(Photos courtesy of VisitOSLO/Sabine Zoller and Linn Saxund Johansen)

Getting around the City

Oslo public transport is run by Ruter AS. Use Ruter tickets on metro, trams, buses and ferries, and on NSB trains in Oslo and Akershus. More information, including ticket prices and maps can be found here. Alternatively, search for 'RuterReise' (journeys) or 'RuterBillett (tickets) in the App Store or on Google Play.

Tickets and travelcards

Tickets

You cannot buy on-board tickets, so remember to buy before boarding.

Travelcards are plastic cards you top up with tickets or credit. Validate using a card reader. Order here or via the app, or buy from staffed sales outlets. A new travelcard costs NOK 50. With a travelcard, you can buy all Ruter's tickets and top up your pay-as-you-go credit at ticket machines. Tickets are also available from NSB's staffed train stations (such as Oslo Airport and the Central Station); the kiosks Narvesen, 7-Eleven, Deli De Luca and Mix; Ruter's Customer Service Centre and Service Points and bus terminals in Oslo and Lillestrom.

Metro

The metro operates on five colour-coded lines, and runs from approximately 05:00 (06:00 at weekends) to 01:00 the next morning.

  • Line 1 - Frognerseteren-Bergkrystallen
  • Line 2 - Østerås-Ellingsrudåsen
  • Line 3 - Kolsås-Mortensrud
  • Line 4 - Vestli-Bergkrystallen
  • Line 5 - Sognsvann-Vestli/Ringen

See their website to view a map of the metro system.

Trams

The tram operates on six colour-coded lines: 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19, which operate daily. Below are the main destinations of each Line.

  • Line 11 - Majorstuen–Homansbyen–Torshov–Storo–Disen–Kjelsås
  • Line 12 - Majorstuen–Frogner–Aker Brygge–Jernbanetorget–Torshov–Storo–Disen–Kjelsås
  • Line 13 - Bekkestua-Lilleaker–Skøyen–Nationaltheateret–Jernbanetorget–Torshov–Storo–Grefsen
  • Line 17 - Rikshospitalet–Ullevål–Stortorvet–Carl Berners Plass–Sinsen–Grefsen
  • Line 18 - Rikshospitalet–Ullevål–Stortorvet–Jernbanetorget–Holtet–Ljabru
  • Line 19 - Majorstuen–Briskeby–Nationaltheateret–Jernbanetorget–Holtet–Ljabru

A map of the tram lines can be found on their website.

City bikes - Oslo Bysykkel

These are used for short rides and as a supplement to public transport. They are available from over 100 bike stations in and around the city centre, between 06:00 and midnight every day. A one-day pass costs NOK 49; a three-day pass NOK 99.

To find out how the scheme works, click here or search for 'Oslo Bysykkel' in the App Store or on Google Play.

Use the app to find the closest available bike. Tap unlock when you are close to a station, and it will tell you which bike is yours. Ride for up to 45 minutes, and extend the rental for NOK 5 per additional 15 minutes – the app lets you know how long you have left.

You can return your bike to any station at any time. The closest available locks show in the app. Place the nose of the bike in the lock. Wait a bit before you pull on the handlebars to make sure it has locked. Look for confirmation in the app.

 

 

 

 

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