Should You Get A Copenhagen Card?
There were many things we considered to answer the question … should you get a Copenhagen Card?
We were in Copenhagen for many days and many of the things we wanted to visit were included on the Copenhagen Card. It was also great that the Copenhagen Card covered public transit. This worked for us since our hotel was out of the downtown area. But we would have saved time if we made that decision early and picked up our card when we landed at the airport.
Did we save money? Even if we did not save money, were there other benefits? Check out the post and find out.
Consider A Copenhagen Card In Advance
Take a look at a Copenhagen Card before you leave home. How many days are you visiting? How many days do you want to spend touring? Does it cover the things you want to see and do in Copenhagen? If it makes sense, get a Copenhagen Card and pick it up at the airport.
If you pick up your card at the airport, you won’t need to wander around to get your card. And you will have access to public transit right away. We didn’t do enough homework in advance and didn’t get a Copenhagen Card at the airport. Unfortunately our hotel ran out of the cards we wanted. So it meant we paid for a time consuming train ride to pick up our card at the Central Train Station.
The Copenhagen Card covered a lot of things to see and do in Copenhagen. It also provided access to a significant number of things outside of the city. The broad public transit network of buses, subways and trains was included for all zones. You can travel quite far on your card.
We were in Copenhagen for 5 days. The first two days were rainy and we used the time to recover from travel and jet lag. So we decided on a 72 hour pass. This gave us access to sites over 72 full hours. Make sure to not start the time on your card until you use it the first time. The 72 hour pass gave us an entrance to each site as well for each of the 3 days the pass was valid. So if we found a favourite site, we could go back another day.
Even though we were quite busy on the 3 days we toured Copenhagen, we still did not see everything that we planned to see. We only stayed inside of Copenhagen and did not make it to several sights outside of Copenhagen that we wanted to visit.
Did we get value from the Copenhagen Card?
We Used the Copenhagen Card A Lot For Public Transit
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Towers outside of Copenhagen near to the airport. As loyal IHG Rewards members, we accumulated points whenever we travelled. While the hotel was out of town, the station for both the train and the subway was a few minutes walk from the hotel. It was quick and easy to get into Copenhagen. If not inexpensive!
We used the Copenhagen card a lot for public transit. We paid for our first train trip into the city to get our card. But after that we took buses, subways and trains into and around Copenhagen. If we didn’t have the Copenhagen Card we would have needed multi-day transit passes.
The Copenhagen public transit access included all zones. The routes ran over to Malmo, Sweden close to where we stayed. We could also take the train to the Helsinger station quite north of Copenhagen. From there there was a ferry to Helsingborg in Sweden. There were many sites on the Copenhagen Pass that were quite far out of town but all were accessible by public transit.
The Copenhagen Card Provided Free Entry To A Number Of Sites
There were a large number of sites available for free with the Copenhagen Card. If the weather was bad when you visited, there were lots of choices for indoor spots to visit. If you are interested in museums or art galleries, there were a large number included on the Copenhagen Card.
We had several sites we wanted to visit with the Copenhagen Card in the central area of Copenhagen. We learned about the royal palace history on a tour of the ruins beneath Christiansborg Palace.
The museum at Amelienborg provided information on the royal family tree and a broad display of royal artifacts.
A walk up the Round Tower gave us an awesome panoramic view of Copenhagen.
We toured the inside of the Rosenborg Castle. Each room provided yet one more stunning sight. A trip down to the Treasury got us a glimpse of the treasures and crown jewels. This was something we highly recommended on a visit to Copenhagen.
We Missed Many Things We Planned To Do
We wandered in the Botanical Gardens before we went to the Rosenborg Castle. Staying outside on the grounds, we did not visit inside the Palm House. The cost of this would have been covered by our Copenhagen Card.
There were several sites that we targeted to visit but just ran out of time. We prioritized seeing the ruins under the Christiansborg Palace but never returned to tour inside the palace. The Aquarium was located close to our hotel out by the airport but was closed one of the days we were in Copenhagen. We thought we might visit on our last morning but didn’t. We also missed climbing the tower of the Church of Our Saviour when the lines were too long.
A night visit to Tivoli was on our list of things to do. But after a long day touring, we just couldn’t make the trip back into the city for a late night visit. We missed seeing the Planetarium as well. Either more stamina or better planning were needed to see everything that was covered by the Copenhagen Card!
Canal Tours Were Included On The Copenhagen Card
When we got a Copenhagen Card, we saw there were a number of water tours included. Within the main part of Copenhagen, tours were available from either Canal Tours Copenhagen or the Netto Boats. We enjoyed our tour of the canals of Copenhagen. There was much to see along the route.
We took canal tours with both of the companies on two separate days. The routes were quite similar but the weather and time of day were different. So we caught a few different views.
Head Out Of Copenhagen
When we got a Copenhagen Card, there were many sites outside of the main city of Copenhagen to enjoy. We wanted to head out of town for the boat tour around the Fredericksborg Castle. This was touted as “Denmark’s most beautiful nautical mile”. We also wanted to head north and tour the Kronberg Castle and the Nautical Museum. The weather was rainy for several of the days on our stay in Copenhagen and we just finally ran out of time.
The train or subway went out of Copenhagen to visit these and many more sites. But we needed to plan for longer transportation times. If we headed north to Helsinger station we could even take a ferry and go to Helsingborg in Sweden.
Should You Get A Copenhagen Card?
Here is the summary of costs for the Copenhagen Card:
Copenhagen Card 72 Hour Card Cost 659 DKK (about $140 CND)
Value Received 560 DKK
Missed Value 278.50 DKK (things we easily could have used the card for)
As you can see from this and the detailed analysis below, it did not really make financial sense for us to get a Copenhagen Card for the things we did. If we used it for the things where we easily could have on this trip, we would have more than broken even. If we visited the other things that we wanted to, we would have been far ahead in value. It was easy to see how we could have saved money on a visit to Copenhagen.
But even without a total financial benefit, there was a convenience factor with the Copenhagen Card. Since there was so much available, the card would not have limited us much in visiting almost anything we wanted to see in Copenhagen.
Detailed Look At The Costs
The below table provides a summary of the costs we would have paid without the Copenhagen Card.
A Few Tips
1) Use The Copenhagen Card For Transportation
If you stay close to the centre of Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Card may not have as much value to you for transportation. You can still use it for transit inside the city and for trains to head to outer locations. Since our train trip from our hotel was so expensive, we got a lot of value in transportation. But we also could have looked at a transit pass.
2) Buying The Copenhagen Card Gets Cheaper For Longer Stays
If you are in Copenhagen for a longer stay, it may make sense to take the 5 day pass. The incremental cost is quite low to go from 3 to 5 days. This was particularly true if we wanted to visit some of the sites outside of Copenhagen or if we wanted to take our time at the sites.
3) Are You Visiting Over A Monday?
If you are in Copenhagen over a Monday, make sure you check on what is closed on Monday. A lot of the indoor sites were not open on Monday.
4) Long Days To Visit All The Sights
Be prepared for long busy days to use your Copenhagen Pass to visit places. You need to transit between spots. Lines were not busy when we visited but that should also be factored into the time to visit a site. It was not clear how many of the sites gave priority entrance with a Copenhagen Pass. Plan for a few sites per day if you really want to do more than just snap pics as you go.
5) Enjoy Several Canal Boat Tours
The canal boat tours were a great thing to do with the Copenhagen Card. We could do one per day for each day of the pass and on two different boat lines. But the tours took an hour and only ran hourly. So plan for 2 hours for each canal boat trip.
6) Use The Copenhagen Card App
Load the Copenhagen Card app on your smart phone. When we gave the app location access, the map helped us navigate to the next spot on our list. We favourited sites and created our tour list. The description for each site was brief but it included a few pictures and public transit information to get to the site. We did not need to be online to get value from using the app as we toured around Copenhagen.
7) Visit More Than Once
For each day covered by the Copenhagen Card, you get one entrance to each site. For for a 72 hour card, we could visit each site three times. This is great if you want to go back and explore more.
8) Line Ups May Not Be Avoided
For the sites we visited, there was no fast pass access with the Copenhagen Card. It was not crowded when we visited Copenhagen, so this was not an issue. But if the city is busy, line up times would need to be factored into selecting the sights to visit and the time to be there. Line ups will slow your travel day!
Things To Consider Before You Get A Copenhagen Card
We hope this helps you to consider a few things before you get a Copenhagen Card. We found it helped us get around and see many things on our visit to Copenhagen! It might have been a bit cheaper to pay for things as we went. But it was easy to see far more than we did and make the card much more valuable.
Did you get a Copenhagen Card? Did it make financial sense for you?
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