When most people think of Oslo, Norway, the first word to pop-up isn’t “cheap.” However, with a few of these tips, it’s manageable to visit Oslo, Noway on a budget!
If you haven’t visited the capital of Norway yet, I’m begging you to grab your passport and visit the city ASAP. (And while you’re at it, visit the rest of Scandinavia!)
While the city has been coined (ha, get it) as one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s still possible to enjoy the sights and history of this Scandinavian capital.
Here are some of my tips to enjoy Oslo on a budget.
How To Get Here
Americans, you are in luck! Norwegian Air flies to Oslo from countless airports including Boston, Denver, Orlando, Los Angeles, and New York. And get this– most one-way flights are in the mid $100s.
I visited in October, which was a beautiful month to visit. While the sun set very early (6:00 pm) there was always something going on even though it felt like the middle of the night. Make sure to wake up early to enjoy as much sunlight as you can.
Where To Stay
I always love to suggest staying with Airbnb when traveling, especially to places you would love to save a bit of money. Having your own kitchen will save you tons of money usually spent on eating out.
If a hostel is more your style, check out the Anker Apartment. Clean dorms and it’s location to public transit make it a great place to stay.
Eating On A Budget
Eating a cheap meal in Oslo is almost impossible. A Big Mac with fries will set you back 99 kor (about 12.38 in USD). Think if it as airport prices.
To combat this, I highly recommend skipping the restaurants and making your own food at your Airbnb or hostel. Even better? Take some food with you to Oslo. We drove from Sweden so each of us packed a few non perishable items to bring with us to keep our expenses down.
Hands down, this was the best purchase I made the entire weekend I spent in Oslo. This 24-h, 48-h, and 72-h card gets you into over 30 museums, discounts on attractions and restaurants, and of course, free public transportation.
And don’t forget, there’s a 20% student discount for any student under 30 with a valid school ID.
In fact, we spent most of our weekend exploring the attractions included in the pass, such as the Munich Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, and the National Gallery.
Did you know that Munich’s famous “Scream” painting is actually located in the National Gallery (and not the Munich Museum)? As one of the museums on the Oslo Pass, The National Gallery is a must-see in Oslo, even if it’s just to take a picture of the famed painting.
If you do not have the Oslo Pass, you are still in luck– the museum offers free admittance on Thursdays, and free admission to children every day.
Like the National Gallery, the Norwegian Folk Museum is included in the price of the Oslo Pass. Named one of the oldest open-air museums in the world, this museum boasts over 155 traditional houses from all over Norway and a stave church from the year 1200.
Free Things To Enjoy In Oslo
Some of Oslo’s most famous attractions are free! This is a great way to enjoy the city and explore some of the most famous architecture.
Check out the Operahuset, or the Oslo Opera House for some of the best architecture in the city. The roof of the building angles to the ground, making it possible to walk to the top of the building, giving you fantastic views. We actually visited the Opera House twice– once during the day and once at night.
Visit The Vigeland Park
And don’t forget to make your way to The Vigeland Park, home of Gustav Vigeland’s famous sculptures. Built between the 1930’s and 40’s, this sculpture park has grown to one of Oslo’s most famous attractions to visit in Norway on a budget.