The Oslo City Bike (Oslo Bysykkel) scheme lets you take a bike from more than 200 racks around the city for up to three hours. Return it to a free space at any rack, then you can take a new bike straight away. The bikes are simple to use with easily adjustable seats and gears. It’s worth testing your brakes before setting out!
The bikes are available from 06:00 to 00:00, and are usually out from April to November depending on when the ice clears/returns.
To access the bikes, you’ll need to register online. Unfortunately for tourists, new vendors are running the show this year and there’s no longer an option for short term subscriptions (although they’re aiming to get one up and running next year). The app-based system is great for locals – it’s easy to find your nearest rack and unlock a bike – but again this isn’t so tourist friendly if you don’t have an internet connection.
There is the option to register your phone number (including international numbers) and a personal pin to unlock bikes at the rack instead of using the app, negating the internet issue. You can get a physical card to tap to unlock a bike, but this costs an extra NOK200 at the Oslo Visitor Centre (in Østbanehallen by Oslo Central Station.