Norway has long had a reputation for high prices. You will general find that goods and services are more expensive than what you would expect in the UK. Alcoholic drinks are expensive and some people choose to use their duty free allowance on the outward journey and take items for personal use while on holiday.
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted
** As of December 2014 the exchange rate is around NOK11 to £1 **
Quick reference guide prices
|Item||NOK (average)||£ (approx.)|
|Three course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant||800||70|
Please note the amounts quoted here are averages and are updated periodically. Data is taken from numbeo.com
An Oslo city card is available which offers unlimited free travel on all kinds of public transportation (boats, buses, trains and trams), free parking in municipal parking lots and free admission to most museums and sights. The cards are available for one, two or three days. Must see places are Vigeland Park – home of many sculptures, the Viking Ship museum, the Resistance museum and Akershus Fortress, which dates from WW2. The cards can be bought at the tourist information offices, most hotels, the railway station and some Narvesen news stands.
Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, from January 2015, the adult card will cost NOK 320, NOK 470 and NOK 590 respectively. Reduced price cards are also available for children up to 15 and for senior citizens (aged 67 or over).
A Bergen city card is also available and offers unlimited free travel on all kinds of public transportation and sightseeing tours by boat or bus, discounted parking at ByGarasjen and free admission to most museums and sights. The cards are available for one or two days. Enjoy reduced entrance fees at some of the must-see places, including Mount Fløyen, accessed by the Fløibanan Funicular, Troldhaugen the home of composer Edvard Grieg and Bergen Aquarium. The cards can be bought at the tourist information office and are valid for 24 or 48 hours and cost NOK 200 and NOK 260 respectively. Reduced price cards are available for children up to 15, but not for senior citizens.