Known as one of the most expensive countries in the world, I was pleasantly surprised that, although many prices were higher than I was used to, Norway wasn’t that bad. You should definitely budget a little more than you normally do for a trip to Norway, or the other Scandinavian countries, but there are ways to save some money.

 

Stay in a Hostel

The easiest way to save money anywhere, including Norway, is to choose less expensive lodging. Typically the cheapest option, besides camping, is a hostel. You can pay for a bunk in a shared room, which is the cheapest, or get a private room. My philosophy when traveling is that I only really sleep where I choose to stay the night, so, as long as it’s clean and safe, I choose to get a bunk bed in a shared room in a hostel. I’d rather spend my money on experiences rather than fancy lodging. If you are with other people, sometimes Airbnb or VRBO can be an affordable option. 

A hostel with a view, Odda, Norway

If you have never stayed in a hostel, check out my post What to Expect When Staying in a Hostel.

Stavanger Popup Hostel, Stavanger, Norway

Cook for Yourself

Food is the next biggest way to save money while traveling. Eating out almost anywhere gets expensive, and Norway is no exception. Even though many groceries are more expensive in Norway than many other places, it is still much cheaper than eating out. If you stay in a hostel, Airbnb, or VRBO lodging, cooking for yourself is a great option for saving money, even if you only do it some days.

 

Get Takeaway

In Norway, it is less expensive to get takeaway (or takeout) than to eat in. You can easily get your food and have a picnic or bring it back to your lodging for the night to eat. If it is coffee you want, getting it to go and drinking it while you walk around will save you money. Being from America, I equate it to having to give a tip when you eat in a restaurant vs. not if you do takeout. Only the tip amount is decided for you.

 

Organize Your Own Transportation

For some things, like Norway in a Nutshell, you can pay a company to book your transportation for you, or you can do it for yourself. There are blog posts out there that describe how to do it for almost half the price of using the Norway in a Nutshell website!

 

Use Public Transportation

This one depends on a lot of things like whether you are traveling solo or with others, where you are going, if you will start and end your trip in the same place, etc. For me, I was traveling solo and did not start and end my time in the same place in Norway, so taking public transportation vs. renting a car saved me a lot of money. If your situation is different, you will want to do your research to figure out which option is cheapest for you.

Riding a bus allows you more time to view the scenery.

One bus company that can be helpful is Kolumbus. They offer lots of longer distance trips. Another one in Nor-way Bus Express, which is also good for longer trips.

This company, in Odda, Norway, has good shared taxi/bus prices.

 

A ferry through a fjord, Norway

Avoid Taxis

In most places in Norway, taxis are quite expensive. Do your research ahead of time to see if there is a bus or, of course, you can walk. Many places have local buses, but they are not always easy to find when you arrive and take a look around.

 

Have you been to Norway? How did you save money? Comment below.

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15 thoughts on “Norway on a Budget

  • January 4, 2018 at 10:56 AM
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    Norway is on my very soon bucket list. I just can’t seem to convince other people in my family to not go somewhere tropical! It looks so beautiful and I loved the different options for eating. Feeding a family of 5, with 3 being teens gets really expensive. This was really helpful!

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  • January 4, 2018 at 11:23 AM
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    Great travel tips and ideas to keep the cost down! Thanks!

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  • January 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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    these are great tips for many destinations! I am a mom, so we try to stay in VRBO so we can cook, make breakfast, make our own coffee and do laundry. def helps! That way we can splurge on a local meal or something.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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    Thank you for offering those options to travel on a budget! I aggregate Bed and Breakfast accommodations in India and they are very well suited to budget travelers coming to india. I am glad you have offered bed and breakfast accommodations as a budget option.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM
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    I lived in Sweden many years ago, and I traveled all over Scandinavia except for Norway! The main reason was that everyone always talked about how expensive it was. These are definitely good tips. I think you just have to plan ahead when visiting so that you don’t encounter any surprises.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 3:49 AM
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    I have been wanting to go to Norway for a while now… I will for sure use these tips and tricks 😉

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  • January 5, 2018 at 6:33 AM
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    I know that most of Scandinavia is expensive, and Norway is probably top! Good suggestions about staying at a hostel and using public transportation; this is very important!

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  • January 5, 2018 at 7:11 AM
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    I agree, the most expensive things in Norway are the food and the taxis. As long as you can find cheaper ways of handling those, you can be fine in an expensive country like that. Thanks for these tips- Norway does have the reputation of being too expensive and such ideas to save money are always helpful.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    Norway must be so cool but also so expensive! Thanks for the great advices – this article was very usefull for me 🙂

    have a nice day and safe travels!

    Martina

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  • January 5, 2018 at 1:49 PM
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    I’ve never stayed in a hostel before, I did not get any traveling done before I had my children. Now travel is even more pricey! I would love to visit Norway one day though, it is on my bucket list.

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    • January 5, 2018 at 5:10 PM
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      A LOT of hostels allow children! You would either rent all the beds in a dorm if your family fills it, or get a private room.

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  • January 5, 2018 at 8:57 PM
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    I traveled to Norway as a student on a budget and did stay in hostels and do some cooking, which helped defray costs. Great tips!

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  • January 11, 2018 at 3:17 AM
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    m so glad i found this article as we r planning norway this year and all the articles i came across said norway is very expensive….have bookmarked thsi article..how many day do u recommend for thsi trip?

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  • January 11, 2018 at 3:13 PM
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    Good to know that it’s more expensive to eat in then to get take out in Norway! In the U.S. it seems to be the opposite most of the time… it costs a little extra for delivery and takeout. This is a helpful post! Pinned for future reference.

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