There is no need to take an expensive taxi from Copenhagen airport into the city center. Getting into town from the airport is remarkably easy with the Metro. Simply hop on metro line M2 and voila, you’re in the center in minutes. The cost of this journey is around US$5.58 or 35 kroner and you can buy tickets from the red/white machines clearly marked “Tickets/ Billetter”
Some seasoned travelers and former residents recommend budgeting about 500 kroner (DKK) a day, roughly the price of a pair of jeans in the country, but you can whittle it down to closer to 300 kroner if you skimp on many things and try to prepare or cook your own food instead of eating out. Everyday items like milk and bread can also run high. Drinking is also very expensive -- as high as 35 kroner, which equates to US$5.58 or 4.70 Euro. You might want to "pre-game" at your hotel or a restaurant to avoid breaking the bank on pricey beers at the pub. Cans of local beer can be bought relatively cheaply at any supermarket. A hostel dorm ranges from US$21-33 (132- 207 kroner) Staying in a 2- or 3-star hotel is about 650 kroner a night, which equates to US$103.67 and 87.33 Euro. A fast-food meal is about 60 kroner, or US$9.57 and just over 8 Euros, and restaurant burgers are generally more expensive than in other countries.
One traveler said that a way to cut down meal costs is by going to buffets. Some restaurants will do buffet-style during the day and leave out the VAT (Moms), which reduces the cost significantly. Expect to spend anywhere from 70 kroner for a pasta buffet to 140 kroner for something more substantial. Most restaurants go back to their standard, tax-added menu prices for dinner.
For accommodation options, one traveler praises Denmark's vast array of camping grounds and hostel offerings, both of which can be great ways to cut down on the cost of your stay. The condition of hostels in most areas of the country are also a little better than the dingy backpacker havens seen elsewhere and may look more like boutique hotels, particularly in the lounge areas.
Those looking to spare some change for souvenir shopping may find Copenhagen's Strøget Street suitable, but some travelers caution that clerks may try to overcharge in the already expensive city. Cafes, shops and other spots may try to get in on the "let's make an extra buck off tourists" game. Get outside the main tourist destinations to cut down the chances of being taken for a retail ride.
Strøget Street is also known for street gambling, another tourist trap that may drain your wallet in the blink of an eye. Some travelers confessed that they fell for the scheme, which involves guessing where the right playing card is or which cup a ball is hidden under. These street scammers allegedly can make you lose as much as 500 kroner fast. There goes your daily budget. In Roskilde, some travelers have been approached by scammers trying to show them a trick with a ring. Be cautious and don't give into curiosity.
Cash is the way to go in Denmark, as payments made by credit card incur a fee as high as 3 percent. ATMs are prevalent, so take out cash from there or convert it to DKK before you come. If you choose to withdraw cash at the airport, be sure to shield your pin from prying eyes and check that no one is following you. People have been robbed on the metro train into the city after using the ATMs at the airport. Be cautious and keep a constant eye on your belongings.
Though prices may be displayed in Euros in many establishments, Danish businesses are not obliged to accept anything other than the official currency.
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