Travel Cost Comparison Denmark vs. Germany

Denmark or Germany: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Germany 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 $165
    Germany $125
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Denmark $75
    Germany $63
  • Food Meals for one day
    Denmark $41
    Germany $33
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    Denmark $0.00
    Germany $2.43
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Denmark $64
    Germany $19
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Denmark $48
    Germany $22
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Denmark $11
    Germany $13
Should you visit Denmark or Germany?
Denmark and Germany are very different countries, but each has something interesting to offer visitors. Despite its small size, Denmark is a very expensive country to visit. If you're short on time but not money, then Denmark is the better option. Germany is quite large, but more affordable, so if you have plenty of time and less money, then Germany is probably the way to go.

Most visitors to Denmark spend the majority of their time in Copenhagen. The city is very cosmopolitan and international, and there's no shortage of sights and attractions for visitors. Whether you're interested in history, nightlife, or just soaking up the atmosphere, Copenhagen is a fun place to spend some time. Because of its small size, many visitors choose to include a trip to Denmark into a longer trip to Scandinavia or Europe.

Germany is a much larger country with diverse landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, and charming towns. Despite its large size, it is a very efficient country to visit. Trains and buses are reliable and run like clockwork. The cities are very clean and modern and the facilities are comfortable. If you hope to explore Germany in great depth, it's worth having more time. There are so many places worth visiting, even with the efficient transportation, you'll need a lot to time to really soak up the country.
When is the best time to visit Denmark and Germany?
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. As fall arrives, many places begin to shorten their hours.

July is a holiday month for many Danes, who head to the countryside on vacation. These areas see their heaviest crowds during this time, but they still don't experience the intense crowds that you might experience in other European countries.

Germany is a beautiful country to visit year around, but temperatures are most comfortable and crowds less intense during the spring and fall seasons. These shoulder seasons are good options if you don't want to pay peak prices and wish to avoid the heaviest crowds.

Winter is also a beautiful time to visit Germany. In general, prices tend to be a bit cheaper during this season, but hotels that are frequented by business travelers may not see much of a discount. Plane tickets are often more affordable during the winter months as well. The one exception is during the holiday season which is a popular time to visit Germany.
Why is Denmark more expensive than Germany?
Denmark, like much of Scandinavia, is a very expensive part of Europe to visit. 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 Germany is not a cheap place to visit, it does have a wide range of accommodation options including hostels and very budget hotels. This diversity of facilities means that even the most budget travelers can likely find an affordable place to stay.
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in Denmark and Germany?
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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.

In Germany, cities like Berlin can be a bit more expensive than the countryside to visit. Even so, some smaller towns may have a shortage of budget accommodation options, so you may end up paying more for a room than you originally expected.
How you can save money when visiting Denmark and Germany?
Transportation is expensive in both Denmark and Germany countries. Buy tickets well in advance and research any discount options that might be available.

Because Denmark is so expensive, it is a great place to prepare your own meals. Restaurants can be expensive so find a local grocery store and plan to prepare your own meals.

Germany is a large country, so transportation costs can be high. If you travel to less cities you'll keep your costs in check and be able to explore the places you do visit in more detail.

Germany has a variety of affordable food options. There are often food stands where you can buy bratwurst or other local favorites for a fraction of the price of eating in a sit down restaurant.

There is no shortage of accommodation options in Germany. There are a wide variety of hostels, guesthouses, and budget hotels, so you should have no trouble finding an affordable place to stay, particularly if you book well in advance.

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