Affordable Oslo
Tips To Help Your Pocketbook

Affordable Oslo... sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? Scandinavian countries are expensive. Norway may just top the list. 

So what can you do so you can afford to visit this picturesque and lively capital?

For one thing, get outside.

The Norwegians love outdoor activities... so join them and wander in Oslo's parks for free.

Stroll the streets.

Enjoy the flower market.


Affordable Oslo? Use Public Transportation

Use public transportation not taxis. Start by getting the shuttle train in from the airport.

You can buy a 24 hour pass for the public transportation system.


Get An Oslo Pass

The Oslo Pass will give you free admission to more than 30 museums and attractions in Oslo as well as free public transportation and ferry rides for the duration of the pass. There are discounts on dining and shopping.

It even includes a lunch cruise tour.... how's that for a free lunch! This is an all day tour by bus and boat that shows you the main sights around Oslo and includes a seafood buffet.


Stave Church at Norske Folk Museum

The Oslo Pass is offered in 24, 48 and 72 hour lengths. If you want to see as much as you can in two or three days, this is your ticket to affordable Oslo.

You can buy the Oslo Pass online or when you get there.

The card is valid from the time you stamp it at your first attraction or ride. You could spend several hours at the Folk Museum.

We had pictures of this Stave Church on our wall for years.


Bring Your Walking Shoes

Oslo is a compact city, so it's easy to get around to most sights by walking... and walking is certainly affordable.

Wander Karl Johans Gate (Street). Admire the Norwegian Parliament, the University, and the Akerhus Castle. This is a good street to window shop on, but since we're looking for affordable Oslo, this is no place to be buying.

The National Gallery is free. You'll want to go there to see Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and other major works... talk about iconic Norwegian art. The museum is closed on Monday.

How To Eat Affordably

Visit the fish market. Laksen Fisk and Vilt. It's a great place to get a cheap lunch. Pick up some smoked salmon, cooked fish or prawns.

You can pick up some bread or lefse (Norwegian flat bread... kind of like a tortilla) from a bakery or supermarket. Affordable Oslo on a platter!

(My sister and I still make lefse for Thanksgiving and Christmas... everyone thinks it's special.)

If you're looking for a cheap meal in a restaurant, your best bet will be to go ethnic. Most travelers want to eat typical dishes, but Indian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants are cheaper than those offering European fare.

If you do want Norwegian fare, look for a restaurant called Dovrehallen (at least when we were last there). It serves up traditional and cheap Norwegian food... things like stews and boiled or fried fish. It's a bit out of the way, a brisk walk from the Domkirch, but then you'd expect to have to look for a cheap restaurant in Oslo.

Spend Time In The Parks

Vigeland Sculpture Park


The Frogner Park and Vigeland Sculpture Park within it are free.

Vigeland Park contains more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, and the park is pretty to walk in.

You'll be sharing it with lots of Norwegian families.


For small change by Norwegian standards, you can rent a sled and try the Korketrekkeren - The Cork Screw. The sled rental is about US$10 (60 Kroners) and you can sled down the bobsled run from the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Amble through the Royal Palace Park. Watch the Changing of the King's Guard. It takes place everyday at 1:30 PM. The entire Changing of the Guard takes about 40 minutes.

Walk the waterfront and picnic. In short, do what the Norwegians do to make Oslo affordable!

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

Return to International Travel Tips
Go from Affordable Oslo to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Timely Tips

Shoulder Season
We love travel during shoulder seasons.
September, October, November...

They're all great for travel somewhere!
Sunny Fall days with colorful leaves in the north.
Spring is greening things up in the Southern Hemisphere.

We are just back from Canada where we had glorious weather but just the beginning of those fall colors.

Fall foliage in shoulder season

The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

See all of our Packing Lists and Tips.

Need Travel Ideas?
Things to See in Europe
Africa Calls!
Travel In America

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!
Get Your Passports and Visas

Search

Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..
.

Translate

We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. Is the Water Safe?

    Water safety includes knowing when to drink only bottled water, when and where you can swim... Is the water safe is a good question to ask yourself.

    Read More

  2. Silk Road Adventure

    Ths silk road has called adventurers since ancient times... why not go yourself?

    Read More

  3. Travel Security Alert Packing Guide - Tips To Comply With Airport Security Rules

    Stay alert to what you can take and where to pack it when you fly. Our travel security alert packing guide will help you prepare for your flight and get through security checkpoints.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!