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

Should you visit Riga or Copenhagen?

Should I visit Riga 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.

Riga

Riga is the vibrant capital city of Latvia. It continues to gain popularity as a tourist destination in part because it is the base for the airline Air Baltic. This affordable airline offers discount flights around Europe and most of these flights pass through Riga with a forced overnight layover. This encourages travelers to visit this fascinating city for at least a night or two.

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 Riga?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Riga is €82, 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 Riga and Copenhagen in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €42. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Riga the cost is €84 on average.

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
    Riga 42
    Copenhagen 68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Copenhagen 136

Food

Riga food costs typically run travelers around €26 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

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
    Riga 26
    Copenhagen 48
Typical Food prices in Riga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Riga are as follows:


  • Fast Food Lunch
    5.77

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Riga

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Riga.

  • Private Guided Virtual Food Tour of Riga: $12
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102

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

The average price of local transportation around Riga is €12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

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.
    Riga 12
    Copenhagen 56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Transfer service Riga airport: $37
  • Taxi Transfer: $42
  • Riga to Vilnius transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Riga to Tallinn transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Riga Tank Ride - 2 Hours - Guided with Return Transfers: $1,192
  • Riga Return Airport Transfer: $66
  • Riga Party Bus Airport Transfer: $382
  • Riga Limo Airport Transfer: $133
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $54
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $54
  • Riga (Sigulda) Winter Bobsleigh "Olympic + Vuchko" Ride - Guided with Transfers: $199
  • Private transfer from Riga to Vilnius via Rundale palace and Hill of crosses: $169

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
  • Copenhagen hotel/address to Copenhagen Port - Private Car Transfer: $70
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Copenhagen Hotels to Copenhagen Airport: $71
  • Private Departure Transfer from Copenhagen City to CPH Copenhagen Airport: $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $86
  • Copenhagen hotel/address to Malmö City - Private Car Transfer: $91
  • Copenhagen hotel/address to Copenhagen Airport (CPH)- Departure Private Transfer: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Port in Luxury Van: $97
  • Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Roskilde Airport (RKE)- Departure Private Transfer: $112
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car: $118
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Business Car: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Luxury Car: $125

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Copenhagen?

Prices for flights to both Copenhagen and Riga 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

Riga's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €17 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

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.
    Riga 17
    Copenhagen 23

Tours and Activities in Riga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Riga are as follows:

  • "Best of Riga" 6-hour Private Car & Walking Tour: $373
  • 2 Day Gastronomy Tour In Latgale: $267
  • 2 Day Gauja National Park Tour: $199
  • 2 Day Kurzeme Winery Tour: $224
  • ATV-QUAD rent and guided tours: $48
  • All Inclusive Honest History Tour - Āraiši, Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda: $248
  • Alternative Riga Photoshoot Tour: $49
  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Art Nouveau Small Group Walking Tour of Riga: $193
  • Beer Bike Experience: $45
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems: $31
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Regular Walking tours: $25

Typical Entertainment prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Boat Tour
    8.06
  • Coffee
    13

Tours and Activities in Copenhagen

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

  • Experience The Little Mermaid's story in Copenhagen: $7.35
  • Little Mermaid Charming Game and Tour: $12
  • Copenhagen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Copenhagen Old City Train Tours: $14
  • Skip the Line: Tivoli Gardens Admission Ticket: $22
  • Trail Running Adventure from Nørreport Station: $27
  • Skip The Line: Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen: $29
  • Skip the Line: Tivoli Gardens 1-Day Unlimited Rides Ticket: $41
  • Skip the Line: Tivoli Gardens 1-Day Unlimited Rides Ticket PLUS: $50
  • Private Danish Market Tour With a Local Expert in Copenhagen: $57
  • GAILY TOUR in COPENHAGEN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $224
  • Private Walking Grand Tour of Copenhagen: $311

Alcohol

The average person spends about €16 on alcoholic beverages in Riga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Copenhagen 10

Sample the Local Flavors in Riga

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

  • Pub Crawl in Riga: $37
  • Pub Crawl- Your best night out in Riga with our local guide!: $47
  • Riga Public Pub Crawl: $60
  • Riga Happy Hour Pub Crawl: $64
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Beer Killer Bar Crawl: $83
  • Riga Wine Tasting Session: $115
  • Gauja National Park Tour: Castles and Wine Tasting: $149
  • Culinary, Historic and Wine Tour to Sigulda and Cesis: $224
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting In Riga: $380
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting in Riga: $765


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

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