Should you visit Copenhagen or Vienna?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Copenhagen and Vienna can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. It has a population of over 1.7 million and is a cultural, political and economic center for the country. The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some complain that it feels more like a museum than a real city. Outside of the historical center though, is a young and vibrant city with a huge music scene, many street performers, and eclectic and fun restaurants and nightclubs.
Which city is cheaper, Vienna or Copenhagen?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Copenhagen is $183, while the average daily cost in Vienna is $130. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Copenhagen and Vienna in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $158 for a double occupancy room in Copenhagen If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The prices for places to stay in Vienna can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $77, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $154.
The price of a meal in Copenhagen can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $55 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $22 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
In Vienna travelers spend around $30 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Copenhagen
For Copenhagen, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Copenhagen
For Copenhagen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Private Copenhagen Street Food Tour with a Local Foodie:
Traditional Nordic and Danish Cooking Class with an Expert Local:
Sweden Daytrip: Food Tour to Malmö:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vienna
For Vienna, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Lipizzaner Special Admission Ticket:
Vienna Small-Group Food Tour of Naschmarkt:
Naschmarkt Food Tour:
Naschmarkt Guided Food Tour:
3-Course Evening Dinner Cruise:
Skip the Line: Austrian Dinner Show Ticket in Vienna:
Empress Sisi Sightseeing Combo in Vienna Including Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, Dinner and Orangery Concert:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Copenhagen than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $64 on transportation in Copenhagen on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Vienna than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $17 on transportation in Vienna on average per day.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Copenhagen
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Copenhagen:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Copenhagen
Also for Copenhagen, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Copenhagen Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Copenhagen Airport:
Round Trip Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) Transfer to Copenhagen City Center:
Private Departure Transfer from Copenhagen City to CPH Copenhagen Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH):
Private Airport Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH):
Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Luxuy Van:
Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer from Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Port in Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Port in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Luxury Car:
Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Vienna
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Vienna:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vienna
Also for Vienna, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Winter in European Alps: Private Scenic Transfers Vienna ↔ Ski Resort:
Zoo Visit with Private Transfers & Tickets:
Vienna International (VIE) Airport Private Transfer:
Sightseeing Transfer to Prague via Cesky Krumlov:
Private Transfer to/from Vienna Airport (VIE):
Melk Abbey and Salzburg Trip with Private Transfer:
Vienna → Salzburg - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer:
Vienna → Munich - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer:
Vienna → Budapest - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer:
Vienna to Prague - Private Transfer with 2 hours of Sightseeing:
Vienna to Budapest: Private Wine and Sightseeing Tour (One-Way Transfer):
Vienna to Budapest - Private Transfer with 2 hours of Sightseeing:
Is it cheaper to fly into Copenhagen or Vienna?
Prices for flights to both Vienna 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Copenhagen, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $26 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Vienna, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $35 per day, per person.
Typical Entertainment prices in Copenhagen
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Copenhagen's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Copenhagen
For Copenhagen, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Best of Copenhagen Private Tour:
Copenhagen 3 hrs Private Panoramic Tour:
Copenhagen City Highlights Private Tour & Christiansborg Palace:
Copenhagen Highlights and Torvehallerne Market Private Tour:
Copenhagen Old City Train Tours:
Copenhagen Private Walking Tour:
Copenhagen Self-Guided Audio Tour:
Copenhagen Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local:
1-Hour Canal Cruise from Ved Stranden or Nyhavn:
2-Hour City Walking Tour:
2-hour “Hidden Gems” Canal Tour:
4-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour:
Tours and Activities in Vienna
For Vienna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
"The Third Man" Film Location Tour:
( Night Tour ) With Private Guide + wine or prosecco:
13 hours Private Full-Day Prague Tour from Vienna:
2day private tour of wine region in Czech Republic from Vienna:
6-Day Private Tour of Slovakia's Top National Parks from Vienna:
7 Day Rail Tour - Austria:
7-Day Highlights of Slovakia Tour from Vienna:
Alpine Panoramic Private Tour to Salzburg and Hallstatt incl. Admont from Vienna:
Austrian Lakes and Salzburg Full Day Private Tour from Vienna:
Authentic Experience: When in Vienna, do as the Viennese do!:
Backstage Classical Music Tour:
Best of Vienna City Tour:
Typically, people visiting Copenhagen spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Vienna spend on average $16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Vienna
Also in Vienna, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
CLASSICAL TOUR Individual cellar tour with audio guide and 1 free wine tasting:
City Center Pub Crawl:
Local Wine Tasting in a Historic Roman Wine Cellar:
From Half-day Countryside Wine Tour with Meal:
Winery and Wine Tasting Tour with a Wine Expert:
Romantic Old Vienna City Walk and Wine Tasting:
Private tour to Lednice castle and chateau Valtice with wine tasting from Vienna:
Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copenhagen and Vienna, we can see that Copenhagen is more expensive. And not only is Vienna much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Vienna would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Vienna 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 Vienna.
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