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Oslo Travel Tips

Travelling to Oslo

Travelling to Oslo

This beautiful city is full of historic sites, museums, parks, shops and a variety of restaurants. It is famous for its outdoor activities like ice skating, kayaking, cycling, hiking, sailing and skiing.

This capital city of Norway is not just rich in its diverse cultural existence but is also known for its romantic scenery, which is preserved within its limits. Though, most importantly do not forget to pick up ski boots or snowboarding boots when visiting Oslo’s biggest ski centre.


In spite of being one of the largest European capitals, Oslo is a very safe city with an incredibly low crime rate. However, it is necessary to keep an eye on the pickpockets in the crowded areas and outdoor festivals. It is advisable to keep wallets and valuable items in safe and secured bags. For travellers, it is safe to use public transportation at any time. It is also secure to explore the city‘s famous streets especially at night. However, places like the areas surrounding the Central Station, bars, and cafes should be avoided at late hours of the night.


Additional tipping is not expected, as service charges are always included in the restaurant and bar bills. It is good to appreciate the services offered by the staff members in the form of tips (around 5 to 10 %). Usually taxi drivers round up the fare as a tip for their service.


Smoking is strictly prohibited at Oslo airport, similar to other European airports. Same goes for no smoking in all public areas likes restaurants, bars and pubs. In addition, Norwegian law forbids smoking on public transportation.

City Transport

Oslo is the biggest city in Norway, and offers a variety of public transportation systems to explore the famous tourist attractions around the area. It is easy to travel via bus, metro and tram as it is operated by Ruter, a common management company for public transport.

The main Oslo Central Station and Bus terminal is located near Jernbanetorget, so it is easy to access any of the public transportation systems. There is also the largest metro system (referred as T-bane) with 6 different lines that connect the downtown area with the outer areas of the city. This city also has a main port that serves ferryboats, cargo and cruise ships.

Same as other Europe capitals, this city also offers a special pass known as the Oslo Pass to travel free on all public transport within the limits of the city. It also allows free entry to the museums, attractions, and discounts on sightseeing, car rental, restaurants, shops, ice skates and ski rental.

When to Travel

The best time to travel to this beautiful city depends upon the choice of the tourist, whether they wish to experience skiing during the winter time or beach activities in the summer season. During the summer season, the weather is mild and pleasant. The city of Oslo is considered to be one of the driest and warmest parts of Norway. In winter, snow is expected from mid-October, and after Christmas the whole city is covered with snow. Though it is a famous winter destination for skiing, it significantly experiences a warmer climate than other European cities.

Winter: November–March
Spring: April–May
Summer: June–August
Autumn: September–October

Tourist Office

Central Station
Address: Trafikanten Service Center, Jernbanetorget 1, N-0154 Oslo
Tel.: +47 815 30 555
Fax: +47 23 15 88 11

City Hall
Address: Fridtjof Nansens plass 5 (entrance from Roald Amundsens gate), N-0160 Oslo

Emergency Numbers

Calling Code+47
City Code2
Red Cross+47 2205 4000
Jernbanetorget Apotek (24 hrs pharmacy)+47 2241 2482
Oslo Kommunale Legevakten (Oslo Emergency Clinic)+47 2293 2293

Important Phrases

Good morningGod morgen
Good eveningGod kveld
Good night.God natt
Excuse meUnnskyld meg
Please.Vær så snill
I am sorry.Jeg beklager.
Thank you.Takk.
What is your name?Hva heter du?
My name is...Mitt navn er ...
Can you help me?Kan du hjelpe meg?
Can you speak more slowly?Kan du snakke saktere?
Do you speak English?Snakker du engelsk?
Does anyone here speak English?Har noen her snakker engelsk?
How are you?Hvordan har du det?
How much?Hvor mye?
I'm fine.Jeg har det bra
I don't understand.Jeg forstår ikke.
I am very glad to meet you.Jeg er veldig glad for å møte deg.
Pleased to meet youHyggelig å treffe deg