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Copenhagen hotel prices
Hotels in Copenhagen are expensive all year, and especially during the high season, which lasts from mid June through the end of August, plus the period around the Christmas holidays. The low season, or cheapest time of year, is from mid January through March, and during this period you’ll have your pick of hotels and you might find a good deal as well.
July and August can really get crowded in Copenhagen so if you want to come then you should book well in advance. Hostels also get full and there aren’t many of them, so it’s best to commit and pick your place early. During most of the year you can definitely find a room once you arrive, but still you might find the best deals by booking online and looking for a discount rather than going door to door.
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Copenhagen is a beautiful city and a notoriously good-looking population, but unless you are coming from Sweden, it’s also very expensive. Hotels are of pricey even during the off season, and are worse during the peak summer months. There are a few hostels, including four run by the government’s Danhostel program, and they can give your budget a break as long as you don’t expect much fun at the same time.
Most of the attractions are also shockingly expensive, so it’s good that strolling around the beautiful neighborhoods and the long Stroget shopping street are free. There are other free things to do, thankfully.
Food and drinks are also quite expensive, with a cheap meal in a restaurant nearly impossible to find. Self-catering by going to a supermarket can help keep costs down if that’s important. Beer in Copenhagen is quite expensive as well, and wine and spirits are even worse. Again, self-catering for the early part of the evening can really help.
Copenhagen attraction prices
|Tivoli Gardens admission||One of the world's oldest and grandest amusement parks is right in the center of Copenhagen.||Ages 8+||17.30|
|Tivoli multi-ride ticket||The roller coasters and other rides cost extra. Single rides cost 25 to 75 DKK, and an all-day ride ticket will cost these prices.||Ages 8+||36.25|
|Carlsberg Brewery tour||Denmark's largest brewery is a popular place to visit. Price includes 2 beers or 2 soft drinks.||adults||12.75|
Copenhagen Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||36.43 - 43.72|
|Train from airport to city center||6.56|
|3km taxi ride in Copenhagen||10.56 - 13.30|
|Metro or bus ride in Copenhagen||4.37|
Copenhagen food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Hopefully your hotel includes breakfast. If not, sandwiches and other bakery items are a good budget choice.||4.55 - 7.29|
|Budget lunch||There are many Beer shawarma shops and pizza places selling budget meals. Danish cuisine might cost double or more.||5.46 - 10.93|
|Budget dinner||Sitting down a proper restaurant isn't cheap, though often you can get all-you-can-eat for similar prices.||7.29 - 13.66|
|Beer (pint)||Carlsberg is the local lager and even that one is very expensive at any bar due to high tax rates.||5.46 - 9.11|
|Beer (.33l bottle, retail)||Bottles of beer in supermarkets are much cheaper than bars.||0.91 - 1.46|
|McDonald's Big Mac||This is one of the more expensive Big Mac cities in the world.||5.28|
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|Airports||Copenhagen Airport (CPH)|
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Considering its latitude, Copenhagen has a fairly mild climate. Summers are typically warm but almost never so hot that you’ll wish your hotel had a pool. There is little rainfall at any time of year, with July and August actually being the wettest months by just a bit.
Winters do get cold, but the city doesn’t spend weeks below freezing like many of cities that are well off the coast do in Europe. Snow does fall during winter, though it’s usually light and doesn’t last very long.
One thing to consider is the amount of daylight you’ll be getting. During late June it doesn’t really get dark until after midnight and then a couple hours later it starts getting light again, while in December you’ll be moving around in the shadows even around noon, and it’s completely dark long before the work day is over.
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