If you’re an international student in Bergen, chances are you’d like to take some time while you’re in Norway to do some additional exploring. Perhaps you’d even like to take a peek at Norway’s largest city, Oslo. If you’re looking for a bigger city feel, and you’d like to make the journey, Oslo is well worth a trip.
Of course you can fly to Olso -and if that’s your plan keep your eye out for deals on airfare, because sometimes it can be surprisingly high. In my searches, it seemed like ~kr 798.05 or below was a great deal that should be purchased immediately. When I look at flights, I tend to search around using Kayak, looking at actual airline websites, and then eventually concluding that I find the best deals using, sigh, of course:
The trip takes about 3-4 hours (taking into account Flybussen, “Flytoget” the airport train into Oslo, getting to the airport early enough to go through security, etc). But the flight itself is amazingly short, 55 minutes total – much less in the air!
If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sentrum and you don’t mind a longer journey (more time to do schoolwork, relax, and check out what’s claimed by some sources to be “the most exciting and beautiful train ride in the world“) you might consider taking the train. It can be quite inexpensive if you find minipris tickets (the lowest minipris tickets I see are kr 249 each way), and because you don’t have to take Flybussen (kr 130 for a roundtrip student ticket) or Flytoget (kr 180 for a roundtrip student ticket), you may find you save a bit compared to flying.
The journey by train takes more time, about 6.5 to 7.5 hours.
Grünerløkka, a hip Oslo neighborhood, has much to recommend it. And, am I obsessed with street art? It would appear so. Photo: Stand Hiestand
I highly recommend making friends with people in Bergen who later move to Oslo or couples of whom half live in Oslo and half in Bergen, because if you’re lucky, they might want you to come visit! I am this type of lucky, and I did not have to worry about accommodation. If I was not lucky in this way, I would probably try to find an airbnb or youth hostel in Oslo to try to keep accomodation costs down.
Oslo is a city! There is stuff to do in cities! There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, historic sties, and parks to explore in Olso, whatever suits your taste. Here’s a few of the things I’ve checked out in Oslo :
Vigeland Sculpture Park. Photo: Stand Hiestand
The Viking Ship Museum. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Munch’s Scream. The National Gallery. Photo: Stand Hiestand
Get the places to do the stuff!
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- buy single tickets, a 24-hour ticket, a 7-day ticket, 30-day ticket or a supplementary ticket for extra zones.
Get yourself some maps, here:
Don’t go broke!
Check out some advice for Oslo on a budget.
Have any of your own tips and suggestions? Have questions? Comment below!