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Unlike many cities, you can actually book a budget hotel in Oslo during the busy season. March to August brings comfortable temperatures that average in the mid 60s, and in June and July visitors actually experience 24 hours of daylight.
Many festivals come to Oslo in May through July, which brings an influx of tourists, so the crowds are larger than other times of the year. If planning a summer visit, book your travel for July as there are fewer business travelers that month. The hotels that cater to business travellers then drop their prices to entice tourists in their stead.
September to February are great for those who enjoy winter sports. The days, however, can be very short or non-existent, and you’ll need to pack your warmest clothes as the temperatures hover between the teens and 20s at night and only into the low 30s during the day.
Karl Johans Gate is home to many of the city’s luxury hotels, but downtown Oslo commands top dollar. If you’re looking for value, Grønland and Grünerløkka offer it.
Grønland has a multicultural feel as well as ethnic and exotic restaurants and shops. Stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel or the Bjørvika Apartments. You’ll be steps away from the shopping on Karl Johans Street and public transportation stops.
Grünerløkka is packed with many trendy shops and eateries. Travelers will find a mix of brand name, affordable hotels and boutique lodgings, including the Best Western Kampen Apartment Hotell, Anker Apartment – Hostel, Oslo Hotel Apartments, and Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget. The neighborhood has lovely green spaces, like the large Sofienbergparken, which include hiking trails and farmers' markets, and is just minutes away from downtown.
Save over central Oslo hotels by booking a hotel near the airport. If you don’t mind taking the train into downtown, you can find quite a good deal on a more upscale hotel that offers all the amenities you want. Visitors can take the Gardermoen Line of the high-speed railway into the capital, but can save a bit more by riding the bus or renting a car for the duration of their trip.
The more extravagant hotels in the city tend to have a steep price, but there are lots of four and five-star accommodations whose amenities make it worth the rate. To save on one of these, plan to book a room in a business-minded hotel in the summer, when business travel tapers off. Specifically, July is the perfect month to look for deals at the Frogner House – Skovveien 8, Rica Homenkollen Park Hotel, Clarion Collection Hotel Savoy, Carlton Oslo Guldsmeden, and Rica Hotel G20.
Many of the city’s poshest hotels are downtown. Karl Johans Gate is the main street in Oslo where a large portion of the city’s attractions reside. Along the street is everything from the Norwegian Royal Palace and Oslo Central Station to the National Theatre and Øvre Slottsgate, the highest point where both ends of the street can be seen.
The Oslo airport is surrounded by upscale, brand-name hotels and a few boutique lodgings, which can be booked for much less than comparable accommodations in town. If your travels bring you to Oslo for business or you want to experience a fancier hotel on a budget, then this is the place to look. The area around the airport is dotted with stand-alone restaurants and those in hotels in case you want to stay near your hotel and relax instead of heading into the city.
There are plenty of options for an Airbnb rental in Oslo, including entire homes and apartments with central locations. Cut your rate even further by opting for a private room rental via Airbnb. In addition to saving you money, you'll also get the feel for a real Norwegian household.
At only 175 square miles, no matter where you stay in Oslo you are still close to downtown and all the best attractions. You’ll find budget-friendly hotels alongside four and five-star accommodations. Almost all neighborhoods have hotels in all price ranges.
Visitors who like being outside will find the city’s many parks perfect for everything from picnicking to hiking. Those watching their pennies will love that parks are free and attractions in the parks are generally free too. Frogner Park is the largest park in Norway and has a large collection of Gustav Vigeland sculptures, making it an outdoor museum of sorts. The Ellingsen Penjonat and Thon Hotel Gyldenløve are just a few of the affordable Norwegian hotel brands to choose from a few steps from the park.
Oslo also has many unique shopping opportunities. Pick up an authentic Norwegian sweater at the Oslo Sweater Shop located in the moderately priced Clarion Hotel Royal Christiana, or go to the most popular shopping center for locals and tourists alike, the Oslo City Shopping Centre. It has five levels with over 90 shops and restaurants right in the city center. Easily walk from budget-friendly lodgings such as the Citybox Oslo and Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station. If you stay further away, public transportation makes it easy to carry your purchases back to your accommodations.
Everyone loves a castle, and Akershus Castle doesn’t disappoint. Families find something that everyone likes here, including the medieval architecture, the royal sarcophagi, and the fortress overlooking the Oslo Fjord. The Nobel Peace Prize Museum and Oslo City Hall are another pair of attractions vacationers may want to check out. All of these are along the waterfront and within walking distance of cheap hotels, including Comfort Hotel Boersparken and Sentrum Pensjonat og Hostel, and moderately priced accommodations such as the First Hotel Millennium, Hotel Oslo City Centre, and Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama.
Though the main airport is located in Gardermøen, some 29 miles or 47 kilometers north of Oslo, it is busy enough to have several train routes. The Flytoget Airport Express Train is Norway’s only (and first) high-speed train. It takes 22 minutes to ride from the airport to central Oslo, and the train departs every 20 minutes. You can also rent a car for your vacation or take a taxi to and from the airport.
For less expensive options, Norwegian State Railways has service to downtown that is about a third of the price and only takes 30 minutes to complete the trip.
Several hotels in town offer free airport shuttles, giving their guests even more value in their booking rates. It’s more common that hotels near the airport have shuttles included in their rates, which is convenient for business travelers who need easy access between their hotel and the airport.
Whether you’re visiting Oslo to soak in the history and the culture, to attend a festival, or to explore the parks and fjords, you’ll be able to find all the information to make your trip amazing by using the free Oslo Official City App for your smart phone. It can help you plan before you go and while there.
Check out What’s On on VisitOslo (www.VisitOslo.com) for up-to-the-minute event schedules, including times and admission costs. They list events and activities for all ages in your travel group. The site also gives you suggestions for where to eat, where to shake your booty (nightlife), and even important Norwegian news.
Take the work out of planning a day out on your own by booking a guided tour of popular places like Oslo City Hall, the Parliament building, and the National Theatre. Tour different areas of Oslo or the whole city on a sightseeing tour by foot, coach, or boat.
Save on museums, transportation, outdoor swimming pools, and other Oslo attractions with the Oslo pass available on VisitOslo (www.VisitOslo.com). Not only will you gain access to activities without standing in the ticket queues, it also gives holders discounts on dining, shopping, events, and more.
Hipmunk (www.hipmunk.com) can help make your Oslo vacation even more memorable – and affordable – with its search engine that lets you find the perfect hotel at the perfect price. Make use of their city guides to plan the rest of your trip with tips on where to go and when from real travel writers.
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