In the past, I used to think that a staycation is the cheapest holiday option. You don’t need to pay for flights, airport transfers or lose money on bad exchange rates. However, I noticed that international travel can be cheaper than staying in your home country. Thus, my partner and I decided to fly to Copenhagen for a short weekend trip in March last year as this was the cheapest option.
We flew with Ryanair from Edinburgh to Copenhagen on a Saturday morning. This did mean that we got up at 3am to get the bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh Airport, but we also had the entire day in Copenhagen. The return flight was on Sunday evening back to Edinburgh. Thus, we had two full days in Copenhagen. The flights cost £36 per person – a bargain!
Given that we only stayed for one night, we decided to stay in a hostel. Although we shared the bathroom, we had our own room and did not share this. The room was designed as a tent and there were about 20 tents in one large hall. The bathroom was immaculately clean and and the tent was spacious. We paid £26 per person which even included breakfast.
Activities & Experiences
As it was warm and sunny on both days, we did not take any public transport to explore the city. We also got Magic Bags from TooGoodToGo to save money on food. We didn’t go to museums as we didn’t have much time and just wanted to get a feeling for the city. Before the trip, I exchanged £70 to DKK and spent it all apart from £14. Thus, I spent £56 for the two days.
To get to Edinburgh Airport from Glasgow, we took a bus from Buchanan Bus Station. We paid £14 per person for a return ticket. To get from Copenhagen Airport to the City Centre, we paid £17.
Tip: If you need to buy a bus ticket from Glasgow to Edinburgh Airport (or other way around), then buy it in advance. The ticket prices are not fixed and vary. Booking well in advance will save you a lot of money!
List of all Costs (per person)
- Flights: £36
- Hostel: £26
- Airport transfers: £31
- Other Expenses: £54
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