How to get around Oslo: info, costs and advice

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Oslo is the capital of Norway, it is a rich center (not only economically speaking), the hub of naval trade in Northern Europe, and bike-friendly enough to being able to explore it without the help of a car rental or expensive taxis. The city of Oslo, one of the wealthiest in the Old Continent, allows tourists to invest their savings well, allowing them to move around its urban area not only using a vast network of public services, but also walking comfortably in the city center or moving off water.

Here is a guide on how to get around Oslo: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Oslo
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

In Oslo, the main means to avoid are cars and taxis, both for economic reasons and because public transport is excellent. We recommend purchasing the Oslo Pass with public transport included, which includes free and discounted admissions to attractions and will allow you to unlimited travel on public transport for its entire duration!

The historic center is small and the main attractions are not too far from each other, so it lends itself very well to being explored on foot! For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a guided walking tour, to identify the landmarks and get to know the city. The bicycle is also very popular with locals, which fits perfectly with Oslo's green soul. Also in this case, it is better to opt first for a guided bike tour with a local guide, to become familiar with Oslo's cycle paths and roads.

Finally, Oslo is located on the Oslofjord fjord, so a scenic cruise through the fjords is a must, natural attractions that attract many tourists every year throughout Norway!



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot and by bike to the center, metro, tram, cruise through the fjords
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, taxis, scooters
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Oslo Pass (from € 43,35 -), day ticket for public transport (from NOK 111,00 / € 10,50), weekly ticket (from NOK 310,00 / € 29,40)

How to get from the airport to the center of Oslo

There are there are two main airports that allow you to reach the city of Oslo: Oslo-Gardermoen Airport, the main Norwegian airport, and Sandefjord-Torp (or Oslo-Torp).

Oslo-Gardermoen Airport

  • Distance from the center: 50 km / travel time: 40 min;
  • By train: Flytoget Airport Express Train line, ticket cost: NOK 199,00 (€ 18,90) / NSD company lines, ticket cost: NOK 109,00 (€ 10,35)
  • By taxi: average cost NOK 415,00 (€ 39,40) / travel time: 40 min
  • By bus: average cost 199,00 NOK (€ 18,90) / Flybussen airline line
  • Private transfer: private transfer from Oslo airport to the city center

Sandefjord-Torp Airport

  • Distance from the center: 110 km / travel time: 1 h 30 min;
  • By train: Intercity NSB line / ticket cost: NOK 289,00 (€ 27,50)
  • By taxi: average cost NOK 2.000 (€ 190,00) / travel time: 1 h 30 min
  • By bus: average cost NOK 269,00 (€ 25,50) / Torp-Ekspressen line

How to get around on foot

All the main tourist attractions in Oslo are on average close to each other; therefore, it is convenient for tourists to move around and explore the center on foot. To move, however, from the center to the more peripheral areas (quite far from the "core" of Oslo) it is highly recommended to use public transport.

To get an idea of ​​distances between one attraction and another,Akersush Castle, symbol of the city, is about 12 minutes walk (1,5 km) from the National Gallery, then a pleasant walk to discover the Norwegian capital.

For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a guided walking tour, to identify the landmarks and get to know the city. Stroll through the main streets of Rosenkrantz gate and Karl Johans Gate, full of clubs, jazz clubs and shopping centers, up in Stortovet, where you will find the Cathedral. Also not to be missed are the wharves of Aker Brygge, close to the port of Oslo.

For others itineraries on foot or by public transport, download our Smart Guide to visiting Oslo for free.



How to get around by bicycle

Two-wheelers will not be disappointed: Oslo is a bike-friendly city, which guarantees 243 bike rental stations scattered throughout the city. The service, managed by Bysykkel, allows you to rent a bike for 24 hours for around NOK 49,00 (€ 4,65). Also in this case, it is better to opt first for a guided bike tour with a local guide, to become familiar with Oslo's cycle paths and roads.

Con i mezzi pubblici

The offer of public transport in the city of Oslo is vast and varied: it ranges from evergreen buses to the "lived-in" but always functioning tram lines, without forgetting the most modern metro in the capital. For make the most of transport, we recommend the purchase of the Oslo Pass with public transport included! The city is divided into tariff zones, most of the attractions are located in zone 1.

But Oslo it is also located in the context of the wonderful Oslofjord fjord, and the fjords are certainly one of the most popular natural attractions for tourists who discover Norway! In a stay in the capital, you cannot miss a panoramic cruise through the fjords, thus admiring these unique and enchanting landscapes!

Let's go into detail to know costs and timetables of the highly efficient public service offered by the Nordic city, run by the Ruter company.

Metro

The metro in the Norwegian capital, so-called T-bane, consists of 6 long-range lines, operational during the day and is the most used public transport even by the Norwegians themselves. During the day the frequency is about 10 minutes, while after 21:00 a train will pass every 30 minutes.



  • Downloadable map: metro-oslo
  • 05:30AM - 00:30PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 37,00 NOK (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily from 111,00 NOK (€ 10,50), weekly from 310,00 NOK (€ 29,40)

bus

The management of buses in Oslo is always entrusted to the Ruter company, they are also night rides are also guaranteed thanks to Nattbuss Oslo, who keep the same rates in the morning.

  • Downloadable map: day-bus-oslo - night-bus-oslo
  • diurni 5:15-00:55; notturni 1:00-4:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 37,00 NOK (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily from 111,00 NOK (€ 10,50), weekly from 310,00 NOK (€ 29,40)

Tram

Built at the end of the th century, the Oslo tram network it continues to work even today, thanks to its six lines and its 99 stations, always managed by the Ruter company.

  • 5:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 37,00 NOK (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily from 111,00 NOK (€ 10,50), weekly from 310,00 NOK (€ 29,40)

ferry

In addition to sightseeing cruises that take tourists to discover the beautiful fjords, the city of Oslo also has a ferry service that serves to reach the different shores of the Oslofjord fjord and the islands in the area. These are managed by the same company, Ruter, and the rates, as well as the ticket, are the same as for all other means of transport!

  • Downloadable map: ferry-oslo
  • variable according to the season, in winter the races are very limited, check the official website
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from 37,00 NOK (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily from 111,00 NOK (€ 10,50), weekly from 310,00 NOK (€ 29,40)

By car

Oslo is famous for its European primacy: it possesses a graceful historic center where access by car is not allowed on any occasion or exception (therefore there are no ZTLs), for this reason it is extremely not recommended to travel by car within the Norwegian capital. In fact, the city is now heading towards a green conversion that makes it very livable and clean: the parking lots have been replaced by numerous cycle paths and public transport has been enormously enhanced.

Given this conversion towards pedestrianization, the number of parking lots was also reduced with the aim of discouraging all those who wanted to use the car to move around the city. Our advice is therefore to travel by car only if you are planning a visit to the surroundings of Oslo, or a journey to discover the various Norwegian attractions.

Access regulated by toll

Again to discourage car traffic, a mandatory toll system, called AutoPASS, which costs from NOK 17,00 (€ 1,60) to go up, depending on the characteristics of the vehicle. For more information on the Oslo toll, see the official website.

Stops and parking

As already mentioned, parking spaces in Oslo are really hard to find precisely because of the green policy in place in Norway, for this reason an excellent solution can be that of park your car at Oslo airport, in which covered and uncovered paid parking spaces are available, thus avoiding the payment of tolls and moving from there only by public transport. And if you need to park in more central areas, there are several scattered throughout the various areas and districts of Oslo, for more information consult the official website of the city of Oslo.

For the street parking, you have to pay attention to the horizontal and vertical signs: parking lots are mostly paid and are not marked (as in Italy) by white stripes on the asphalt, but only by a "P" which in Oslo indicates a paid parking.


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