When you arrive in a capital city anywhere in the world, there is always someone wanting to sell you a card to see the attractions. The hard thing to work out, is whether it is a huge waste of money or if it’s really going to save you money, time and the hassle of buying tickets at each attraction.
Being the person I am, I wanted all the answers before buying a Copenhagen Card. The problem was I wasn’t exactly sure where we wanted to visit. The months leading up to our departure from Australia were frantic to say the least. Not only were we preparing to do major renovations to our house which would start while we were away, but we also moved house the week before flying out (possibly the dumbest idea I’ve ever had!)
Lucky for me, this was my fourth visit to Denmark but it was also the boy’s first visit so there were a lot of places we needed to see. We had one week up our sleeve to discover the best of the city and it’s surrounding area now to work out what to do.
One thing that really surprised me with the Copenhagen Card was how many attractions were included. There were 73 museums and other attractions with free entry, plus others with discounted entry or purchases.
A great bonus of having the cards for us was you could use public transport (bus, waterbus, train and metro) for free. It meant you didn’t have to buy a ticket each time you used public transport (which can be a challenge in itself) and no need to worry about validating at the station.
Was the Copenhagen Card worth it?
For our family, the simple answer was YES. Why?
We purchased two adult cards and because the boys were aged between 0 and 9 years, they were free and included on our tickets. You can actually have two children free on each adult card, which is great if you have a large family of little ones. It’s also a great system because the card doesn’t record the child’s name so no adult is stuck with a particular child every time.
We purchased the 120 hour card for 839DKK each which converts to just over $150 Australian per card. A total of 1678DKK.
We visited the following attractions:
- Canal tour (240DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- Frederiksborg Castle (190DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- Kronborg Castle (180DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- The Round Tower (60DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- Rosenborg (220DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- Roskilde Cathedral (120DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
- Tivoli Gardens (360DKK 2 adults + 2 children)
There are a few other attractions we wanted to visit but were just too exhausted to do so after 4 weeks on the road.
If we’d paid for the attractions individually we would have paid 1,370DKK. On top of that the cost for train tickets for the five days would have been 720DKK for the four of us.
So in the end we would have paid 2090DKK without the card but with the Copenhagen Card we managed to save 412 DKK or around $80 Australian. It was also a lot simpler and less stressful to use than having to pay for everything separately.
- You can purchase your card online before you leave home (great if you’re super organised), when you arrive at the Copenhagen airport (not so great if you just sat on a plane with kids for 24 hours), or at the main train station in Copenhagen when you are all feeling a little more human. At the main train station we were surprised to find the ticket booth located with Lost and Found!! Go figure.
- If you are only after a 24 or 48 hour card you can get them from many 7 Elevens and even some hotels. Check the Copenhagen Card website.
- The cards start the moment you first use it and will finish in exactly 24 hours, 48 hours – whatever hour amount you purchased. Make sure you enter the attraction before the time runs out. It’s okay if it runs out while you are in the attraction.
- Always have the card ready to show inspectors on trains and buses etc. We had ours checked nearly every day.
If you are heading to Copenhagen, the best idea is to take a look at the Copenhagen Card website and use their “How much do you save” guide by clicking on the attractions you want to go to and it will tell you how much you will save (or not save).
I hope this has helped. Take a look at some of the other stories on visiting Denmark with the family on Travels with Boys.