Oslo Transport

Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?

Not necessarily. Public transportation is well developed in cities and suburbs. Public transportation can often be more time-saving than using a vehicle.


How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?

Different rules apply to persons with a driving license issued in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to those with a driving license issued outside this area. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has published information about driving licenses valid in EEA and how to apply for a driving license in Norway.


What side of the road do people drive on?

They drive on the right side.


Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.

The public transportation system in Oslo is managed by the municipal transport company Ruter. This includes metro, tram, bus and ferry, but not the local train lines, which are operated by the state railway company, NSB.

All public transportation in Oslo, including local trains, operates on a common ticket system, allowing free transfer within a period of one hour with a regular ticket. Tickets also transfer to the local and inter-city trains, unless you intend to cross the city border.


Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.

Yes, public transportation is available for everyone.


In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?

Nothing special, except for using normal common sense, like having control of personal items and valuables.


Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?

You buy them at the local stations from ticket machines or at ticket offices. It is also possible to buy tickets at tourist information counters, at local shops like Narvesen. They can even be bought directly inside trains, buses, etc., but extra fees can apply.


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