Getting from Oslo airport to the city centre

So you’ve touched down, picked up a network on your phone and found your bags on the carousel. You’re ready to hit Oslo.

Great news – there are a handful of ways to cover the 47km journey from Oslo’s main airport Gardermoen south to the city centre. There’s a route to suit all budgets, with the price going up, mostly, as the journey time comes down. Read on to find the option that suits you best.

The fastest way: take the airport express

If you just want to get into Oslo as quickly as possible, head for the Flytoget airport express, a sleek, silvery grey train which will whizz you from the airport to central Oslo in around 20 minutes. Punctuality is key, with frequent departures every 10–20 minutes from 5.30am til 12.50am.

The airport express train is the fastest way to get from Gardermoen to Oslo

Pic: Bene Riobó

Big comfy seats, plentiful sockets for charging devices, free wifi…. what’s not to like? Well, perhaps just the cost. One-way tickets cost around 190 NOK, with a round-trip double the cost at around 380 NOK (so you don’t save anything by booking a return journey). You can get 50% off fares however if you’re a student, a senior, or aged 16–20 (children 15 and under go free).

Buying tickets is as streamlined as the train. You can use your credit card as a ticket – pre-register before boarding if you need a receipt. Or buy a ticket from the vending machines (a service charge applies if you buy one at the ticket office.)

The Flytoget express takes you direct to Oslo Sentralstasjon – known as Oslo S – and most trains continue to the Nationaltheatret station at the western end of Karl Johans gate, the main street through the city centre.

It’s also worth knowing that if you book your return trip back to the airport with Flytoget, they offer an amazing travel guarantee. If there’s a delay of more than 30 minutes that causes you to miss your flight, Flytoget will pick up the tab for you rearranging your travel.

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The cheapest way: take a regional train

Cheaper than the airport express, three Norwegian Railway regional trains an hour make the journey from the airport to Oslo S in 23 minutes. This service runs from 5.15am until 11.43pm, stopping at Lillestrøm on the way.

A one-way trip costs around 100 NOK, with a 25% discount for students and 50% off for seniors and five-to-14-year-olds. Check the ACP Rail website for timetables and to buy tickets – search for ‘Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen to Oslo Central Station’ or ‘Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen to Oslo Nationaltheatret’.

Regional trains are likely to be busier than the airport express but are still a good way to travel and there’s space to stow luggage during the journey. Just bear one thing in mind – these services don’t give the same guarantee of being on time as Flytoget, so build in leeway for possible delays when returning to the airport at the end of your trip.

Money-saving bonus: when you reach Oslo S, keep hold of your ticket if you’re planning to do more travelling – these train tickets are valid for 2hr 30min for further travel on Oslo’s buses, trams and metro.

Oslo airport terminal at night

Pic: Espen Solli

The way with the most drop-offs: the airport bus

If you’re not staying in downtown Oslo, take a look at Flybussen’s Line FB2 and see if the route runs close to your accommodation. Flybussen runs daily every 30min from 4.10am until 1.15am and makes ten stops between the airport and Oslo S bus station, with a journey time of 42 minutes. Buses terminate at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel at Holbergs Gate, just east of the Palace Park.

At around 179 NOK for a single ticket from the airport to Oslo S bus station, the Flybussen isn’t cheap, but the return price of 260 NOK works out slightly cheaper, and if you’re a student or senior the single/return fare drops to 95/190 NOK. It’s cheaper to buy online in advance from flybussen.no than on the bus.

The Flybussen airport express has a joint ticketing arrangement with Ruter, the company which runs Oslo city transport. So if you buy a Ruter 7-, 30- or 365-day ticket for getting around Oslo you can also use it on the Flybussen FB2 as long as it’s valid for the whole journey. A one-way Flybussen FB2 ticket is valid for onward travel on Oslo buses, trams and metro.

 

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The lazy way: grab a taxi

If you have heavy baggage, or there’s a few of you travelling together, there’s something to be said for getting a taxi. The fare is whopping, though – expect to pay at least 589 NOK during the day and at least 789 NOK at night – and, depending on traffic, it won’t necessarily be the quickest way to get downtown.

It’s easy enough to find a cab – head for the taxi information desk in arrivals. They’ll have all the companies’ fixed-rate fares from the airport to downtown, and can book for you. If you go it alone, there are interactive screens for calling a cab yourself – better than just going to the rank outside arrivals.

The VIP way: take a private transfer

If you don’t mind splashing the cash and want a stress-free arrival into Oslo, consider taking a private transfer. This VIP option cuts out some of the hassle of waiting around for a taxi but – at around 2,300 NOK for three people – it certainly isn’t cheap.

But wait, I’m landing at Sandefjord Torp Airport instead!

“Help! I’m not at Gardermoen. I’m at Torp!”

Yes, you’ve come in on a low-cost airline and arrived 110km southwest of Oslo. Don’t panic. A free shuttle bus will take you from the airport to Torp Train Station. From there, regional trains make the journey to Oslo S in 1h 45min for 281 NOK each way (discounted Minipris fares of around 259 NOK are sometimes available).

Alternatively, the airport express bus coincides with flight arrivals and runs twice hourly to Oslo S bus station for 239 NOK single, and takes around 1hr 40min.


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