Transfer from Oslo airport to the center

Transfert entre l'aéroport d'Oslo et le centre

Are you flying to Oslo? Here are the options for a transfer to the city center.

Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) is located some 50 km from the city center. It is used by the majority of airlines serving the capital. However, be sure to check where you are landing: there is a second airport at Torp. This is used more by low-cost airlines and KLM, and is located in Sandefjord, 110 km from Oslo. These are important parameters to check when you buy your plane ticket. Offers can be tempting, but don’t forget to add the cost of the transfer to the city center. If you’re flying directly from France, chances are you’ll end up in Gardermoen.

Here are the different transport options for a transfer between Oslo airport and the city center.

The fastest: Flytoget

Train aéroport Oslo

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Duration: 19 minutes (+3 minutes if stop at Lillestrøm)

Fares: between €10 and €20

Timetable: daily, every 10 or 20 minutes

Also known as the Airport Express train, this is the high-speed train dedicated to this route. Every ten to twenty minutes, a train departs for the city from the airport platform, heading for Oslo Central Station. Every other train serves Lillestrøm station, en route, and Drammen, beyond Oslo.

It runs for 24 hours, every day. So it’s very convenient if you’re arriving in the middle of the night or have a connecting flight. You can buy tickets in advance on the Internet, or at the kiosks in the airport arrivals hall.

The cheapest: NSB trains

Train NSB aéroport

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Duration: 23 minutes

Fares: approx. €10 (50% discount for certain categories of passenger)

Timetable: daily, between 6.30 a.m. and 11.43 p.m.

If you’re not in a hurry and your schedule fits in, you can take the trains of NSB, Norwegian Railways. Several lines serve Oslo Central Station. They also leave from the airport station, and depart every day, including Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online, from vending machines or at the ticket office.

The most comfortable: shuttle bus and private transport

Statue aéroport d'Oslo

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Hotel shuttle bus

Duration: depends on hotel location

Rates: included in hotel reservation or additional charge

Times: according to reservation

This is an option not to be overlooked: some Oslo hotels offer a shuttle service to and from the airport. This may be free of charge or available for a small extra charge. To find out which accommodations offer this service, use a hotel comparator and check the « airport shuttle » box in the filters.

Private transport

Duration: depends on destination

Price: depends on the organization chosen

Schedule: according to booking

Are you unfamiliar with airports and worried about finding your transportation on arrival? Or are you in the mood for a little luxury? Choose the option of private transport: the driver will be waiting for you as you leave the passenger area. He’ll take you to the car, which may be a VIP model or specially equipped for people with reduced mobility. He will escort you to your accommodation. If you’re a group, you can charter a minibus with driver.

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Most available: cabs, SAS Airport Bus or Flybussen

Arrêt de bus à l'aéroport d'Oslo

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SAS Airport Bus or Flybussen

Duration: approx. 45 minutes

Prices: €18 (adults), €9 (students and seniors up to 30), free (children up to 17 accompanied by an adult)

Schedule: NC

The SAS company offers a bus service called Flybussen, which runs from the airport to the bus station, right next to the central train station. It makes several stops along the way, which can be interesting if your accommodation is close to one of them. It continues for two more stops, including one near the Radisson Hotel.

On the other hand, children up to the age of 17 travel free of charge if accompanied by an adult. Students up to the age of 30 and senior citizens also benefit from a 50% discount. It’s a good idea to buy your tickets online, otherwise you’ll pay a surcharge if you buy them on the bus.

Please note: if you have to return to the airport at the end of your trip, buy the return ticket right away. There’s a substantial discount, so you’ll pay around €26 for an adult for both journeys.

Cab

Duration: depending on destination

Fares: between €60 and €95 depending on company

Schedules: subject to availability

If there are several of you, the cab option may prove worthwhile. Most companies (about a dozen) charge a fixed price from the airport. For four people, on weekdays, you’ll pay between 60 and 95 euros, depending on the company and where you stop. There’s a ticket office in the airport, which can tell you about the different prices and companies available.

You can also book your cab in advance. You’ll need to know the zip code where you’re going to find out what fare applies in the area.

Book your Oslo airport cab with TaxiTender. It’s an online booking platform for reliable and affordable airport transfers. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area, with a sign bearing your name. He or she will then take you to exactly where you want to go. Cancellation is free of charge. If you’ve booked an early morning flight to Oslo airport, or simply prefer to take a cab to the airport, this platform is ideal for that purpose.

The alternative: rent a car at Oslo airport

If you’re planning to travel the roads of Norway by car, it’s a good idea to start renting a car as soon as you arrive at the airport. You’ll pay a little more for your car, as you’ll have to pay airport tax, but it will save you money on your transfer to the city. Most international airlines, as well as local and low-cost airlines, are present at the airport.

Transfer from Torp airport

If you want to get to the center of Oslo from Torp airport, 110 kilometers from Oslo near Sandefjord, the choice of public transport will be more limited:

  • NSB train: from Sandefjord station to the main station, a shuttle leaves the airport every thirty minutes. The cost for an adult is 26 to 30 euros and the journey takes just over an hour and a half, depending on the departure time. Departures are every twenty to thirty minutes.
  • Unibuss shuttle bus: from the airport to the central bus station. Seven departures a day, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Journey time is 1 h 35 and adult tickets cost around €25.