Visiting Oslo, the capital of Norway sometime soon? Here's 5 tips you need to know when visiting this vibrant Scandinavian city before arriving.

Quick info about Oslo, Norway

  • People are friendly and English is widely spoken
  • In Norway, they drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • Crossing etiquette is similar to the UK, cross when clear or at crossings
  • Card payments is embraced everywhere, but keep 200 NOK in cash just in case
  • They use Euro-style plugs, so take an adapter

Tip 1: Set a budget, and stick to it

Oslo is eye-wateringly expensive, especially when travelling from the United Kingdom. A general rule of thumb is; whatever you expect to pay for food or drink in the UK, double it.

Eating and drinking out is expensive in Oslo.

Expect to pay around 90 NOK for a pint of beer in most bars (≈ £8, €9) and around 180 NOK for a burger and fries (≈ £16, €18.50). If your hotel does a breakfast, make use of this as they tend to be cheaper than eating out.

Coffee prices are on parr with what you'd expect to pay in the UK. Danish coffee outlet Joe & The Juice and Scandinavian coffee outlet, Espresso House are found all over the city.

Tip 2: It gets really cold in the winter and really warm in the summer

We visited Oslo in early Februaury, where the weather was sub-zero most days. Snow is not unusual in Norway, and the country do an excellent job of just getting on with things, regardless of the heavy snowfall.

It gets cold. Really cold, and with that comes the ice.

When visiting, ensure you have a decent pair of waterproof walking boots, you'll thank yourself for taking them. Although the authorities do an excellent job of keeping footpaths clear, there tends to be drift and heavy falls. We experienced temperatures of -10°c.

If you're headed down to the water's edge in the dock region, ensure you have a windproof hat and plenty of layers. It's a good idea to wear several layers as the temperate can rise or fall from one day to another.

In the summer, the climate is warm and dry, temperatures of 30°c are not unheard of. Remember to take high-factor sunscreen, particularly near or in water.

Tip 3: The Oslo Pass may not be the cheapest way to visit museums and attractions

Priced at 445 NOK (≈ £40, €46) for the 24 hour pass, going to 820 NOK (≈ £74, €85) for 72 hour pass, the Oslo Pass provides access to many of the museums across Oslo, and free transport within the city.

The Nobel Peace Center is included in the Oslo Pass, but only 120 NOK to visit without one.

The Oslo Pass is only really worth it if you intend to see three or more of the attractions in a day, so plan your time well. Transport is very cheap within the city, so if you're intending on a couple of attractions a day, it works out cheaper to pay as you go.

🔗 Read about: Oslo Pass

Tip 5: Transport is cheap and plentiful

Oslo has to be one of the easiest European cities that I've visited in the past couple of years. Instead of buying transport by zone or destination, you buy time. This means you can use the trains, busses, trams and most ferries as much as you want for the time slot you have purchased. Pre-buying is cheaper than buying from a driver.

Price breakdown of public transport

Here are the prices of public transport in Oslo and their equivalent amounts in Euro and Great British Pound:

  • 1 Hour pre-purchased: 36 NOK (≈ £3.20, €3.70)
  • 1 Hour purchased from driver: 56 NOK (≈ £5, €5.75)
  • 24 Hour pre-purchased: 108 NOK (≈ £9.80, €11.15)

🔗 See all prices and concessions: Oslo Public Transport