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How to Get to Oslo

How to Get to Oslo by Air

Oslo is the main gateway to Norway, at least when it comes to air traffic. The city has two airports, one at Fornebu that is 7 km from the city centre and the other, Gardermoen, about 50 km from Oslo. Scheduled flights from a number of destinations, mainly in Europe, land at Fornebu, while Gardermoen is used primarily by charter flights. From both airports, there are convenient bus connections to the city. Taxis are also available as are car hire facilities.

How to Get to Oslo by Rail

International trains- mainly from Finland, Sweden and Denmark- do regular trips to Oslo, and domestic rail services operate trains daily to the capital. All trains, whether international or domestic, arrive at the Oslo S - the Oslo Sentralstasjon, which lies at the eastern end of the city.

How to Get to Oslo by Bus

Oslo is connected by road, including ferry transit part of the way, to other parts of Europe, and highways cross the borders with Sweden and Finland too, so it’s possible to drive into Oslo. There are regular bus services too- the best known is probably Eurolines- which link Oslo to other cities in Europe.

From anywhere within Norway, getting to the capital shouldn’t be a problem; it’s the hub of all transport networks, and there are plenty of buses arriving at the central bus terminal (the Bussterminalen, or Oslo M) throughout the day from across the country.

By Sea

The largest and busiest port in Norway, Oslo is well connected by ferry to other ports in the country and abroad. Ferries from ports in Sweden, Finland, Denmark including Copenhagen and from other Norwegian ports usually dock at the Vippentangen quays, or at Hjortneskaia, both connected by bus to the rest of the city.

Getting Around Oslo

Oslo has a well-integrated public transport system, consisting of buses, trains, trams, ferries and a subway (the Tunnelbanen, or T-bane), nearly all operated by AS Oslo Sporveier. The trams and subway are relatively limited, but the buses spread out all over the city and its suburbs, covering virtually every square inch. They’re also fast and frequent, and one of the best ways to get around the city. Tickets or daily travel passes are valid on all forms of public transport, including ferries, which link mainland Oslo to its outlying islands and suburbs. The AS Oslo Sporveier sells a useful booklet called the Rutebok for Oslo, a compilation of all schedules and routes in the city.

If you intend to travel around a lot in Oslo (and use public transport), buy a travel pass- an Oslo Card- from the local tourist office. It’s valid for one, two or three days and correspondingly priced, and entitles you to limitless free travel on all public transport, in addition to free entry to most museums and discounts at some shops and restaurants.

Besides the public transport networks, Oslo has taxis (hail the ones with the light on the top turned on- it means it’s for hire) and cars for hire.


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