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!).
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.
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Tromso Airport Transfers: Overview of Options
Here are the airport transfer options I cover in this guide:
- Booking a private transfer (easiest—great for late arrivals and families!)
- Renting a car (the best option, but only if you’re comfortable with the elements)
- Public transportation
- Flybuss Airport Express Coach
- Taxi options
If you know of other alternative options for getting to Tromso city from the airport, please leave me a comment.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Download the Taxifix App (iOS here or Google here)
- Call for a taxi at +47 77 60 30 00
- Use the Tromso Taxi website to book
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!
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.
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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Megan is a travel blogger and writer with a background in digital marketing. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now splits her time between Frankfurt, Germany and Arctic Finland after also living in Norway, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. She has a passion for winter travel, as well as the Nordic countries, but you can also find her eating her way through Italy, perusing perfume stores in Paris, or taking road trips through the USA. Megan has written for or been featured by National Geographic, Forbes, Lonely Planet, the New York Times, and more. She co-authored Fodor’s Travel ‘Essential Norway’ and has visited 45 US states and 100+ countries.