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A metropolitan city with forests and fjord

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.

Sightseeing in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park Frognerparken, Oslo
Terje Borud / Visitnorway.com / Vigeland-museet / BONO
Tjuvholmen, Oslo
Torgny Gustafsson / VISITOSLO
Mathallen, Oslo
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The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Oslo
Terje Bakke Pettersen/ VisitOSLO / Normanns Kunstforlag

Things to do

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.

From Munch to music

Things to do around Oslo

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Getting here and around

Oslo is the main nexus in Norway for both domestic and international travel, and has connections to most other Norwegian towns and cities.

  • By plane

    By plane

    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.

  • By train

    By 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.  

  • By bus

    By bus

    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. 

  • By car

    By car

    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.

  • By ferry

    By ferry

    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.

  • Local travel

    Local travel

    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. You can also buy Oslo Pass, which gives you free public transportation, entry to several museums, municipal parking, and more. 

    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.

Where to stay

Home may be where you hang your hat, but if not, we'll do our best to help you find a place where you can sleep well and rest up.

Food and drink

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.

Michelin recommended restaurants in Oslo

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