Oslo is Norway's largest city, and for that reason, having a rental car makes it that much easier to get around town without waiting for buses, taxis, or shuttles. To help with renting a car, Skyscanner has access to hundreds of rentals and a user-friendly process for selecting, reserving, and paying. This also includes making flight arrangements and making hotel reservations.
Car Rental Locations in Oslo
When traveling to Norway, there's no need to worry about a lack of luxury or discount car rentals in Oslo. Several are located near the airport and easily accessible by taxi. Avis Bilutleie is 16 minutes from the airport, and Europcar is 22 minutes away. Hertz Oslo Lufthavn in Gardermoen is less than 20 minutes from the airport, and Sixt Car Hire, also in Gardermoen, is a 16-minute drive from Oslo Airport.
If arriving by air, the airport is also a good source for car rentals. Several to choose from include Dollar Car Rental, Budget, Avis, and Hertz. For cheap car rentals in Oslo, there's Rent-A-Wreck, and if arriving by train, Hertz Oslo, Hertz Oslo Sentrum, and Avis Bilutleie Oslo are near Oslo Central Station.
Things to Know When Driving in Oslo
Oslo is a bustling city that can become congested during rush hour. This is usually in the morning and the evening during the week. Weekends can also bring heavy traffic. For the most part, traffic tends to move at a steady pace. Winter can be harsh. and if it snows, traffic tends to move much slower. The main highways for traffic entering Oslo are E6 and E18.
A couple of problems visitors run into are the many one-way streets to navigate and the lack of public parking. The city centre also has an active public transportation system that includes buses with designated bus lanes, trams, Oslo Metro, and a railway. Signs are in place to identify parking that is available to the public, so pay close attention, as many are designated as reserved. Oslo traffic also includes several roads for bicycles and locations to rent bikes.
Things to Do in and Around Oslo
With a rental car in Oslo, there's no limit to the many wonders and attractions that can be seen, explored, and enjoyed. A top attraction is the Viking Ship Museum, which takes visitors on a trip through Nordic history with artifacts and preserved Viking ships on display. For a night on the town, enjoy performances at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet within the Oslo Opera House. Vigeland Sculpture Park is a visual wonder with over 200 sculptures in cast iron, bronze, and granite by sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
For the kids, there's TusenFryd Amusement Park with more than 30 attractions, activities, and rides, and BadeFryd water park. During the summer, guided tours of Akershus Fortress are popular with tourists wanting to experience the history of Oslo and walk the corridors of this ancient medieval castle that served as a defense against attacks. Construction of the castle was completed in the 1300s.
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