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Know Before You Go
- If you want to save money on alcohol, buy it before the evening. Supermarkets and liquor stores stop selling alcohol at 6:00 p.m. on weekends and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.
- Norway is using less and less cash. You can pay for your taxi and even a hot dog with your credit card, so don't worry about withdrawing money beforehand.
- Due to the "Allemannsretten" law, you won't have to pay entrance fees for the national parks. The law also means that you can pitch a tent pretty much anywhere unless stated otherwise.
- If you are an art lover, visit the 62-acre sculpture park in Ekebergparken. You'll find 34 sculptures from artists such as Salvador Dali, Auguste Rodin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
- Oslo has a wide variety of music events happening throughout the year. From the Inferno Metal Festival in March to the Oslo Jazz Festival in August, there's something for everyone.
Getting Around Oslo
- The best way to get around Oslo is with the trams and buses. The lines are extensive, connecting passengers to spots within the city centre as well as the outskirts. Fares start at NOK 55 for a single ticket, or you can buy a 24-hour ticket for NOK 90. While most of the lines stop at midnight, there is a night service until 4:00 a.m. on weekends.
- During Oslo's warmer months, exploring the city on foot is a great option as well. Many of the attractions are within walking distance, and you'll find some hidden gems along the way. But if you are in town over the colder months, rather stick to using the public transport systems.
- Bikes are an affordable way to explore Oslo from April to November. All you need to do is buy an access card from the tourist office for NOK 299 and then you can borrow bikes from one of the 100 stations around town.
- The T-bane is Oslo's subway system. Six lines take passengers across the city into the suburbs. Tickets are NOK 55 for a single trip and day, week or month passes are also available.
- Taxis are not the most cost effective option. Fares start at NOK 50 if hailed on the street or NOK 80 if called in advance. There are also surcharges from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (approx. NOK 175) and again from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (approx. NOK 330).
- Renting a car isn't the best way to get around Oslo. Parking is limited, and with an extensive public transport system going to all the city's attractions, there is no need for one. But if you still want a vehicle you can rent one for about NOK 80 an hour or NOK 280 a day.
When is The Best Time to Visit Oslo?
The best time to visit Oslo is during its spring and summer months. From May to August, temperatures are warmer, and despite it being the most popular time of year, there are still affordable room rates. In June or July, you might experience the famous midnight sun where there are 24 hours of daylight.
If you are a winter sports enthusiast, visit the city from September to April. There are some excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities just north of the city, but make sure you bring enough layers to stay warm. The temperatures are freezing with an average low of -7°C, and there are winter days where the sun doesn't rise at all. If you are lucky, you also might see the Northern Lights from Oslo, but if you want to make sure you don't miss them, head further north.
If you are on a budget or looking to escape the summer and winter crowds, go to Oslo in its shoulder season. In October, the summer crowds have left and the ski season hasn't started yet. You'll find low hotel rates, but many outdoor attractions will start to close during this month so plan your visit carefully.
Airports in Oslo
Oslo Airport is the main domestic and international hub for Norway. It's the second busiest airport in the Nordic countries and is a hub for Scandinavian Airlines. The airport connects passengers to 128 international destinations and is the first in the world to offer biofuel to all airlines.
Getting To and From Oslo Airport
The Flytoget Airport Express Train is the easiest and fastest way to travel from the airport into Oslo's city centre. The train leaves every 10 minutes, stops at nine central locations and takes 20 minutes to reach Oslo. Tickets cost NOK 180 one-way, and all ticket machines accept cards as payment.
If you want to take a taxi from Oslo airport, make your way to the arrivals hall. You can get a fixed rate taxi from the information desk, and the taxi rank is right outside the arrivals terminal.
There are a number of bus options available from the airport:
- The Airport Express Coach runs between the city centre and the airport every 20 minutes. It takes about 40 to 50 minutes to arrive and costs NOK 160 one way.
- The Ruter buses are a convenient choice if you are going to be using their trams, metro, ferries and other buses to reach your hotel. One single trip ticket costs NOK 93 and can be used for all modes of transport. There are also 24-hour tickets and 7-day passes if you are going to be using the service often.
- Other bus services include Nettbuss and OSL Ekspressen.