Oslo may be an expensive European city, but it’s also one of my favourites. Luckily, internal travel doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated which is ideal considering the vast majority of tourists (ourselves included) visit for just a couple of nights.
As a whole Oslo is relatively walkable, which certainly saves you money and allows you to see some of the cities hidden gems. In that case, the only time you’ll need to look at transport is when you’re going between Oslo airport and the city center.
The best way to travel the 45km from Oslo airport (Gardermoen) to Oslo city centre is using the Flytoget shuttle train which runs daily every 10 minutes from 5.35am to 12.35am. Trains depart every 10 minutes, the journey takes 20 minutes, and tickets cost 160 NOK.
There are other ways you can travel between Oslo airport and the city centre; taxi and car hire to name a few. However, both of these methods are significantly more expensive (four or five times the cost of a ticket on the shuttle) with the drawbacks often outweighing the benefits.
To help you research the right decision for your journey we’ve put together this guide with all the information you could possibly need about travelling between Oslo airport and Oslo city centre.
|Airport Bus||45 min||179 Nok||Book Online|
|Car||40 min||420 Nok||Book Online|
|Taxi||40 min||3,400 Nok||Reserve Online|
|Airport Express||10 min||190 Nok||Book Online|
|Regional Train||25 min||100 Nok||Book Online|
Taking The Airport Bus To The City
The Flybussen runs daily from 4.10 am until 1.15 am. The route you are looking for is Line FB2. The buses terminate at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel at Holbergs Gate. This is a great route to take if you are saving a little money or if you aren’t staying in downtown Oslo.
The bus takes roughly 42 minutes and is 179 NOK for a single ticket or 260 NOK for a return ticket. If you are a student or senior you can get a fare from 95-190 NOK. For further information, we suggest checking the Flybussen website.
Travelling By Car To The Airport
You could opt to hire a car and travel from Oslo Airport to the city this way. This is only a practical option if you’re planning on spending time exploring the wider region of Norway as the cost of both hiring the car and petrol can be very expensive in the country.
When hiring a car in Norway we’d recommend using a comparison website to ensure you’re getting the very best value for money.
Taking A Taxi From Oslo Airport To The City
If you’re looking for the luxury of a private transfer without the hassle of driving then a taxi might be for you.
These can be more expensive however if you’re travelling as part of a large family or group the cost per person can become very competitive compared to public transport and take the stress away from the entire experience.
For this service, we’d recommend the transfer comparison website, Hoppa. We use this service not just for private transfers but for pre-arranged public bus transfers too.
The prices above are based on a round trip and are based on the time in which we were writing this article and therefore subject to change.
Taking The Airport Express To The City
One of the options is taking the super shiny silver train which is the airport express. Known as the Flytoget express. Running every 10 – 20 minutes you are likely to get to your final destination with no worry and relaxed.
The train takes 10 minutes to get into Oslo Sentralstasjon also known as Oslo S. The train has plenty of charging sockets and comfy seats.
You can purchase a ticket using your credit card so you don’t have to worry about not losing your ticket. Alternatively, you can get a ticket from the booth at the station or from one of the vending machines.
The price per ticket is roughly 190 NOK and there is no deal if you buy your return at the same time. You can get a discount if you are a student, senior or aged 16-20 of 50% off. Children under the age of 15 travel free. Trains run from 5.30 am until 12.50 pm daily. For further information, we suggest checking the Flytoget website.
Catching A Regional Train From Oslo Airport To The City
Trains run directly from Oslo Central Station to Oslo Lufthavn Airport with 3 trains an hour and back from Oslo Airport to Oslo Central Station. The train journey takes roughly 23 minutes and stops at Lillestrøm on the way. The last train on this service is just before midnight and the first train in the morning is at 3.00 am.
The journey costs 100NOK each way (at the time of writing) although there are discounts available for students, youths and senior citizens.
These trains are run by three of the Norwegian Railway regional trains.
They don’t come with the comfort and luxury that the Flytoget express does but it saves money and you get to where you want to be. There is also no luggage storage on board so take that into account when planning your travel. For further information, we suggest checking the ACP website.