Copenhagen is quickly becoming one of the trendiest cities in Europe to visit. With only 3 days in Copenhagen, first-timers can craft an itinerary to get an overview of the city. Check out this post for the perfect 3 day Copenhagen itineray for first timers, or pin it for later!

City cards are often one of the best ways to save a bit of money when you’re traveling, and I’m a huge fan of them. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell if you’ll actually be saving money.

If you’re planning visiting Copenhagen, then you’ve probably had this exact thought about the Copenhagen Card. So is the Copenhagen Card worth it? Let’s find out!

Spoiler alert: I definitely think it is.

Don’t have time to read the whole post? Here’s a quick breakdown of what the Copenhagen Card offers:

  • Free entrance to 80+ museums and attractions in and around Copenhagen
  • Unlimited public transport use in the Copenhagen region
  • Discounts at participating restaurants and tours

    Click here to buy your Copenhagen Card online!

  • Is the Copenhagen Card worth it? Basic Facts:

    What’s Included in the Copenhagen Card

    The Copenhagen Card includes entrance to 87 different attractions and museums, unlimited public transport use in the Copenhagen region, and exclusive discounts at restaurants, bars, and sightseeing tours.

    Here are all of the attractions included in the Copenhagen Card, with some of the most popular ones bolded:

    • Tivoli Gardens
    • Canal Tours Copenhagen
    • The Round Tower
    • Rosenborg Castle
    • The Amalienborg Museum
    • Christiansborg Castle
      • The Royal Kitchen
      • The Royal Stables
      • Ruins
    • The National Museum
    • Church of Our Saviour
    • Copenhagen Contemporary
    • Planetarium
    • Den Blå Planet, National Aquarium Denmark
    • Amber Museum Copenhagen
    • Arken Museum of Modern Art
    • Bakkehuset
    • Baadfarten – Boat Tours
    • Casino Copenhagen
    • Natural History Museum of DenmarkThe Botanical Garden
    • The Zoological Museum
    • Circus Museum
    • City Hall Tower
    • Copenhagen Train Tours
    • Copenhagen Zoo
    • Danish Architecture Center
    • Den Frie Centre
    • Design Museum Danmark
    • Esrum Abbey and Molengard
    • Kronborg Castle
      • Kronborg Mini Cruise
    • Experimentarium
    • Falkonergarden
    • Frederkisborg Castle
      • The Frederiksborg Ferry
    • Frederikssund Museum
    • GL Holtegaard
    • Glyptoteket
    • Guiness World Records
    • H.C. Andersen Fairy-Tale House
    • Helsingør City Museum
    • J.F. Willumsens Museum
    • Jaegerspris Castle
    • Karen Blixen Museum
    • Københavns Museum
    • Kunstforeningen GL. Strang
    • Kunsthal Charlottenborg
    • Køge Museum
    • Køs Museum of Art in Public Spaces
    • Lejre Land of Legends
    • Lejre Museum
    • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    • M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark
    • Medical Museion
    • Mosede Fort Danmark 1914-18
    • Munkeruphus
    • Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Nikolaj Kunsthal
    • Nordatlantens Brygge
    • Open Air Museum
    • Ragnarock
    • Alhambra – the museum for humor and satire
    • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
    • Roskilde Cathedral
    • Roskilde Museum
    • Rudolph Tegner Museum and Statue Park
    • Skibsklarergaarden
    • SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Storm P. Museum
    • Tadre Mølle
    • Cisternerne
    • The Danish Jewish Museum
    • The Danish Museum of Science and Technology
    • The Danish Music Museum
    • The Hirschsprung
    • The Mystic Exploratorie
    • The Netto Boats
    • Danish War Museum
    • The Shipyard Museum
    • The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre
    • The Victorian Home
    • The Vedbaek Finds Museum
    • The Workers Museum
    • The Øresund Aquarium
    • Thorvaldsens Museum

    In addition to all of these amazing attractions, the Copenhagen Card includes unlimited transportation on the metro, s-trains, and regional trains in the following area:

    Copenhagen Card Public Transportation Map

    That means that you can take the train from the airport, in the city, AND out to great day trip destinations like Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castles!

    Finally, the Copenhagen Card includes discounts for a bunch of different things, including Copenhagen Urban Adventures (20% off), City Sightseeing Copenhagen (20% off), and the Hop On Hop Off boats and buses (20% off). Click here to see the full list.

    So is the Copenhagen Card worth it? It’s pretty easy to make it to!

    Click here to buy your Copenhagen Card.

    How much does the Copenhagen Card cost?

    You can buy a Copenhagen Card which lasts for either 24, 48, 72, or 120 hours. Here is a table of the cost for each of the different cards:

    24 hours48 hours72 hours120 hours

    Each adult card also allows you to bring along 2 children under the age of 10 to each attraction for free, so be sure to take account of that before buying any child cards!

    How Much Money I Saved With the Copenhagen Card

    Cute colorful houses in Nyboder Copenhagen

    I’ve been to Copenhagen twice now. The first time, I didn’t get the Copenhagen Card, and the second time I did.

    On my second trip to Copenhagen, we were super strategic with how we used the Copenhagen Card. Though we were there for 4 days, we only bough a 48 hour card, and then did all of the activities we wanted to do that were included on the Copenhagen Card in those 48 hours.

    Here is everything that we did, added up, plus how much we saved.

    Frederiksborg CastleDKK75/€10
    Kronborg CastleDKK145/€19.40
    Tivoli Gardens135DKK/€18
    The Round Tower25DKK/€3.35
    The Theatre Museum40DKK/€5.35
    Design Museum Denmark115DKK/€15.40
    One Day 8 Zone Transport Pass (for castles day trip)160DKK/€21.25
    One Day Copenhagen Transport Pass80DKK/€10.70
    Total price without card775DKK/€103.45
    Total price with card499DKK/€80
    Total Savings276DKK/€23.45

    So, for me, buying the Copenhagen Card was definitely worth it, as I saved more than €23!

    I suspect that if I had got the Copenhagen Card for my first trip, where I also visited quite a few attractions and was staying decently out of the center, so used a lot of public transport, that it would also have been worth it.

    Is the Copenhagen Card Worth it for You?

    Of course, it doesn’t really matter how much I saved. What matters in determining whether the Copenhagen Card is worth it or not is how much you’ll save.

    If you’re planning on going to a lot of museums and other attractions, then the Copenhagen Card is definitely worth it. The more you go to, the more you’ll save!

    If you’re more of a walk around and explore type of person, then the Copenhagen Card might not be worth it for you.

    If you’re not sure if the Copenhagen Card will save you money or not, I suggest listing out all of the things you’d like to see and do and then adding up the admissions prices for them. Add on transport cards for each of the days you’d have the card for, and then compare how much you’d pay as you go vs. how much the Copenhagen Card would be.

    How to Make the Most of The Copenhagen Card

    If you’re planning on buying the Copenhagen Card and making it worth it, then the best way to do so is to do a little bit of planning ahead.

    What I recommend doing is writing down all of the attractions you most want to visit (that are included in the card) and then figuring out an itinerary where you can visit all of those things in the least amount of days. Then, anything you want to do that’s not included in the Copenhagen Card, you can do on other days.

    This way, you’ll only need to buy a Copenhagen Card for, say, two days, rather than your whole stay, which will save you even more money!

    Copenhagen Card Example Itinerary

    For example, if you were spending three days in Copenhagen, you could buy a 48 hour Copenhagen Card, do all of the activities included on the card in the first two days, and then have another day for other activities not included in the card.

    Following the three day Copenhagen itinerary I wrote way back when (and which I highly recommend for first-time visitors to Copenhagen), here’s an example itinerary and how much you’ll save using the Copenhagen Card.

    Day One

    Want to know the best way to get to know Copenhagen? Take a Copenhagen canal tour! Read this post for tips and tricks on how to make the most of your boat tour of Copenhagen.
    Copenhagen Canal Tour95DKK/€12.70
    Design Museum Denmark115DKK/€15.40
    Tivoli Gardens135DKK/€18
    One Day Copenhagen Transport Card80DKK/€10.70
    Total price without card425DKK/€56.80

    Day Two

    Rosenborg Palace120DKK/€16
    Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket115DKK/€15.40
    The Round Tower25DKK/€3.35
    One Day Copenhagen Transport Card80DKK/€10.70
    Total price without card340DKK/€45.45

    So for two days of pretty light activities, the price without the card comes out to 765DKK/€102.25. With the Copenhagen Card, it would be only 499DKK/€80 for a total savings of 266DKK/€22.25. Not too shabby!

    So is the Copenhagen Card worth it? I sure think so!

    Where to Buy the Copenhagen Card

    Alright, so now that you know that the Copenhagen Card is definitely worth it (as long as you’re planning on visiting a few attractions), where do you buy it?

    Well, you can either buy the Copenhagen Card online here, or you can get it at one of the many distribution points throughout the city.

    I highly recommend buying it online ahead of time so you’re ready to go right when you get there!

    How to Use the Copenhagen Card

    Once you do have the Copenhagen Card, it’s super easy to use.

    On Public Transport

    When you first get your Copenhagen Card and are planning on taking your first public transport trip, you’ll find a little spot on the back where you can write your start time.

    Do that, then get on! If you’re on a bus, all you need to do is show the card to the driver as you get on. Otherwise, on trains, you’ll simply need to present the card when asked for your ticket.

    At Attractions

    At attractions, all you need to do is present your Copenhagen Card and they’ll let you through!

    And that’s it for the Copenhagen Card! Hopefully this post answered the question: is the Copenhagen Card worth it? In my opinion, it definitely is.

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    Addie Gray is a recent college grad and a passionate solo female traveler. Having traveled to more than 20 countries, she now shares her knowledge on budget travel, solo female travel, and travel photography.

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