How to Get from Tromso Airport to the City (2024 Guide!)

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If you’re exploring options for getting from Tromso Airport to the city when planning your Northern Norway trip, this guide is definitely for you! It will list five easy options (and detail which one is the most affordable!).

Planning your trip to Tromso last minute?

Below are some of the top tours, hotels, and more! Donʻt forget to plan ahead when visiting Tromso and nearby!

✈️  Want to get from the airport to Tromso hassle-free? Find the best airport transfer option here!

🇳🇴  Top activities and tours in Tromso:

  1. Best northern lights tour from Tromso (#1 selling Tromso tour!)
  2. Tromso Ice Domes (ice hotel that you can visit—it’s unreal!)
  3. Whale-watching tour w/ orcas and humpbacks (bucket-list tour)
  4. Sami and reindeer feeding experience (best tour for kids!)

🛌  Top Hotels in Tromso:

  1. Thon Hotel Tromso (I stayed here twice and recommend it!)
  2. Smarthotel Tromso (I also stayed here—mid-range/budget!)
  3. Radisson Blu (many tours leave from here, by the harbor)

🚗  Visiting Tromso independently? Be sure to book your Norway rental car ahead of time to ensure availability!

I hope that you find the option that fits your budget and the people you’re traveling with best. This guide includes Tromso airport transfers if you’re seeking an easy and quick way into the city.

Booking a trip for February–March 2024? There is currently limited availability on several tours, including dog-sledding and Sami/reindeer tours (trust me, I am currently here!). Some tours are sold out for the rest of the season. I highly advise you to book your plane ticket, accommodation, and tours at the SAME time to ensure availability.

Booking for the 2024-2025 season? BOOK ASAP. An increased Airbnb presence has created an imbalance between accommodation and tours, leaving travelers with a place to stay but no excursions available. Send me a message if you would like to chat further.

Tromso Airport Transfers: Overview of Options

Here are the airport transfer options I cover in this guide:

  1. Booking a private transfer (easiest—great for late arrivals and families!)
  2. Renting a car (the best option, but only if you’re comfortable with the elements)
  3. Public transportation
  4. Flybuss Airport Express Coach
  5. Taxi options

If you know of other alternative options for getting to Tromso city from the airport, please leave me a comment.

📝 UPDATED FOR 2024: I am back in Tromso as of February 2024, so this guide has gotten a few new photos and some updated information since its initial publication in 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Also, do note that many hotels offer airport shuttles for their guests. Before considering one of the options I list, you may want to check with your hotel to explore that option!

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About the Tromso Airport

The Tromso Airport, also known as Tromso Airport Langenes (TOS), is situated in Langenes and has international airport status.

Tromso Airport Langenes is located approximately 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) away from the city center, and the ride will take you a maximum of 10–15 minutes.

The medium-sized airport was established in 1964 and annually accepts millions of passengers. And, of course, most of them arrive during the winter months.

Best Tromso Airport to City Options

After you arrive and leave the airport, there are two options for public transportation available and waiting for you just outside of the Tromso airport that you can take depending on your budget and wishes for getting into the city.

The first public transportation option for getting from Tromso Airport to the city is a bus (numbers 40 and 42), and the second is the Flybuss Airport Express Coach.

January in the Tromso Airport - Rainer Lesniewski - Shutterstock
January in the Tromso Airport – Rainer Lesniewski – Shutterstock

However, the ticket prices that you have to buy on the spot are different from each other based on the quality of service and time.

1. Best Tromso Airport Transfer (Easiest Option)

A more expensive option, but one that is reasonable if you’re staying outside the city center, is to book a Tromso Airport transfer. These may not seem affordable if you’re arriving solo, but if you’re in a group, they are reasonably priced!

The transfer service will pick you (and your group) up at the arrivals hall and will be waiting for your flight to land. They will have your destination information and enough room to put luggage in the vehicle.

>> Click here to book a Tromso airport transfer

2. Renting a Car at Tromso Airport (Great for Independent Travelers)

If you want to just get to the Tromso city center from the airport, renting a car is also an option. At Tromso Airport, you will find the standards: Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Budget, and more.

However, most people arriving in Tromso during winter opt to take tours and forego renting a car.

I highly recommend booking your car ahead of time if you’re landing in Tromso. I use Discover Cars for car hire on the road and they are a great option for Tromso.

>> Click here to check rental car rates in Tromso

3. Public Transportation from Tromso Airport (Cheapest Option)

Based on my experience from when I was visiting Tromso, this may have been the cheapest option, but it was not convenient for me as the Flybussen was already parked and waiting (I discuss it next).

However, this is a great budget option for getting from Tromso Airport to the city center.

Winter at the Tromso Airport - Anie Wei - Shutterstock
Winter at the Tromso Airport – Anie Wei – Shutterstock

You can take buses 40 or 42 that leave frequently from Tromso Airport to the city (and vice versa). It is a short and easy ride if you’re not toting around much luggage.

The ticket prices for public transportation to and from Tromso Airport are NOK 21 (2 USD) for toddlers and children and NOK 41 (4 USD) for adults. This price is current as of January 2024.

For more information, visit their website. You will find the airport under the name ‘Tromso Lufthavn’.

4. Flybuss Airport Express Coach (No Advanced Planning)

The option I used on my last trip was the Flybuss Airport Express Coach.

While it is more expensive than the public transportation option listed above, it is super convenient. It will take you directly from Tromso Airport to the city without stopping.

Tromso airport to city center options-2
Tromso Airport to city center

You can find the bus next to the arrivals hall, and it will be waiting after the arrival of flights.

The ticket price for the Flybuss Airport Express Bus (as of February 2024) is NOK 125 (12 USD) for adults and NOK 80 (8 USD) for children ages 4-15. That is for a one-way ticket.

If you wish to purchase a return ticket on the spot, it will cost you NOK 200 (20 USD) for adults and NOK 130 (13 USD) for children ages 4–15. Just save your ticket!

GOOD TO KNOW: The Flybussen is wheelchair-accessible. The driver will help you or the person you’re traveling with get on the bus safely with a ramp.

Click here to check out the express bus schedule from Tromso Airport to the city.

Helpful Tip: Be sure to have Norwegian currency with you if you’re going to pay with cash.

You can pay the driver on the spot. But, because it is Norway, you can always use your credit card to make the payment. You are also able to use the app ‘TFT Mobillett’.

5. Tromso Airport Taxi Options

Taking a taxi is an easy way to get from the Tromso Airport to the city (or wherever you happen to be staying). I never took a taxi previously until February 2024, when I finally gave it a shot (and it was cheap and super easy).

You can go outside and see if any taxis are around and free. If there are none, you can order one by doing one of the following things:

After you have confirmed a taxi, be on the lookout for the number on top of it, and then be sure to give them your reference number if they ask for it!

Tromso taxi
Tromso taxi
Inside the taxi
Inside the taxi

The price when I took a taxi to the apartment I was staying at near the city center was around 270 NOK (around $25). The city center is slightly cheaper.

The taxi will take credit and debit cards, so have it ready for when you arrive at your destination!

Getting From Tromso to the Airport (in Reverse!)

If you’re looking at returning from Tromso city back to the airport, it is super simple!

If you’re at a hotel, ask for the schedule and the nearest bus stop to them (or just get back to where you hopped off when arriving!). The city is very small and super easy to navigate.

One of the bus stops in the center
One of the bus stops in the center

I hope you found this guide useful for making a trip from Tromso Airport to the city center.

If you have any tips for a Tromso Airport to city journey, please leave a comment to help future travelers!

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5 thoughts on “How to Get from Tromso Airport to the City (2024 Guide!)

    • Megan Starr says:

      No you don’t need to! Usually it is done via an app and they just hand you the amount on a credit card machine without an option to even tip.

  1. Jitka says:

    Super great info!!! But is there any shuttle bus from the Airport to the city center during Christmas? For example on 25th December. Thanks in advance.

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