Car Rental in Oslo
Norway’s capital is a magical place with a history stretching back over a millennia and a modernity to match any city in the world. Pass your days exploring the world-class museums and art galleries in the city or bask in the beauty of its famously serene parks and gardens. With plenty of potential destinations within easy distance by car from the city, renting your own vehicle will help you make the most of your trip to Oslo.
Where to rent a car in Oslo
A wide range of international car rental agencies can be found at Oslo Airport including Europcar, Sixt, Budget, Hertz and Avis. All offices are located just a short walk from the baggage claim area in P10 Level U2, with most offices open until 11pm. There are plenty of car rental companies operating within Oslo itself so you don’t need to collect your vehicle right away from the airport, with both international and local providers maintaining a presence across the city.
Driving in Oslo
Oslo is a good city to explore by car although the roads can get congested at times as you would expect of a European capital city. There is, however, a charge you will need to pay to drive around the city center and a one-way system in place which makes a satnav system a good idea. The quality of the roads in the city are very good but the streets will narrow as you enter the older city center, while Oslo is connected to the rest of Norway via efficient highways. Over the winter temperatures drop well below freezing and snowfall is thick and frequent, although the local authorities are well-prepared to keep the roads safe and usable. However, it helps to keep this in mind and drive especially carefully at all times if you visit in the winter.
Parking in Oslo
Finding parking in the center of Oslo is a challenge as spaces are limited and hotly contested (not to mention very expensive). As street parking is very elusive it will be much better to find a car park instead – there are several around the city center but prices are high, although you won’t be restricted by a time limit like you will by parking on the street. Street parking can be free in places but is usually managed via meter payments. The public transport system in Oslo is very good so an alternative is to find parking on the outskirts before catching public transport into the center. It's also worth checking whether your hotel if they have parking available.
Where to go around Oslo
Oslo is a large city so it definitely helps to have a rental car to explore everything. The beautiful Oslomarka forest encircles the city and is reachable by car or public transport, but your own vehicle does provide useful flexibility. There are several memorable destinations only a drive away from Oslo like the ciy of Kongsberg which is an hour away or the walled city of Fredrikstad, a popular summer retreat for locals. You may also want to visit the town of Tonsberg, known as the oldest settlement in Norway, which is ideally located along the beautiful coastline.
* This information is correct as of December 2018