Travel Cost Comparison Denmark vs. Belgium

Denmark or Belgium: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Belgium and Denmark examines average prices across multiple categories. Please visit each country's individual budget page for more detailed information.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Denmark $166
    Belgium $125
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Denmark $75
    Belgium $60
  • Food Meals for one day
    Denmark $42
    Belgium $38
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    Denmark $0.00
    Belgium $3.27
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Denmark $65
    Belgium $16
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Denmark $46
    Belgium $12
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Denmark $11
    Belgium $12
Should you visit Denmark or Belgium?
Denmark and Belgium are both small countries with a few popular highlights that attract tourists. In Denmark, the most popular destination is Copenhagen. The city is very cosmopolitan and international, and there's a lot of sights and attractions for tourists. Whether you're interested in history, nightlife, or just soaking up the atmosphere, Copenhagen is a fun place to spend some time. It's often possible to include a trip to Denmark into a longer trip to Scandinavia or Europe. Many visitors pass through the country when exploring other areas.

In Belgium, the most popular destination is Brussels. Because of Belgium's small size, it's also relatively easy to integrate a trip to Belgium in to a trip to other parts of Europe. One great perk about visiting Belgium is that you can pick one base, and explore the country with several great day trips. The transportation network is excellent and if you don't want to spend a lot of time packing and unpacking, then this is the way to go.

Denmark is a notoriously expensive country to visit. If your budget is tight, then you'll find Belgium to be a more affordable place to visit.
When is the best time to visit Denmark and Belgium?
Nyhavn Harbour, Old Town Copenhagan Nyhavn Harbour, Old Town Copenhagan
Like most Scandinavian countries, Denmark is best visited during the months of June, July, and August. This is when the weather is the warmest and the tourist facilities are opened and fully operational. By fall many places start to shorten their hours.

July is a holiday month for many Danes, who head to the countryside. These areas are most crowded during this month, but they still don't experience the intense crowds that you might experience in other European countries.

Belgium is a great country to visit anytime between April and October. There are a variety of music festivals during this time and the weather is quite pleasant. The crowds usually peak during the months of July and August, which is also when the prices are the highest.
Why is Denmark more expensive than Belgium?
Denmark is known for its high cost of living and its high quality of life. The currency is the Danish krone and the exchange rate can impact how far your money goes. In general, hotels and hostels are quite expensive, as is food.

Belgium remains a bit less popular with visitors than some countries in Europe, so there are still good deals to be found. It's also possible to base yourself in one place and explore the country with day trips, which can be an affordable way to experience Belgium. In general, the country's small size makes it very accessible and easy to explore in a short amount of time.
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in Denmark and Belgium?
Guildhalls in Grand Place, Brussels Guildhalls in Grand Place, Brussels
Copenhagen is the most popular, and most expensive place to visit in Denmark. Because Denmark is such a small country, most visitors spend the majority of their time in Copenhagen. Everything from food to accommodation can be expensive. Making reservations well in advance and booking any train or ferry tickets can help you keep your costs in check.

Prices in Belgium are relatively consistent throughout. It's possible to find affordable hostels in most cities and towns, and there are a variety of restaurants with reasonable prices as well. Travel times are also quite short within Belgium, so the cost of traveling between locations is reasonable.
How you can save money when visiting Denmark and Belgium?
Cooking your own meals is a great way to save some money. In particular, eating out in Denmark can be quite expensive. Instead, skip the expensive restaurant and head to a local grocery store. If you do want to try some interesting restaurants, eat out for lunch when prices are more reasonable.

Belgium can be explored through a series of day trips. Pick a base and then spend some time in nearby towns. This will give you a feel for the country in a shorter amount of time.

Look for local discounts and deals before you arrive. There are often online resources that will list activities going on around time, many of which are free. This can be a great way to see the local culture without paying a fortune.

Don't feel like you have to see every sight and attraction. Pick the places that interest you the most and then spend time just wandering around the city and soaking up the atmosphere.

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