Currency in Norway
The Norwegian currency is “Kroner”, which is sometimes mistranslated into “crowns” in English. But whatever we call our money, cash is no longer king in Norway, and almost all establishments accept debit or credit cards.
Although debit or credit cards are accepted most places, it is still a good idea to have a bit of cash on you. Foreign currency is rarely accepted, so you need Norwegian currency to get by.
You will find cash machines everywhere in towns and cities, and in most rural areas there will be at least one place where you can withdraw money, such as a kiosk or a petrol station.
Post offices and some grocery shops or supermarkets do not accept foreign credit cards, although they happily take debit cards.
Visa and MasterCard are the most accepted credit cards, with far fewer accepting Amex or Diners. If in doubt, ask before shopping.
Here are some prices that travellers often wonder about when visiting Norway. The list below shows average prices and ranges as listed on numbeo.com in January 2021 and are subject to change.
- One litre of petrol: NOK 15 to 17
- One litre of milk: NOK 17 to 23
- Cappuccino at a coffee bar: NOK 40 to 50
- Pack of 20 cigarettes: NOK 120 to 130
- Cinema ticket: NOK 130 to 150
- Meal in a budget restaurant: NOK 140 to 250
- Meal in a mid-range restaurant, three-course: NOK 600 to 1000
- Bottle of beer in a grocery shop: NOK 30 to 50
- Bottle of beer in a bar: NOK 60 to 99
When and where should you tip, and how much?
For the most part tipping is not common in Norway, except for bars and restaurants where the locals tip when they are happy with the service or food.
There is no fixed rule of thumb for how much to tip, but tips tend to stay within 5-15% of the total amount of the bill. But remember that tipping is entirely up to you – there will be no hard feelings in any case.
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