This picture shows the lake and ships in the harbour of Oslo in Norway

Oslo on a budget | What to see and do

Oslo is one of the most expensive cities I have ever visited in Europe. How can you travel to Oslo on a budget? Here is my guide on a budget trip in Oslo while still enjoying quality time in the Norwegian capital.

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Oslo is a compact city offering easy access to public transport and cyclists. The European Commission awarded Oslo the European Green Capital title of 2019. How to travel budget in Oslo?

This picture shows the opera house building in Oslo in norway
The Oslo Opera House is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway


This picture shows a woman watching the changing of the guards ceremony in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo
The Changing of the Guard event takes place at 1:30 p.m. daily about 40 minutes from start to finish
  • Join a free walking tour. The Oslo free walking tour is a tour based on a tip. The tour lasts one hour and a half, departs every day at 10 am. You don’t have to book ahead, you just turn up and join the tour (TIP THE TOUR GUIDE).
  • Watch the Changing of the guards. The ceremony takes place every day outside the Royal Palace. The event takes place from Monday to Sunday at 1: 30 pm.
  • Visit Oslo Cathedral. The Cathedral is located in a busy surrounding, full of department stores and coffee shops.
  • Visit Vigeland Park. Vigeland Park is hosting more than 200 naked statues. The park is open to visitors 24 hours all year.

Oslo | The Vigeland Park


  • Visit Grünerløkka. Grünerløkka is a popular artistic neighbourhood full of coffee shops, second-hand stores, galleries, graffiti and street art.
  • Visit the vibrant waterfront district Aker Brygge.
  • Walk along the river Akerselva.
A woman's hand showing a restaurant which was built in one of the oldest buildings in Oslo.
Gamle rådhus is a building with a long history in Oslo. It is one of the oldest buildings in the Norwegian capital
  • Walk around and take a photo of Gamle Raadhus. Gamle Raadhus is one of the oldest buildings in the Norwegian capital. It was originally built to be Oslo’s first city-hall from 1641, served as a fire station, jail, church. If you would like to dine to the restaurant book ahead.
  • Visit the Intercultural Museum. The Museum promotes cultural diversity, depicts history and stories relevant to immigration and multi-nationalism. The museum is located in an old police station.
This picture shows the buildings and waterfront view from the opera house in oslo
Oslo Opera House awarded World Architecture Festival Cultural Award in 2008 and Mies van der Rohe in 2009. The view from the roof faces the city and the fjord
  • Visit the Opera House. The Opera House is located in the harbour near the Central Railway Station and the Karl Johans gate. The Opera consists of the Norwegian National Ballet and Opera, the National Opera Orchestra and the Ballet School. Feel free to walk in the main building and to the roof.
  • The New Opera building opened in 2008. There are a lovely brasserie, a restaurant and a cloakroom with small lockers, a souvenir shop inside the building. The views are stunning from the top of the building.
A woman overlooking the colourful murals in the interior of the Oslo City Hall
Oslo City Hall houses the city council, the city’s administration and municipal organisations. The building was constructed between 1931 and 1950
  • Visit the City Hall. The City Hall’s two floors depict scenes from the Norwegian history.
  • Wak around the Akershus Fortress. Enter Akershus medieval Castle to discover Oslo’s history.
  • Visit the Karl Johans Gate, the most popular shopping district in Oslo.’
  • Visit Christiania Torv Square and the Hand fountain. The hand fountain symbolizes the decision of the Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV to rebuilt the city after a big fire in 1624. The King pointed to the ground and said: “The new town will lie here!”


Rema1000 is a budget-friendly supermarket and grocery market. With a budget of 20-25€, you can get essentials – veggies, fruits, water, fresh salads and ready to eat meals.


Ellingsens Pensjonata. Address: Holtegata 25, 0355 Oslo, Norway.


  • United Bakeries, Address: Karl Johans gate 37-43, 0162
  • Mamma Pizza Osteria, Address: Dronningens gate 22, 0154
  • Punjab Tandori, Address: Grønland 24, 0188


Khartoum Contemporary Art Center is a cosy bar and art centre inspired by the Sudanese culture. Khartoum is hosting exhibitions, live concerts, talks, performances, projects from Africa and the Middle East. WHAT TO ORDER: Camel Beer!

The square is known for its fountain, with a sculpture of a hand pointing to the ground
Christiania Torv Square is one of the most popular squares in Oslo. Here’s a fountain, with a sculpture of a hand pointing to the ground


OssKvinner is a network for women in Oslo that focuses on women’s empowerment and professional development. OssKvinner organises events that aim to encourage women to interact, support female individuals and share experiences.


  • Take the train NSB. The Oslo Gardermoen Airport is located 50 km from the city centre. It takes 25 min to reach Oslo S the largest and most central train station of the capital.
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  • The Oslo Pass provides you with free entry to 30 museums, free travel on all public transport and outdoor swimming pools, discounts e.t.c.
  • Prices: 24 hours: 445 NOK (≈ 46 EUR), 48 hours: 655 NOK (≈ 68 EUR), 72 hours: 820 NOK (≈ 85 EUR).

This post was most recently updated on May 20th 2020.

6 thoughts on “Oslo on a budget | What to see and do

  1. Everyone keeps saying Norway is so expensive but I’ve wanted to go for so long. It’s good to know there are cheaper options and that you can be on a budget if you know where to go. Great tips, looking forward to fulfilling my Norway dream someone in the near future

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  2. What great tips! I have never been to Oslo but I’ve heard it’s pretty expensive. I like your tips and would definitely try getting the Oslo Pass or watch the changing of the guard and doing some other free things there.

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