Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada. Oslo is the economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are among the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers. Oslo is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission intercultural cities programme. Fortunately, Oslo wheelchair access is very good. There are many good hotels with disability access and wheelchair travel is not as restricted as remains the case in many other less progressive cities.
Attractions and Opportunities
Passengers in wheelchairs travel for free on all public transport operated by Ruter (bus, tram, ferry and subway inside the city of Oslo).
- The wheelchair’s length may not exceed 1,200 mm, the width may not exceed 700 mm, and the height may not exceed 1,090 mm (all sizes without user).
- The total weight including the user must not exceed 250 kg.
- Electric wheelchairs may have a maximum speed of 10 km/h.
Ruter’s buses are designed to comply with the requirements of the regulations relating to universal design.
Metro, Tram and Ferries
The maximum size and weight if travelling with the metro, the newest trams (lines 17, 18 and 13) and ferries between Aker brygge, Nesodden and Vollen:
- Wheelchairs with lengths of up to 1,460 mm, widths of up to 750 and height up to 1,350 mm may be brought along.
- The total weight including the user must not exceed 325 kg.
- On other ferries access for wheelchairs is limited.
The older trams on lines 12, 19 and partially line 13 are not accessible for wheelchairs.