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Driving in and around Oslo

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Driving in and around Oslo

We're thinking of hiring a car for a few days in order to do day trips around Oslo. How easy will it be to find our way in and out of Oslo, considering we've never driven in Norway before?

Also if we rented the car at the airport, would it be a hassle driving to our hotel in central Oslo? We are arriving on a Saturday morning.

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1. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

The main roads in and out of Oslo are all clearly signed. You can plan your routes here, and get driving directions in English:

http://www.gulesider.no/kart/

Which hotel will you stay in ?

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2. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

In most places there is an airport surcharge for car rentals, typically 18%. So if you are not going to use car immediately it may well be more economical to get the car from the city and possibly also save a days rent. Furthermore there seldom is a surcharge for renting the car from the city and returning it to the airport.

You'll find out if you do a couple of test rentals in the web.

For Oslo's city sights a car is not an advantage.

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3. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

If you're used to driving in London, Oslo shouldn't be a big challenge, but like most of the towns on earth - it's not that easy to know which lane you should use. I guess you need a GPS or a good map of Oslo. There is not too much signs on the small roads.

There are a ring-system with 3 rings - the main roads goes out of the city in 3 directions (Northeast: 4, 163 and E6 / Southeast: E18, 153, E6 / West: E18, 160 and 168)

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4. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

The three rings and E-roads (E18 and E16) are fairly easy, but the rest of Oslo streets.... traffic is not that bad, but finding your way can.

Don't rent a car at the airport if you are staying in Oslo, take the airport train. Then find a car rental near one of the rings or on of the E's.

Oslo and its suburbs have a well develop public transport system, so consider using this if you are only traveling within greater Oslo.

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5. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

Driving in Oslo is like driving in Boston - lots of one way streets and dead ends. The inner city is from the middle ages, and great to explore, using public transportation, like buses, tram, and subway or on foot.

The train system is punctual (often, teehee) and goes to most major tourist attractions and cities. Seriously folks, I've seen a lot worse.

You can get the Fly Tog from the airport into the center - goes often and cheaper than a car rental in the long haul!

Anyways, have fun!

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6. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

I would recommend you to have a couple of days without a car and see what you want to see in Oslo first. Oslo centre is so small, so no need for car. The public transport is good and most places you can walk to.

Also, you should take into account that parking costs are pretty high, unless you find free street parking (which there arent many of around central areas and hotels).

If there are places outside Oslo that you want to see and want to drive to, then get a car for just a couple of days and pick the car up in Oslo.

Where were you planning on driving too?

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7. Re: Driving in and around Oslo

Thanks everyone! Still another 3 weeks before we arrive in Oslo, so I've got plenty of time to make up my mind. Based on your responses, we'll probably see Oslo on foot and rent a car for a day or two to go to Lillehammer and the surrounding area.

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