How to Get Around in Oslo – Taxis, Public Transport and More

Oslo tram Aker Brygge
Photo: Ruter

Oslo is a fairly compact city with an extensive and efficient public transport system. This means that you’ll likely reach your destination on a train, bus, tram, a ferry, the underground, but more options are available.

Uber in Oslo

While ride-hailing apps such as Uber are under scrutiny in Norway, you can still get an Uber Black, Lux or XXL.

Uber X, Uber POP and Uber Pool are currently unavailable in Norway.

Public Transport in Oslo

The public transportation in the Oslo region is operated by a company called Ruter. The most convenient way to purchase tickets for public transport is through their app called RuterBillet, which is also available in English.

You can purchase single tickets or period tickets (24 hours, 7 days and 30 days) for yourself and your travel companions in the app – be aware that everyone travelling with Ruter is required to have a valid ticket on them, not on the phone of someone else on the other side of the town. The Ruter tickets are valid on local busses (red ones within Oslo, green ones outside the city borders), trams, the underground, some fast ferries (those operated by Ruter are clearly marked) and trains within the chosen zone. Read more on Ruter’s website.

Did you know that the underground – T-bane – takes you all the way to Frognerseteren, which offers a breathtaking view over Oslo?

Oslo Ferry Town Hall
Photo: Ruter/Fartein Rudjord

Taxi

A large number of taxi companies operate in Oslo, and prices vary. Taxi app Mivai has several companies on their platform, which means that you will be able to compare prices while ordering.

Oslo Taxi is one of the biggest taxi companies and has their own app in addition to booking possibility on their website.

Another taxi booking app is NorgesTaxi, which also allows Paypal payment in their app. You can pre-book transfers on their website, also airport transfers. In addition to Oslo, NorgesTaxi are present in Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger.

 

Rental car

Prefer sitting on the driver’s seat? Most international car rental companies are present in Oslo. However, be aware that the inner city area is very compact and offers relatively limited parking possibilities. Hotels, especially those in the city center, also often have limited offering for parking.

Oslo City Bike (Bysykkel)

As a compact city, it’s possible to explore Oslo by foot or bicycle. There are some bicycle rental places. wWe recommend you ask your hotel, as many hotels actually offer free bikes for their guests. The locals and many visitors love exploring the city by Bysykkel, the Oslo city bike. For 49 NOK a day, you have access to unlimited number of bike rentals (do note: one ride is maximum 45 minutes). The network of stations for rental and drop-off is extensive. Real-time updates for availability can be found with the Bysykkel app which is required for renting a bike.

The Bysykkel season continues until now and ice cover the streets, and begins again when the winter has literally melted away. In other words, it is closed from some time in December to approximately April.

 

Looking for tips on airport transfer from or to Oslo Airport Gardermoen?

Read our Oslo Airport Gardermoen transport guide

Author: johannainoslo

Johanna was born and raised in Finland, has travelled the world and settled down in Oslo, a city she fell in love with at first sight some 10 years ago. She is a wine lover, a journalist-turned-marketer, a top Tripadvisor contributor, a content strategist and a culture enthusiast. Enthusiastic about luxury travel, she founded Oslolux as a destination for inspiration, insights and recommendations for experiencing the best Oslo has to offer.

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