Buy Norwegian krone online

Our currency calculator is a quick and easy way to check our latest foreign currency exchange rates.

Why buy Norwegian krone from M&S Bank?

If you are planning a trip to Norway, we offer a number of benefits when you buy Norwegian krone from M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Norwegian krone online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Norwegian krone

NOK Norwegian krone exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Norwegian krone exchange rate here. Or use our Norwegian krone converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Norwegian krone

Do you have left over Norwegian krone from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you.

How to order Norwegian krone

Our online and in-store services make ordering your Norwegian krone simple:

  • Order your Norwegian krone online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Norwegian krone*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Norwegian krone at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Norwegian krone

The Norwegian krone (NOK) is the official currency of the Kingdom of Norway, accepted everywhere from the southern city of Kristiansand to the northern archipelago of Svalbard. Sweden and Denmark also use the krone (or krona) as their currency unit. Some Danish ports or Swedish border shops may let you pay in Norwegian krone.

Beyond these border areas, you’ll need to pay in the official currency of the respective country. If you’re planning to tour Scandinavia, you’ll need the correct krone for each country you visit.

Why visit Norway?

Norway is a captivating destination with natural charm. From Viking history to winter sports and modern cities, Norway has something for everyone.

You can take a relaxing cruise and marvel at the Norwegian fjords or venture up to the Arctic Circle to watch the northern lights. And if you’re looking for a skiing holiday, Norway has no shortage of snow-covered mountains!

Whether you’re in the heart of Oslo or the edge of the Arctic, you’ll need travel money to see you through. Our currency calculator shows you how much Norwegian kroner your money can buy to help plan your holiday.

Norwegian krone facts and history

The currency symbol for the Norwegian krone is kr, but we also use Nkr to distinguish it from the Swedish krona or Danish krone. When we talk about 1 unit, we use “krone,” and for multiple units, we use “kroner.”

Norway joined the Scandinavian Monetary Union in 1875, replacing the speciedaler with the Norwegian krone. This union established a common currency across Scandinavia and while the union ended in 1914, the krone (or krona) is still used today.

Norwegian kroner come in both coins and banknotes. Coins include:

  • NOK1
  • NOK5
  • NOK10
  • NOK20

Banknotes include:

  • NOK50
  • NOK100
  • NOK200
  • NOK500
  • NOK1,000

You can buy Norwegian krone online using our Click & Collect service.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my bank card in Norway?

Using debit and credit cards for payments is accepted all across Norway.

Remember to pay in local currency if you do use your card. Paying in GBP can potentially cost you more depending on the exchange rate. Having some Norwegian kroner on hand for smaller purchases is also a good idea. This way, you’ll be prepared for situations where you can’t pay by card.

How expensive is Norway?

Norway has a reputation for being one of the most expensive countries in the world.

For instance, a basic meal in a restaurant can cost:

  • NOK200 in Oslo
  • NOK200 in Stavanger
  • NOK190 in Bergen
  • NOK185 in Drøbak
  • NOK150 in Arendal

Major cities in Norway tend to be pricier than smaller towns. If you’re visiting bigger cities like Oslo and Bergen, you may need to bring more kroner with you.

Can you use other currencies in Norway?

Some shops close to the Swedish border may let you pay in Swedish krona, but the Norwegian krone is the preferred currency.

Unlike its neighbour Finland, Norway isn’t a member of the European Union. If you’re travelling into Norway with euros (EUR), you’ll need to exchange them for Norwegian kroner.

You can use our currency converter to exchange your GBP into NOK.

Do you need a visa to visit Norway?

If you’re heading to Norway for a holiday you won’t need a visa. UK citizens can stay in Norway for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. If you want to stay a little longer or earn some money, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate visa or work permit. You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.

Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country’s embassy.

Should you tip in Norway?

Tipping in Norway is entirely up to you. Most service workers consider tips a nice bonus but won’t be offended if you decide not to leave one.

If you want to leave a tip, the most common way is to round up the bill to the nearest 10 or 100 krone. If the lunch costs NOK86, rounding up to NOK100 leaves a nice tip.

The staff will usually pool all tips at the end of the month and evenly divide them among everyone that works there.

What languages are spoken in Norway?

Norway has two official languages: Norwegian and Sámi.

Norwegian is the most widely spoken language, stemming from the Viking language of Old Norse. If you can speak other Nordic languages like Swedish or Danish, chances are you’ll understand bits of Norwegian too.

You’ll also hear these recognised national languages:

  • Kven
  • Romani
  • Scandoromani

If you can’t speak any of Norway’s languages, don’t worry about being lost in translation. Nearly 90% of Norwegians can understand English, so you’ll always be able to find someone who can help.

What is the latest government travel advice for Norway?

Norway welcomes over 500,000 British nationals annually, and most visits are safe and incident-free.

If you’re arriving in Norway by ferry, there are border controls in place for ferries arriving from Swedish, Danish, and German ports. Make sure you know Norway’s entry requirements before setting off.

You can also visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest government travel advice for Norway.

What’s the best time of year to visit Norway?

There’s plenty to do in Norway all year round.

The summer season (June to August) is ideal if you’re looking to explore the Norwegian fjords. With warmer weather, you can travel down Norway’s waterways without needing to wrap up.

Norway’s ski season starts in November and lasts until April. Regular snow flurries make November to January the best time to ski, though March is also popular due to the longer days and milder weather.

If you’re heading to Norway to see the northern lights, visit Svalbard between October and April. Just remember that Norway’s weather can be cold and unpredictable, particularly the further north you travel.

Important documents

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or a trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

Jordanian dinar
Swedish krona
Swiss francs

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† Subject to store opening hours