Rygge airport, or Oslo airport Rygge, is an international airport serving Moss, Oslo and Eastern Norway. It’s located around 75km (~45miles) from Oslo. The bus tickets to Oslo (like most things in Norway) are expensive, which can pose a problem for a traveler on a low budget. Luckily, there is always the option of hitchhiking!
Hitchhiking in Norway
In Norway, hitchhiking used to be very popular around 20 years ago. Since then, a lot of people grew scared and uncomfortable by the idea. Many people say that it is common to be picked up by foreigners, rather than native Norwegians. Hitchhiking these days is not very common so you will need a lot of patience.
From October to March hitchhiking can be very difficult because of cold weather. In spite of logic, people will be less inclined to pick you up if you’re in a snowstorm than if it’s sunny. Scandinavian people are not very open, so if they don’t know you they are not very likely to pick you up on the road.
In the summer months there are more foreigners who are likely to give you a ride, and more Norwegians are likely to stop.
Hitchhiking from Rygge to Oslo
Hitchhiking from Rygge to Oslo is a common practice for people coming on cheap Ryanair flights. If you are planning on doing this there are a couple of options:
- You can hitch a ride right there on the airport, by stepping outside and asking someone for a ride. It is easier to do this if there are fewer of you (1-2). If there are more than two people you will face some problems. Either people will not be inclined to take you, or there won’t be enough place in the car. Be careful to go ask people as soon as you step off the plane. If you lollygag around, most people will be gone by the time you go out.
- The second option is walking to your right when you exit the airport at the main entrance. You will come to the end of the parking building. This is a good option because both the cars leaving the pickup point and the ones leaving the parking garage will be passing you. Make sure you bring a big sign!
- The third, and perhaps best option (especially in the winter), is to walk about 1km to the right of the airport. There you will reach a roundabout. This is a good spot because people have a place to stop, and cars are passing from Rygge town, the airport, Moss, and a couple of other places, all heading towards Oslo.
- When you exit the airport you will see a highway ahead. There is no fence, but be aware that it is illegal to hitchhike there. I tried to do this and the police appeared in under 10min (maybe just my bad luck L)
There is a good chance that someone will pick you up just for a part of the trip. In that case your best option is asking them to drop you off at a gas station. When there just ask people whether they are going to Oslo and if they could give you a ride. You may get a couple of outright no-s, but I found this to be the fastest way. Maybe people trust you more if they get a closer look…
In total, I have to come to the conclusion that it all depends on luck. Some people get picked up by the first person they see and it turns out great, while others freeze in the snow for hours and no one stops. My best advice would be: Bring water or something warm to drink and a lot of patience!
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