You need Norwegian currency in shops, restaurants, hotels and museums. The Norwegian currency consists of "kroner" (NOK) and "øre". 100 øre equals 1 krone. 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 100-150
Main course in a more upmarket restaurant: NOK 220-350
A bottle of beer in a bar: NOK 70-120
A glass of beer (varies between 0.4 and 0.5 litre) in a pub/bar: NOK 60-80
A bottle of wine in restaurant: From NOK 350
Camping plot for tent for the night: NOK 100-300
Hytte (wooden cabin) for the night: NOK 360-1000 or more (varies widely depending on number of beds and facilities)
Room for two in a budget hotel: NOK 1000
Room for two in a mid-range hotel: NOK 1,500
Room for two in a luxury hotel: NOK 2,600 +
1 litre of petrol: NOK 13-15
Car rental for a week: NOK 2,800-7,000 (depending on season and location)
Bus ticket (pre-purchased): Adult NOK 30-40, Child/senior NOK 15-20
Bus ticket (purchased from driver): Adult NOK 50-60, Child/senior NOK 25-30
Train ticket (Minipris): From NOK 249 (single) (see info on minipris tickets in Norway on a budget)
Cinema ticket: NOK 120
Ticket to a show/concert: From NOK 300
Entrance to a museum: Free - NOK 100 (family tickets available)
Ticket to an art exhibition: Free - NOK 100 (family tickets available)
1 litre of milk: NOK 13-15
A loaf of bread: NOK 18-30
Hot dog in a kiosk: NOK 20-30
Newspaper: NOK 20-30
Stamp (postcard to Europe): NOK 14
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 credit cards is widespread in Norway, and they are accepted almost everywhere, even for small amounts such as for parking and toll fees. Eurocard, MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Diners Club are the most common.
Please note that some grocery shops or supermarkets 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.