A Thrifty Trip to Copenhagen

One of my 2016 goals was to make our home more cosy. What better way to seek some inspiration than to travel to the home of hygge – Denmark? One of the other 2016 goals was to save for a kitchen, so this had to be a low budget city break. Below are a few tips if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Copenhagen on a budget.


Anyone who has been to Copenhagen will know that it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but pretty pricey. Not ideal for the thrifty traveller. N flies a lot for work and so we paid for our flights using his Avios points (NB you still need to pay taxes, fees and carrier charges), which was great. There are, however, plenty of cheap flights to CPH around, albeit for us southerners, these are mostly from London Luton Airport, which is not exactly the most convenient place. I usually use skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Copenhagen for free

We stayed in Wakeup Copenhagen – a 2 star hotel because it had pretty good reviews (for a budget hotel) on Trip Advisor and it worked out really well. The room was small, but that didn’t matter as we were out having fun and only there to sleep and the location was spot on. I booked through Hotels.com with a discount code sent to their mailing list and cashback through Quidco.

Thrifty Copenhagen

Copenhagen is small enough to walk everywhere; we only caught the metro to and from the airport and out to Frederiksberg, so the transportation costs are minimal. In fact, my favourite time there was spent wandering around the city, enjoying the beautiful architecture, amazing harbour and watching the cyclists go by.

Free Copenhagen

Copenhagen Thriftea Top Ten:

  1.  Watch the changing of the guard at Ameliensborg Palace, daily at 12 noon – free
  2.  Go and see the Little Mermaid (which is as disappointing as everybody says, but is still a must) – free
  3. Visit the Lego Store and see the amazing replica of the guards you saw at Ameliensborg – free, if you can resist the temptation to buy Lego
  4. Spend the evening at Tivoli Gardens with it’s amazing atmosphere, fairground rides, live music and theatre – 110DKK/approx £13 each (entry only, rides additional cost), but definitely worth it
  5. Watch bikes, photograph bikes, ride bikes, go on a bike tour. Whatever floats your boat, but it needs to involve bikes
  6. Drink coffee and eat pastries. Our favourite was Meyers Bageri (there are 5 bakeries) – outrageously expensive for what they are, but filling enough that you can skimp on lunch to make up for it. We liked teberikes and kanelstang
  7. Eat street food on Paper Island – the cheapest way to eat hot and delicious food
  8. Visit the Design Museum Denmark, which has an amazing collection of chairs, amongst many other amazing things – 100DKK/approx £12 each
  9. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the Design Museum, browse amazing Danish design in the shops on Strøget – Illum, Magasin and Hay House – prepare to have your mind boggled by the price tags
  10. Pick your future apartment in Christianshavn and admire the amazing Opera House

Tivoli Gardens

Happy travels!

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