If you are looking for a good hostel in Oslo, then you are in the right place! In this guide you will find all the best tips on the best and cheapest places to stay in Oslo, selected by those who live there. Finding a good hostel in Oslo can be a bit tricky, as there are more budget apartments and hotels in the city, and the few hostels are located in outlying areas, quite far from all the main attractions.
Also Oslo is dreadfully expensive, and this also applies to hostels, so if you’re traveling as a couple, it’s usually cheaper to get a double room in a budget hotel in the city center. This is why in this guide you will find all the advice on the best hostels in Oslo, but also on the best budget hotels and the best cheap apartments in Oslo.
What you will find in this guide to the best hostels in Oslo:
- TOP 4 Best and Cheapest Hostels in Oslo
- TOP 3 Best Budget Hotels in Oslo
- TOP 3 Best Budget Apartments in Oslo
- Overall: The 3 Best Budget Accommodation in Oslo for Couples
TOP 4 Best and Cheapest Hostels in Oslo
The famous Anker Hostel is undoubtedly one of the best hostels in Oslo, offering comfortable, clean and affordable accommodation located in the heart of the town. This hostel is part of Anker Apartments, which boast some of the best accommodations in town, so you can choose the type of accommodation that’s right for you, from dorm beds (for 4, 6 or 8 people) to private rooms and studios with private bathroom and kitchen.
The accommodations are equipped with everything you need and bed linen is included in the price. The reception is open 24 hours a day, and the hostel is close to supermarkets and restaurants and also has a shared kitchen where you can cook your own meals.
You can choose between the two different locations: Anker Apartment Sentrum which is located a stone’s throw from the central station and Anker Apartment Grünerløkka which is located about 1 km further north, but from which in a few minutes by bus or a half hour walk you can easy access to all attractions of downtown Oslo. It is advisable to book well in advance, as this is one of the most popular hostels in Oslo.
HI Oslo Haraldsheim (a.k.a. Oslo Vandrerhjem Haraldsheim)
The HI Oslo Haraldsheim, also known as Oslo Vandrerhjem Haraldsheim Hostel is a good choice for travelers on a tight budget and for those traveling by car. This hostel is surrounded by greenery, in a quiet neighborhood located about 4 km from the city center, which can be easily reached in about 30 minutes by tram.
One of the highlights of this hostel is that it offers free parking (which is quite a rarity in Oslo), and in the morning you can enjoy a delicious and hearty free breakfast.
This hostel in Oslo offers dorm beds and single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, also perfect for families and groups of friends. Some rooms also have a private bathroom. The rooms are clean and, despite this being a popular youth hostel, they are comfortable and quiet. The reception is open 24h, and the staff speak excellent English. Nearby there are supermarkets and restaurants and the hostel offers you a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals.
k7 hotel oslo (former Saga Poshtel Oslo Central)
The K7 Hotel Oslo, which was previously known as Saga Poshtel Oslo Central, is undoubtedly one of the most famous, highly rated and award-winning hostels in Oslo.
It is located right in the heart of the town, a stone’s throw from the Central Railway Station. It is a trendy and vibrant hostel, perfect for backpackers, families and solo travelers. It offers excellent accommodation in dorm beds and private rooms, a fully equipped common kitchen and several common areas where you can relax, have a drink and eat your meals.
The reception is open 24 hours a day, and the staff speaks several languages. In the morning they serve a great breakfast! The main attractions are all within walking distance, as well as supermarkets, restaurants and nightlife.
Oslo Hostel Ronningen
Oslo Hostel Ronningen is located over 7 km from Oslo City Center, but is a good choice for travelers with a car. It offers free parking and is located on a nice hill overlooking a lake.
Also chosen by many digital nomads, as it offers a nice gym, laundry, football and volleyball fields and a fully equipped kitchen, this Oslo hostel can be a good choice for exploring the surrounding area as well.
It offers shared accommodation in dorm beds and single, double and family rooms in a quiet and pleasant atmosphere, plus a good breakfast included in the price.
TOP 3 Best Budget Hotels in Oslo
A great alternative to hostels in Oslo are some of the best budget hotels located in the city center, offering rather similar rates and unbeatable value for money. My advice, especially for couples, is to opt for one of these hotels, which offer beautiful private rooms with bathroom, so you’ll get a comfortable and quiet place to stay, of the best nordic quality, for a very small difference.
Citybox Oslo is probably the most famous budget hotel in Oslo, located just a stone’s throw from the Central Railway Station and all the city’s attractions.
It offers basic, clean and comfortable rooms at very affordable prices. It is undoubtedly the best budget hotel near Oslo Central Station and offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a small area where you can have your own meals (not a real kitchen, just tables and a microwave oven).
The Anker Hotel is one of my favorites in Oslo, as it is a great budget hotel located within walking distance from the Central Station and all major attractions.
In spite of the budget prices, it offers high-end rooms and common areas, with comfortable beds, large rooms and equipped with every amenity, including private bathroom with shower. In the morning you’ll enjoy a great and hearty breakfast included in the rate, while in the evening you’ll have a nice drink in the hotel’s bar.
Conveniently located within walking distance of all major attractions, Smarthotel Oslo is a modern budget hotel, offering comfortable single, double and family rooms, with shared bathroom, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
It offers 24-hour reception and a bar that serves an excellent breakfast in the morning (for a fee).
TOP 3 Best Budget Apartments in Oslo
Apartments are also a valid alternative to hostels in Oslo, which sometimes have affordable prices and give you maximum flexibility, especially if you are traveling as a couple or with kids.
Anker Apartment Sentrum
We have already mentioned Anker Apartment Sentrum, which in addition to being an excellent hostel in Oslo, offers great private apartments, capable of accommodating from 1 to 6 people, at unbeatable prices.
The apartments are located within walking distance of all of Oslo’s major attractions, are spacious, comfortable and clean, with private bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. You also have the maximum flexibility of a 24-hour reception.
Forenom Serviced Apartments Oslo Rosenborg
Forenom Serviced Apartments Oslo Rosenborg offers beautiful apartments with fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries.
They are located in a quiet neighborhood of Oslo, easily accessible by public transport from Oslo Central Station or Airport. There are several supermarkets nearby, so this might be a good choice for couples and families.
Baltazar Apartments Tjuvholmen (a.k.a. hotel filip)
Baltazar Apartments Tjuvholmen (a.k.a. Hotel Filip) offers excellent apartments at affordable prices, and is located in a quiet area, close to all the main attractions of the city.
The apartments are very nice, spacious, comfortable, with private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. You can also use the aparthotel’s gym and sauna.
Overall: The 3 Best Budget Accommodation in Oslo for Couples
Hostel rates in Oslo are quite high, and the choice is very limited compared to other European cities.
For couples and families the best solution is to book one of the budget hotels or apartments that are conveniently located, a stone’s throw from the Oslo Central Station and all the main attractions, with 24-hour reception and excellent value for money.
The best budget hotels are undoubtedly the Citybox Oslo and the Anker Hotel, which offer unbeatable value for money and are among the most popular hotels in Oslo, so it is advisable to book well in advance.
Among the budget apartments our choice are the Anker Apartment Sentrum and the Anker Apartment Grünerløkka, which offer excellent apartments, spacious, bright, comfortable and located a short distance from the heart of the city.