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Public Transport in Oslo

Norwegian trams in Oslo

With trains, buses, trams and a metro system, Oslo residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting around their city.

Oslo city centre is a small and much of it can be navigated on foot, but the suburbs spread out for many miles.

Thankfully, there is also a very good integrated public transport system, consisting of trains, metro and bus to move you around the city with ease.

Public Transport in Oslo: How the metro system works and how to take a bus in the Norwegian capital.

Public transport in Oslo and Akershus is coordinated by Ruter AS. Individual operators are contracted to run the individual services, but Ruter has responsibility for planning, pricing, coordinating and managing the system as a whole.

How much does the Oslo metro cost?

Ruter sets the pricing and has recently streamlined its charges into a simpler zonal system. The prices for valid for all buses, trams and local trains.

The whole city of Oslo falls into Zone 1, ensuring you know what you will pay, wherever you are going. Ruter is also promoting the use of electronic tickets, and this is reflected in the pricing.

Current prices for travel within Oslo

(last updated August 2018)

  • Single ticket (advance) – 35kr
  • Single ticket (on board) – 55kr
  • 24-hr ticket – 105kr
  • 7-day ticket – 249kr
  • 30-day ticket: 736kr
  • 365-day ticket: 7,360kr

Please note these prices are for Oslo only. Travelling into Akershus will incur higher fees.

I do not recommend buying the yearly ticket despite the price saving, because if you lose it, you're stuffed! From experience I find the 30-day ticket to provide the best balance of value and convenience.

Local buses in Oslo, Norway

Where to buy public transport tickets in Oslo

Whichever ticket you go for, you'll need to get a Ruter electronic card, which is available from any staffed station, plus many kiosks such as Narvesen and Deli de Luca.

On the card you can store a period ticket (e.g. 30-day ticket) or credit, which can be used to pay for single tickets. You can read more about the electronic ticket here. Alternatively, you can use the mobile app to purchase and store your ticket.

To validate the ticket, you must touch the card to the readers situated at the train/metro stations or on board the bus/tram.

Oslo T-Bane system in Norway

If you have a period pass, the expiry date will display on the screen, otherwise the credit will be deducted from the stored value. It's a simple, user-friendly system that just works.

Ticket checks

Public transport in Oslo runs mainly on the honour system although checks (called kontroll in Norwegian) have been increasing of late. They are especially common in the city centre T-Bane stations.

Sometimes inspectors step onto the bus or tram, and on the metro system they commonly wait by the exits. If you cannot present a valid ticket when challenged, you will be heavily fined more than 1,000 kroner.

Trains in Oslo

Local trains are run by the state railway company, NSB. Several commuter lines exist, including a popular one between Oslo and Drammen, via Skøyen, Lysaker and Asker. Be warned, these trains get very busy in rush-hour!

They are of limited use for travellers. The one exception is the local line that runs between Oslo and the main airport – it's a much cheaper option than the Airport Express Train and takes only a few minutes more.

NSB train in Norway

Oslo Metro (T-Bane)

The T-Bane system is popular with commuters and leisure travellers. There are 6 lines numbered 1 to 6 covering much of the city.

All lines converge through the city centre in a shared tunnel, so from Majorstuen, Nationaltheatret, Stortinget, Jernbanetorget, Grønland and Tøyen stations you can pick up any T-Bane line.

There is also a central ring formed by lines 4 and 6 which meets at Nydalen/Storo, north of the city centre.

Line 1 is popular with tourists as the primary means of getting to Holmenkollen ski jump and national ski arena, and with locals going hiking or skiing in Nordmarka.

The latest network map can be downloaded here.

Trams in Oslo

The tram (trikken in Norwegian) is an old, slow system of moving around Oslo, but provides a critical link to many parts of the city.

Popular destinations reachable by tram include the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Bislett Stadion, Aker Brygge, Grünerløkka and most attractions in the city centre.

A new fleet of trams is on its way along with several important line extensions which should revitalise the network.

Tram in Oslo

Buses in Oslo

You will find two types of public bus in Oslo. The red ones are local buses, criss-crossing Oslo and providing links to all areas not served by one of the other forms of transport.

The green buses are regional buses, travelling further afield and generally starting/finishing from Oslo bus terminal.

An important distinction to note is on the green regional buses you must enter at the front and show your ticket, stating if you will be travelling further than the city limits.

On the red local buses you can enter using any door and need only scan your ticket if you need to validate your period pass or pay for a single journey.

Passenger ferries

Your ticket is valid on a limited number of passenger boats. The small islands close to the city – Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen and Langøyene – all fall within zone 1.

Some commuter ferries also link Oslo with Nessoden and other towns further down the Oslofjord.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

29 Comments

  1. Do you know whether the public transport at Oslo is available at 25th December? I’m going to travel there during Christmas vacation. Thanks.

    1. Hi! The buses run every day of the year – but they do not run as often on December 25th. On ruter.no you can check the bus times for that day. In general though all buses should be running that day. If you are using the 31 bus or 37 bus they even go 24/7 all days of the year, so those lines are certain to go.

        1. Hi, it’s the same as any other day. You can take a train to Torp station (a free shuttle bus meeting all trains runs to the airport terminal) or you can take an airport coach from the Oslo Bus Station. Train timetables at NSB and bus times at Torp Ekpressen. You can also find general travel information at Norway Traveller. Have a great trip!

  2. Hi. If I buy a 7 day travel pass, can I use it to travel on the trains, trams and buses . Will I be able to buy it from the airport and use it to get to the first millenium hotel in the city. Also can you advise me on the cheapest 1 day round trip to see the fjords.

    1. Trams, buses and trains yes, but only within the Oslo city boundary. You’ll find the map on the Ruter page. To get to the city from the Airport you can choose between express train, regular train or airport coach. Regular train is cheapest. One day is not really long enough to see the fjords from Oslo, you might be able to make it to Flåm and back, but I’m not sure that would give you time for a boat trip aswell. It all depends on what you want to see. Good luck with your trip! You can see more travel info on http://www.norwaytraveller.com

  3. Hi David,
    thanks for the precious info you’re providing. I ‘d like to ask your advice for a particular issue. It happened once that I went on the bus in Oslo and the ticket controllers were there. I had my ticket with me but it turned out to be invalid at the device check. I got very upset knowing for sure not to have used it before. I tried to explain the thing to the agents but failed to convince them. They gave me a fine (1150 kr). Later on I receive a giro by Demand Norge AS to pay 1.449 kr. My questions to you are: What happens if I don’t pay? And what leagal means can Demand Norge use against me in that case?

    Look forward to your reply.

    Marco

  4. Hi David,
    Do you know if one can use a 30-days ruter ticket for all the public transport systems, either bus, metro, tram and local trains running by NSB connecting zone 1 to zone 2?
    are the 30-days tickets unlimited?
    Thanks

    1. Hi David

      I plan to buy the 24 hour ticket which have zone 1 , 2 zone and all zone. I have no idea which one I have to buy.

      place I will go
      Frognerparken (vigelandsparken) , Bygdoy ( Norsk folkemuseet) and airport.

      Thank you very much

      1. An all-zone 24-hr ticket will only be cheapest if you are travelling twice to/from the airport within the same day, and is only valid on the NSB trains (not the Airport Express). Everything in Oslo city itself is zone 1. The system is explained entirely in English on ruter.no

  5. Hi, David!
    We will be in Oslo on 30 and 31 December. Ist the 24-hour ticket valid for all transpots in Oslo? Can I use this ticket several times a day? At what age should I buy children a ticket? They are 8 years old.

    Thank you!!!
    Kind regards,
    Diana

  6. Hi,

    I want to take the 30 bus first thing on a Wednesday morning towards the Viking Museum, do you know what time the first bus would run?

    Thank you!

      1. To all folks asking these stupid (detailed) questions –

        if you are not able to check such a simply things like timetable you should rather stay at home than travel abroad.

        T David Nikel –

        thank you very much for your wonderful, informative website, especially for sharing your experience about Norwegian lifestyle, Hurtigruten, culture, etc. Please, don’t waist your time and energy trying to politely explain all the details which are easy accessible in English on the internet. Thank you for your patience and politeness, anyway!
        Robert

  7. Hi there.
    What’s the best route to go to Skillingmarkvegen, 2233 Vestmarka, from the Oslo airport please?
    thank you 🙂

  8. Hi
    I am planing to come oslo on 18th April and Leave on 21st april so is the public transport working on those days please.

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