When planning a trip to Norway’s capital,you’re bound to be warned of how pricey it is going to be. However, if you’re looking explore Oslo on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know it can be done. And these five purse-friendly tips are sure to help.
MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR OSLO
1. Choose the best airport transfer
Once you’ve landed at the Oslo Airport Gardermoen, the most obvious way to get to the city centre would be by ‘Flytoget’ (airport shuttle train) or ‘Flybussen’ (airport bus). The journey on either is short and direct to the centre, however both are pretty pricey (Flytoget is around £18 per person, per journey). Opt for public trains instead; buying a NSB ticket for four zones (available from ticket machines in Gardermoen for 90 NOK/ around £8), which can also be used in zone one, on buses or trams, to get you to your accommodation.
2. Use public buses, trams and metros
If you’re not planning on seeing the sights of Oslo by foot – which is obviously the best money saving way of getting around – the next cheapest means of getting to all sides of the city is by public transport. Oslo is a small city, with 90% of its attractions in walking distance, however if you need to get further afield, make the most of buses, trams, metros and ferries.
3. Purchase an Oslo Pass
If you’ve got your heart set on visiting a lot of the popular sights, including many of the city’s museums, the Oslo Pass is worth a look into. It will definitely save you some money! You can buy one for 24, 48 or 72 hours, which then gives you free admission into many tourist attractions along with free use of public transport during the time your pass is active.
4. Save on food and drink
If peckish, visit the supermarket to buy snacks, instead of heading into a bakery or delicatessen for a quick bite to eat. Some supermarkets are more expensive than others – low priced stores include Rema 1000 and RIMI, and you can find both spread out all over the city. Alternatively, you can grab fresh food at plenty of the city’s markets. Also, save money buy not buying bottled water. The tap water in Norway is good quality and perfectly drinkable.
5. Know your neighbourhoods
If you want to eat out, knowing which neighbourhoods are budget friendly is a good place to start. There are many restaurants along Karl Johans Gate, as well as in Aker Brygge, but prices here are often higher than elsewhere – Aker Brygge said to be the most expensive area in Oslo! If you want to eat in a restaurant, check out the ‘Grønland’ area, just behind Central Station, or if you have the Oslo Pass, some restaurants offer up to a 20% discount. While not exactly traditional, places like Peppes Pizza and Freddy Fuego’s Burrito Bar will also allow you to eat on the cheap.