Taxi service in this town is like everything else very expensive. Due to all our luggage we decided to use the cab to move from our one hotel to the next. As the crow flues they were approx 1.5km apart and the trip worked out to 120kr
Travel by streetcar - Trikk.
There are 6 street-cars operating in Oslo. In Norwegian they are called Trikken. And they are a very convenient way to travel around in Oslo.
All 6 of them run by Jernbanetorget by Oslo S or in the streets next to Oslo S. The numbers of the street-cars are 11, 12, 13 17, 18 and 19.
If you want to visit Vigelandsparken f.ex., which every tourist visiting Oslo, visits, then both no. 12 and no. 19 go there. No. 19 stops at Majorstuen and changes there into no. 12 which then goes to Vigelandsparken. And no. 12 stops directly in front of the park and then turns into no. 19 at Majorstuen.
I like that the street-car goes with only 10 minute´s interval so that there is almost no waiting for it.
One single ticket costs NOK 28 in zone 1 (2012), but if you buy it on-board then it is NOK 16 extra, so travelling like this would cost a small fortune, so better buy a season ticket.
Trikken makes a promise that if they are more than 20 minutes late then they will pay a taxi (drosje) for you upto NOK 500. This also goes for the trains, busses, T-bane (metro) and the boats which sail by the Ruter. You can find out how to get the refund on the Rute website.
While staying for so long in this area and the weather being bad most of the time I sometimes jumped on a street-car and went to the final destination and back, just for the ride.
Sometimes there is a "buss for trikk" or "buss for sporvogn" - meaning a bus instead of a street-car, when they are fixing the tracks.
Taking a ferry ride across the bay.
There is a boat which travels constantly from Aker brygge to Nesoddtangen peninsula, which belongs to Akershus.
It is a public transport so if you have got a season ticket for the buses, trains and the street-car, then this ticket is also valid on this ferry. I bought myself a month-ticket valid for 2 zones as I was staying in Ski, so this ticket was also valid for the ferry. But you can also buy a ticket on-shore or on-board the ferry.
I had no business in Nesoddtangen, but went there anyway for the sake of the ferry ride in between the islands of Oslofjorden. It is a 23 minutes ride to Nesoddtangen and it stops there for only ca 5 minutes. I got off the ferry and meant to have a look around, but saw that everybody went on the buses that were waiting in a row, so I changed my mind and got back on the same ferry again to Aker Brygge.
It is a very lovely ride and the scenery are the beautiful islands and the boats and ships on the bay. The ferry sails by Bygdöy island where the museums are located, so one gets a lovely view of the island and of Tyvholmen and Aker brygge.
The name of the ferry carrying passagers over to Nesoddtangen are "Tideprinsen" (Prince of Tides), "Tidedronningen" and "Tidekongen". We took a ferry named Huldra, which I hadn´t seen before. I have so often sitten on McDonalds at Aker Brygge and followed the ferries going back and forth and wondered where the myriad of people getting off and on were going. They are acutally living there and 90% of the inhabitants there work in Oslo. Then there are also quite a few tourists who just want to go on a ferry ride like I did.
The number of the ferry is 601 and there is also a 602 which goes to Nesoddtangen.
Buss for tog - A replacement bus for the train.
From time to time there is railway work so no trains are running from Oslo to f.ex. Ski where I was staying - and all the towns in that direction. Then there are replacement buses called "Buss for tog" or Bus for the trains. If one isn´t always checking out what is happening with the railway system on NSB then this can come as a surprise.
If you are coming from Oslo going to Ski or the towns in that direction, f.ex. Kolbotn, Holmlia, Moss etc., then there are buses going to those towns instead of the trains. My train makes 13 stops before it reaches Ski, so one can only imagine how much hazzle it is directing people into the right buses. The buses leave from platform 19 and you have to show your ticket before you enter the platform. Then there is a long queue and your are directed into the right buses. It is a nuisance, but cannot be avoided.
Oslo S - Central Train station.
Oslo S is the Central train station in Oslo with connections all over Norway. I stayed in Ski, 11 stations away from Oslo S, with a single ticket costing NOK 50, so I bought a period ticket for NOK 1.100 for one month. With that period ticket I was able to use all the public transport in Oslo i.e. zone 1 and zone 2 for a month. I travel in the "Ubetjent" train section, meaning that people with validated tickets can sit there. Once in a while the ticket inspection shows up and checks if the people travelling in the "Ubetjent" section have tickets. Not all of them have tickets and they have to pay a fine of NOK 900 or NOK 750 if you pay on the spot. If you cannot pay the fine on the spot then you have to give your name, date of birth and address. I wonder how they fine tourists - if they send a fine to their address in their homeland?
I found the trains to be very punctual. I had heard stories about the trains being delayed (forsinket) a lot, but only twice over a period of 4 months did I had to take a "buss for tog" or bus for train as there were no trains at the station. I was very satisfied with the train system.
The Express train leaves from Oslo S to the airport Gardermoen.
From Oslo S - Jernbanetorget - one can catch the tube (T), all the street-cars (trikk) and buses to take you all over Oslo.
There is free Wi-fi at Oslo S.
Mini cruise to Oslo with Color Line
We went to Oslo on a mini cruise from Kiel/Germany to Norway. The passage through the Oslo fjord is beautiful!
Although we only had 4 hours to explore Oslo, we managed to see most tourist attraction: The Royal Palace, the main shopping street Karl Johans Gate, Storting (the parliament), Akershus Fortress and the fantastic opera house. We walked the whole city by foot and even found some time for an (expensive!) cup of coffee in a beautiful café in the harbour.
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To Oslo via Torp/Sandefjord Aiport
The airport at Torp/Sandefjord is often labelled as Oslo-Torp and is popular with low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and Wizz. As with many cities within the Ryanair network, this airport is also well-connected by bus to its next larger city, in this case Oslo. The bus schedule is coordinated with Ryanair's flight schedule and the bus even waits if the inbound Ryanair flgith is delayed. Check schedule and fares under the link below.
Please keep in mind that this is Norway and everything is expensive, including the bus. A return adult ticket to/from Oslo costs 380 NOK (around 50 EUR, all as of early 2013) and takes around two hours. So consider this when booking a flight to Oslo – in some cases it's cheaper to use the airports at Gardermoen (Oslo's main airport) or Rygge.
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Car rental in Oslo
At Oslo Gardermoen airport you can find most of the big car rental companies like AVIS, Budget, Europecar, Hertz & Sixt. Some of these also have facilities in the central Oslo and other locations like the cities of Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. You can press this link to get an overview of the available car rental companies available at Oslo Gardermoen airport: Car rentals
The local Oslo company Bislett Bilutleie can also be considered: Bislett Bilutleie
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FERRY TO BYGDOY
Walking a little further on from the Cruise ship terminal, we came to another area where smaller boats were docked.
This is where the ferry leaves to go to Bygdoy. It is well sign-posted, so you wont miss it.
The Ferry runs approx every 10 - 15mins during the high season, please check the website for times.
It makes two stops at Bygdoy, the 1st at DRONNINGEN - VIKING SHIPS & KON-TIKI Museums are close by. This is where nearly everybody hopped off, so we decided to stay on and get off at the 2nd stop which is where the KON-TIKI and MARITIME MUSEUM is located.
Starts operating at 8.45am.......Final ferry @9 pm
FREE TRAVEL WITH OSLO PASS
LOCATION: Infront of the city town hall.
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OSLO CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
The Oslo Cruise ship terminal was in a wonderful location.
Why....As we docked only 400metres from the city centre, and we overlooked the Akershus Fortress, and what a view we had of this from the ship!
Stepping of the Ship, the Hop on Off Tour Bus was waiting for customers and so were the Public Buses and Taxi's.
We headed into the Tourist information centre which is only open when Cruise Ships are in Port, don't worry, there are others in the City. Here I picked up everything I wanted, and bought the Oslo Card.
No worries with getting some more Norwegian Kroner, as there was a Currency exchange and ATM on the pier. They even have internet access on the pier, and phone-boxes & Mailboxes to send those postcards home. All, very convenient.
A boat to Bygdöy island.
There is a ferry (small boat) going back and fort to Bygdöy from the quay in front of Oslo City Hall. It only takes ca 10 minutes to sail across the fjord to Bygdöy.
It first stops at Dronningen where I got off and walked to the Norsk folkemuseum and The Viking Ship Museum. The second stop it makes is by the Fram museum and Kon Tiki museum.
The boat leaves every 20 minutes from 8:45 - 20:45 during the summer months.
The tour costs NOK 50 and tickets are sold aboard. I bought myself a month´s pass for all the public transportation and the boat is included in that ticket.
The boat/ferry operates only March 30th - October 7th.
T-Bane - Oslo Metro.
The metro in Oslo is called T-Bane, thus the T sign. It has got 6 lines, both the regular lines and then the extra rush our services. These lines all stop at The National theatre (Nationalteatret), The Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) and Oslo S (Jernbanetorget).
I took line 1 from Nationalteatret up the steep hill to Holmenkollen and back.
Norwegian traffic rules
When driving, drivers must have their driving licence, vehicle registration certificate, a warning triangle and a safety vest in the car.
The use of safety belts is mandatory, including in the back seat. Children must be secured separately in a carry cot, a child seat or a booster seat, depending on the child’s age and size.
It is not permitted to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. you may risk a fine of 1300 NK.
The use of lights when driving is mandatory at all times.
Tyres must have an adequate tread depth: For summer tyres, the minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm and for winter tyres, the minimum is 3 mm. The use of studded tyres is permitted in the period from 1 November to the Monday after Easter Monday.
In the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, the use of studded tyres is permitted in the period from 15 October to 1 May. Studded tyres can be used outside these dates if driving conditions make it necessary. In some cities, you must pay a fee to use studded tyres.
Speed limits: unless otherwise indicated by a road sign, the maximum speed limit is 50 kph in built-up areas and 80 kph in other areas.
The prescribed blood alcohol limit for driving a car in Norway is 0.2 mg/ml. Do not drive after drinking alcohol.
Parking is prohibited closer than five metres to a crossroad, pedestrian crossing or a railway crossing.
You are prohibited to park in a taxy stand , or a bus stop within 20 metres of either side of one.
On motorways of major roads with speed limits of more than 50 kph.
“All stans forbudt” means No stopping allowed.
Parking meters: yellow=one hour grey= two hours, brown=three hours.
There’s an NOK 12 toll on vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (3500kg) entering the centre of Oslo.
Ferry Kiel Germany to Oslo Norway
This a great travel experiance the ferry is modern and comfortable with entertainment of highest quality. Leaves Kiel at 14-00 and arrives Oslo 10-00.. 20 hours. Return sailing are at same times from Oslo. Now that there is no ferry from Newcastle England to Norway, I took the Eurostar train to Brussels ,then train with overnight stop in Hannover, then train to Kiel for ferry. Night train possible. Another route would be night train to Copenhagen then ferry to Oslo or train.
Ferry or Train
From Newcastle upon tyne Fjordline ferries sail to Stavanger, Haugesud and Bergen taking the best part of 20 hours. You can take the journey by train via Denmark and Sweden. NEWCASTLE FERRY CEASED. 2012 ferry from kiel, Copenhagen and Hirtshals to Oslo
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