Travel Tips – Copenhagen

Nyhavn

What about the nuts and bolts of that 2 night weekend in Copenhagen?

My outward flight was with Norwegian (£53/€60.50) and the return was with easyJet (£54/€61.60). easyJet’s flight time (21:10) gave me all day in Copenhagen. easyJet’s boarding arrangements can be unpleasant, and in Copenhagen they are just nasty. Not recommended.

@ EDI

Those prices don’t include any checked in bag – fine for a 2 night trip in May. I did pay extra for an upfront seat on easyJet and for an extra legroom seat on Norwegian. It is unusual to be able to make a direct comparison between two airlines, but in this case I can, and Norwegian made easyJet seem like 3rd class.

I spent my 2 nights in an Airbnb flat very close (10 minute walk) from the Central Station. It was very expensive (£130/€148 per night, including Airbnb’s fee and cleaning charges) but I know I was paying extra for that central location. It was clean, quiet and comfortable. I enjoyed it, and yes, the extra for the location was worth it.

Morten’s Place

I used the train to get from and to the airport. The cost was a very modest 36 DKK (£4.20/€4.80) each way. It takes 15 minutes. Compare that to £22 off peak (€25) single for the Heathrow Express – a similar journey time.

The only negative angle to it was having to queue for the ticket machines on arrival. On the other hand, it didn’t take long, the queue was well organised and they had staff on duty to help anyone having problems with the machines. The machines are easy to use, but probably not so if the instructions are not available in your language.

The Metro also serves the airport. However that line (M2) doesn’t take you to Central Station. You would have to change lines. It is useful for other parts of the city such as Nørreport and Kongens Nytorv.

I was able to get breakfast in a bakery just 5 minutes from my apartment. Quick, easy, cheap and good. Twice I had smørrebrød in the food hall at the Central Station – about 80 DKK (£9.40/€10.70) for 2 sandwiches and a drink. Delicious and worth every krone.

Full Danish

I had a pizza for dinner at Vapiano on Frederiksborggade right above Tivoli. It was good but slow… Friday night, of course.

Full Italian

I had a burger in the food hall at Westmarket on Vesterbrogade – a recommendation from Mariel for our dinner. It was delicious – one the the best I’ve had in ages.

If your idea of weekend away involves lots of alcohol, and/or dinner out at fancy restaurants, Copenhagen will be an expensive option for you. I was on my own for most of the time, so I could make my own choices as far as those were concerned. I drink very rarely anyway.

I could easily have saved quite a bit of money on my weekend by choosing an Airbnb in the suburbs and then buying a 24 hour ticket for public transport (or cycling).

ⓒ iain taylor, 2018

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