4 ways to do sightseeing in Oslo at a low or no cost

Sightseeing on a budget

4 ways to do sightseeing in Oslo at a low cost or no cost: 

1. Put on some comfortable shoes

Oslo's compact city centre makes sightseeing on foot very easy. Check out the themed route suggestions from Oslo Escape Routes, or join Free Tour Oslo for a guided tour!

More ideas for nice Oslo walks

2. Hop on a bike

Explore at your own pace, choosing when and where to stop. If you don't have your own bicycle here, look into getting a city bike!

Ride your bike along the Harbour Promenade, or follow the Akerselva river. Or how about a scenic trip passing by the Bygdøy museums

More ideas for bike sightseeing

3. See the city from the tram

With a regular public transport ticket, you can take any bus, tram and subway in the city, as well the island ferries.

May we suggest a ride with tram line #12? It takes you from Vigeland Sculpture Park, through the classy Frogner neighbourhood, along the harbour and up Grünerløkka to foresty Kjelsås.

Or try line #19, which takes you through the charming streets of Briskeby, into medieval Oslo, and up the hill to Ekeberg – panoramic fjord view included!

More on Oslo's public transport

4. Go high

Oslo's subway system is actually mostly overground. The subway (T-bane) line #1 provides great views as the train climbs from the city centre up to Frognerseteren at an altitude of almost 500 meters. Make sure you get a seat by the window on the left side!

Subway train going up the hill to Frognerseteren
Subway train going up the hill to Frognerseteren
Photo: Leif-Harald Ruud

Did you know?
Between Stortinget in the city centre and Frognerseteren at the end of the line, the difference in altitude is 478 meters (1568 ft). This is biggest altitude difference within any metro network in the world.