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Getting From Oslo Airport To Oslo City Center By Train

When you fly into Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you have two different train options that will get you to the city center. Both go to the exact same central train station. Both take about 20 minutes for the ride.

However, one is considerably more expensive than the other. None of these facts were adequately researched before our arrival the first time in the summer of 2014. Instead, I used the information from the hotel website on how to get from the airport to the hotel.

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Train Options

When you arrive in Oslo and want to catch the train into the city, you’ll find the trains at the far end of the airport right past the 7-11 and the Starbucks. There are ticket windows as well as automated ticket machines.

If you have an American credit card, then note that it will not work in the machines – even if you have one of the chip & signature cards. This means that you need cash.

Find the nearest ATM on the backside of the Starbucks under the stairs/escalator that go up to the arrivals level.

The two train choices that you have are:

  • Flytoget Airport Express train
  • NSB train

Flytoget

This was the option that we chose upon arrival at the airport. The cost for a ticket is 170 NOK, which is around $28 USD (2014 conversion rate). This train seems to run more frequently than the NSB train.

NSB

After researching it online, this is the option that we chose to take for the ride back to the airport from Oslo’s central train station. The cost for a ticket on this train is 90 NOK, which is around $15 USD. Since this the cheaper option, it was considerably more crowded than the Flytoget train. And, two Flytoget trains left the station in the time that we were waiting for our train. So, if you’re in a rush to get to the airport (or the city), then Flytoget is worth the extra cost. Otherwise, this one is better for your budget if you don’t mind the crowds on the train.

Another traveler did a video of the entire train ride from the airport to the train station, which you can view below…

Arriving In Oslo For The First Time

When you land at an airport in a major city, the last thing that you expect is for it to appear as if you are landing in the middle of a forest of pine trees. Yet, that’s pretty much exactly how it felt.

Getting through immigration was a breeze, but navigating through the duty free area where you can buy cheap booze was more of a challenge. But, maybe the worst part of the arrival is that all of the decent restaurants at the Oslo airport are behind the security checkpoint where the terminals are located.

So, when you arrive, you have no access to those. Instead, you get a pizza place, a Starbucks, a 7-11 convenience store, an outdoor bar-type place that serves food and another place that was selling really expensive pancakes.

This is the point in the trip when we realized just how expensive eating would be while in Norway.

  • one large coffee at Starbucks in the airport = $6.52 USD
  • two bananas and a bottle of water at the airport 7-11 = $7.35 USD (and no, it wasn’t a large bottle of water, just about 1L)

Why did we eat at the airport? Because our flight landed at around 10am and we couldn’t check into our hotel until 3pm. Eventually though, we decided to split our waiting between the airport the Oslo Central train station. We were also secretly hoping for better food choices.

So, day one in Oslo looked like this:

  • land at around 10 a.m. and feeling super groggy from flight
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • experience sticker shock at price of food in the Oslo airport
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • get confused as to which train to take from the airport to the city center
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • wander around train station looking for decent grub
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • experience sticker shock at food prices again
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • elation at seeing how close the hotel is to the train station
  • check-in at hotel
  • wander about Oslo for a couple of hours
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • crash in hotel room – jet lag sucks
  • wake up hours later and the sun is still up
  • go out in search of some food, experience sticker shock
  • sleepy traveler frustration moments
  • back to hotel for sleeping

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2 thoughts on “Getting From Oslo Airport To Oslo City Center By Train”

  1. Thank you so much for this information! I am traveling with a broken foot and can’t climb stairs. Do you think I’ll be able to use the NSB train?

    1. Yeah, I think you’ll be okay with the with train. I seem to recall escalators in the train stations. And I don’t think I rode any double decker trains with stairs, like they have in Paris. Have fun!

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