Is the Copenhagen Card worth buying?

Start planning a trip to the Danish capital and you’ll soon hear about the Copenhagen Card. It’s a kind of discount scheme that aims to save tourists money. Once bought, 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.

The Copenhagen Card: is it worth buying?

Nyhavn: no Copenhagen Card required

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.

Once you’ve paid 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.

What’s included?

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.

Apart from those freebies, 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) 379 529 629 839
Copenhagen Card (child) 199 269 319 419

Prices (in Danish kronor) are correct at the time of publication.

Where do I get it?

The Copenhagen Card is available to buy online. Make your order and you can then have a voucher 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, you can always buy your Copenhagen Card when you arrive in town. There are dozens of sales points dotted around the city, including hostels, hotels and newsagents.

Is the Copenhagen Card worth buying?

This really depends on what your plans are.

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.

 

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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 be worth buying.

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).

Another thing to consider – if you pay upfront for a Copenhagen Card and then lose it or have it stolen, you cannot get a replacement or a refund and your money will be lost.

Need more help deciding?

The best way to get an idea for whether or not you should buy the card is to head to the Copenhagen Card website – there’s a handy tool there that lets you select which activities you’d like to do and then adds up how much you could save.

It’s surprisingly honest – just be careful as it automatically assumes that, if you aren’t buying the Copenhagen Card, you’ll be spending 130 DKK a day on public transport. That’s rather a lot in a city that’s made for cycling.

Copenhagen Card discount code (updated 2017)

We haven’t been able to track down any discount codes for 2017. Some spammy coupon sites promise a ‘discount’ but actually just send you to the Copenhagen Card booking page (you won’t save any money).

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