Getting Around, Oslo Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Oslo, Ostlandet, Norway)
Those wishing to travel around Oslo, either short distances or longer journeys, will find plenty to choose from when it comes to public transport. Especially popular and comprising a total of six different lines, the subway network in Oslo goes by the name of 'Tunnelbane', which is often abbreviated to simply 'T-bane', and is a very speedy and cheap way to travel to your destination.
Both bus and tram transport is also readily available is Oslo and also offers good value. Daily and weekly passes can be purchased if required and these allow unlimited travel around the city for the set period. For all information about public transportation in the city, including timetables and maps, head to the Trafikanten office on the Jernbanetorget, next to the main train station.
Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) / Arriving by Air
Address: Edvard Munchs Veg, Gardermoen, Norway, NO
Tel: +47 815 50 250
Currently the biggest airport in the whole of Norway
, Oslo Gardermoen Airport
lies to the north-east of the city centre and is roughly 48 km / 30 miles away. Each year, Gardermoen Airport is extremely busy and sees annual passenger figures of more than 21 million. Speedy Flytoget express trains travel between the airport and Oslo's central railway station, with a journey time of around 20 minutes. Operated by Flybussen, bus transport is slower and you can expect the journey to last roughly 45 minutes, although this is the cheapest way to reach the city centre. Outside of the Arrivals Hall you will also find a taxi rank, where local Norwegian firms include Taxi 2 and Norgestaxi.
Oslo Airport (OSL) Guide
Despite a fairly complicated system of one-way streets, central Oslo remains surprisingly uncongested, with far less traffic jams than many other major European cities. However, a car really comes into its own if you intend to travel to outlying areas, such as the ever-popular coastal resorts of Drobak and Kalvoya. Metered street parking in Oslo is generally easy to come by and operates on weekdays between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00, with weekend hours usually clearly indicated on the actual meters. Since metered parking is by no means cheap, it is often prudent for tourists to purchase an Oslo Card, which permits free parking in all of the city's municipal car parks.
T-Bane Metro Trains
It is usually fairly easy to spot T-bane stations, since they have distinctive blue and white signs, with a prominent 'T' displayed in the centre.
T-bane trains are an extremely quick, easy and cheap way to travel around Oslo and all lines pass through the main stations of Jernbanetorget, Nasjonalteatret and Strotinget.
Buses and Trams
A number of interconnecting bus and tramlines offer reasonably priced travel around both the city centre and its surrounding suburbs. Although there is no central bus station as such, most buses tend to converge on the Jernbanetorget or next to the National Theatre. Bus transport in Oslo uses the same tickets as the subway trains and generally run from 06:00 until midnight on weekdays, and until as late as 04:00 in the morning at the weekends.
Many taxis is central Oslo tend to gather around the main public squares and shopping centres. Taxi transport is always extremely convenient for shop journeys, although it can be rather pricey if you intend to travel for more than just a few miles. The majority of taxi drivers happily accept credit cards as a form of payment.