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

Should you visit Lisbon or Copenhagen?

Should I visit Lisbon or Copenhagen? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Lisbon

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination. The cultural scene has come to life in recent years and the city itself is stunningly beautiful. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of hills that create a dramatic and scenic layout. The city has many white-bleached limestone buildings, narrow alleyways, and a laidback charm that appeals to visitors.

Copenhagen

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.

Which city is cheaper, Copenhagen or Lisbon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lisbon is €103, while the average daily cost in Copenhagen is €159. 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 Lisbon and Copenhagen in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €92 in Lisbon For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around €136 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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lisbon 46
    Copenhagen 68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lisbon 92
    Copenhagen 136

Food

In Lisbon travelers spend around €33 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.

The price of a meal in Copenhagen can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €48 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €19 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Lisbon 33
    Copenhagen 48
Typical Food prices in Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Wine & Dine Food Tour: $22
  • History and Flavors Half-Day Food Tour: $29
  • Virtual Portuguese Cooking Lesson: $31
  • Live Online Cooking Class from Pastel de Nata with Filipa: $39
  • Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner: $40
  • Bohemian dinner party on a beautiful rooftop near the coast: $42
  • 3-Hour Self-Guided Locals' Food Tour: $48
  • The magic of Pasteis de Nata cooking class in Lisbon: $53
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Lisbon: $54
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $55
  • Zero-Waste Cooking Workshop: $56
  • Withlocals Your Way: Lisbon Personalised Private Food Tour: $56

Typical Food prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Hot Dogs
    13

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: $94
  • Traditional Nordic and Danish Cooking Class with an Expert Local: $97
  • Sweden Daytrip: Food Tour to Malmö: $1,724

Local Transportation

Lisbon's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €19 per person, per day on transportation in Lisbon.

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 €56 on transportation in Copenhagen on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Copenhagen 56
Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Lisbon:


  • Taxi Ride
    6.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Óbidos Nazaré Alcobaça Batalha Fatima Private Transfer From Lisbon to Coimbra: $280
  • Transfers from/to Lisbon Airport to: Fátima Nazaré Alcobaça Óbidos Tomar Leiria: $203
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon-Algarve (Center Cities): $625
  • Transfer/Transport: $45
  • Transfer to Povoa do Varzim: $591
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lisbon City to Airport: $18
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lisbon City to Airport: $22
  • Transfer in Lisbon: $50
  • Transfer from Sintra-Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $84
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Óbidos (And Vice Versa): $245
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Évora (And Vice Versa): $228
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Vilamoura or Quarteira: $398

Typical Local Transportation prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Bicycle Renting
    58

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: $8.71
  • Round Trip Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) Transfer to Copenhagen City Center: $155
  • Private Departure Transfer from Copenhagen City to CPH Copenhagen Airport: $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $136
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Luxuy Van: $142
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Business Car: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Minibus: $266
  • Departure Private Transfer from Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Port in Minibus: $200
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Port in Luxury Van: $97
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Luxury Car: $125
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Lisbon or Copenhagen?

Prices for flights to both Copenhagen and Lisbon 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lisbon can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €19 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Copenhagen, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €23 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Copenhagen 23

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Évora Private Tour from Lisbon: $326
  • Évora and Arraiolos - 8 Hour Private Tour: $54
  • Évora and Estremoz: Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon: $388
  • Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon: $315
  • Óbidos Experience: $40
  • Óbidos, Alcobaça, Batalha & Nazare Private Tour: $121
  • 10 Days Private Tour in Portugal from Lisbon: $2,476
  • 10 Hour Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Highlights: $213
  • 12-Day Portugal and Andalucia Tour from Madrid: $1,595
  • 2 Day Street Art Private Tour from Lisbon: $933
  • 2 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $682
  • 2 Days Tour to Heart of Serra da Estrela from Lisbon: $398

Typical Entertainment prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Boat Tour
    8.07
  • Coffee
    13

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: $578
  • Copenhagen 3 hrs Private Panoramic Tour: $482
  • Copenhagen City Highlights Private Tour & Christiansborg Palace: $908
  • Copenhagen Highlights and Torvehallerne Market Private Tour: $578
  • Copenhagen Old City Train Tours: $14
  • Copenhagen Private Walking Tour: $323
  • Copenhagen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Little Mermaid Charming Game and Tour: $12
  • Experience The Little Mermaid's story in Copenhagen: $7.35
  • Explore Copenhagen - the Capital of Denmark on Private Tour!: $417
  • GAILY TOUR in COPENHAGEN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $224
  • Grand Panoramic Private Tour in Copenhagen: $885

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Lisbon spend on average €14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Copenhagen spend on average €10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lisbon 14
    Copenhagen 10

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lisbon:

  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $17
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl with Free Drinks: $18
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $18
  • Lisbon 4-Hour Pub Crawl: $18
  • Alternative Pub Crawl with a Local Guide: $28
  • 3-Hour Portuguese History & Flavors Food & Wine Tour: $30
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $44
  • From Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon: $58
  • From Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida: $61
  • Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting: $64
  • Private Full-Day Arrábida Park and Wine Tour: $67


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lisbon and Copenhagen, we can see that Copenhagen is more expensive. And not only is Lisbon much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lisbon would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lisbon 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 Lisbon.

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