Cheap Flights to Oslo
- Area City : 480.76km² (185.62 sq mi)
- Area Codes : (+47) 00
- Currency : Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
- Population City : 658,390 (2016)
- Official Language : Norwegian
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer: (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Oslo Airport (OSL)
OSL is located at Gardermoen 47km northeast of the city. Passengers can reach the city by train, bus, taxi or vehicle. The Flytoget Airport Express Train takes approximately 20 minutes, the NSB (Norwegian State Railways) regional trains of which the Gardermoen-Oslo train affords a 50% discount for minors aged between 4 and 15 years and seniors 67 years and older. There’s the Flybussen and the OSL-ekspressen for passengers wanting to reach the east side of Oslo. Taxi operators include Oslo Taxi, Taxi2, and Norgestaxi. First stop at the taxi information desk in arrivals to get more information on fixed rates. Passengers can also hire luxury vehicles with drivers from Sixt, Lux Limo or Nordic Car Service for a door to door service. Small groups of travellers can hire minibuses with Persontransport Norge and Unibuss Tur.
Travellers in South Africa can fly from Cape Town to Oslo with one plus stops with the following airlines:
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 14h 35m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 15h 20m+
- Air France (via Paris) 16h 45m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 17h 10m+
- Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 17h 10m+
- South African, Swiss (via Johannesburg, Zürich) 17h 20m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa, Stockholm) 17h 50m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 17h 50m+
- British Airways, SAS (via London) 18h 0m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 18h 25m+
Additional airlines touching down at OSL include:
- Adria Airways
- Air Baltic
- Air Cairo
- TAP Portugal
- Thai Airways
Reasons to Visit Oslo Norway:
- A magical city, Oslo offers so much to experience that no visitor could possibly be disappointed. Sitting on the southern coast of the country, it’s the capital, economic and governmental heart of Norway, renowned for its museums, architecturally pleasing structures, wonderful lush spaces, more than 300 lakes and within its city limits, 40 islands and plenty more around the Oslofjord. Founded around 1049, Oslo experienced tragedy in the loss of three quarters of its population to the Black Death in 1350 AD and later numerous fires destroyed structures and parts of the city, but today visitors still have an abundance of fabulous attractions, in-door and out-door activities to enjoy.
- Take a pleasurable nature/island hopping, food, myths and legends walking tour; stroll along the Akerselva river that flows through the city with historical areas and lush forests; take an exciting ski-jump from the Holmenkollbakken with panoramic views of the fjord; picnic with nature while taking in sculptures and museums at Frogner Park; take a guided tour of the Oslo Opera House designed to emulate a floating iceberg in the sea or spend money and time at Paleet, a stylish shopping gallery with over 30 top lifestyle and fashion shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.
- The city offers numerous backpacker/hostels and a good choice of hotels, both budget and luxurious. There are excellent eateries, cafes and places for great pub grub. For the freshest fish in town, Fiskeriet is mostly a fish market with an eatery and small menu and very popular with locals. A must for coffee addicts is Tim Wendelboe that affords a coffee experience like no other. Izakaya is a Japanese pub that serves traditional dishes in a relaxed, cosy atmosphere and for the best pizza and a great vibe, Postkontoret with local craft beers on tap, also has live music from local artists. Enjoy the sunshine at Café Sør that transforms into a bar with DJs at night.
When to Visit Oslo Norway:
The best time to experience this city is during the crowded peak season from May to August with the well-known midnight sun occurring around June or July. Hotel rates are high but affordable accommodation can still be found. May temperatures average lows of around 7°C and highs of 16°C while June usually has the most hours of daily sunlight (8 hours) with highs of 20°C. July is the hottest month with summer at its peak affording average highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C.
For winter sports lovers a great time to go is from September when the ski season begins along with other winter sports and wonderfully low hotel rates.
Places to Visit Oslo Norway:
- Surrounded by majestic trees and grassy areas, the neoclassical ‘Royal Palace’ opened in 1849 as the residence of French-born King Charles III of Norway.
- Part of the Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum showcases Viking ships and relics from Viking tombs. The Fram Museum portrays the story of the Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever constructed that still holds the record for sailing the furthered north and south. The Kon-Tiki Museum opened in 1949 and is home to vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition including a library containing around 8000 books. Founded in 1914 is The Norwegian Maritime Museum that besides boats, archaeology and paintings has a pleasant café and terrace, for ideal views of the fjord.
- The Storting building, inaugurated in March 1866 is a stunning structure designed in Eclecticism style and the seat of the parliament of Norway.
- The Old Aker Church is the city’s oldest remaining Middle Ages building, still active today.
- To protect Oslo Akershus Fortress was built in the 1290s and was also used as a prison, it’s a great attraction to discover the city’s history.
- The Nobel Peace Centre affords a combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing the Nobel Peace Prize and the ideals it embodies.
- Not to be missed for art enthusiasts is the waterfront Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, a privately owned contemporary art gallery that displays wonderful works from the Astrup Fearnley collection among others.
- The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design’ is Norway’s national museum with the largest collection of items relating to art, architecture and design including a selection of books.
- A must see is Vigeland Museum, located in the home and studio of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The building is deemed one of the best examples of neo-classical architecture in the country and showcases phenomenal collections of the artist’s early works, portraits and monuments.
- Night revellers have excellent choices from Blå for live, contemporary jazz, r&b and hip-hop; Revolver rocks with cocktails, beer, great meals and concerts; highly rated is The Villa, an electronica club that pumps out underground, house techno, drum’n bass and more; John’s Bar is an informal bar that puts out everything from the 80s where grown-ups can let loose; Horgan’s Bar & Restaurant dishes up great food, has big screens for sports and a continuous party atmosphere over weekends; London Pub & Club is one of the city’s most popular gay bars that opened in the 70s;
- Tourists wanting local apparel to take home should pop into Heimen Husfliden GlasMagasinet where stunning Norwegian and Scandinavian designs inspired by traditional techniques and patterns can be purchased for adults and children; Heimen Husfliden Rosenkrantz gate sells traditional handicrafts along with Norwegian sweaters, blankets, knitwear, silk scarfs and a range of beautiful items; for high quality fashion Ferner Jacobson has ranges of many top designers; for high-end fashion, Eger Karl Johan is the country’s biggest house selling over 300 international fashion and beauty items and for tourists on tight budgets Gypsywagon is a wonderful second-hand shop that sells carefully selected clothing items for men, women and children. Book lovers shouldn’t miss Cappelens Forslag where new, used and antiquarian books, mostly in English, can be found.
Getting Around to Oslo:
The city is ideal for walking short distances and cycling.
Oslo has a reliable and convenient public transport system operated by Ruter with tickets valid for travel on buses, trams, subways, local trains and ferries (excluding the Bygdøy ferry) including travel at night.
Visitors can purchase a single; 24-hour; 7-day; 30-day or 365-day ticket with supplementary tickets for additional zones.
The 7-day ticket allows free transfers (in applicable zones) and may be shared with another person if you’re not using it.
Perfect for visitors is the ‘Oslo Pass’ available for 24, 48 or 72 hours that covers numerous zones and affords free entry to attractions and many museums.
The Rufus ticket is great for school (including 10th grade) and kindergarten groups where up to 15 people can travel on one ticket of which four may be adult supervisors.
The cycling season is from 3rd April until 20 November 2017. Bicycles are located at over 100 stations throughout the city and can be used for up to 45 minutes after which all you need do is park it at a bike station and pick up another one. For more information, check out www.oslobysykkel.no.
Visitors preferring to hire their own vehicles can do so from Avis, Hertz, Europcar and others.
Taxi operators include Oslo Taxi AS, Taxi2 and others.