If you are arriving to Oslo by air, it’s very easy to get to your next destination whether it’s an airport hotel, the city center or another city in Norway. The traveler friendly airport offers several different transportation options including taxi, bus, and train. All come at different price points and are very easy to use.
Upon arrival, just to the right of the customs exit, you’ll see a large transportation information counter. Here, you’ll be able to check on timetables for city buses and airport hotel buses, as well as get advice and assistance with your transportation options. However, if you already know you want to take a train to the city center, then there’s no need to stop at this information booth. Instead, make a right out of customs, and follow the signs for the trains located at the end of the hall.
Here’s a closer look at your transportation options upon arrival.
If you choose to take a taxi, expect to pay anywhere from 610 NOK to 720 NOK ($75 – $88) to get from the Gardermoen Airport to Oslo’s city center. You can order a taxi directly outside of the arrivals area. Simply use the interactive screen to indicate where you want to go (hotel, company, address), and you’ll receive your slip to take to the taxi queue to get your taxi to your destination.
All the airport hotel shuttle buses, local city buses, and airport bus to the city center leave from different “platforms” (numbered stops) directly outside of arrivals. You’ll have to check the timetable board to see which platform your bus departs from and the next departure time. You can find the timetable boards at the transportation information kiosk right outside the customs area in arrivals and again directly outside the airport in the arrivals area. The bus to Oslo will cost about 175 NOK ($21) one way, and it will take you about 40 minutes. Expect to pay more, about 220 NOK for the night fare.
Bus to an Airport Hotel
If you are staying at one of the airport hotels, you can take a hotel shuttle bus from the airport for 70 NOK ($10) each way; you can buy your ticket as you board the bus. You’ll have to find the correct platform for your hotel’s bus stop. Look on the board for hotel shuttle buses that go to your hotel. There will be a corresponding platform number, e.g. 37, for the departure area of that bus. Once you arrive to the platform area, be sure to reconfirm that the bus for your hotel stops there by looking at the board on that platform as they sometimes change!
During my visit, the board stated that my hotel bus departed platform 34, but when I got to the platform, the bus that stopped there was for a different group of hotels. Fortunately, the bus driver informed me of the correct platform number for my hotel, and within a few minutes, I was on my way. It never hurts to reconfirm with the bus driver that you are on the correct bus, too!
I think the train is the best way to get into the city center. There are two options when it comes to the train, the local NSB train or the Airport Express train. They are both conveniently located next to each other at the airport and are easy to get to and buy tickets for. Upon exiting customs, simply turn right and walk all the way down to the end of the corridor (or just simply follow the signs for the trains).
Airport Express Train
The Airport Express train is a great option to get into central Oslo. It only takes 20 minutes thanks to the minimal stops in between, and there are frequent departures (you can see when the next train is departing by looking at the large sign to the right of the entrance). When onboard, there is plenty of room for luggage storage, too. However, be warned, you have to lift your luggage up 3 small steps to get it to the storage area. There’s also free Wi-Fi on the train. This fast and convenient trip will cost you 180 NOK ($22) each way (children under 16 travel for free).
At the train terminal entrance, the Airport Express train will be to the right. Just look for the bright orange ticket machines and signs for “Flytoget”. You’ll find the ticket machines on the right side immediately before the main train entrance, and during the day, there is a representative in the vicinity to help you if you should need it.
The ticket machines are very simple to use. It just requires you to confirm your destination to the city center, and select how many tickets you want to purchase. You can then pay with Kroners or credit card. There is also a ticket counter just immediately after the train terminal entrance, again, on the right side. You can find more information about the schedule as well as current prices here.
The NSB Regional Train
The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) regional train will be a less costly option over the Oslo Express Train. At 90 NOK ($11) each way, this ride will take about the same amount of time as the express train, however, there will be less departure times. This could result in a 20-30 minute wait at the airport. Also, there’s no need to worry about your luggage on the NSB trains, there is plenty of room for large bags. However, just like on the express train, be warned, you’ll have to lift your luggage up about 2 steps to get it on the train.
You’ll find the ticket machines for the NSB train to the left of the main train entrance, directly across from the ticket machines for the Airport Express. These are super simple to use by following the onscreen prompts. You’ll simply select Oslo S (Oslo’s City Center) as your destination, and then pay for your ticket.