A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Copenhagen vs. Gothenburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Copenhagen and Gothenburg can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Copenhagen or Gothenburg?


Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It has a small town vibe but is still a cosmopolitan city with lots of shopping, culture, and nightlife. It's a very safe and comfortable city that is easy to explore on foot. Copenhagen is the birthplace of many old fairytales, but also has modern, world class architecture and a liberal vibe. The people of Copenhagen are diverse and international. Most residents are Danes, but some come from Germany and Sweden and there are also many Middle Eastern immigrants.


Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with a population of about 500,000. It is located on the western coast at the edge of the Gota River. It's a very friendly and welcoming city with a great vibe. Part of its energy comes from the Gothenburg University, which, with over 60,000 students, is the largest university in the country. Historically, Gothenburg has working class roots which are still apparent today, particularly in the city's harbour area. Recently there has been a growing number of expensive restaurants and cafes, showing that the demographic continues to evolve.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Denmark, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Denmark, The Best 10-Day Tours in Sweden, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Sweden.

Which place is cheaper, Gothenburg or Copenhagen?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Copenhagen is $212, while the average daily cost in Gothenburg is $98. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Copenhagen and Gothenburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copenhagen $91
    Gothenburg $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copenhagen $182
    Gothenburg $80
Compare Hotels in Copenhagen and Gothenburg

Looking for a hotel in Copenhagen or Gothenburg? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Copenhagen

Hotels in Gothenburg

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Copenhagen Hotel Prices and Gothenburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copenhagen $73
    Gothenburg $18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Copenhagen

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Copenhagen:

  • Bicycle Renting

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Copenhagen

Also for Copenhagen, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfers in Copenhagen – to/from airport or hotel: $148
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport: $118
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen city to Fredericia Cruise Port: $170
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Port to Copenhagen hotel/address: $64
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Hotels to Copenhagen Port: $64
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen Port: $105
  • Private Transfer Copenhagen City Center to Kastrup Airport (CPH): $67
  • Private Luxury Van Transfer from Copenhagen Port to Copenhagen: $124
  • Private Direct Transfer From Copenhagen to Malmo: $122
  • Copenhagen hotel/address to Malmö City - Private Arrival Transfer: $129
  • Copenhagen hotel/address to Copenhagen Airport (CPH)- Departure Private Transfer: $105
  • Copenhagen hotel or address to Malmö City - Private Round-Trip Transfer: $258

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gothenburg

Also for Gothenburg, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Umea Private Transfer from Umea city centre to Umea airport: $146
  • Trondheim Vaernes Airport TRD to Are Resort - Round-Trip Transfer: $231
  • Private Transfer from Gothenburg city to Goteborg Cruise Port: $66
  • Private Transfer from Gothenburg Airport (GOT) to Goteborg Port: $51
  • Private Transfer Gothenburg Airport GOT to Gothenburg by Sedan: $104
  • Private Transfer From Gothenburg Landvetter Airport to Gothenburg Hotels: $95
  • Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Departure: $16
  • Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Arrival: $16
  • Gothenburg Airport Transfers : Gothenburg to Airport GOT in Luxury Van: $155
  • Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Goteborg City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $111
  • Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Goteborg City - Arrival Private Transfer: $56
  • Goteborg City to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) - Departure Private Transfer: $56

Is it cheaper to fly into Copenhagen or Gothenburg?

Prices for flights to both Gothenburg and Copenhagen change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Copenhagen $62
    Gothenburg $38
Typical Food Prices in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Hot Dogs

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $35
  • Small Group Guided Food Tour and Street Art Visit to Norrebro: $44
  • Copenhagen Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $125
  • The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour: $148
  • Private Authentic Home Indian Cooking & Dining Experience: $148

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Copenhagen $31
    Gothenburg $15
Typical Entertainment Prices in Copenhagen

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Copenhagen's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Boat Tour
  • Coffee

Tours and Activities in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 3 Hours Tour To Wonderful Copenhagen Highlights: $264
  • 3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen: $66
  • Copenhagen : Highlights Private Bike Tour : $127
  • Light Version Adventures in Forgotten Giants : $144
  • 2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour: $78
  • 2 Hours Copenhagen E-Bike Guided Tours: $78
  • 3 Hour Private Guided Copenhagen Biking Experience: $119
  • 3 Hour Private Guided Copenhagen Walking Tour: $119
  • 3 Hours Small Group Biking Tour in Copenhagen: $83
  • 3-hour Culinary Bike Tour in English: $98
  • 90-minute Private City Highlights Walking Tour in Copenhagen: $252
  • Alternative Nørrebro Bike Tour: $44

Tours and Activities in Gothenburg

For Gothenburg, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2-Days Private Tour in Gothenburg: $300
  • 24h Gothenburg Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour: $33
  • A Half-Day Adventure Inside Khafre's Pyramids in Giza: $32
  • Archipelago Tour with guide Gothenburg: $41
  • Bike Tour Gothenburg, Guided Bicycle Tours: $118
  • City Sightseeing Gothenburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $32
  • Discover Gothenburg - Private Walking Tour: $228
  • Egypt Oasis Adventure Package: $949
  • Eila's Time Travels: A Lycksele Family Walking Tour Game: $7.75
  • Fascinating Gothenburg Walking Tour for Couples: $261
  • Fatbike Experience in Sorsele: $118
  • Gothenburg : Private Walking Tour with A Guide (Private tour): $60

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copenhagen $14
    Gothenburg $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Copenhagen

Also in Copenhagen, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl Copenhagen: $44

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copenhagen and Gothenburg, we can see that Copenhagen is more expensive. And not only is Gothenburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gothenburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gothenburg and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Copenhagen would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Copenhagen than you might in Gothenburg.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Copenhagen Expensive? and Is Gothenburg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Copenhagen or Gothenburg?

Copenhagen has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Gothenburg. When comparing the sizes of Copenhagen and Gothenburg, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg in the Summer?

Both Gothenburg and Copenhagen are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Copenhagen for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Copenhagen is around the same temperature as Gothenburg. Typically, the summer temperatures in Copenhagen in July average around 17°C (63°F), and Gothenburg averages at about 16°C (61°F).

In July, Copenhagen usually receives around the same amount of rain as Gothenburg. Copenhagen gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Gothenburg receives 68 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Copenhagen 17°C (63°F) 
    Gothenburg 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg in the Autumn?

Both Gothenburg and Copenhagen during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Copenhagen in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Copenhagen is generally a little warmer than Gothenburg. Daily temperatures in Copenhagen average around 10°C (50°F), and Gothenburg fluctuates around 9°C (47°F).

Copenhagen usually gets less rain in October than Gothenburg. Copenhagen gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Gothenburg receives 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Copenhagen 10°C (50°F) 
    Gothenburg 9°C (47°F)

Should I visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Copenhagen and Gothenburg. Most visitors come to Copenhagen for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

The weather in Gothenburg can be very cold. Copenhagen can be very cold during winter. Copenhagen is much warmer than Gothenburg in the winter. The daily temperature in Copenhagen averages around 1°C (33°F) in January, and Gothenburg fluctuates around -2°C (29°F).

In January, Copenhagen usually receives less rain than Gothenburg. Copenhagen gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Gothenburg receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Copenhagen 1°C (33°F) 
    Gothenburg -2°C (29°F)

Should I visit Copenhagen or Gothenburg in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Copenhagen as well as Gothenburg. The spring months attract visitors to Copenhagen because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Copenhagen is a little warmer than Gothenburg. Typically, the spring temperatures in Copenhagen in April average around 7°C (45°F), and Gothenburg averages at about 5°C (41°F).

Copenhagen usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Gothenburg. Copenhagen gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Gothenburg receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Copenhagen 7°C (45°F) 
    Gothenburg 5°C (41°F)

Typical Weather for Gothenburg and Copenhagen

Copenhagen Gothenburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 1°C (33°F) 51 mm (2 in) -2°C (29°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) -2°C (29°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 3°C (37°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 1°C (34°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 5°C (41°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 16°C (61°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jul 17°C (63°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Aug 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 10°C (50°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 9°C (47°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Nov 6°C (42°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 4°C (38°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Dec 2°C (36°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 0°C (32°F) 75 mm (3 in)