Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature experiences and city life.
Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with a population approaching 700,000 and new neighbourhoods with eye-catching architecture are popping up. The largest city in Norway is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art, but still maintains the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.
The city is nestled between the Oslofjord and hundreds of square miles of forested hills, and is a green city in more ways than one. The compact city centre is easily explored on foot or by bike, and an efficient public transport system makes the whole city accessible without a car.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to the Norwegian government and the Royal Family.
The country’s largest cultural institutions, which include the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, the National Theatre and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, present first-rate art exhibitions and opera, ballet and theatre performances.
Live music is a big part of the city’s identity, and every year Oslo’s clubs and arenas host thousands of concerts that showcase the talents of everyone from local bands to international superstars. Several large pop and rock festivals are held every summer, and there are annual festivals for genres ranging from chamber music to heavy metal.
Oslo is home to more than 50 museums, and top attractions include the Opera House, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum. The city’s evolution over the last 1,000 years is on display along the waterfront, where historical sites like Medieval Park and Akershus Fortress are neighboured by the contemporary architectural marvels of Tjuvholmen and Bjørvika.
Against all odds, in recent years Oslo has emerged as one of Europe’s top destinations for live music – of almost any imaginable genre.
From one of Oslo’s most beautiful lookouts, Edvard Munch found inspiration for one of the world's most famous paintings – The Scream .
With Oslo as a starting point, there are several historical places to visit to get a glimpse of Munch's life and work.
Belgian small school teachers Delfien Cocquyt and Fien Sinove from Gent are best friends. The devote travellers finance frequent exotic vacations with weekend babysitting.
To a lot of people Scandinavia is somewhere on the opposite side of the earth. This year exchange student Liu Ai Yin from Taipei in Taiwan is reading economics at The University of Helsinki in Finland. She had the idea to bring over some of her Taiwanese family members for a fun holiday in Norway.
Best friends Mora and González have been to the Olympic city of Lillehammer for work. During their four day visit, they also seized the opportunity to discover Norwegian nature and the nearby capital, Oslo.
Oslo is the main nexus in Norway for both domestic and international travel, and has connections to most other Norwegian towns and cities.
Oslo Airport at Gardermoen is Norway’s main airport, and serves over 100 domestic and international destinations.
Many European cities have direct connections to Sandefjord Airport Torp and Moss Airport Rygge, both of which can be reached from Oslo by express bus or train.
The airport express train "Flytoget" takes around 20 minutes to Oslo city centre. The local train takes a few minutes longer, but is the cheaper option.
From Oslo you can travel to several destinations in Norway and Sweeden. Check out NSB's webpage for prices and timetables.
Express shuttle services to Oslo Airport are available from 120 locations in the Oslo area. Express bus services are also available to Rygge and Torp airports.
Oslo Bussterminal is the main terminal for long-distance and regional bus routes, located in the city centre near the central train station. Check out bus companies in the Oslo area.
Oslo is the national hub for the road network, which makes it easy to reach by road from all corners of Norway.
When driving into Oslo you will pass a toll plaza, visit the AutoPASS webpage for prices and payment options. Remember to pay close attention to parking restrictions and regulations.
Ferries arrive daily in Oslo from Kiel in Germany and from Copenhagen and Frederikshavn in Denmark. Oslo can be reached by ferry all year.
There are also several options for travelling by local ferries to the islands in and around Oslo. Check out ferry companies in the Oslo area.
Use the same tickets on all public transport in Oslo: bus, tram, metro, train and ferry (not the Bygdøy ferry). Plan your trip and check prices on Ruter's webpage.
Bicycling or walking is often the easiest way of getting around the city centre. Oslo is equipped with city bikes conveniently located around the city.
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While there are many high-quality eateries in Norway, nowhere are they as concentrated as in Oslo. The city is packed with lovely restaurants and bars, and foodies will enjoy Mathallen food hall’s selection of Norwegian ingredients and specialities. All of Norway’s Michelin-starred restaurants are found in Oslo.