Public Transportation in Oslo

Your public transportation guide is Get directions for how to reach your destination within Oslo and the Oslo area (Akershus), including also the Oslo Airport (Gardermoen). You can also download this app to buy your ticket, and download this app to get directions . Please note that your phone must be online when buying the ticket in the app. The phone must also be online for a ticket inspection, if today’s picture and control code have not already been downloaded locally to your mobile phone.

The closes bus stop to our venue if you come from the city center (Oslo Central Station) is called St.Hanshaugen (bus 37).

Also see our article about getting to Oslo from the airport and City Bikes in Oslo.


If you plan to use public transportation in Oslo, and will use it more than 3 days, we would recommend you to buy a 7-days ticket for Oslo (zone 1) (NOK 240 pluss NOK 50 for the travel card you need to buy a 7-days ticket if you don’t buy the ticket in the ruter app downloaded to your phone. The 7-days ticket will allow you to travel unlimited on trains, buses, trams, metro within zone 1 Oslo for one week. For instance between Oslo Central Station in the city center and the venue you can take bus 37, which leaves every 7-8 minute or less at daytime.

For some of you, buying 24-hours tickets and single trip tickets instead could be a good option. 24-hour tickets and single trip tickets can be bought as paper tickets, so that you don’t have to pay the extra NOK 50 for the travel card. 24-hour tickets and single trip tickets can also be bought at ticket machines. We recommend not to buy the tickets onboard the bus etc., as that will normally cost you NOK 22 extra.

Single ticket vs. 24-hours tickets: If you are planning to do 3 or more trips in 24 hours, a 24 hour ticket is recommended (which is valid for 24 hours from the moment you activate the ticket and you can travel as much as you like for 24 hours).

At the airport you can buy the ticket at the 7-Eleven kiosk or at the ruter service point, both in the Arrivals Hall. To get from the airport to the city center by public transportation you need to buy an add-on ticket which will cover zone 4 to 2, it costs NOK 60. You then need to take the NSB-train, not the airport express.

For other sales outlets to buy the tickets, find your nearest here.


Fifth Newsletter for BookCrossing Convention Oslo

37 days – 5 weeks – to go:-)

Restaurants for dinner on Saturday evening:

If you want to join us for dinner on Saturday evening, but have not signed up yet, please sign up for one of the restaurants we have chosen, use the doodle link for the restaurant you choose.

For those of you with allergies; Based on the allergies you reported to us in your registration form, we will inform the restaurant of your allergies. Please duble-check with us if you are unsure of what has been reported.

# 1) Elias mat & sånt – Norwegian food. You choose between one of the following three options: meat (ca. NOK 270), fish (ca. NOK 240) or vegetarian/vegan (ca. NOK 200). 48 spaces.

# 2) Pila – Norwegian/Nordic food. You will get a choice between one of the following three options: meat (ca. NOK 250-270), fish (ca. NOK 230-240) or vegetarian/vegan (ca. NOK 170-200). 40 spaces

# 3) Cin Cin Cafe – Italian pizza restaurant with a Norwegian twist to some of their pizzas. Glutenfree pizza and vegetarian pizza is available. Pizzas from NOK 139. In this restaurant you also find an OBCZ. 20 spaces.

# 4) Jaipur Indian Restaurant – Indian food. Main course from NOK 169 (vegetable dishes)/NOK 219. 20 spaces.

# 5) Funky Fresh Food – Vegan cusine. Main course from NOK 129 (today’s soup), NOK 179 (burgers). 12 spaces.

When you sign up in doodle for the restaurant you choose, please use your bookcrossing alias as name if you are a bookcrosser. If people are accompanying you, make separate registrations for them to get the number of participants right.  (You can register them with the same e-mail as you used for yourself.)

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Estimated walking distance from venue:

  • Elias mat & sånt (Kristian Augusts gate 14) – 15 minutes – directions
  • Pila (Østre Elvebakken 7) – 18 minutes – directions
  • Cin Cin Café (Akersgata 47) – 15 minutes – directions
  • Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Karl Johans gate 18C) – 20 minutes – directions
  • Funky Fresh Foods (DoGA, Hausmanns gate 16) – 17 minutes – directions

Convention map with restaurants and other points of interest:

Traditional raffle

The traditional bookcrossing convention raffle will take place as usual.

We follow the American method as seen at the Oxford and Athens Conventions. Please write your name  on every ticket you purchase, plus the free ones you got by registration, break the strips of tickets up unto single tickets and post them into the box besides the prize(s) that you would most like to win. The raffle is drawn on Saturday afternoon at about 16:30. The Raffle will close at 16:00 to prepare.

The price of one ticket is NOK 5. The tickets will be sold in pairs, i.e. you can buy 2, 4, 6, 8 and so on. Prices:

  • 10 NOK – 2 tickets, 20 NOK – 4 tickets, 30 NOK – 6 tickets, 40 NOK – 8 tickets
  • 50 NOK – 12 tickets (2 tickets extra), 100 NOK – 24 tickets (4 tickets extra), 200 NOK – 48 tickets (8 tickets extra)
  • 5 euro – 10 tickets, 10 euro – 20 tickets, 20 euro – 40 tickets (it’s approx. the same discounted prices in euros as in NOK. Please note that we only accept euro bills, not euro coins)

If you would like to donate either a full raffle prize, or something smaller to be included in a raffle prize with other items, please let us know:

We thank you in advance for donating and for letting us know as to prepare in time.

Please remember to have some change with you to be able to buy some raffle tickets.

Silver Jewelry Prize donated by sota48, made by her daugther in law – the set will also include a pair of earrings.

We can look forward to the following raffle prizes based on our current knowledge:

  • Marius Sweater Prize (Haugtussa)
  • Amazon 100 € voucher (travelina)
  • Oxford Raffle Prize (MissMarkey)
  • Canadian Goody Bag (bookgirrl)
  • Children’s Raffle Prize (more bookcrossers are welcome to add something to this prize) (sota48, Faizy)
  • French Raffle Prize (Krissa33)
  • Nepal Raffle Prize (ApoloniaX)
  • Sekwa Goody Bag – 10 French books translated to Swedish  (Panzeranzi)
  • Swedish Urban Fantacy Prize – the Circeln triology in Swedish language (Panzeranzi)
  • Wales Raffle Prize (Cassiopaeia)
  • Athens Raffle Prize (feltre)
  • Maithili Art Raffle Prize (ApoloniaX)
  • Florida Sunshine Goody Bag (azuki)
  • Birdhouse/nestbox in shape of a little bookshelf (approx. 35x25x22cm), custom made for the convention it’s the one shown below (Rochester74)
  • “Österreich/Salzkammergut” Goodies, including among other things a textile book  (Ghanescha)
  • Recycling Raffle Prize (ApoloniaX)
  • Jewelry Prizes – Silver Jewelry Prize (Sota48), Bookish Jewelry Prize (lunacia) – separate draws
  • Norway Prize (Jannike)
  • Knitted Goodies (LeishaCamden/travelina/MLA/over-the-moon) – will be devided into several draws of prizes
  • Handknitted Cardigan Prize  (LeishaCamden)
  • P.D. James Talking about Detective Fiction (signed copy) (sota48/sota48 sister)
  • Postcrossing Prize (LeishaCamden) – for more information about postcrossing, see:
  • Brazilian Raffle Prize (MÉDICOSALEGRETE)
Birdhouse/nestbox in shape of a little bookshelf (approx. 35x25x22cm), donated by Rochester74.

If you want to add something to one of the raffle prizes that are already on the list, contact the bookcrosser in charge of the prize (bookcrossing name is shown behind the prize) to tell you want to add something.100 NOK – 24 tickets (4 tickets extra)

Sightseeing on Thursday

We will have a special tour on Thursday for early arrivals.  Maximum number of participants: 45

On this tour we will start at 9:30 on Thursday 20th April. Meet at pier 3 by the city hall (Rådhusbrygge 3):

After the introduction, there will be a 10 minutes ferry trip from the city center to the Bygdøy peninsula.

At Bygdøy peninsula we will visit:

In between the museum visits we will have lunch (not included in the price of the tour).

We recommend you wear sensible walking shoes.

All entries to museums during the tour and the ferry ride to and from Bygdøy are included in the price of the tour. Lunch is not included. Make sure you keep your ticket to the Viking Ship Museum if you want to use the opportunity to vist the Historical Museum in the city center for free within 48 hours.

Expected return from the sightseeing is 17:00 – 17:30 in front of the City Hall.



Siri Pettersen – our second guest author

We are very pleased to announce our second guest author, Siri Pettersen. She will be interviewed by bookcrosser and committee member Leicha Camden. Siri is a Norwegian author, who has also worked as an Art Director for many years. She has written the fantasy trilogy The Raven Rings (Ravneringene), also illustrating the covers of the three books.

Siri is from Finnsnes, a small town in the land of the northern light and midnight sun (north of Norway), but currently lives in Oslo. She describes herself as a lifelong escapist, designer, illustrator, comic creator, webdesigner and writer. She won The Fabel Award 2014, Norwegian Bookseller’s scholarship 2015 (Norway), and the first book, Odin’s Child, was selected to represent Norway on the 2016 IBBY Honour List.

Siri and the crow. Photo: Lars Myhren Holand
Siri and the crow. Photo: Lars Myhren Holand

Her books have been translated to Swedish, Finish, Danish, Polish, Czech, Portuguese (Brazil) and Italian, is about to be translated to Estonian, and we truly believe it is just a matter of time before they get translated to English.

The Raven Rings trilogy has become very popular. Although normally presented as youth literature, she has readers of all ages. Some more dedicated than others, as you will learn more about at the convention. She also keeps actively in touch with her fans in social media.

Books by Siri Pettersen

2013 – Odin’s Child (Odinsbarn)
2014 – The Rot (Råta)
2015 – The Might (Evna)

To get to know Siri Pettersen a little better, take a look at:

Author presentation at