Getting to the Telenor Arena..
Surpises never cease in Oslo. The Oslo ESC provides a shuttle bus which does the round among the three official hotels and then on to the Telenor Arena at intervals of 20 minutes. The latest surpise is the fact that with hundreds of accredited media and fans trying to get to the Arena for Semifinal 1, only ONE shuttle bus was provided which was of course full before it reached the third official hotel so it did not even bother to stop; no information was provided about the situation which saw me running across town in my party shoes trying to catch the public buses to be on time for the show.
Fans coming to the live shows at the Arena are required to arrive before 20:15 local time, after which the gates will be closed. Gates are open from 18:30.
My advice is to take the public bus 31E from the bus stop next to the National Theatre (Nationaltheatret) and the journey takes around 20 minutes. You can buy tickets from the driver but the price is cheaper if you buy the tickets in advance from the Trafikanten office outside the Central Railway Station (Oslo S).
The public bus stop is quite far from the Arena, and the walk takes some time, so bring an umbrella just in case it rains and remember to be on time.
At the Arena be prepared for another surpise: the public toilets.. (but I will let those who are still on their way here to find that out for themselves).