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TRAVEL TO OSLO ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
Useful links for before and during your trip
From health advice to online check-in, here is a selection of useful links which will help you in preparing for and starting your journey. If you don’t see what you need, please contact your travel consultant for advice.
Fire Brigade: 110
Most internet flight booking sites will show flights to both airports when searching for Oslo Airport. Make sure to check the actual airport from the search results before booking. Both Sandefjord Torp is located far from the city centre, and ground transportation to Oslo takes more than one hour. You should be able to tell based on the IATA code: OSL for Gardermoen and TRF for Sandefjord.
Oslo Airport is located approximately 47km northeast of Oslo. A hub for Scandinavian Airlines and Widerøe, and an operating base for Norwegian Air Shuttle, it connects to 26 domestic and 152 international destinations.
Oslo is well linked to other European countries by air, with a flying time of around two hours from London or Paris, and a little shorter from Berlin; flights from Stockholm and Copenhagen are less than an hour.
To and from the Oslo Airport
Oslo Airport has excellent ground transport connections to and from the airport.
As taxis are expensive in Norway, we strongly recommend using public transport from the airport.
The Airport Express Train (Flytoget) will take you from the airport to Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) in less than 20 minutes, or you could take a local train to Oslo - approximately 35 minutes. Student discounts are available. Trains depart every 10 minutes. Tickets cost 180 kr when bought in a ticket vending machine or by credit card, 200 kr when bought manually from the ticket counter (90 kr senior citizens, kids and students younger than 31 with a student ID). Regular trains also run between Oslo Airport and Oslo: they are less frequent but tickets are about half the price of the Flytoget (see below). Flytoget tickets are not valid for local transfers within Oslo. Every second train continues past Oslo S to Drammen, stopping at Nationaltheateret station, which is more convenient for destinations in the western end of the city center.
The Airport Express Coach runs between Oslo city centre and Oslo Airport every 20 minutes every day. Flybussen operates buses on 6 routes from Gardermoen. Bus to Oslo city center (line FB2) which take roughly 45 minutes to reach the city center (180 kr, return ticket valid for 1 month 275 kr, valid for transfer in Oslo, cheaper fares if bought online (150 kr one way, 250 kr return), 50% discount (80 kr one way if bought online) for different groups, including students younger than 31). Purchase from the bus driver using your credit card. Cheaper fares if you have valid ticket for public transport
NSB operates trains via Oslo to Drammen, then on to Kongsberg or Skien. The trip takes 23 minutes, and trains depart 3 times per hour. Tickets cost 92 kr (valid for transfer in Oslo, including on T-bane, tram and bus services)..
Taxis can, and should, be ordered in the booth inside the terminal for different fixed prices from approximately 700 kr to Oslo city centre. Going outside to flag one from the queue can end up much more expensive. Always negotiate price in advance. Different taxi companies have different prices, Oslo Taxi is the most reliable. Most people with a destination in Oslo will be far better off getting the Flytoget, Flybussen or local train to Oslo S, and get a taxi or local public transport from there.
Taxi companies in Oslo
Oslo Taxi ☎ 02323 or +47 22388090
A Christiania Taxi in Oslo
Taxi 2 ☎ 02202 or +47 33308747
☎ 02365 or +47 22578000
☎ 08000 or +47 910 08000
Bislet limousine ☎ +47 22672267
To the airport: It is easy to get to the Gardermoen from the E16 or the E6 motorway (a four-lane slip road right up to the Airport Terminal). Follow the signs to Gardermoen on the E6 until the exit for RV 174. Follow the signs to Terminal all the way to the Airport.
Close to the terminal, the ground traffic area is for arrivals, the upper is for departures. Long-term parking areas are west of the runways (see map).
Further to Oslo: Travelers to the capital of Oslo are advised not to bring a car to central parts of the city. There are few and expensive parking spaces and a very well functioning public transport system.
From Sandefjord Lufthavn Torp to Oslo
Express buses (Torp Expressen) correspond with certain flights and will take you to the Oslo Bus Terminal in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Torpekspressen operates between the airport and Drammen and Oslo (1 hr 45 min) and costs 260 kr for a single ticket, 470 kr for a return (discounts for students, ISIC Card Holders and senior citizens), slightly cheaper if bought online. Torpekspressen buses are scheduled to accommodate arriving flights, so after you get off the plane, most likely there will be a bus to Oslo waiting for you. If you miss the bus scheduled for your flight, you may end up waiting a long time for the next bus.
NSB operates trains between Torp Airport Train Station and central Oslo. The train station is linked to the airport via free shuttle buses.
Nettbuss is another option but with short interchange at Sandefjord (Fokserød). Ticket price is 270-310 kr if bought online.
Several small Polish minibuses serve flights to and from Poland. Price is 170 kr to Oslo Bussterminal or more depending on where in Oslo you need to go.
PKS Oslo accepts both cards and cash. You can pay online or directly to the driver.
Taxis are very expensive; a taxi to Oslo costs around 2000 kr.
Arrival in Oslo by other means of transport
Arrival by train
Oslo can be reached by train from Copenhagen (Denmark) through Sweden (Malmø/Gothenburg) or from Stockholm (Sweden). You will arrive at the Oslo Central Station.
Arrival by bus
Oslo can be reached by bus from Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Buses stop at Oslo Bus Terminal, located next to the Central Station.
Arrival by ferry
You can reach Oslo by ferry from Denmark (Copenhagen – DFDS Seaways, and Frederikshavn – Stena Line) and Germany (Kiel – Color Line). The DFDS Seaways and Stena Line terminal is located at Vippetangen, close to the Central Station. The Color Line terminal is located at Hjortneskaia. A shuttle bus will take you to the Central Station (Oslo S/Jernbanetorget) in 10 minutes.
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The tap water in Norway is perfectly safe to drink.
Opening hours: Monday − Friday, 9am − 3.30pm, Thursday,1. In some cities banks may stay openuntil 6pm. Most of the banks are closed on weekends and on publicholidays. Banks at airports, ports and main railwaystations are generally open longer.
Shopping hours: Monday − Friday, 10.00 am − 5(shops)/8pm (shopping mall and supermarkets, Saturday, 9.00am − 6(shops)/9pm. In larger towns, departmentstores remain open until 9pm or later. Some shops are also open on Sundays between approx. 12 noon and 6pm. Shops generally close early the day before a public holiday.
Climate / Temperature
Norway enjoys a generally temperate climate, thanks tothe Gulf Stream. Above the Arctic Circle, winter can becrisp and invigorating. In the south, winter is generally mildwith an average temperature above 0C/32F degrees, but temperatures can vary markedly in different parts of the country.
Norway’s northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarelyextreme and humidity levels are not high.
Climate Oslo and Oslo Fjord
The Oslo Fjord has Norway's highest all year temperature: 7.5 degrees Celsius. February is the coldest month in the fjord with -1.3 degrees Celsius, while July normally has 17.2 degrees Celsius. The islands in the middle of the fjord are among Norway's warmest with high summer temperatures and moderate winters.
Oslo has a large number of parks and green areas within the city core, as well as outside it.
Oslo has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with warm summers and cold winters. Due to oceanic influences, winters are less cold than more continental areas at same latitude. With -3°C isotherm, it is also reasonable for Oslo to be classified as a borderline oceanic climate. Oslo has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. Because of the city's northern latitude, daylight varies greatly, from more than 18 hours in midsummer, when it never gets completely dark at night (no darker than nautical twilight), to around 6 hours in midwinter.
There are more than 2,600 km of cross-country ski trails around Oslo. Photo by Mari Låtun
July 1901 was the warmest month ever recorded with 24-hr monthly mean temperature at 22.7 °C (72.9 °F). The climate table below is for 1981–2010, while extremes (except average annual maximum and minimum temperatures) also includes earlier stations such as the Observatory downtown. Recent decades have seen warming, and 8 of the 12 monthly record lows are from before 1900, while the most recent is the November record low from 1965.
May 2018 saw hotter than average temperatures throughout the month. On 30 May 2018 the city saw temperatures rise to 31.1°C, making it the hottest May temperature on Oslo records.On 27th July 2018 the temperature in Oslo rose to 34.6 C, the hottest ever recorded since 1937, when the weather observations for Oslo have been conducted in the university area at Blindern. In January, three out of four days are below freezing (0 °C), on average one out of four days is colder than −10 °C.] The coldest temperature recorded is −29.6 °C (−21.3 °F), on 21 January 1841, while the coldest ever recorded at Blindern is −26 °C (−14.8 °F) in January 1941.
Except during the winter (approx. Dec-Mar) Oslo has a public bike service. Just get a keycard at the tourist office (80 kr, valid one day) or at the aforementioned web site before going to Oslo (299 kr for the whole season) and you can get a bike at numerous places in the city.
Oslo’s City Bikes has installed over 100 bike stations all around the city, operating between 6 am and midnight. All you need to grab a bike and get rolling is an electronic smart card which you can purchase for 100 Kroner ($17.41 U.S.) at the Tourist Information Center located near City Hall.
The bike can be used for up to 45 minutes before you return it to any city bike stall. Once you have returned it, you are immediately eligible for a new one, so you can practically keep the bike all day long provided you check in and check out every 45 minutes. There is also a bike tour company in the downtown (Viking Biking) which offers rentals on new DBS comfort hybrid bikes with different sizes for men, women and children. In addition to rentals, it is possible to take guided bike tours
The Oslo Pass makes your visit easy, with free entrance to museums, free public transport, discounts etc.
The 72 hour Oslo Pass costs 84 EUR and gets you free admission to more than 30 museums and saves money on the various attractions as well as free public transport, free parking in municipal parking lots, free entry to outdoor pools, free walking tours and discounts on sightseeing.
If you’re only spending a weekend or less, you can choose either a 48 hour card for 33 EUR or a 24 hour one for 24 EUR. But why not take advantage of the unlimited use of the metro and trams and see as much of the city as possible?
Oslo Visitor Centre
When you want to talk to someone face to face and get advice personally
Oslo Visitor Centre stays open every day, all year, right outside Oslo Central Station.
Major credit cards (some restrictions apply to AmericanExpress) are widely accepted throughout Norway. You can access cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Cash Machine”.
Daylight savings time
Daylight savings time (clocks set 1 hour forward) is in effect from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in October, changing during the night between Saturdayand Sunday.
Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies (“Apotek”),which are generally open during normal shop hours. A24-hour service is available in the major cities. You willhave to pay the full cost of any prescription drugs up to alimit, and part of any costs above this limit. If you are onmedication, make sure you have an adequate supply before leaving for Norway
In addition to the regular post offices, many grocery stores have a postal service. Stamps are also available from most newsagents and tobacconists.
The electrical current in Norway is 230V at 50Hz with a typical two-pin European plug. Electronics with a C, E or F type of plug ("Schuko") will also work here. Appliances made for 220-240V will function here. Most electronics from Europe, Africa and Asia will function with just an adapter. If you bring electronics made for North and South America and the Caribbean, check to see if the product has a built-in converter or you will need a transformer. Transformers in Norway are expensive and, if needed, we recommend that you purchase one before you depart.
Carefully read the specifications on the electronics and appliances, for example your laptop or hair dryer, that you plan to bring with you. Some modern electronics have power supplies that can convert the different electrical currents.
Please carry the following in your hand luggage:
Health Insurance and/or Travel Insurance card
Money: ATMs/cash machines (called "minibank" in Norwegian) at the Oslo airports and central train station accept international cards
Countries not needing a visa for Norway
A: Andorra, Albania (holders of biometric passports), Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria
B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda (BDTC passport), Bosnia and Herzegovina (holders of biometric passports), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria
C: Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic
E: El Salvador, Estonia
F: Finland, France
G: Germany, Greece, Guatemala
H: Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR passports and BNO passports), Hungary
I: Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy
K: Republic of Korea
L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M: Macau (SAR passport), Macedonia (holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (holders of biometric passports)
N: The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua
P: Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal
S: San Marino, Serbia (holders of biometric passports), the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland
T: Taiwan (holders of Taiwanese passports that contain an ID card number),
U: The UK, Uruguay, the USA
V: The Vatican City State, Venezuela
Remember to apply for a TOURIST visa,. Make sure that the dates on your visa application include traveling days. Visa applications must be submitted to the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
Please note that the visa application process may take several weeks, and we strongly advise you to apply early. You must complete and submit the visa application yourself.
Essential info for Norway
Population: Just over 5 million
Major religions: Christianity
Capital city: Oslo (also largest city)
Legal system: Parliamentary republic
Main languages: Norwegian (official), English
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October)
Currency: The Norwegian Krone (NOK), which is divided into 100 ore.
Tipping: Service charges range between 10 to 15% in most hotels and restaurants. Taxi fares are generally rounded up to the nearest krone.
International dialling code: +47
Emergency numbers: 112 (police), 113 (ambulance), 110 (fire)
Drives on the: Right