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How much does a city break in Oslo cost in 2024?

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How much does a city break in Oslo cost in 2024?
There are a number of budget-friendly ways to try and enjoy a weekend getaway in Oslo. Pictured is the Munch Museum in Oslo Photo by Franz Wender on Unsplash

Norway's capital, and the country in general, has a reputation as a costly place to live and visit. So, how much should you expect to put away for a city break in Oslo?


Oslo is pretty small for a European capital, but plenty of people are still attracted to the city. 

Its size also makes it perfect for a short city break or somewhere to spend a few days before heading off to see other parts of the country. 

The city combines world-class museums, stunning modern architecture, classic Scandinavian charm, nature, and a growing food and nightlife scene into one package. 

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As the capital, there is no shortage of hotels, and you should find something to match your budget. 

If you are after a pretty standard hotel, located fairly centrally, then you can expect to pay between 1,000 and 1,700 kroner per night depending on availability and whether it's peak season. Prices may sometimes stretch beyond or dip slightly under this figure. 

As a rule of thumb, hotels tailored towards business and conferences are more expensive mid-week, and more holiday-focused hotels cost more at weekends. 

If you want to do things on a budget, consider a hostel. There are a number dotted around Oslo, and these range between 600 to 1,000 kroner per night. 

At the opposite end of the scale, you could opt for a more premium five-star hotel if you want your trip to feel more special. 

These tend to start at around 2,500 kroner per night. However, you could be expected to pay about 4,000 kroner (and in some cases much more), depending on when you wish to book. 

Eating out

Eating out will be considerably more expensive than most other places in Europe. 

If breakfast isn't included at the hotel, then you can expect to pay north of 100 kroner for a coffee and pastry (per person) from a bakery or coffee shop. 

You can expect to pay around 1,500 kroner daily for lunch and dinner. Although, you could get away with paying less. 


Places like Oslo Street Food and Mathallen are popular with locals and tourists and offer plenty of options for grabbing a bite to eat for between 200 and 250 kroner per person.

A light lunch costs between 85 and 150 kroner for a dish, while something more sit down would cost between 140 and 250 kroner. 

A main course would come in at 175-300 kroner in a lot of mid-level restaurants in the city. 

Eating like a local can help save you some real money. Bakeries like Bakcstube are great for a quick lunch for under 100 kroner. 

Meanwhile, hotdogs are extremely popular. You can buy a hotdog in any convenience store for around 55 kroner. The Syver kiosk is considered the most iconic place to get a hotdog among locals, though, so it may be worth a visit. 

If hotdogs aren't your thing, you could consider a large slice of pizza from Mad Love in Grønland, one of the city's best pizza places, for slightly more than the cost of a hotdog. 

If the weather is good, you could always order a pizza and enjoy it in one of the city's many fantastic green spaces rather than splash out for a sit-down meal. Sushi is also extremely popular in Oslo. 


If coming to Oslo to eat pizza, hot dogs, and sushi sounds like a waste, you could try Dovrehallen, Schøder or Kaffistova as budget-friendly Norwegian cuisine options. 

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If you want to push the boat out a little bit, but are still semi-conscious of price, then the Michelin star French restaurant Mon Oncle offers an a la carte menu. Another Michelin-star restaurant, Hyde, offers three courses for 600 kroner per person at its bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Drinks in Oslo range. There are several cheap places to grab a beer. There are also a number of excellent bars that sell beer in the 80-98 kroner range (which can be considered reasonable for Oslo). 

There is an emerging craft beer scene, and there are several options, such as Crow, Schous Kjelleren, and Grünerløkka Brygghus (all three happen to be within walking distance too). A premium option or craft beer can easily cost between 110 and 130 kroner. 

Wine ranges depending on the quality (and how much the bar wants to mark it up), but expect to pay more than 100 kroner a glass and around 500-600 a bottle. 


Oslo is a great place to walk about, but if you get tired, there's a metro, ferry, tram and bus network. Single tickets that last an hour are 42 kroner. 

Daily tickets cost 127 kroner. You can use a ticket for more than one transport method, so you can even get out onto the fjords and see the islands for the cost of two single tickets (one to get out there and one to get back). 


Getting to and from the airport will cost around 200-300 kroner each way if taking the airport express train or bus.  

Activities and attractions 

Oslo is home to many excellent museums, and entry typically costs between 130 and 180 kroner. The Fram Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, Munch Museum, Nobel Peace Centre, National Museum, and Norwegian Cultural History Museum are all excellent options. 

Saunas have grown in popularity in Oslo, and now several options exist. At the moment, some of the most popular are fjord-side saunas. A session will cost around 160-200 kroner per session. 

Plenty of the best things to do in Oslo, like visiting Vigeland Park, hiking in the forest, and walking along the Akerselva, are all completely free.  


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