Oslo, Norway is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. With all of the beautiful sights to see and hotels to stay at, it’s easy to see how a trip here can get pretty expensive. In fact, it’s been said that this is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, which is why so many people completely avoid it. However, if you’re set on seeing all that Oslo has to offer, you don’t necessarily have to empty your savings. There are a lot of budget-friendly ways to save and even have a better trip than you would if you spent endless amounts of cash.
Where you stay is often one of the largest costs of traveling, especially in a city like Oslo, which can cost you around $400 per night to stay at a nice place in the center of the city. Here are some of the cheapest accommodation options that will leave you equipped with enough cash to enjoy your trip:
- Hostels: There aren’t as many hostels in Oslo as there are throughout most European cities, but there are a few that can be worth your while. Anker Hostel and Oslo City Hostel are some of the most popular, but keep in mind these have dormitory style beds that will require you to sleep near strangers. However, if you love meeting new people, this is a great way to save money and learn more about where the locals go.
- Camping: If you’re visiting in the summer, then you may want to camp at Ekeberg Park, which is absolutely free. The only downside is that you won’t have a bathroom or a lot of privacy, but it will get you in touch with nature!
- Airbnb: This app can get you in touch with a rental home or apartment for a pretty affordable cost, especially if you’re going to be in the area for a while. There are many options to choose from, so you’ll be able to choose based on your budget and preferences.
- Rent a Room: Renting a room won’t give you as much privacy as you’d have in a hotel, but it can save you a lot of money while getting yo closer to the city center. In addition to this, you’ll have a bathroom and bedroom without having to worry about the difficulties you’d face in a hostel or camping.
Of course you’ll want to go out and explore this beautiful city while you’re there, but that can get expensive over the course of even a few days. Fortunately you can save money if you look for attractions that are free or very cheap. Some of the best options include:
- Oslo Pass: If you want to see a lot of things, then the Oslo Pass is worth investing in. Once you buy it, it’ll get you free access to over 30 attractions, including museums, and free transportation on public railways and buses. In addition to this, you get free access to swimming pools outdoor, free of charge parking and free walking tours. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get discounted admission to many fun attractions throughout the area. The cost will depend on how long you plan on using the pass for, but it’s definitely worth the money if you use it daily.
- Parks: Visit the beautiful Vigeland Park or Ekeberg Park and enjoy the beauty they have to offer.
- Parliament: If you go on a Saturday, there are free tours offered during your visit.
- Museums: On Sundays most of the museums in the area are completely free, although there may be crowds. Check out places like the Intercultural Museum, Norwegian Museum of Magic and Armed Forces Museum to see the best spots in Oslo.
There are a lot of ways to save major money on every meal you eat throughout the day. The best part is that these spots won’t leave you missing out on authentic food, because many of the restaurants are incredibly delicious and have great reviews.
- Bring Your Own: The most affordable food choice is to cook your own by going to the grocery store or small shops. However, if you are camping or at a hostel, you may not have a kitchen, so plan accordingly. Fortunately there are a lot of snacks and drinks you can grab that don’t require any refrigeration.
- Vega: This restaurant is located just a few blocks from Karl Johans Gate. You can get an all-you-can-eat meal at this spot for a pretty cheap price. This is especially considering the fact that it’s a sit down place rather than a quick fast food grab.
- Kaffistova: If you get the Oslo Pass then you get a discount here, which makes any meal you buy a lot cheaper.
- Choose Vegetarian: If you eat vegetarian foods while in Oslo, you’ll save an immense amount of money and will be constantly full. For example there’s a cafe at the Grünerløkka Library that has pizza, waffles, snacks and a lot more for very cheap prices.
- Oslo Pass: The Oslo Pass is going to again save you money, as you won’t have to pay for using public transportation. This can add up to quite a bit of money in your pocket, especially if you’re going all around the city throughout the day.
- Walk: One of the best things about this city is that it’s very easy to walk to wherever you want to go. This is why it’s so important to pack comfortable shoes!
Enjoy Your Trip
Oslo might be known for being expensive, but if you use these tips, you’ll save money and can travel with great enjoyment. Just make sure your budget is a priority from the time you get there until the time you leave. If you are always aware of how much you have to spend, you won’t have to worry about going overboard. What’s even better is that you will see it all and do it all, so you won’t have to worry about missing out. You’ll have just as good of a time as someone who spent triple your budget!