‘Denmark‘, is a good and easy country for travelers. The country has rolling hills, lakes and jagged coastlines; it has beautiful landscapes like the white cliffs of Mons Klint. Also, the best thing about Denmark is that it is clean and it cares about the environment. Some visitors say that the country has an early medieval Viking charm in it. They also say that whoever comes to visit once wants to go back again soon. Foreigners who happen to stay longer also feel that locals are very friendly and helpful. If you are on a lavish and high budget trip you can manage to stay in Copenhagen capital of Denmark, for several days. But, most tourists spend only a few days in Copenhagen as the high costs of Scandinavia force them to move on. So, if you are searching for a guide that can help you in saving a bit of money and make your trip more affordable and maybe longer, you have to read this!
Two big things you can do to fully enjoy Denmark
- There are many places to see in the countryside (especially Jutland). These places are less expensive than the main cities, like Copenhagen.
- Use homestays to avoid the extra bills and to get a better feeling of the people. You will find many cottages or farmhouses in the countryside.
A guide on Denmark travel: typical costs of getting around Denmark
As of June 2020, 100 danish crowns, DKK, is around 15 US dollars, or 100 Chinese Yuan, or 1150 Indian rupees, or 14 euros or 1600 Japanese yens.
You can book the hostel dorms. They are cheaper than hotels. The cost of the dorms begins at 200 DKK per night. You have to spend around 240 DKK for smaller dorms. Hotels in Denmark aren’t cheap and you can expect to pay around 685 DKK per night or more for a hotel double room. Hotels outside major cities can be more affordable and they start around 450 DKK for a double room. One option to save money is opting for shared rooms. You can find a shared room on Airbnb for around 325 DKK. While the cost for an entire apartment or home will be around 900 DKK per night.
As suggested above the prices will be lower in the countryside. If you’re not on a high budget, you can also go for campsites. The cost of campsites can be between 55 – 95 DKK per night. But, to stay at any campsite you will need the Camping Key Europe card. You can buy it in any campsite, this card will cost you around 110 DKK. In case you want to camp only for one night, you can get a transit card, for 35 DKK. I can suggest Danhostel in Aarhus, Generator in Copenhagen.
The average cost of food
In Denmark, not only hotels but also food can be pretty expensive. So, for lunch in a restaurant, you can expect a bill of around 75 – 115 DKK even for the cheap meal. During dinner time the meals will cost you around 135 – 205 DKK. But if you want to avoid large expenses then eat a meal or sandwich from a van vendor which will cost you around 25-35 DKK. Other affordable ideas for eating out are Danish sandwiches, kebabs, falafel or pizzas. The average cost for groceries will be around 320 DKK per week. You can buy cheap groceries from Netto and Lidl stores.
In order to avoid the higher cost, make sure you book tickets in advance, even if it can be difficult to plan in advance. This will save money and make a huge difference! As the prices will probably be higher as soon as you come closer to your travel date. As you can find on NomadicMatt travelling by train across Denmark, Jutland to Copenhagen costs around 550 DKK. However, the Buses are comparatively cheaper and start around 308 DKK. The train from the airport to the Copenhagen centre is 40 DKK. Local trains and buses are 24 DKK for a two central -zone ticket. It is very easy to find budget flights to and from Denmark as the airport is one of the major hubs in Scandinavia. The connectivity of buses and trains to every nearby country is very good. Hence, it is very easy to get in and out of Denmark.
Most Important: Some Money Saver Tips
- Go orange: The Danish rail system offers cheap tickets via their online website called “Orange tickets.” They are only available online, and you can use the ticket on your phone. These tickets are a third of the cost of what you can buy at the railway station.
- Refill your water bottle: water in Denmark is safe to drink and is held to very high standards. Skip buying bottled water here and refill your bottle. You’ll save money and help the environment at the same time.
- Eat on the street: Street stalls with all kinds of food cost only 27-35 DKK. Hence you can save a lot of money on food if you choose not to cook. In fact, they are your best bet at saving money on food outside of kebabs and pizza.
- Share a ride into Denmark: Save money by sharing rides or hitchhike. You can use ride-sharing websites like Blablacar. These websites operate all around Europe and are a great way to find a ride into Denmark. While they don’t operate in the country yet you will likely be able to find rides from many nearby countries.
- Book in advance: Booking train and bus tickets a month in advance can save you up to 50%. The major operators are DSB and Abildskou.
Costs of Flights to Denmark From Different Places
- A Flight From Copenhagen to London, United Kingdom is around: 120 – 200 Danish crowns and it lasts approximately for 2 hours. Copenhagen to New Delhi, India is around:1900-5000 Danish crowns it takes approximately 12 hours.
- Flight From Copenhagen to New York, U.S.A. is around: 2200-5000 Danish crowns and it last approximately for 14 hours.
- A Copenhagen to Paris, France is around:500-1000 Danish Krone Danish crowns and it last approximately for 2 hours.
- Flight Copenhagen to Tokyo, Japan is around: 2800-4800 Danish Krone Danish crowns and it last approximately for 15 hours.
- A Flight From Copenhagen to Shanghai, China is around: 3999-14999 Danish crowns and it last approximately for 15 hours.