Copenhagen, Denmark is a tale of two stories with regards to budgeting and what you can get for your money. I went with my girlfriend and spent around £200 for three nights and four days which is not bad considering. If you really want to splash out, then you will need at least double that if you are looking to drink and eat all the time. Also chucked in here was our day in Malmo, Sweden which most people do.
Accommodation – We initially booked the Wake Up Hotel which was near the central station for £140 for three nights and was a free booking/cancellation on booking.com. Then nearer the time we booked an air bnb apartment (booked on their app) which was 20mins by bus out of central Copenhagen but we booked it for £70 for three nights. This also enabled us to see the trendy area of Norrebro which is up and coming with cafes and bars. The apartment itself had 1 double room, kitchen, toilet/shower and a big front room with a bookshelf filled with books.
Travel – There are two ways of looking at this and we went with the travel ticket for 72hours in zones 1-4 which covers all the buses, metros and trains. This was priced at around £25 (DKK200) and covers the airport too. Alternatively, you could hire a bike out and bike around Copenhagen’s fantastic bike routes along the main roads. Hiring of bikes can be quite expensive of around £20 (DKK150) per day.
Flights – Flights from London Luton airport were £33 return with Ryanair when booked in December for March and if you look throughout the year the price will be roughly the same when booked in advance.
Food and drink – Copenhagen is expensive even for cheap eats so get your money ready. A coffee with cost around £2.50/£3 at most cafes with tea being the same. Soft drinks including coke and sprite will be around the £1.50 mark. Alcohol you are looking at Carlsberg/Tuborg being £5 a drink for ¾ of a pint. Other beers that not local with be more expensive and if you buy alcohol in the Nyhavn area then it will be more. Cakes are massive in Denmark and you can buy a good Danish swirl or cake for about £2. Sandwiches which are awesome will be hitting the £6/£7 mark in most cafes but are freshly made. Eating out for meals will depend on the district, type of food and what type of restaurant. A meal at the food market will cost £12.50 (DKK100) and we had a Korean street food dish called Bibimbap. At the meat packing district, we went to Tommy’s Burger Joint and got a cracking veggie burger, chips and soft drink for £12.50 (DKK100). These were cheap eats so if you want a substantial meal you will be paying more. We also had breakfast out which costs the same as meals out in the evening. Finally, for the first two full days we bought some food from the local supermarket and cooked a big breakfast to save on money. Essentially you are looking at DKK100 as a good base for any meal. The food and drink combined cost £100 which includes coffees, beers, breakfasts, supermarket shops, cakes, meals out and misc snacks.
Activities – This all depends on what your aims are for the trip. Ours was to walk around to the see the sights of Copenhagen, go to nice cafes and have a chilled time. The Rudetaarn will cost DKK25 to go up the tower and see the city. Drinking coffees and beers was a regular activity without drinking excessively. If you want to have a night out, then drinking beers at £6 a go (Carlsberg/Tuborg being the cheapest) will give you a good idea of how much you will spend. Nyhavn with its famous coloured buildings on the river is good to see to get the photo and have a nice beer. The street food market across from Nyhavn is great for food and a beer. Freetown is an interesting hippy area to visit and I am sure if you do your research you will be able to find out what happens there. We visited the Botanical Gardens which is obviously free to walk around as well as various other parks. A day out to Malmo on the train will cost £20 return and is a little cheaper to drink and eat than Copenhagen. I would recommend this for one your days.
Summary – Cost for the weekend (3 nights/4 days)
Accommodation – £70
Travel – £60
Food/Drink – £100
Activities – £50
Misc – £0
Total budget – £280