Travel Cost Comparison Denmark vs. Ireland

Denmark or Ireland: which country is more expensive?

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

  • Denmark Prices
    Ireland Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Denmark $142
    Ireland $109
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Denmark $63
    Ireland $55
  • Food Meals for one day
    Denmark $34
    Ireland $32
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    Denmark $0.00
    Ireland $4.05
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Denmark $60
    Ireland $16
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Denmark $44
    Ireland $14
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Denmark $10
    Ireland $14
Should you visit Denmark or Ireland?
Denmark and Ireland are both popular and expensive countries to visit in Europe. Ireland is larger than Denmark but each country has its own interesting culture and atmosphere. In general, Denmark is a more expensive country to visit than Ireland.

Because Denmark is so small, many visitors include it in a longer trip to Scandinavia or Europe and most visitors spend the majority of their time in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is very cosmopolitan city and there is no shortage of things for visitors to see and do. Whether you're interested in history, nightlife, or just soaking up the atmosphere, Copenhagen is a fun place to spend some time.

Ireland is another beautiful country to visit. It is famous for its beautiful countryside and interesting history. The Irish population is often noted to for their welcoming nature, so whether you're in Dublin or visiting a more rural area, it won't be hard to make a friend.
When is the best time to visit Denmark and Ireland?
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 temperature is 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 countries.

Ireland has unpredictable weather that can change several times within the same day. Regardless of when you visit you should come prepared for some rain and pack accordingly. In general, the sunniest months are April, May, and June. July and August are the warmest months, and the southeast area usually sees the most sun. December and January are the rainiest months and weather is usually the dampest along the west coast, which borders the Atlantic Ocean.
Why is Denmark more expensive than Ireland?
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.

Although Ireland is also an expensive country to visit, it is more affordable than Denmark. The cost of living is a bit less and there are a wide variety of hostels, budget hotels, and bed and breakfasts to chose from. Food is also more affordable in Ireland than it is in Denmark.

What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in Denmark and Ireland?
Muckross House, Killarney, Ireland Muckross House, Killarney, Ireland
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 early can help you keep your costs in check.

Ireland is also an expensive country. Dublin has a variety of hostels, budget hotels, and bed and breakfasts to choose from. There are also some great local restaurants that aren't too expensive.

If you want to explore the countryside in Ireland, it is really helpful to have a car. Rental cars can be expensive though, so plan your trip accordingly.
How you can save money when visiting Denmark and Ireland?
Transportation can be expensive in these countries. Buy tickets well in advance and research any discount options that might be available.

Because both Denmark and Ireland are so expensive, it is very helpful to prepare your own meals. Restaurants can be expensive so find a local grocery store and stock up on supplies.

Find accommodation in a central location. Whether you're visiting larger cities like Dublin and Copenhagen, or a smaller towns, having centrally located accommodation can save you a lot of time and money, even if the upfront cost is very expensive.

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