Getting around Oslo with public and private transport.
For many years there has been a focused effort in Oslo to increase the use of public transportation, in favor of private cars. The goal is for as many people as possible to walk, cycle or use public transport.
Provides tickets and schedules for all public transport within Oslo. Find trams (trikk), subways (T-bane), ferries (ferge), local trains (lokaltog) and busses (buss) on the website or in the Ruter app. You can also buy travelcards and tickets in some kiosks (Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli de Luca and Mix).
Entur finds journeys across all transport options in all cities in Norway. The goal is to make it easier to choose public transport for travels.
If you want to travel beyond the Oslo area, you can buy tickets to long distance trains and busses through Vy. They also have a pool of electric cars to rent. You can buy tickets and book a car in the app.
Long distance busses
There is a continued effort to make Oslo as bicycle friendly as possible.
- Go to the City of Oslo’s information about bicycle trails (sykkelkart), bicycle hotel, city bicycle (Oslo bysykkel) and various projects (in Norwegian)
- Go to University of Oslo (UiO) for information about Norwegian bicycle rules
Oslo City Bikes is a cheap option where you can buy a subscription for city bikes, available in many locations around Oslo.
Find bicycle trails and trips:
- Go to Google Maps to see all the bicycle routes in Oslo.
- Go to Visit Oslo’s information about biking in Oslo
- Go to VisitNorway’s information about experiencing Oslo by bike
- Biking is a great way to explore Oslo's outdoors
Privately owned cars
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesenet) has information about traffic rules, driving licences and everything to do with roads and cars in Norway. You have to check the rules for using your driving licence from abroad while living in Norway.
- Driving licences from EU/EEA countries are valid, so look into the rules for exchanging them for a Norwegian driving licence. It is an easy process where you fill out a form and use your original driving licence.
- Driving licences from EU/EEA countries must exchanged for a Norwegian driving licence within 12 months. Please note that only a few countries are elligeble for an exchange, proven you pass a new practical driving test, and in some cases also a theory test.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (vegvesen.no):
Go to The City of Oslo’s information about
- street, transport and parking (in English)
- street, transport and parking (more extensive information in Norwegian)
- charging and parking for electric and hybrid vehicles (in Norwegian)
Keywords in your research about driving in Oslo:
- Parking fees (parkeringsavgifter), parking apps, handicap parking (handikapparkering), beboerparkering (parking in your neighborhood inside ring road 3)
- Road tax (veiavgift), studded car tyre fee (piggdekkavgift) and toll roads (bomring, bomstasjon)
- Electric cars (elbil), hybrid cars (hybridbil), charging (ladestasjon)
Other helpful links:
- Go to autopass.no for information about automated road and ferry tolls.
- Find the owner of a vehicle at vegvesen.no
- Go to norden.org for information about driving licenses, customs and owning a car in Norway
Other local transport options
Carpools and car sharing
There are several options if you need to rent a car for a shorter or longer period of time. You have ordinary car rentals, but you also have various carpools, or car sharing systems. The City of Oslo has dedicated parking spaces for car sharing services. Most of these services allow you to open the car through an app so you don’t have to pick up a key.
Keywords: Car sharing (bildeling), carpool (bilpool), car rental (billeie, leie bil)
Here are some Car sharing options:
- Nabobil: Rent a car from a private person, cars can be found all over Norway.
- Bilkollektivet: A collective where all the cars are owned by the members. You have to be a member to rent cars.
- Hertz BilPool: Short and long term var hire.
- Hyre: Short and long term var hire.
- VY bybil: Electric cars for short time rent.
In Norwegian: taxi, drosje.
There are several taxi companies operating in Oslo. Prices vary somewhat between the companies, and charges go up at evening and night.
Electric scooters (elsparkesykkel)
You can rent electric scooters from many providers. You get access to these through the individual providers’ apps. The same rules apply for electric scooters as for ordinary push bikes.