29th July 2015

10 Things For Under a Tenner in… Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a reputation for being expensive. And yes, ok, it is – but really don’t let that put you off going there. It’s a really beautiful city full of lovely Danish people, and you won’t regret visiting for even a moment – especially if you seek the cheap things to do in Copenhagen and stick to budget-friendly meals and attractions. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve created a list of ten really cool, really cheap things to do, eat and see for under a tenner in Copenhagen…

1. Relax In The Living Room

Living Room Collage

As comfy as your own living room… Images: Facebook

This is probably one of Copenhagen’s cosiest cafés, The Living Room is decked out with big, fat leather chairs and it serves big, fat Danish pastries (I think they’re just called pastries there). The guys who work there are really friendly and the place is just all-round lovely – there’s a little hidden Moroccan room downstairs too, if you’re feeling exotic. A pastry and a coffee will set you back around 60DKR – less if you don’t go for a fancy coffee.

2. Copenhagen Free Walking Tour

Copenhagen walking tour

Follow the yellow brolly… Images: Facebook

FREE! FREE TOUR! Ok, not exactly ‘free’ – this is like the free Berlin walking tour we told you about – you tip what you can afford, and what you think the tour was worth. It’s a three hour tour guided by a volunteer, so don’t be stingy and make sure you tip your guide! It really is a great way to see the city. It leaves every day at 11:00 from the steps of City Hall. Just go there and look for the tourists and the big yellow umbrella.

3. The Worker’s Museum

Workers Musem Collage

A great way to spend a day

This is such a good attraction, and at 65DKK (€8.71) it leaves you with change from a tenner while keeping you thoroughly engrossed for a couple of hours. The museum takes you back in time to give you some insight into the lives of ordinary Danish workers over the years. It’s a very interactive museum, and great for kids too (and free of charge for anyone under 18 years old).  Get there early enough though; it closes at 4pm.

4. Eat a Hot Dog

Hot Dog Copenhagen

Hot Dog Heaven. Go to John’s. Image: Facebook

Eat lots of them, actually. But if we’re sticking to things for under a tenner here, I suppose it should be one at a time. If you want a great Copenhagen hotdog, John’s Hotdog Deli is one of the best you’ll get. For around 40DKK (a little more or less, depending on what you get), you can get a big, tasty, spicy, meaty, gourmet hot dog that’s made with love, and should keep you going until dinner. Which might just be another John’s Hot Dog.

5. Play with Lego

Lego Copenhagen Store

Not (just) for children. Images: Facebook

Play with so much Lego! The Copenhagen Lego store on Vimmelskaftet 37 (Strøget) has an area for playing with the Lego, which is exactly what you’d hope for from the flagship store of the world’s most famous, most favourite, most influential toy. It’s brilliant for children and families, but let’s not kid ourselves here – it’s also brilliant for adults too. There is no age limit to the lure of Lego. You might want to buy something, but you don’t have to. You can just immerse yourself in Lego joy for a little while.

6. Take a Netto Boat Tour

Netto Boat

Go see the moody mermaid.

For only €6 you can spend an hour cruising your way around some of the city’s best-known sights. It’s the cheapest boat tour in the city, it’s fun, and being on a boat is always nice. What’s not to like? The tour starts in Nyhavn (look for the queueus and the big sign!), and once you’ve set sail you’ll see the Opera House, the military vessels and the little mermaid before cruising back through Chritianshavn towards Nyhavn. Well worth it, and particularly nice on a sunny day.

7. Have a pint at Bankeraat Café

Bankerat Copenhagen

Come for the pints, stay for the decor.

Go there, if for no other reason than to take in the exquisitely creepy décor of this very cool bar on Ahlefeldtsgade in Nørreport. It’s brilliant – grotesquely stuffed animals, lampshades made out of decapitated doll’s heads, a trip to the loos that feels like the House of Horrors at a fairground – it’s the stuff of a drunk’s nightmares. Make sure to order the beer that’s on special, or that tenner will run out pretty fast – but it’s a great little bar to chill out in.

8. Visit the Freetown, Christiania

Christiania Art

You are now leaving the EU

It’s totally free to visit the free town of Christiania, and although this little ‘freetown’ within the city has changed a lot over the years since it was first taken over by squatters, it still has a creative, live-and-let-live atmosphere and lots to see. Go and stroll around during the day, there’s a lovely park and lake, loads of interesting buildings, plenty to see, and always something going on. Don’t take photos on Pusher Street though!

9. Rent A Bike

The Danes love their bikes, so get in on the pedal pushing action and rent one for yourself – when in Copenhagen and all that…  It’s a really safe city for cyclists, with huge cycle lanes and very considerate drivers, so don’t worry too much about not knowing the roads. You’ll get an hour on a city bike for 25DKK (around €3.35), or you can buy a monthly plan for 70DKK (€9.40) and take advantage of unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less.

10. Get A Burger at Banana Joe’s

Banana Joes

Turbo burgers from Banana Joe’s. Image: Facebook

This is an unassuming little hole-in-the-wall burger joint that serves up some seriously good, ridiculously juicy burgers for prices that you just don’t find anywhere else in Copenhagen. Banana Joe himself will make your burgers with love, and you’ll eat them with even more love. They’re old-school, yellow cheese, no fuss, and so juicy they’ll fall apart and you’ll get burger drip between your fingers  –  and you can easily fill up for under a tenner. The special, with fried egg, is a winner.


Dee Murray

Dee Murray

Dee Murray has a very simple travel MO... Go to great places; do awesome stuff; eat delicious food; then come home and write about it all.


  • Brent Slater

    Nice touch Ryanair….

    31st July 2015 at 7:52 pm
  • Ian

    Great info and I’ll certainly think of Copenhagen as an alternative to Amsterdam which is usually my first thought!

    31st July 2015 at 9:06 pm
  • Mike Levers

    Great article thanks . Though being a veggie I’d like a choice of ‘ non dead animal food’

    1st August 2015 at 7:28 am
    • Robbie

      That’s fine, you can make do with just the chips then!

      15th August 2015 at 6:13 pm
    • Abba

      nobody cares

      25th April 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Alan

    Spent a brilliant day in Copenhagen. Boat trip is great and we also went to the Carlsberg brewery museum (think it was less than a tenner including 2 glasses of beer!). Also found a good little pizza place just up the main road going away from Nyhavn.

    1st August 2015 at 9:16 am
  • Maura Lydon

    What a great idea from Ryanair…hope you’ll do it for other cities, especially the ones with the Euro, I so hate having to convert to other currencies.

    8th August 2015 at 1:44 am
  • Lynne Tildesley

    Who thought this one up? Fabulous darlings! I’ve always loved Ryanair and defended them when they were on a ‘low’. But this touch is sure to be a winner with everybody. We’ll certainly be considering Copenhagen now with all this info. Thanks btw.

    15th August 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Malcolm

    Thanks for the really useful information, we are actually looking at going for a day or two just before Christmas.

    27th September 2015 at 8:58 am
  • Aileen Farley

    Thank you Ryanair. Great prices. I will definitely go there before April 18th.

    9th February 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • john harold

    I was there last year, only because of Ryanair’s very competitive fare. I would recommend the city to everyone, great sights & the “free” walking tour was excellent.

    9th February 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Maura. Logan

    Great city really enjoyed it dear yes but well worth a trip

    11th March 2016 at 5:41 pm
  • Gerry

    Nice one Ryan air gerry

    24th April 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad

    This is great! I want to go to that bar. 🙂

    9th November 2016 at 5:05 pm

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