Is Oslo Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Oslo is generally an extremely safe city for solo female travelers. As with any major city, it's always smart to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, especially during evenings. However, it has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, the residents are helpful and respectful, and the city is well lit and well policed. Public transportation is safe to use at all hours. Nevertheless, always follow basic safety precautions such as not walking alone late at night in deserted areas or leaving your belongings unattended.

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How safe is Oslo?

Safety at nightSafe

Oslo is generally a safe city to walk alone at night. Incidents of serious crime are relatively low. However, as with any city, it's wise to remain aware of your surroundings, particularly in less crowded areas or late at night. Always follow your intuition, avoid isolated areas and keep your personal belongings secure. Overall, Oslo provides a safe environment for solo female travelers.

Public transportationVery safe

Oslo's well-functioning public transportation network, comprised of trams, buses, and trains, is considered among the safest in the world. Women typically feel very secure, regardless of time of day or district. The presence of CCTV, well-lit stations, regular patrolling, driver and fellow passenger assistance make journeys reliable and problem-free.

Street harassmentLow

Oslo prides itself on being a safe and open city. Street harassment incidents in Oslo are generally low compared to many other cities around the world. People tend to respect personal space, and unwanted attention or catcalling in the streets is not a common experience. However, it's always wise to keep your guard up and be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night or in less crowded areas.

Petty crimesLow

Oslo, like any other city, does have instances of petty crime such as pickpocketing, especially in crowded tourist spots and public transportation. However, compared to other major cities around the world, the occurrence is relatively low. The citizens are generally law-abiding and the city is considered safe for solo female travelers. It is however always wise to remain cautious, not to flash your valuables in public and be aware of your belongings.

Tap waterVery safe

Drinking water straight from the tap in Oslo is considered safe and clean. The water undergoes rigorous treatment and testing to ensure it is of high quality and harmless for consumption. In fact, the tap water in Oslo is often noted for its fresh and clean taste.

Is Norway safe right now?

When traveling to Norway, it is advised by multiple government bodies, including those of the United States, Canada, and Australia, to exercise normal safety precautions. This means maintaining awareness of your surroundings, obeying local laws, and taking standard security measures to ensure a safe trip.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises to exercise normal precautions in Norway. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian Government advises taking standard security measures while in Norway. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 21, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Norway. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 3, 2023

Is Oslo safe to visit?

4.8 /5

Based on 14 experiences

Solo travel experience

I had an amazing time and regret not staying longer. I highly recommend the Folk Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland Park and a walk by the water to see the beautiful Opera House. I managed to try one nice dish - a Norwegian waffle with brown cheese, cream, and jam. It was delicious. Initially, I felt incredibly uneasy being alone, but I felt safe and comfortable exploring the city.

Posted: August 7, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I was there just last year. It is really a safe place. I never had any problems. Public transportation there is great. I really loved the Nobel Peace Museum and the Fram Museum. I stayed at the Citybox Oslo.

Posted: May 22, 2023
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Nazlıcan

Nazlıcan

Poland

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hey guys! i had a trip to oslo for one night and i got only 24 hours to see the city. It was enough for me because i got so tired from the walking/cold and i think i had the best moments of my life. First i wanna warn you about Oslo Torp airport, it is 1.5 hours away from the city and it was expensive than the plane😅 The weather was so so so nice when i get there. Almost everyone know english so it is nice to ask people. I started from the opera house, watched the sunset at the top, walked to the marina for 1 hour and it was night for me. I did couchsurfing in a guys house and he was lovely i felt so safe in Oslo. I didnt buy any food in Oslo because the guy cooked for me and i had other snacks through the day☺️ But i can say it is quite expensive. Next day i went to Lake Sognsvann and walked around it. It was frozen and people would ski and jug with their dogs! After i return to the city i went into the Munch Museum and i must say you should definitily go and see. That was my trip to Oslo:))

Posted: February 20, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Things to do: - Opera - Akershus Castle - Vigeland Sculpture Park - Botanical Gardens - Holmenkollen Safety: Oslo is safe and beautiful. Recommendations: Oslo is very expensive and can be explored in one day.

Posted: September 16, 2022
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Things to do: - Parliament Building - Royal Palace - Akershus Fortress - Opera in Oslo - Vigeland Sculpture Park - Port - Sognsvann Lake - Town Hall Safety: Oslo is very safe, even if you are alone. Just stay in the center of Oslo, and everything will be fine! Recommendations: Oslo is amazing if you love history. However, heading north for landscapes, hiking, and culture is a must.

Posted: September 9, 2022
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To Do: - Viking Ship Museum - Akershus Fortress - Vigeland Park - Royal Palace - Opera in Oslo - Munch - Norwegian Museum of Cultural History - National Museum - Fram Museum Safety: Yes, Oslo is completely safe for a solo female traveler. Recommendations: Oslo is a nice city, but quite expensive.

Posted: September 2, 2022
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Is Oslo safe to live?

I have lived in Oslo for many years and have never experienced any dangerous situations. Obviously, as a woman I’m going to be aware of my surroundings, especially after dark, when walking alone, but I don’t feel particularly unsafe.

Posted: February 22, 2024
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Lucia

Lucia

Oslo is a very safe city at any time of day or any time of year. Although the streets at night in winter are not brightly lit the city is very safe. You just have to avoid the parts of the city where the drug addicts gather and be careful and aware in and around train and bus stations.

Posted: February 22, 2024
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Is Oslo worth visiting?

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 14 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

2.3/5

Solo travel experience

I spent eight days in Oslo in June. The weather was amazing, and of course it was light until very late. The parks, palaces, museums, saunas, food and people are wonderful. The waterfront area is full of great restaurants. I loved it and plan to return there.

Posted: June 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Oslo is a beautiful city, ideal for exploring on your own. I walked everywhere, except for taking a ferry ride to the Viking Ship Museum from the city center. I lived near the Summer Palace, in a charming area. I recommend exploring the palace grounds, the Botanical Gardens, the Munch museum, Vigeland and the park with over 200 sculptures, Dramstredet area full of old houses, as well as visiting the Akershus fortress and castle. I found the food to be expensive.

Posted: May 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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