The country’s largest city is a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping.
As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capitals can match.
Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo was named European Green Capital 2019 for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. The compact city centre is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bike, and the efficient public transport system makes the entire city accessible without a car. Oslo is also in the process of being certified as a Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism.
Oslo’s restaurant scene is diverse and constantly evolving with new, innovative kitchens – many of them with a fresh approach to Norwegian ingredients and food traditions. This attitude has led to international praise, and is also central to the city’s celebrated cocktail and coffee cultures.
Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is home to many of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions. First-rate opera, ballet and theatre performances are presented throughout the year, and art lovers can see famous works at The National Museum and The Munch Museum and browse through the city’s numerous galleries.
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. Big outdoor festivals bring in the crowds in summer, and there are annual festivals for genres ranging from chamber music to heavy metal.
Find more inspiration on Oslo’s official website.
Oslo is a modern and diverse city with an abundance of museums and cultural highlights. According to VisitOSLO these are the main attractions.
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Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from…More
Sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in…More
The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the…More
One of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway…More
One of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums, with 155 traditional houses from all parts of Norway…
The Munch Museum has the world's largest collection of Edvard Munch's works, and provides insight into the…More
Nobel Peace Prize museum with an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions that promote…More
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most…More
Through the centre of Oslo, from Maridalsvannet to the Oslo Fjord, runs the Akerselva river – a popular…More
Oslo is the main nexus in Norway for both domestic and international travel and has connections to most other Norwegian towns and cities. Get in-depth travel information at Oslo’s official website.
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 Sweden.
Express shuttle services to Oslo Airport are available from 120 locations in the Oslo area. Express bus services are also available to Torp Sandefjord Airport. Find more information about travelling by bus to Oslo.
Oslo Bussterminal is the main terminal for long-distance and regional bus routes, located in the city centre near the central train station.
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.
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.
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 the Oslo Pass, which gives you free public transportation, entry to several museums, municipal parking, and more. Get more information on Oslo's official website.
Bicycling or walking is often the easiest way to get around the city centre. Oslo is equipped with city bikes conveniently located around the city.
Oslo Airport is Norway's main airport and serves over 100 domestic and international destinations.
From Oslo Airport you can reach Oslo's city centre by express train, express bus, local train, hire car or taxi.
Many European cities have direct connections to Torp Sandefjord Airport, which can be reached from Oslo by express bus or train. The trip to Oslo from the airport takes around 2 hours.
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