2010-10-25 Oslo

Oslo is the capital of Norway and a must-visit urban destination, according to the article “31 places to go to in 2010” in The New York Times. Oslo is an increasingly international city with approximately 600.000 inhabitants. The city is beautifully located with the fjord on one side, and surrounded by forests and hills on the others.

Oslo offers many attractions for visitors, including the Vigeland park, the Munch museum, the Opera house, the Polar Ship and Viking Ship Museums, and the Holmenkollen ski jump.

Further information about visiting Oslo may be found at http://www.visitoslo.com/en or in the Oslo Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is open Monday to Sunday 09:00–18:00 and can be found in Østbanehallen next to Oslo Central Station. Entrance from Jernbanetorget (the square with the tiger sculpture) or from inside the hall.


Public Transport

The public transport in Oslo is operated by Ruter. Ruter’s tickets can be used on the metro, trams, buses, ferries and trains in Oslo and Akershus, but are not valid on airport shuttle buses, the Airport Express Train, TIMEkspressen or the Bygdøy ferries. Buy your ticket using your mobile phone (see ruter.no/en/mobile-apps/), at kiosks (such 7-Eleven, Deli de Luca, etc.), from ticket machines (outside the metro stations), or at Service Points (Central Station, Majorstuen, etc.). More information at ruter.no.

Tickets and fares (for zone 1):

  • Single Ticket: 33 NOK (but more if you buy the ticket directly on the bus/tram!)
  • 24-hours Ticket: 90 NOK
  • 7-days Ticket: 240 NOK

Taxi Companies

  • Taxi2: Tel. 02202
  • Norgestaxi: Tel. 08000
  • Oslo Taxi: Tel. 02323

Payment: Pay in cash (Norwegian kroner only) or by credit card. If you want to pay by credit card, please inform the driver at the start of the trip. Taxis in Norway accept the most common cards such as VISA, American Express, Eurocard and MasterCard. Please be aware that non-chipped cards may not always be accepted.

Restaurants and Bars

We recommend the following places to eat and drink downtown. For more comprehensive lists see web resources like tripadvisor.com or osloby.no (in Norwegian). Norway is a high cost country so you will probably find most prices to be rather high, particularly due to the high tax on alcoholic beverages.

Seafood Restaurants

We recommend to make a reservation in advance.

Solsiden: Fresh and good quality seafood with the possibility to enjoy the sunset over the Oslo Fjord. Open until 22:00.

  • Address: Akershusstranda 13.
  • Telephone: +47 22333630.
  • Email: post@solsiden.no.

Lofoten: Fresh and good quality seafood restaurant located on the edge of Aker Brygge, a modern area in Oslo (by the seaside). Three course menu for 535,- NOK.

Mares: Fresh and good quality seafood with a nice and delicate atmosphere. Four course menu for 665,- NOK.

  • Address: Skovveien 1.
  • Telephone: +47 22548980.
  • Email: mares@mares.no.

Fjord: Fresh and good quality seafood restaurant located in Oslo city center. Three course menu for 445,- NOK.

Mid-Priced Restaurants and Bars

Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri: Microbrewery, also with eating options.

  • Address: Stortingsgaten 20.
  • Telephone: +47 24 20 09 00.
  • Price range 150–300 NOK.

Nydalen Bryggeri & Spiseri: Microbrewery, also with eating options.

  • Address: Nydalsveien 30A.
  • Telephone: +47 22239440.
  • Price range 160–350 NOK.

Delicatessen: Tapas bar.

  • Address(Majorstuen): Vibes gate 8A.
  • Address(Aker brygge): Holmens gate 2.
  • Address(Grünerløkka): Søndregate 8.
  • Telephone: +47 22467200.
  • Price range 160–350 NOK.

Fyret: Nice little place with maritime atmosphere. Norwegian/Danish cuisine. Has an extensive range of the traditional Scandinavian Akevitt; Highly recommended!

  • Address: Youngstorget 6.
  • Price range 150–700 NOK.

Villa Paradiso: Italian pizza place.

  • Address(Grünerløkka): Olaf Ryes plass 8.
  • Address(Frogner): Sommerrogata 17.
  • Telephone: +47 22354060.

Hells Kitchen and Illegal Burger: A bar with good pizzas in a hip area. Gets very packed during weekends. Next door is a trendy burger place.

  • Address: Møllergaten 23.

Internasjonalen: Trendy and large bar with good selection of drinks.

  • Address: Youngstorget 2.

Olympen: Originally a “worker’s pub” from 1892, the place has now been totally refurbished and serves traditional Norwegian food including an affordable three course menu for 349 NOK (good value/price). Extensive beer range with many local beers.

  • Address: Grønlandsleiret 15.
  • Telephone: +47 24 10 19 99
  • Price range 140–250 NOK.

Vognmand Nilsen: Norwegian ingredients in modern style. Affordable three course menu for 335,- (good value/price).

  • Address: Rubina Ranas gate 3.
  • Price range 200–300 NOK.

Summit 21: Bar on the 21st floor of the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel with a great view.

  • Address: Holbergs gate 30.

Vegetarian Restaurants

Krishnas Cuisine:

  • Address: Sørkedalsveien 10 B, Majorstuen.
  • Telephone: +47 22692269.
  • Open until 20:00.

Vegan Loving Hut Oslo:

  • Address: Fredensborgveien 29.
  • Telephone: +47 22202040.
  • Open until 20:00.


Apotek 1 Storgata:

  • Address: Storgata 8.
  • Telephone: +47 24155050.
  • Open until 17:00.

Vitusapotek Jernbanetorget:

  • Address: Jernbanetorget 4B.
  • Telephone: +47 23358100.
  • Open 24 hours.

Emergency Numbers

  • 110 – Fire
  • 112 – Police
  • 113 – Ambulance