What is the local currency in Denmark?
The currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone (DKK). One DKK is 0.12 GBP (as of September 21 2020).
Do I tip whilst in Denmark?
In Denmark, tipping charges are included into your bill by law. This makes tipping uncommon and wouldn’t be expected of tourists.
If you’ve experienced spectacular service in a restaurant and want to leave an additional tip, I’m sure the server would be appreciative, however it is not expected.
View our tipping guide for more advice on tipping abroad.
Using cash in Denmark
When travelling, our experts would recommend always bringing a small amount of cash with you on every trip, for initial taxi transfers or hotel deposits etc. The rest of your travel money should be put onto a Caxton multi-currency card, for safe and secure spending.
Cash is no longer king in Denmark (even more so after COVID-19,) and almost all establishments accept credit/debit cards.
Most international banks and money outlets now charge a fee for using ATM machines, as do most card providers. Taking a travel prepaid card and a credit card is recommended as Caxton does not charge for international ATM use regardless of sum or number of times, (but check with your card provider about charges.)
We would recommend still bringing your bank card on your trip as a backup option. However, if you decide to take your bank card, we recommend telling your bank before you go so the transaction isn’t identified as fraudulent, but be prepared for fees and high exchange rates.
All major cards are accepted widely in Denmark at key tourist hubs.
The price of eating and drinking in Denmark
As a rough guideline, we’ve put together a list of the costs of spending an average day in Denmark:
Domestic beer = 45.00 kr (approx £5.50)
One-way ticket on local transport = 24.00 kr (approx £3.00)
Meal, inexpensive restaurant = 127.50 kr (approx £15.70)
Bottle of wine (mid-range) = 60.00 kr (approx £7.50)
Bottle of water = 18.88 kr (approx £2.30)
What happens if I have my wallet stolen whilst in Denmark?
Denmark is known to be a safe country with friendly and helpful people, but this shouldn’t stop you from being smart whilst you travel. If the majority of your cash is on a prepaid card, this will be automatically protected. However, in case the worse happens, here are the list of major debit/credit card ‘lost and stolen’ numbers:
HSBC/First Direct - +44 1442 422929
Natwest - +44 1268 500 813
Lloyds - +44 1702 278270
Barclays - +442476842099
Santander - +44 1908 237 963
The cost of tourist attractions in Denmark
Some examples of Denmark's most popular tourist attractions are:
Tivoli Gardens: Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen. Ticket entry varies from 135 DKK (approx £17) to yearly passes of 350 DKK (£42).
Nyhavn: Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. It's completely free to walk through and explore.
National Museum of Denmark: The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of culture. Admission costs 100 DKK (£12) for adults and children under 18 are free.
What can I do with spare currency in Denmark?
Whilst in Denmark, you may as well spend any remaining krone, if only small amount, on some traditional Danish souvenirs, such as:
- Royal Danish Porcelain
- Lakrids liquorice
- Toms Skildpadde
- Danish scarves
Alternatively, if you’re not a big fan of liquorice, you can use Caxton’s buy back guarantee to get rid of any unused Krone. By doing this you ensure that if the exchange rate moves against you, you won't lose out.