It is true that the city of Oslo is quite expensive, but it is also true that there are some ways that you can make even the most expensive city a little more budget friendly. Even Oslo, Norway can become easy for the budget wise traveler to navigate. Here are some ways that you can make the city easier to take on even if your budget is less than applicable.

Oslo was part of my 25.000 Km road trip through Europe.

Oslo Pass

Today, cities throughout the world look to maximize the tourist experience of the city by grouping many attractions into one. This may be quite expensive for a large family, but can be quite budget friendly for the individual. The Oslo Pass is the way to go when traveling in Oslo on a budget. The pass can be purchased for either 745 NOK a 72-hour adult pass, 595 NOK for 48 hours, and 395 NOK for 24 hours. It allows for free admission to a wide variety of attractions including many swimming pools in the area, free parking, free admission to many museums, and free tours throughout the city. It is the best way to see Oslo for one flat fee. If, however, purchasing an Oslo Pass is simply not in the budget, you can enjoy some of these free attractions throughout the city.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One of the best aspects of any city is the art within. However, a trip to the museum may be simply out of the budget. The Vigeland Sculpture Park gives you the opportunity to see art from a different point of view. Some of the sculptures are quite strange, but make for an impressive photo album to remember the trip by. The park is also quite a good people watching area or just an excellent place to have a picnic.

The Royal Palace

You are not likely to get an invitation to a grand ball within the walls of the Royal Palace, but that does not mean that you should not make your way over to the grounds. Palace Park is an area open to the public free of charge. From this park, you can see all that you need to see and add to your photos of beautiful Oslo, Norway.


Tickets to the latest opera within the famous Opera building in Oslo may simply be out of the question for the budget minded traveler, but that is no reason to not see the spectacular building. The best feature is not the fact that you can tour many parts of the building for free provided there is no opera currently being performed, but the fact that you can access the roof. The view of Oslofjord from the roof top of this impressive marble and granite structure presents a wonderful photo op.

Akershus Fortress

A tour of Oslo would not be complete without looking into its rich military past. The Akershaus Fortress is the perfect example of military occupation within the city. There is a guided tour available for 6 euros when you visit and you can pay a fee to enter the museum, but the actual grounds of the fortress are free to tour on your own.

University Botanical Garden

It may seem a little strange to look to visit a university while on holiday, but when in Oslo, Norway, you will not want to miss the chance to see the beautifully landscaped grounds of the University Botanical Gardens. You do not have to be a student to tour the grounds and best of all, it is completely free. Spend the day or just an afternoon taking in the fresh scent of perfectly groomed gardens with seasonal flowers and plants native to the area.

Where to Stay

Hotels can cost a considerable amount of money and when you are in a city as wealth minded as Oslo, Norway, you can expect to pay a lot more for a room for the night. There are however several options provided that you do not mind giving up certain luxury accommodations. The Anker Hostel offers a bed for 26 euros per night, but hostel living is not for everyone. For a more private room accommodation, the P-Hotels will give you a room for 3 people for 95 euros or a 4-person private room for 110 euros. It may not be five star accommodations, but you will be so busy throughout the day that where you rest your head will not really matte a lot.

Travel is a fundamental human need. We need to explore the world around us, yet our overall budget does not always lend itself to much travel at all. However, cities are adapting many attractions to be more budget friendly and those that have formerly not been able to travel are reaping the benefits. Enjoy Oslo, Norway for all it has to offer the traveler no matter how tight your budget may be.