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The Frugal Expat

Denmark is expensive. Copenhagen is more expensive. In fact, 2009 finds Copenhagen the seventh most expensive city in the world, according to Mercer HR Consulting. If you are arriving from New York, you are moving up from the eighth most expensive city in the world. How to cope? (Have ideas? Share them!)

A lot of popular attractions offer yearly passes ( årskort), and they're usually a good deal. Passes at Tivoli, The Copenhagen Zoo, and even Legoland over in Jutland save you money after just two visits in a year. They also get you in faster, because you don't have to wait to pay the second time. (Often they'll get you in faster the first time too, because fewer people are in the line for the yearly pass!) Tivoli also offers gold card (you and up to five guests) and silver card (you and one optional guest) options in addition to the regular (just you) yearly pass card.

With nearly 200% tax on cars, and no where to park, there's a pretty good chance you're using public transit, at least for a while. If you're commuting to work, you're likely doing most of your traveling in just a few zones. You can get a monthly pass good for unlimited travel in the zones of your choice at a price cheaper than you're likely to pay per-trip or with a klippekort. Even better, if you're here for a while, you can sign up for a subscription service. They'll automatically charge your card and mail you the next month's pass a few days before you need it. Signing up for the subscription saves 10%, and you get another 11% back after twelve months. Check out the zone map at your closest bus stop or train station, and figure out which zones you go through most often. Then go into the train station or call DSB's (English-speaking!) Customer Care at 70 13 14 15 to buy. When you travel outside of your zones, you can use a klippekort for the extra zones, or ask the bus driver for a tillægsbillet (add-on ticket) for ten kroner per zone. Don't get caught without a ticket - you will be fined kr 750 on the spot.

Even cheaper, you can bike just about anywhere. Biking in Copenhagen is fast, safe, convenient and very popular. If you commonly have kids or cargo with you, the Danes have a bike for that, or you can get a bike trailer.

If that's still not cheap enough for you, you might be interested in the world-famous Copenhagen City Bikes. They're not just cheap, they're free! Unless you ride them outside the citybike-zone and get fined, so be sure to check out the map and details.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
How do I... August 17, 2009 11:37 PM former member
Where do I buy... August 16, 2009 4:40 PM Suchi
Information About the Mailing List from Meetup.Com February 22, 2009 11:40 PM Suchi
Pre-arrival: What Should I Bring? November 19, 2009 11:41 AM Suchi
Who Are We? September 4, 2009 2:42 PM Suchi
Ground Rules September 11, 2010 12:59 PM Suchi
Just Enough Danish August 17, 2009 9:17 PM Suchi
Riding Public Transit September 4, 2009 2:39 PM Suchi
The Little Things September 4, 2009 2:41 PM Suchi
The Frugal Expat July 13, 2009 11:57 PM former member
About American Expats in Copenhagen November 22, 2009 8:01 PM Suchi

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