Saving money in Copenhagen while trying to have the best experience of that great city takes some planning. But, here are ten tips for Copenhagen to help you get a better bounce for your Kroner.
Use the train
If you are visiting Copenhagen and your hotel is downtown saving money begins by taking the train from the main terminal at the airport right into the center of Copenhagen and walking to your hotel. It’s a five dollar ride versus at least $35.00 for a taxi. The trains are clean, fast and run often.
Eat breakfast at a Bakery
Saving money in Copenhagen continues with breakfast. My hotel had a breakfast buffet at $40. That’s per person per day! Instead, stop at a bakery for a “take away” breakfast of orange juice, fresh croissant with cheese and butter and a flaky,cinnamon sweet roll real plus a large cup of coffee. The package deal is just under $10.
Buy Kroner at the airport in Copenhagen for the best exchange rate
ATMs are a good choice, too. If you use your credit card or debit card for purchases in Copenhagen, you are going to pay a surcharge, often six percent plus what your bank may charge you for the overseas transaction. Even that won’t work unless you know and use your pin number. Use Kroner and avoid these surcharges. You will be saving money in Copenhagen by using Kroner.
Keep receipts from all of your purchases and receive VAT back at the counter in the airport.
This is another tip for Copenhagen that many people simply forget. You have the right to get the value added tax returned to you. Be sure to keep receipts which detail each transaction. Visiting Copenhagen is great but leaving it with twenty-five percent of your bill for purchases returned to you is one of the best methods of saving money in Copenhagen.
Use the free bikes
There are free bikes at stands in Copenhagen. (This service may be discontinued in soon but as of late 2010, you can still do it) The 20 Kroner you deposit when you take the bike is refunded when you return it to any of the public bike stands in Copenhagen. Cycling is a great way to see Copenhagen because the entire city has bike paths adjacent to the roads. It is a city of bikers!
Take a city tour
City tours which combine a bus and boat tour through the canals offer the best value. Just go to the main square and you’ll see the buses. Around $50 for 2 ½ hours but in the long run it will save you money in Copenhagen. Bring a snack ( 7-11s are everywhere in Copenhagen).
Walk, walk, walk
This is a great way to see Copenhagen and actually meet Danes (most speak some English).There are parks and small squares everywhere. Fashionable as well as sleazy shops are around every corner. The famous Stroget is a mile long pedestrian street with great shopping and restaurants which offer a special complete meal for under $20. Why take taxis when you can save money in Copenhagen by simply walking to the main tourist sites?
Free current tourist information
Two blocks from the train station in downtown Copenhagen is the city tourist office. Grab brochures or use the free computers with information on every tour and site in Copenhagen. The center also has a great coffee shop with incredible sweet rolls, authentic “Danish.”
Make the city Square a must stop
In the evenings and on weekends go to the main city square where saving money in Copenhagen means taking advantage of free events. Live music, puppet shows, even huge outdoor chess competitions take place in this popular square. Don’t miss the wonderful huge statue of the icon of Copenhagen, Hans Christian Andersen. It’s a great photo op.
Visit Tivoli Gardens
One of the oldest amusement parks in Europe, Tivoli Gardens has art exhibitions, carnival rides for the children, restaurants and cafes in a beautiful park-like atmosphere. Oops! Saving money in Copenhagen doesn’t happen here. Tivoli has a steep admission charge which can be as high as $30. But, here’s a tip. Splurge a little and buy tickets to whatever show is playing in the concert hall and the entrance fee is waived. The performances are held at the beautiful, quaint theater, one of Copenhagen’s little treasures. Recently a first class stage performance of Cabaret! was featured.
www.visitcopenhagen.dk – A great site for tourist info. You may want to consider Copenhagen’s city card which allows free transportation around Copenhagen and free entrance to museums plus discounts at restaurants and shops. At $43 per person for a 24 hour card and twice that for a 72 hour card, it may save you some cash. Another way of saving money in Copenhagen.