Oslo Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Oslo, Ostlandet, Norway)

Photo of popular beachfrontAs Norway's capital, Oslo is a city of great importance and sees considerable annual growth. However, the city also enjoys a well-developed tourism infrastructure and much of life now resolves around the summer influx of visitors.

For many tourists, the Oslo Pass provides a useful way to travel around the city and allows you to use all forms of public transport for free, although not late at night. However, if you intend to sightsee, and then sightsee some more, the Oslo Card may be more suitable. Not only does this cover transport and free parking within council-operated car parks, but also allows free admission to museums and some sightseeing trips on boats, although you will need to use it extensively to enjoy the full benefits over such a short space of time.

Picture of beachfront in the summer

Useful Contact Details

When visiting one of Oslo's tourist offices, next to the Town Hall and at the Central Station, look out for the handy Oslo Guide booklet, which proves indispensable for many tourists. Similarly, for the latest information about events, check out the monthly 'What's On in Oslo' magazine, or simply ask one of the staff for some advice on what to do to make the most of your Norway vacation.

Oslo Sentralstasjon (NSB Tourist Information)
Address: Jernbanetorget 1, Oslo, NO-0154, Norway, NO
Tel: +47 023 15 0000
Website: www.nsb.no

Turistinformasjonen (Oslo Tourist Information Centre)
Address: Fridtjof Nansens Plass 5, Oslo, NO-0160, Norway, NO
Tel: +47 0815 30 555
Fax: +47 023 15 8811
Website: www.visitoslo.com
Email: info@visitoslo.com

View of beach and coastline

Language and Dialect

Most locals in Oslo speak a form of Norwegian known as Bokmal, although Norway also has another language, Nynorsk, which is also spoken here to a much lesser extent. Some useful Norwegian phrases include:

Picture of coastline

Dos and Don'ts / Tourist Traps