You need Norwegian currency in shops, restaurants, hotels and museums. The Norwegian currency consists of "kroner" (NOK) and "øre". 100 øre make up 1 krone (crown). Find out the exchange rate for your own currency.
What do things cost?
All prices listed here are approximate
Main course in a budget restaurant (Chinese or pizza restaurant): NOK 120-150
Main course in a more upmarket restaurant: NOK 200-250
A bottle of beer in a bar: NOK 55-60
A glass of beer (varies between 0.4 and 0.5 litre) in a pub/bar: NOK 60-70
A bottle of wine in restaurant: from NOK 350
Campsite plot for the night: NOK 160
Hytte (wooden cabin) for the night: NOK 400-800 (depending on number of beds and facilities)
Room for two in a budget hotel: NOK 800
Room for two in a mid-range hotel: NOK 1,200
Room for two in a luxury hotel: NOK 1,600 +
1l of petrol: NOK 14
Car rental for a week: NOK 3,000-6,000 (depending on season and location)
Bus ticket: NOK 25-30
Train ticket: from NOK 249 (see info on minipris tickets in Norway on a budget article)
Cinema ticket: NOK 100
Ticket to a show/concert: from NOK 300
Entrance to a museum: free-NOK 80
Ticket to an art exhibition: free-NOK 100
1l of milk: NOK 13-14
A loaf of bread: NOK 20-30
Hot dog in a kiosk: NOK 25-35
Newspaper: NOK 20-25
Stamp (postcard to Europe): NOK 12
A bottle of red wine (from the Vinmonopolet): from NOK 80
Paying for goods and services
It is always a good idea to have a bit of cash on you, and you need Norwegian currency to get by. You will find ATMs everywhere in towns and cities, and in most rural areas there will at least be one place where you can withdraw money, such as a kiosk or a petrol station.
If you wish to withdraw money over the counter, bank opening hours in Norway are usually 9 am to 3:30 or 4 pm Monday to Friday, with longer opening hours on Thursday (usually until 5 or 5:30 pm). Banks are closed Saturday and Sunday, and on bank holidays.
The use of credits cards is widespread in Norway, and they are accepted almost everywhere, even for small amounts such as carpark and toll fees. Eurocard, MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Diners Club are the most common.
Please note that some grocery stores / supermarketds do not allow foreign credit cards, although they happily take debit cards. If in doubt ask before shopping.
Read more on travelling on a budget in Norway.