With only around half a million inhabitants, Norway’s capital is a laid-back place with easy access to outdoor pursuits. The city is located on Oslofjord, is surrounded by Oslomarka and the Nordmarka forest and the Bygdøy peninsula is only a 10-minute ferry ride away. If you visit during the winter, you will find 2000km of ski trails for cross country skiing and many ski lifts for alpine skiing. Oslo’s attractions include numerous museums including the Munch Museum (showcasing the works of Oslo’s famed artist Edvard Munch), the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Don’t miss the Akershus Fortress and the Akershus Castle.
Oslo’s public transport system consists of buses, trams, ferries and a metro system called the T-bane.
You can pick up a free map of the public transport network from the information centre at the main entrance of the Oslo S train station.
Oslo has an extensive bus network. Routes 20–89 run through the city centre.
During summer, Oslo has a good network of ferry services that sail between the Town Hall Square and Bygdøy and from Vippetangen to islands in Oslofjord.
There are eight tram lines in Oslo that are handy for getting around the centre of town and nearby suburbs.
Oslo’s metro system is called the T-bane. Five of the six lines run on the same tracks in the underground section between Majorstuen and Tøyen and most stations are above ground outside the city centre.
In Oslo there are three train lines run by NSB that have stations within the city. Trains on these lines run frequently and you can travel on them with as regular ticket as long as you don’t travel beyond the city limits.
Three tram lines and 15 bus routes operate on Friday and Saturday nights after the rest of the system has shut down. Travel passes cannot be used on night services.
A single ticket costs NOK 50, if bought from the driver or NOK 30 if purchased in advance and allows one hour of travel including transfers between buses, trams, trains, ferries and the T-bane. Single tickets are available from the bus/tram driver or from vending machines at T-bane stations. Tickets and cards are also available at small shops (like Narvesen and 7-Eleven) near most stops/stations.
The 24-hour ticket is a good option if you’re planning on making three or more trips within a 24-hour period. This pass costs NOK 90 and is valid for 24 hours of travel from the start of the first trip; it works on buses, ferries, trams, trains and the T-bane.
If you’re staying in Oslo a while a seven-day or monthly ticket is usually the best deal. These passes work the same way as the 24-hour ticket, allowing unlimited travel on buses, ferries, trams, trains and the t-bane. A seven-day ticket costs NOK 230 and a 30-day ticket is NOK 650.
If you have an Oslo Card, you are also entitled to unlimited travel in the Oslo area.
The above fares are for travel in the central zone (within the city limits). Once you leave Oslo and enter Akershus county you need to pay a higher fare based on the number of fare zones you travel through.
The public transport information centre (Trafikanten) is on Jernbanetorget near Oslo Central Station and has further information and maps.