumed I knew.

Motu and I ?

What to see in Copenhagen for free

Expensive Copenhagen has some free attractions for its visitors, which means you can visit Copenhagen on a budget even  without spending a dime. Below are some free attractions:

  1. Amelieborg Palace where Queen lives
  2. Black Diamond Library
  3. Strøget, the longest shopping pedestrian street
  4. The Marble Church
  5. Walk through the canals with a view of the colourful buildings
  6. Botanical Garden
  7. Little Mermaid
  8. Frederiksberg garden
  9. Visiting in Autumn or Winter? Explore the attractive Christmas markets 
  10. Island Brygge Harbour Bath
  11. The Six Forgotten Giants
  12. Superkilen Park

In addition, if you want to easily enjoy Copenhagen on a budget download My City Highlight App, this is a free app that alerts you on the best things to see in Copenhagen. Information on the app is updated regularly by locals.

If you are a foodie like me, it will excite you to know that Copenhagen is home to worlds best Michelin starred restaurants, while there explore the New Nordic Cuisine Movement and you can do this for less than 100DKK (around 13 euros).

To summarize guys, What I did notice right from my arrival in Copenhagen is how nice and tender spoken the Danish people are. They even address you with names like darling, dear friend…etc! I find that to be a great consolation for the high priced living. Personally the kind gestures  made me forget I was spending a lot of money.

I would say that Copenhagen’s culture is mostly about healthy living, clean water, fresh air and outdoor living like most Scandinavian countries!

Now that you know how to visit Copenhagen on a budget, here are some very helpful resources just for you

*How to travel on a budget, How to make money to travel, Cheap must have travel essentials and How to travel solo




Loved the lighting on this building


Sarah D


  • Janey

    1st December 2019

    Oh , Sarah, lovely post! Love your stories! Now I want to move to Copenhagen

    • 3rd December 2019

      Thank you Janeeyy for reading!!!! Oh i will move with you if you decide haha

  • 20th January 2020

    Pinned for future reference! I always see suuuper cheap flights to Copenhagen from the UK, but the on the ground costs stop me from going ahead and booking them. Your tips were super helpful, especially the one about staying in Malmo! Hopefully I can get there soon 🙂

  • Damilola Kuteyi

    4th February 2020

    Now it feels like i haven’t been to Copenhagen at all….


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