The currency in Norway is Norwegian Crowns (NOK and not EURO). You can use your credit card everywhere for payments (sometimes you might be asked for an identification with passport or id card) and for cash withdrawal (called Minibank).
The airport for Oslo is called Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL). There is another airport which is sometimes also called Oslo, namely Torp (TRF) (see below), but it is much further away from Oslo than the Gardermoen airport. It is used by low-cost carriers, but it is only recommended if you are very short on money because of the long travelling times to and from the airport.
Reaching the Oslo city Center from Oslo Airport Gardermoen,
By Airport express train (Flytoget):
When you left the customs area at OSL airport, you should turn right and walk down to the end of the hall until you reach the stairs to the Flytoget (airport express train). The train takes you to Oslo Sentralstasjon (or Oslo S) in about 25 minutes. One ride costs 180 NOK. You are obliged to buy a ticket before boarding these trains — it is not possible to buy tickets on board. Tickets may be bought by swiping a credit card, at the distribution machines or at the NSB counters.
By local train (NSB):
When you left the customs area at OSL airport, you should turn right and walk down to the end of the hall until you reach the ticket counters for the NSB trains. Trains to Oslo S run every 20 min or so. Please check the details on the digital board when you reach to the ticket counters. The ride takes about half an hour to Oslo S and costs around 93 NOK.
Note that a new Terminal in Gardermoen Airport has been constructed and operated since April 2017. There may be a different exit for some arrivals rather than "the customs area mentione dabove". Please in that case just follow the indications which are rather well organized for passengers to find both train accesses.
By Airport Coach (Flybussen):
Flybussen leaves every 20 minutes from outside the arrival area. Tickets can be bought when entering the bus, and credit cards are accepted. The travel time is 53 minutes. This bus will stop several places on the way to downtown Oslo. Depending on your accommodation you can choose different buses which are listed in this link. Hint: The busses FB1, FB2, and FB5 are those going to the city center through different routes of the city.
Price: Adult single trip NOK 180 / Adult return ticket NOK 275 (valid for 1 month) (Student single trip NOK 100 with valid student card)
Reaching the Oslo city Center from Torp Arport:
From Torp, the company Torpekspressen offers buses to the Oslo Central bus station (Oslo Bussterminalen) which is in walking distance (5 minutes) from the central train station. The ride takes about 1:45h and cost about 220 NOK for a one-way ticket.
Public Transportation in Oslo
There are several alternatives when it comes to public transport in Oslo: Buses, trams, subways (T-bane Metro) are all efficient ways of getting around the city.
For info on bus, tram and metro (T-bane): Ruter.no. All tickets can be used on Ruter's metro, trams, buses and ferries, and on NSB's trains in Oslo and Akershus. There is no night fare. You can use the same tickets both day and night. Hint: You can get 7-day ticket from any metro (T-bane) stop using the ticket counters. A single ticket costs 33 NOK while a 7-day ticket costs 240 NOK for Zone1. Both Oslo city center and the University campus are within the smallest ring so-called Zone1 with the lowest ticket fares.
- OsloTaxi: taxi, rather expensive
In case you would like to take the opportunity of coming to Oslo for a visit to other parts of Norway, you may check on the links below:
- The company Norway in a nutshell ® offers 1—3 day trips between Bergen and Oslo.
- On VISITNORWAY.COM you may find general information on touristic highlights in Norway.
- The web pages Visit Oslo offer information about the Oslo region.
- If you have a lot of time and money, you might be interested in a Hurtigruten boat trip along the western coast of Norway.