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

Should you visit Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen?

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

Should I visit Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen?

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a beautiful city that sits on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea. Its historical city center is threaded with canals and architecturally impressive buildings, leaving little doubt as to why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest city in Russia, but perhaps a favorite among travelers. The metropolitan area has a population of over 5 million as well as an impressive culture with fascinating museums, restaurants, and architecture. The city has no shortage of sights and attractions, and many days can be passed while you wander its intricate streets.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Denmark, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Denmark.


Which place is cheaper, Copenhagen or Saint Petersburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Saint Petersburg is $64, while the average daily cost in Copenhagen is $211. 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 Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Saint Petersburg $36
    Copenhagen $91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Saint Petersburg $72
    Copenhagen $182
Compare Hotels in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen

Looking for a hotel in Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen? 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 Saint Petersburg


Hotels in Copenhagen


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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Saint Petersburg $7.38
    Copenhagen $72
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Saint Petersburg

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


  • Metro Passes
    $1.36

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Bicycle Renting
    $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Copenhagen

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

  • Private transfer to/from hotel from/to airport Copenhagen: $145
  • Private transfer Kastrup Airport (CPH) to Copenhagen City Center : $67
  • Private Transfers in Copenhagen – to/from airport or hotel: $146
  • Private Transfer: Cruise Port to Copenhagen Airport CPH: $130
  • Private Transfer from Roskilde Airport (RKE) to Copenhagen Port: $61
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Port to Copenhagen hotel/address: $63
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Hotels to Copenhagen Airport: $67
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen CPH to Copenhagen Port by Sedan: $123
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen Port: $104
  • Private Transfer from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Fredericia Port: $168
  • Private Transfer Copenhagen City Center to Kastrup Airport (CPH): $67
  • Private Transfer Copenhagen Airport CPH to Copenhagen by Sedan: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen?

Prices for flights to both Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Saint Petersburg $19
    Copenhagen $62
Typical Food Prices in Saint Petersburg

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.67

Typical Food Prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Hot Dogs
    $14

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 with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $34
  • Food Tour in Multi-Cultural Nørrebro District: $92
  • Copenhagen Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $125
  • The Copenhagen Culinary Experience Food Tour: $148
  • Private Authentic Home Indian Cooking & Dining Experience: $148
  • Small-Group Gourmet Evening Walking Tour of Copenhagen with Market Visit and Dinner: $155
  • The 10 Tastings of Copenhagen Private Food Tour: $222

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Saint Petersburg $18
    Copenhagen $31

Typical Entertainment Prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Boat Tour
    $8.69
  • Coffee
    $14

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: $262
  • 3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Copenhagen: $62
  • Light Version Adventures in Forgotten Giants : $144
  • 1-Hour Private Segway Tour Copenhagen: $74
  • 2 Hour Copenhagen Segway Tour: $77
  • 2 Hours Copenhagen E-Bike Guided Tours: $77
  • 2-Hour Private Copenhagen Segway Tour: $92
  • 3 Hour Private Guided Copenhagen Biking Experience: $118
  • 3 Hour Private Guided Copenhagen Walking Tour: $118
  • 3 Hours Small Group Biking Tour in Copenhagen: $49
  • 3-Hour Private City Walking Tour including a Rosenborg Castle Ticket : $225
  • 3-Hour Private Tour Copenhagen Food & Drink: $156

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Saint Petersburg $9.81
    Copenhagen $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Copenhagen

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

  • Guided Party Pub Crawl with 4 Shots and 1 Drink: $44
  • Alternative Nightlife Pub Crawl: $44
  • Danish Wine Tasting Tour with Guide in Copenhagen Nyhavn: $363


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

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


Which is Bigger, Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen?

Saint Petersburg has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Copenhagen. When comparing the sizes of Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen, 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 Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen?

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 Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen in the Summer?

Both Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, most visitors come to Copenhagen for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Saint Petersburg is around the same temperature as Copenhagen in the summer. The daily temperature in Saint Petersburg averages around 18°C (64°F) in July, and Copenhagen fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

In July, Saint Petersburg usually receives more rain than Copenhagen. Saint Petersburg gets 77 mm (3 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Saint Petersburg 18°C (64°F) 
    Copenhagen 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen in the Autumn?

Both Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg during the autumn are popular places to visit. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Copenhagen because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Saint Petersburg is much colder than Copenhagen. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Saint Petersburg in October average around 6°C (42°F), and Copenhagen averages at about 10°C (50°F).

Saint Petersburg usually gets more rain in October than Copenhagen. Saint Petersburg gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Saint Petersburg 6°C (42°F) 
    Copenhagen 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Copenhagen this time of year.

It's quite cold in Copenhagen in the winter. The weather in Saint Petersburg can be very cold. In January, Saint Petersburg is generally much colder than Copenhagen. Daily temperatures in Saint Petersburg average around -8°C (18°F), and Copenhagen fluctuates around 1°C (33°F).

In January, Saint Petersburg usually receives less rain than Copenhagen. Saint Petersburg gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Saint Petersburg -8°C (18°F) 
    Copenhagen 1°C (33°F)

Should I visit Saint Petersburg or Copenhagen in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Saint Petersburg as well as Copenhagen. Also, many travelers come to Copenhagen for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

It's quite cold in Saint Petersburg in the spring. Saint Petersburg is much colder than Copenhagen in the spring. The daily temperature in Saint Petersburg averages around 4°C (40°F) in April, and Copenhagen fluctuates around 7°C (45°F).

Saint Petersburg usually gets less rain in April than Copenhagen. Saint Petersburg gets 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Saint Petersburg 4°C (40°F) 
    Copenhagen 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Copenhagen and Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg Copenhagen
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (18°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 1°C (33°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 1°C (33°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Mar -2°C (28°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 3°C (37°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Apr 4°C (40°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 11°C (52°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 16°C (60°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 18°C (64°F) 77 mm (3 in) 17°C (63°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Aug 16°C (62°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 6°C (42°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 10°C (50°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 0°C (32°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 6°C (42°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Dec -5°C (24°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 2°C (36°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)