How to get from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to the City Centre
Oslo, the largest city in Norway is located by the beautiful Oslo fjord. It is surrounded by luscious nature with forests that wrap around the city and is known for its Viking and nautical history, great museums and delicious seafood.
So if you are visiting this fascinating city and you are landing at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you have 3 transportation options to reach the city centre; you can either take a taxi or private transfer, a train or a bus. Although the most expensive option, taking an Oslo airport taxi is a convenient transfer option as they offer 24/7 door-to-door services straight to your Oslo hotel. Your second more cost-savvy and faster travel method is to take the Vy train, and lastly, you can take a bus, operated by Flybussen.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €62|| 40min|| 24/7|
| Train || €22.40|| 22min|| 05:54–23:54|
| Bus || €40.60|| 40min|| 05:45–23:45|
How to get from Oslo airport to the city centre by taxi
Arriving in a new city can be stressful, especially if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage. That is why taking an Oslo airport taxi or private transfer is always a convenient and hassle-free travel option from OSL to downtown Oslo. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide door-to-door transportation, taking only 40 minutes to reach your Oslo accommodation.
Taxi fare from Oslo airport to the city centre
Local taxis at Oslo airport calculate their fares using a taximeter, which is based on the time and distance travelled. A one-way trip from Gardermoen airport to the city centre costs around €62 (610 NOK) during the day and €72.70 (720 NOK) between 17:00 and 06:00 and on weekends.
Moreover, various factors further affect the price, such as if you book your taxi over the phone or if you are caught in heavy traffic.
Taking a taxi when arriving in a new city is always a convenient option. Not only do taxis offer reliable and comfortable rides to downtown, but they also take care of your loved ones and personal belongings.
However, taxi prices can be expensive in Norway, especially that they are calculated using a taximeter.
Thus, if you wish to travel at a fixed rate fare, with no hidden costs, then it is highly recommended to pre-book a private Oslo airport transfer.
It is known that some Oslo taxi drivers overcharge tourists. That is why it is important to ask your driver for the approximate price to your destination and ask for a receipt before paying. For this reason, it is recommended to book a private transfer company at a fixed rate.
Tipping your taxi driver in Oslo is unusual, but appreciated, especially if they help you with your luggage or provide you with useful information.
All Oslo taxis accept bank card payments; if they say they don’t, it is simply not true.
It is important to know that taxi rates vary for day, night, weekend and holiday trips.
How to get from Oslo airport to the city centre by train
The most popular way to travel from Oslo airport to the city centre is by train. Two different trains operate this route; the Flytoget Airport Express and the Vy trains. Both the Flytoget Express and the regional Vy train take 22 minutes to reach downtown Oslo; they are a great option as they provide cheaper, direct transport into the city centre without having to worry about the heavy traffic in Oslo.
How much is a train ticket from Oslo airport to the city centre?
A one-way adult ticket on the Vy train costs €11.20 (110 NOK), children (4-15 years) and seniors (67 and older) are entitled to a 50 % discount on this price and students with a valid student ID get a 25 % discount.
Moreover, a one-way adult ticket on the Flytoget costs €20.20 (204 NOK), children under the age of 16 travel for free with an adult and seniors, military and students travel for the price of €10 (102 NOK).
You can purchase both tickets at the airport train station's ticket machines, either by cash or by card and neither train companies offer a discounted price for roundtrips.
€11.20 (110 NOK)
The Vy train operates every 10 to 20 minutes and the Flytoget Express runs every 10 minutes.
The Vy trains are available daily from 05:54 to 23:54 and the Flytoget Express is available from 05:30 to 00:50.
Where do I get it from?
You can find the Oslo airport train station easily; once you have exited the Arrivals hall, follow the signs placed around the airport. Furthermore, both trains depart from the same Platform 4 (Spor 4): the Vy train departs on the right side of the platform and the Flytoget on the left side. It is important to make sure you board the right train, or you might be subjected to a fine.
Taking the train from Oslo airport to the city centre is a great transportation option (and very popular amongst travellers). Not only is it a cheaper alternative, but trains run directly to Oslo Central Station taking only 22 minutes.
However, once you have reached downtown, you will have to find your own way to your hotel, which can be tricky if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage.
Discounted tickets are available for children, seniors and the military; however, for those that wish to purchase a discounted ticket, make sure to bring proof of identity in case of controls.
Luggage is accepted in both trains, with a maximum combined weight of 30 kilograms; you must be able to carry it on board and place it in a suitable location.
Be careful to board the right train as both train companies depart from the same platform.
Many travellers chose to take the regional Vy train to the city centre, as tickets are half price and travel time is the same as the Flytoget Express train.
How to get from Oslo airport to the city centre by bus
Your last option to get from Oslo Gardermoen airport to downtown is by bus; the SAS Flybussen runs daily between the airport and the Oslo Bussterminal in the city every 20 minutes. The journey takes around 40 to 50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
How much is a bus ticket on the Flybussen?
A one-way Flybussen bus ticket from Oslo airport to the city centre costs €20.30 (199 NOK). Discounted prices are available for students, seniors and the military costing €12.15 (NOK 119). Young children under the age of 5, and children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 travelling with an adult travel for free.
€20.30 (199 NOK)
The SAS Flybussen runs from Oslo airport every 1 hour.
The Flybussen is available daily from 05:45 to 23:45.
Where do I get it from?
You can find the Flybussen bus stop outside the main airport building's exit doors.
The Flybussen offers comfortable transportation between Oslo Airport and the city centre, with frequent departures from early morning until late in the evening. Nonetheless, taking the bus is a less convenient option compared to the train or a taxi, as it is more expensive and the travel time is longer. Moreover, the Oslo bus terminal is not as central as the train station, meaning you will have to find another form of transportation to get to your Oslo hotel.
Please note that each passenger can bring two pieces of luggage (maximum 30 kg) onto the bus. Your luggage needs to be placed in the dedicated compartment under the bus. However, you can bring your hand luggage with you, as long as it fits under your seat or on the parcel shelf.
It is good to know that discounted prices are offered to seniors, children and the military.
Bus tickets can be purchased in advance on the Flybussen website, at the airport ticket machines, or you can buy your ticket directly on the bus either by card or in the local currency (NOK).