3 Cool Things to Do on the Cheap in Copenhagen

Like much of Scandinavia, Denmark’s gracious capital can be challenging for a student budget – but with a few tricks and tips, not so much, it turns out! So once you’ve gotten your digs arranged – whether in budget-friendly Norrebro district or more upmarket/trendy Vesterbro – you’ve got a range of awesome options to keep yourself happily busy here in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.


No question that Tivoli Gardens (Vesterbrogade 3, 163), one of this city’s best known destinations, is magnificent, but a somewhat lesser known alternative – and one with free admission! – is found 10 kilometres north of the city and easily reachable by train and bus. Dyrehavsbakken (better known as just Bakken) is not only the world’s oldest fun park (est. 1583!!), but it’s a whole lot cheaper than Tivoli. To make it even more of a bargain, visit on Wednesday, and if you pay in cash, ride admissions are half off!

City Bike

A public bike rental scheme similar to many of the others now in cities throughout the world, City Bike utilises GPS-enabled computer tablets to help get even riders familiar with local geography around town easily. Cost is three euros per hour, and it’s all at your disposal 24/7.

Six-Euro Street Food

Papirøen (“Paper Island”), a once grotty industrial area in the harbor, has been redeveloped, with a big current attraction being Copenhagen Street Food, a 35-stall complex, with a fun, casual vibe; awesome city views; and delicious, creative, and often organic food from Denmark and all over the world. Six euros can get you quite satisfactorily fed, and when the weather’s nice, you can join the young people hanging out on the loungers spread around the dock. To sweeten the deal even more, come on Student Thursdays for special additional discounts for those with student IDs!

Now those are three pretty tasty slices of Danish, eh? Not enough? Well, maybe some vintage flea markets in Copenhagen can do the trick… 😉

Photo | Pablo