Start planning a trip to the Danish capital and you’ll soon hear about the Copenhagen Card. It’s a kind of discount pass that aims to save tourists money. Once you buy it, the card gives free admission to loads of the city’s best attractions and also includes free, unlimited use of the public transport network.
The question is: should you bother buying one? And will getting a Copenhagen Card actually save you money? We ran the numbers to find out.
How does the Copenhagen Card work?
The idea is that you pay for the Copenhagen Card upfront and then get free access to a whole bunch of attractions across the city.
What does the Copenhagen Card cover?
Buy a Copenhagen Card (get it here) and you’ll get free access to more than 70 different attractions, including museums and galleries. You’ll also get free use of public buses, trams and Metro services across the entire Copenhagen area.
These are some of the attractions that are covered by the Copenhagen Card:
- Tivoli Gardens
- Rosenborg Castle
- Amalienborg Palace
- Den Blå Planet
- The National Museum
- Kronborg Castle
- Arken Museum of Modern Art
- Christiansborg Palace
- Visit Carlsberg
- Copenhagen Zoo
- Danish Architecture Center
- And many more
Apart from free entry to those places, the Copenhagen Card offers discounted rates on sightseeing tours. Around a dozen restaurants and cafés also offer discounts of between 10–20% to tourists who’ve bought the card. You can even save on ferry journeys to Finland and on admission to the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, which is around 40km from downtown Copenhagen.
How much does the Copenhagen Card cost?
There are four different types of Copenhagen Card to choose from – they’re valid for 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours and 120 hours respectively. Adults pay around twice as much as kids (10–15 years old). Each paying adult can take two kids aged nine or under along with them for free.
|24 hrs||48 hrs||72 hrs||120 hrs|
|Copenhagen Card (adult)||399||569||689||899|
|Copenhagen Card (child)||199||289||349||449|
Prices (in Danish kronor) are correct at the time of publication.
Where do I buy the Copenhagen Card?
The Copenhagen Card is available to buy online. Just make your order and a voucher will be emailed to you. You can then bring this voucher to one of the tourist information points in Copenhagen and have it swapped out for a card (there’s a handy branch at the airport, and another in the city centre at Vesterbrogade 4).
If you’d prefer to wait and don’t mind the extra hassle, you can always buy your Copenhagen Card in person when you arrive in town. There are sales points dotted around the city, including hostels, hotels and newsagents.
Is the Copenhagen Card sold at the airport?
Yes – you can buy the Copenhagen Card at the service desk within Terminal 3 at the airport. If you want to guarantee that a card will be waiting for you, order it online and then pick it up from the same service desk when you land at the airport. You can then use the Copenhagen Card to get from the airport to the city centre for free, which is a big bonus.
When does the card start working?
Once you’ve got for your card and are ready to use it for the first time, just fill out the start time (you can do this right before you use it at the first attraction). After that, you can use the card to sightsee your way around the city until the end of the validity period.
How do I use the Copenhagen Card on the train or bus?
Just show your validated card and you’ll be free to use buses, trains, ferries and metro trains across the entire Copenhagen region. It’s much bigger than you might think – you can actually reach some of the day trip locations mentioned in this guide for free, including the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and Kronborg Castle in Helsingør (the castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet). Note that you cannot get to Malmö in Sweden with the Copenhagen Card – this guide has tips on the cheapest ways to cross the bridge to Sweden.
So, is the Copenhagen Card worth buying?
If you want to cram lots of activities into one or two days, including paid-for attractions like Rosenborg Slot and the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, there are big savings to be had and we would definitely recommend buying the card online before your trip. You can get it here.
However, if you’re just hoping to explore Copenhagen on foot or by bike, and want to check out free attractions like Nyhavn, the National Museum of Denmark, Freetown Christiania and some of the great food markets, the Copenhagen Card might not save you much.
You should also bear in mind that, depending on when you visit Copenhagen, some of the attractions that are included with the card may actually be closed (Mondays are most likely to cause problems, as that’s the day when lots of places seem to close).
Need more help deciding?
If you’re visiting for the first time and want to do a lot sightseeing, we reckon the Copenhagen Card will save you a nice chunk of cash. Ready to get the card and start saving? Just click the link below to get it online.
Copenhagen Card discount code (updated 2018)
We haven’t been able to track down any discount codes for 2018. Some spammy coupon sites promise a ‘discount’ but actually just send you to the Copenhagen Card booking page (you won’t save any money).