Getting Around Oslo
The best way to get around Oslo is on the trams or buses, as they're widely available and conveniently connect passengers to points throughout the city. When you arrive at Oslo Airport (OSL), you can take a train, bus, taxi or rental car into the city center. The T-bane metro system is also available downtown, though its network is limited compared to the trams and buses. Meanwhile, walking and biking are viable (and affordable) options for shorter treks on warmer days.
This city is great for strolling, and luckily, many attractions are within walking distance of one another. But if you're visiting in the chillier months, you'll probably want to look into using public transportation.
If you're visiting in the warmer months, using Oslo's bike-share service can be a scenic way to get around. All you need to do is open Oslo City Bike's app to locate a bike, tap "unlock" when you're close to a station and borrow your designated bike. You'll be able to enjoy unlimited rides for up to 45 minutes at a time on any day between 6 a.m. and midnight. Day passes cost 49 kroner (less than $6) per person.
Bike rentals are also available through local bicycle company Viking Biking. Daily rentals for standard bikes will set you back 200 kroner (approximately $25) per adult and 175 kroner (roughly $21) per child; hybrid sports bikes cost extra to reserve. Helmets, locks and bike maps are available as well (additional charges may apply). Viking Biking is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. between April and October.
Part of Oslo's Ruter public transportation system, T-bane's network of five metro lines is pretty accessible to visitors and spreads as far as the suburbs. Stations are designated with large blue and white circular "T" logos; just make sure to enter by the correct platform. Most stations have separate entrances depending on which direction you want to ride. To plan your trip, consult the T-bane route map and use Ruter's journey planner tool.
All Ruter fares are determined by the zone you travel in. Zone 1 comprises all of Oslo, so if you plan on staying in the city for the duration of your visit, purchase a Zone 1 ticket. Single rides on any mode of public transportation, including T-bane trains, cost 35 kroner (about $4) for adults and 18 kroner (approximately $2) for children and seniors. Tickets that include unlimited rides within a 24-hour or seven-day period are available as well for 53 to 249 kroner (or $6 to $30) per person. For those with a timed Oslo Pass, all transportation fees (excluding train rides to and from the airport) are covered by pass fees.
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In addition to servicing the immediate downtown area, Ruter's bus and tram lines also travel to the suburbs of Oslo, making them the best way to get around. Both networks are extremely efficient modes of transportation and typically operate until midnight. Route maps are available on Ruter's tram route map and bus route map pages.
If you don't have an Oslo Pass, you can purchase a single ticket or a timed pass that's valid for 24 hours or seven days. Fares, which are also valid on T-bane trains, ferries and long-distance NSB trains, start at 35 kroner (roughly $4) for adults and 18 kroner (about $2) for children and seniors.
Although ferries are only available between mid-March and mid-October, they are one of the most convenient ways to get to and from Bygdøy. Vessels operated by Båtservice Sightseeing depart multiple times per day from the piers by the Oslo Opera House, Oslo City Hall and the Fram Museum, among other locations. Museum ferry trips between downtown and Bygdøy last roughly 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, hop-on, hop-off ferry rides to all five stops take approximately one-and-a-half hours.
Each one-way ticket on museum ferries costs 48 or 60 kroner (or roughly $6 to $7.50), depending on whether it's purchased at the pier or on board. Hop-on, hop-off tickets – which are valid for 24 hours – cost 225 kroner (about $27.50) per person. Visitors with 24- or 48-hour Oslo Pass cards receive a discounted hop-on, hop-off rate of 192 kroner (approximately $23.50), while those who purchase a 72-hour Oslo Pass can ride this ferry for free before their pass expires. All Oslo Pass cardholders enjoy complimentary museum ferry rides. Free English audio guides are available on the hop-on, hop-off ferries. For exact timetables, check out Båtservice Sightseeing's brochure.
Taxis can be hailed on the street from a taxi rank or reserved by phone, but it'll cost you. All taxis charge an intial fee of 43 kroner (about $5), plus a metered rate of 65.96 kroner per kilometer traveled (or roughly $10 per mile). Because of the high prices, we recommend using public transportation instead. Uber is available here as well.
Renting a car isn't practical in Oslo because the parking is limited and you can reach even the farthest attractions by public transit. However, if you're set on having your own set of wheels, you'll find multiple public garages in the city center. Public parking fees apply between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday through Saturday but are generally waived outside those hours and on Sundays. Car rental agencies can be found in the airport and downtown, and an American license will do for visits lasting less than three months. For tips on driving in Norway, check out Visit Norway's website.
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