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Oslo is the capital of Norway.
Hitching out of Oslo is usually difficult from the city center (except going south). There are several motorway entrances behind the tunnel. The further outside the city you are, the easier it gets.
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This is a superb spot for heading north/northwest: a "Circle K" petrol station on the E6 direction North which can be reached with the free IKEA shuttle bus. This blue bus is leaving from Fred Olsens gate 5 every hour on the "o'clock". It operates from 10.00 until 22.00 on weekdays and from 09.00 until 20.00 on saturdays. You could also jump on the metro line 1 or 2 to the stop (Trosterud) at earlier/later hours, sundays and it leaves at higher frequencies, but that would cost a one-zone ticket of 35 NOK.
The Circle K is 10 minutes walk from IKEA. Once you are at IKEA just walk around the building to it's right side, and you'll se a pedestrian tunnel taking you under the E6. Straight on the other side, look to your right, a pathway following the highway takes you directly to the spot. When going north, you can quite easily find a ride here. Anyways, for shorter rides, the first good petrol station on the highway is called "Skedsmokorset". You might be offered rides to the Oslo airport, in case you are trying to get further, make sure you jump off at Skedsmokorset.
Note: If you're heading to Sweden on the E18 you have to start on the E6. Be very careful as there is only one point where the E6 branches to the E18. It's fairly easy to miss, but when you see it ask the driver to turn off even if they are continuing south. There is a roundabout where you can get out, and then the driver can get back on the E6.
Option 1 - Barcode
With the new iconic addition to the Oslo high-rise waterfront, Barcode, hitchhiking south directly from the city centre has become much easier, and thus removed the need for the 30 minute metro ride to Mortensrud (option 2). From the central station, just pass the high-rises until the end, where it turns right (and south). Follow the sidewalk on this for about 250 meters, until you get to a traffic light. On the right side of the road, there is possible for cars to stop (parking forbidden sign does not mean cars can't pull over). You only need a ride to the shell station at Mortensrud in order to get going further. Masosial got a ride here after 30 seconds the first time he tried.
Option 2 - Mortensrud
Take metro line 3 to "Mortensrud" and get off at the last station, then cross the bridge over metro track and walk for about 300 meters. You will enter petrol station on motorway E6. Either ask drivers there, hitchhike on the busstop on the motorway just 100 meters next to the gasstation, on the onramp itself, or on the busstop before the onramp. Basically just go there and find your favorite way to find a ride going south.
Option 3 - From Ljansbakken (closer to the city than the other ones)
Take one of the following buses 83, 500, T9 to the stop Ljansbakken. This spot is before the road turns into a motorway at a busstop with plenty of space for people to pull over safely, a sign might be useful at this spot.
Option 4 - Hellerud
You may want to try Esso petrol station (diesel is cheaper there so lots of people fills up there and other advantage is there is a MC D. right next to it). To get there, take subway to Hellerud, turn right into Smalvollveien and walk till you get to Esso. Some might find useful to know that there seem to be fewer ticket controls on that line.
West towards Bergen, or southwest towards Stavanger and Kristiansand
The road to Bergen diverges from the southwestern road at Sandvika. If your ride is going the other way, just get off at one of the gas stations before Sandvika and keep hitchhiking from there.
Option 1 - Onramp at Skøyen - This option is fairly close to the city centre. Take a train or a bus to (Skøyen), and walk southwest towards the highway. There is a big roundabout a a little closer to the hightway, and a 100 meters further down the onramp you'll see a bus stop with plenty of space to pull over. This is a favorite spot for many hitchhikers heading west. From here option 2 is also close by, a gas station that is just 600 meters down the highway.
Option 2 - Gas station at Maritim - Take the bus 31 or 31E to the stop (Maritim) and walk for 50 meters to the gas station close by. The station does not have too much traffic, but it is fairly easy to hitch a ride to the next gas station on the way towards Sandvika or Drammen, where there is more traffic heading northwest and southwest.
Option 3 - Bergen direction only - Where the motorway ended - there is bus 200 that goes from the City, you can catch it to the stop Avtjerna and hitch from the bustop. All motorway has ended and it is just country road all the way to Bergen. The con with this option is that it the bus only goes once an hour (and once every 2 hours on sunday). It is also quite far out from Oslo, and public transport can be pricey. But if you just miss the bus you can change to option 1 or 2.
Option 4 - Bergen direction only - Onramp at Sandvika Catch a train to Sandvika, when you get off the train walk in the direction the train was moving for 100 meters, turn right and then left on the bigger road (Elias Smiths Vej), follow the road until a roundabout and turn right, and you will see the entrance to the highway. There you can stand with a sign hitchhiking to Hønefoss, where there's a gas station.
From Oslo (Rygge) Airport
Oslo (Rygge) is an airport located about 75 km South of Oslo, on the E6 direction Göteborg. To reach Oslo via HH, you simple need a sign for Oslo and you can either hitch from the airport or walk about 1.5 km to (North direction, along the motorway) the Rygge on-ramp where local traffic passes at the roundabout. The first petrol station is a few kilometres North, around Moss. From there it's rather easy to get a direct ride to Oslo.
Yes, the airport is small, so traffic is light. When you come out of the terminal building; the motorway in front of you is the E6, and Oslo (North) is to the right. I walked the one mile along the airport service road (hitching without success)and then hitched from the roundabout.
Or you can just stand at the end of the car park building on the slip road (turn right out of terminal building and walk until you reach the end of the building). I just hitched to Oslo city centre in one lift (by holding up an 'Oslo' sign). The first car stopped. Or you can ask people at the airport if they're going to Oslo. My brother did this and got a lift with the first person he asked.
I was heading East to Töcksfors (just over the Swedish border on the E18) so got dropped at the junction of the 151 near the town of Son and continued East from there. Not the easiest hitch (4 hours) but still much quicker than getting the airport bus into Oslo and then the Stockholm bus back out to Töcksfors. I found drivers friendly, willing to go a little out of their way, and everyone spoke good English.
From Oslo (Torp) Airport
From Oslo (Gardermoen) Airport
To reach Oslo, simply go to the multi-storey car park which is adjacent to the terminal and then follow arrows to the exit. Then head to the gates where drivers pay for the parking, it's at the exit from the car park area. Stand right behind these gates. Payment takes a couple of whiles and drivers should have the time to notice you, there's also a plenty of place for them to stop to pick you up.