Ricky Leong, Flickr.com
Ricky Leong, Flickr.com

Like any big city, Oslo offers a wide range of accommodation for all groups of travelers: backpackers, campers, business travelers, senior travelers and families.

Norway is known for being expensive, and Oslo is no exception. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to stay in Oslo without breaking the bank — yes, even for free if you’re creative.

In this article, we’ll go through the different options, and recommend some of the best places to stay.

Areas to stay

In my opinion, you don’t need to stay in the most central area. If you can’t find a room central in Oslo, fear not, getting around is easy. The metro system in Oslo is excellent, along with frequent buses and trams.  Google Maps will show you the metro lines and some of the bus routes to take, so your best bet is to first locate what sights you want to see, then plan to stay around there.

Having said that, you will notice the we’ve picked out here are all pretty central. You don’t have to stay in the center, but it never hurts.

Hotels

If you’re visiting in peak season, remember to book a hotel early. I’ve heard about people having to book accommodation as far away as Lillehammer during big fairs and popular events in Oslo!

Make no mistake, Lillehammer is a beautiful city, definitely worth a visit, but it’s still more than two hours outside of Oslo.

Also note that during special events, like the Nobel Peace Prize, the prices for hotels will increase drastically.

Budget

Mid-range

High end

Holmenkollen Hotel
Holmenkollen Hotel. Christopher, Flickr.com

Hostels

There are quite a few hostels (‘vandrehjem‘ in Norwegian) in Oslo. Below we’ve picked some of our favorites. These are all located centrally in Oslo, and a great place to stay for backpackers or travelers on a budget.

Holiday apartments / holiday rentals

Sometimes, especially if you’re staying for a while or traveling a group together, it’s better to rent an entire apartment than staying in a room at a hotel. It’s a lot cheaper, you get that homey feeling, and often the owners are more than happy to recommend several places and sights in town and answer any questions you might have. There are several holiday rental listings, but the two I recommend are:

  • Roomorama: Lists a wide range of private rentals all over Oslo. From rooms to private flats.
  • AirBNB: Same as above. Listings of private rentals. Rooms and flats.
Carlos Bryant, Flickr.com
Carlos Bryant, Flickr.com

Camping

There are a couple of camping sites:

  • Bogstad Camping: 6 miles out of town. Tent space and cabin rental options. There is a supermarket, a fast-food place and a gas station right by the camp site.
  • Ekeberg Camping: The closest camp site to downtown. Open in the summer. Activities such as mini-golf and horse rental avaliable.
  • Langøyene Island: (Ferry #94 from Vippetangen). This isn’t an official camp site, but the Norwegian authorities will let you put up a tent for two days at most places. It’s free obviously, but it doesn’t have the facilities that the a more organized camp site has.
  • Oslo Fjord Camping: Just next to Hvervenbukta a beautiful place to be in the summer!

Other options

Couch surfing is available in Oslo, as most major cities in the world.

It’s an interesting concept, if you’re not familiar with it: it’s basically an online community, where people will let you stay in their guest room or at their couch for free. This works best if you’re a solo traveler! If you’re adventurous, on a budget and want to meet locals, then it’s a great option to check out: couchsurfing.org.

Featured image:Ricky Leong, Flickr.com