Advantages Money-saving, useful suggestions where to go, flexible, fantastic attractions, educational museums
Disadvantages You cant get enough savings into the time frame-you want to do everything!!
I have not travelled much in my years and it was a conscious decision I made one New Years to try very hard to find a way to travel somewhere new in the world every so often. I have a real preoccupation with the Nordic countries and had set my heart on going to one of them on last years jaunt. My partner and I decided that we would go together on a short-break to Oslo, the reason being simply that I do have to travel as much on a shoestring as I can, and we were able to get very cheap flights out to Oslo Rygge airport with Ryanair from Stansted- I was a bit nervous however at how expensive it might be when we were over there-as it is rather renowned for that! We travelled in December 2011 in order to enjoy Oslo at Christmastime!
You can purchase a card which lasts for either 24, 48 or 72 hours. We went along more-or-less straightaway to the nearby Tourist Information office at Jernbanetoget to get ours for 72 hours, which we had decided in advance, it suited our length of stay and we couldnt wait to get started seeing the sights and attractions. The tourist information offices are easily accessible and there are 3 or 4 in the city, which all have pretty normal opening hours. The one at the station was busy but big and really efficient-we got seen really soon and were able to pay by Cash or Mastercard, which is what I opted for. This set us back NOK 495 each (£50ish) although I managed to get mine at 20% off by showing a valid student ID card. (Its worth noting that for families there are also Childs/Seniors Oslo Passes available, although we didn't need to know this so I don't know price etc.) Perhaps the most appealing thing about the 72 hour Pass is that it entitled us to take a free Mini Cruise around the nearby inner Fjord sometime during the stay which we liked the sound of. They say that the Oslo Pass is valid from the time it is stamped at the time of its first use. Well from our personal experience, there is some flexibility with this depending on how you use it initially. At certain places they barely looked at the pass let alone stamped it, and when using it for transportation it was never stamped, so if you want to push your luck...
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