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OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  21 July 2014 by P Kilian    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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We flew on the same airline from Kirkenes to London via Oslo. Strangely, we were not able to book our bags through from Kirkenes to London but had to retrieve them in Oslo and book them in again. That could be a problem with the airline but actually managing the bags at Oslo was hard. Having got our bags and already in possession of our boarding passes, we were shunted away from bag drop off to the main (long) queue where, in effect, we had to check in again. After security, we entered a lounge area absolutely packed with people were we had a 4 hour wait for our next flight. It was hot and noisy and it took my wife and I almost an hour to get 2 seats together. There were very long queues at all the shops and cafes. There were far too many people for this terminal. Finally, at boarding, the agent held my wife up as she is not a British national. Even though my wife doesn't actually need a visa to visit the UK and even though she does have one, the agent insisted on checking by phone, thereby holding up the queue of people trying to get on the plane. It was resolved after about 5 minutes but over the years and in many different countries, we have never experienced a similar problem. I know security is tight at the moment but surely this should have been sorted out at either of our check ins at Kirkenes or Oslo. The most chaotic and uncomfortable airport I have been in for many years. Avoid if possible.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  13 July 2014 by Martin Felby    (Denmark)

Rating : 2/10

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An absolute disaster. Use another airport if you are planning a trip to a destination in Norway with a stopover in Oslo. If you are determined to use Oslo airport to change plane from an international destination to a domestic one, be sure that you are using the same airline all the way to your final destination. Then if you miss your flight (which you will) you can get a new ticket for the next available flight. If using different airlines on your trip you should probably have about 4 hours to change plane in the peak season, just to be on the safe side. But again: do not use this airport if you are changing plane to a domestic flight.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  9 July 2014 by Bart Hansen    (USA)

Rating : 5/10

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Our problem was with the kiosks for check-in. We arrived a bit over two hours before our flight and therefore were unable to get luggage tags. Instead we had to wait 20 minutes for the KLM people to arrive, all the while watching the clock and the increasing lines at security. Also at the kiosk we had trouble getting the passport scanner to work and had to get the agent to come over and help. This was unnerving as she had to be contacted again for the second passport. Security was OK, even though the line was long, it moved must faster than in the US. It helped to have the video which let you anticipate what was needed. Shoes did not have to be removed. It was unclear why the entrance to the airport from the fast train had the strange paddle style man traps that caused many people to trip over one anothers' luggage.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  25 September 2013 by Judy Johannessen    (New Zealand)

Rating : 3/10

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Twice in the last month I have stood in the passport control for non EU members for over 30 mins and along with other passengers became anxious that the gates would close before I reached them. I stated that I felt they needed more staff to cope with the demand but was told "you should have come earlier". As a frequent traveller I felt this response was extremely rude given that on both occasions I went to the gate at the given time on my boarding pass. Either the authorities need to change the time of going to the gate or extra staff need to be employed. I also found it strange that given the queue for EU members was very short or non existent why did the staff of Norwegian Air push past us thus holding our queue up, rather than going through the EU queue. If Oslo want the Olympics they will need to treat their foreign visitors better than they are doing at present. The attitude of the staff was arrogant to say the least.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  13 September 2013 by V Miracle    (USA)

Rating : 0/10

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Unlink Helsinki they have no pay lounges for exhausted passengers unless its for an international flight. So if you want to sleep you have to sleep sitting up because the arms of the chairs don't move, I'm here for 7 hours and I've been up for nearly 24 traveling. They also make you pay for wifi! The bathrooms are tiny and few and far between. The staff is rude and the line for TSA was the longest I've ever seen. I will tell you this much, unless you are coming to Norway, avoid this airport at all costs. It's absolutely awful.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  11 September 2013 by G Campbell    (Australia)

Rating : 1/10

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This airport was a disaster! Reykjavik to Oslo with SAS. Arrival in Oslo 3rd September approx 4pm - flight was delayed leaving Reykjavik giving us only 30 minutes to transfer for our Frankfurt flight. Up and then down some stairs and we arrived in a very poorly signed corridor where the only exit to transfers was 2 elevators that could hold probably 6 people with luggage. Huge lines for these elevators. There was only one security belt/screener attended and it was terribly slow. No information in this corridor for people with connecting flights. You had to get inside the security room which was very small to see the board. Several times we tried to "queue cut" saying our flight was boarding. An employee said everyone was in the same boat and maybe the airlines would hold the flight. We tried again to push in to no avail. We waited almost an hour! We had to run to our gate which wasn't too far luckily and that made it also a bit ridiculous and the airline had held the flight for everybody. This airport needs more signage, more directions and more staff!



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  29 August 2013 by Abhijit Joshi    (USA)

Rating : 0/10

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I do not understand how 30 minute connection time is allowed at this airport. I had a 30 minute connection time between SAS flights from HEL to AMS. There were no gate agents or signs to guide for connection, no displays for flight information and very large number of people trying to figure things out for themselves. Unlike all other EU airports, I had go through security for flights within EU. Many people on my AMS flight missed it because they were connecting. I made it because the pilot held the flight for 10 minutes for connecting passengers. Not to mention they have construction everywhere - inside and out. Avoid this airport for any connections.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  28 August 2013 by P McCourt    (Norway)

Rating : 1/10

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If you are on an international flight and your final destination is Oslo, then no worries. However, if you have an onward destination within Norway, then avoid this airport like the plague. It is worse still if you are a non-EU citizen and have to queue in the non-EU passport line. Upon arrival, after queuing in passport control, you have to wait to collect your bags and walk these through customs - this customs check is fair enough though. However, then you need to take your bags up one floor to the departure hall and check them in again via a new queue with all the other new and transit passengers (in a busy airport), and proceed to another yet another queue for a new security check. All these steps make a 2hr connection to a domestic flight risky business, and as a consequence I allow a minimum of 3 hours for connections, based on all too many missed flights. This is good business for Olso airport which derives half its income from retail sales of overpriced food, drink and other stuff. An intelligent solution to these issues would be to have a baggage drop directly outside of customs as exists in countless other airports, and then allow the option for transit passengers to remain in the secure area and proceed to their gate. I suggest therefore that international travelers transiting Oslo look at options avoiding that airport and land at other Norwegian airports with customs/immigration facilities closer to their final destination. There are a number of direct flights from European cities to regional Norwegian cities.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  27 August 2013 by Richard Mocatta    (Norway)

Rating : 1/10

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I used to like this airport. They are extending it now and flights are often very late due to congestion. I find that amazing at an airport like this, built only 15 years ago. If you are unlucky enough to use the domestic end and your flight goes from gate 19 (a to e) then you have a 20 minute walk. No travelators, no help. Also if you go on a Monday morning you are highly likely to be queuing all round the airport just to get through security. At the moment this airport is a disgrace considering the relatively small number of passengers. Also a small bottle (50cl) of water for 30 kroner (around 6 US dollars!).



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  31 July 2013 by Marc Guillemard    (France)

Rating : 7/10

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Flew in and from Oslo, but was lucky enough not to have a connecting flight, so my experience is not as bad as others. The airport is clear and people are friendly. I found very confusing that they decided to unload different planes at the same time on the same luggage belt while others were empty (this certainly shows that organization may not be first class). Waiting time was average. A good point, rental cars booth are very easy to find, at short walking distance, and same for the car park. The railway station is also within the terminal building, easy to find, and an excellent idea in winter. At departure safety queue is quite long, the terminal certainly boasts the highest ratio of bars and snacks (with lots of customers, even in the afternoon) compared to its size. Bad thing is that the number of available seats at the gates is ridiculously small, and as our flight was delayed, with very little information, had to wait standing at the gate. One wonders how highly paid and supposedly qualified people who design and manage airports are unable to think that waiting passengers should be able to sit somewhere! General cleanliness could be improved, but is not too bad.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  23 May 2013 by H Gibbs    (Netherlands)

Rating : 6/10

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On arrival at Oslo Gardamoen airport the first toilet I came to was disgusting! Further toilets only OK. This airport is satisfactory except for Norwegian style prices in the shops and restaurants. It is easy to find ones way, layout good. It looks a bit "tired", lamps needing replacing here and there etc. There is work in progress at the airport. I found the train connections to Oslo city centre good and staff helpful.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  2 May 2013 by Andrey Fokin    (Russia)

Rating : 2/10

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SAS offered us flight from Helsinki to Amsterdam with a short stop-time in Oslo. Time, mentioned in our tickets was suspiciously short, only about 40 minutes to change the aircraft. We supposed airline knew how things arranged in the airport. But in fact in was the most stressful situation we’ve ever had. First it was a 10 minutes arrival delay to Oslo, lack of distinct pointers for international and domestic directions, where passengers should go to, and having to go through an unexpected security control. All of this meant that we have had many chances for a delay. Any our attempts to take actions to speed up the process at the security control have met no reaction, the staff simply didn’t understand English, or acted as that. Exclusively, through our assertive action we were able to pass this control phase, but only caught a plane due to a 20 minutes next flight delay. A short stay in this airport left depression. In order to prove that the problem is in the internal airport organization I would mention our return route through Copenhagen, where everything was organized at the highest level, and we have had sufficient time to relax, and continue our journey.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  8 March 2013 by Johan Nielsen    (Sweden)

Rating : 1/10

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Very confusing instructions (actually no instructions) for connection flights, long queues and chaotic atmosphere.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  18 February 2013 by P Laroche    (France)

Rating : 2/10

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I've flown to Oslo several times within the past year. I don't understand why it take 30-40 minutes for the baggage to arrive on the conveyor belt. It makes it impossible to catch many of the scheduled connecting flights. Security is relatively fast compared to other airports (usually a 10 minute wait), but between waiting 40 minutes for your bags, running through customs, running upstairs, going through security, and running to your gate at the end of the long crowded corridors (without any conveyors), there is no chance to make connecting flights. The airline staff don't even seem surprised! The other problem with Oslo airport is that it is somewhat dirty. Not disgusting - but definitely not clean. Like many other airports in Europe, the corridors and walkways are becoming ever more narrow as the duty free shops get wider and wider. Trying to get to your gate in the morning or evening is like an obstacle course. On the bright side, the airport has relatively nice architecture. But altogether, it's an airport one should definitely avoid.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  15 January 2013 by Tim P Wood    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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I've flown through this airport about 4 times in the past 6 months - always to connect to a domestic airport (Alesund). For an airport its very nice inside, lots of wood and natural light and the little staff around are friendly, this is about the only good thing though. As many others have said the real problem is that connecting from an international to domestic flight means you have to collect your bags, run though customs (easy enough), go up a floor to re check your bag, then clear security again. Confusing signs and very few toilets (never had to queue for the mens before). The crazy thing is that my SAS tickets say I can do all of this in less than an hour. I now only take carry on luggage and even this still leaves me stressing I will miss my flight. Or if I do need to put something in the hold I end up taking a later connecting flight and find myself bored in the terminal. Leaving Norway is ok as they will check my bag all the way back to the UK.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  11 January 2013 by L Heiskanen    (Finland)

Rating : 3/10

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Although new and modern, it is a disappointment as traveling from Oslo is far from a smooth experience. If you arrive with an international flight and continue on a domestic one, you always need to collect your luggage, take it to departures, check it in again and go through security. When I was traveling trough OSL last time, the check-in for my flight had been moved from zone H to D, but this change was not shown in the check-in information displays and I ended up waiting for 30 min for the desk to open, before enquiring at the ticket desk, which told me where to go. Staff told me that it was not possible to change the information that is showed in the displays. WiFi is free, but to annoy you they've made a system that requires you to enter your phone number and then a code is sent by SMS. The toilet facilities are really bad, there simply are not enough of them and you almost always end up queuing. Just a handful of shops, although the Duty Free is pretty good. Overall, it's inferior airport compared to others in the Nordic countries.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  7 September 2012 by M Palmer    (UK)

Rating : 3/10

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It is a new airport, however it is total chaos inside the airport. There is one floor for arrivals and the floor above for departures, i.e. no terminals, this means internal flights, as well as external flights short and long haul all go through the same security clearance, causing queues etc. There are no clocks, presumably this is done on purpose so people can not actually notice just how much time they are wasting and waiting around. There is an exceptionally low level of signage telling you which is domestic gates, and international gates. Low level of staff around as well to provide any assistance. This airport is definitely form over function.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  10 August 2012 by A Cowan    (USA)

Rating : 5/10

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Having to claim your luggage, re-check it on another floor where the check-in is often difficult to find and often overrun with people, then run through the terminal to find your connecting flight, make this airport one of the most difficult I've ever used. I am always worried that I will miss my connection and there never seems to be anyone around to ask a question, or to direct passengers.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  1 August 2012 by J Tervonen    (Belgium)

Rating : 5/10

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Connecting from international to domestic is an unpleasant experience in OSL since one has to pick-up bags, pass through customs and re-check-in them, pass through the security check and then hurry for the gate. 45 minutes is not enough for this, even if the airline says so!



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  27 July 2012 by Tor Idar Larsen    (Norway)

Rating : 5/10

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The usual hub for my travels. Use this airport several times a year. This time I went the last weekend in June, and you would expect long queues and waiting time. Not so, it all went very smoothly. When the airport gets too crowded, it seems the personnel loose their overview on things and everything quickly falls apart with insane lines. Staff usually helpful. Lighting and colors are odd, as everything feels grey and dimmed. Why? No decent view of the runways and aircraft coming in, leaving. No place for spotters inside the terminal. Go over to the old terminal building for spotting if needed. Shops are overpriced and should be avoided at all times. Pizza Hut overpriced, but yummy. First time I went to OSL in 2001 everything was a mess and their baggage system was wrecked. Thankfully, much has been improved since then, but the colors, design and shops leaves much to be desired. No good connecting system, you need to pick up your bags and check in again if travelling from abroad and connecting further. Horrible system. Baggage pick up area way too grey and cold.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  4 July 2012 by C Harley    (UK)

Rating : 2/10

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Maybe good for some who have Gold Card Frequent Flyer Star Alliance etc or Travel in Business Class. Economy, well that's another story. Not enough machines to check in, no order for queuing for these machines. No order for transit passengers using the auto bag drop and general drop off with boarding card and luggage tag. Staff at the airport are helpful but there are not enough staff. Maybe after they expand the terminal and technology moves forward and the average traveller understands this way it could be better, but surely there should be some improvement for transit passengers from international to domestic. Time spent there out of the 25 Airports I use worldwide yearly is not nice. Overcrowded and boringly expensive, half automated mess with no space inside for peace and quiet.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  25 April 2012 by S Svenson    (Norway)

Rating : 3/10

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If you have a connecting flight via Oslo airport (from international to domestic), you most likely need to collect your bags and check-in the bags again, do the security check and run for your next flight. This is even though you checked in your baggage all the way to your final destination with SAS. Experienced this many times and it is not pleasant.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  12 March 2012 by E Aviant    (Norway)

Rating : 4/10

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Airport built in famous Scandinavian style. Cost for everything is higher than anywhere else, so plan not to eat much. Ground transportation very expensive. Staff are friendly and will help. Avoid this airport if it is not your final destination. That is a logistical nightmare. You will have to take you luggage though customs, take a small elevator to the departure level to check your luggage in again. The elevator will not fit a family with luggage, so you have to leave your luggage unattended at the lower floor while you take kids up, and then return to get luggage.



OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  14 September 2011 by J Hanks   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Pleasant but quirky. Bit of a free-for-all at check-in, not at all well-marked. Kiosk did not work with my credit card. I could never figure out how to avoid walking in the rain from the rental car area. Still the architecture is lovely.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  12 September 2011 by M Becker   (Germany)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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On arrival you notice the clear architecture with easy orientation, the main corpus belongs to the public area - baggage claims etc and the wings airside are divided easily. The only pity is the absence of a shopping area landside, the duty-free shop airside was excellent. Another point is the long way to Oslo city centre, which is expensive for foreign citizens to pay.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  30 August 2011 by Hans Christian Berge   (Norway)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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OSL is my local airport and I use it weekly both private and as a business traveller. I have never had a negative experience travelling to or from OSL. The airport is spacious and clean, and has all the facilities I would need. Queues are usually no problem. Its more of a concern during summer and the mayor holidays as the amount of travellers increases to almost double. The Airport Express train is excellent, always on time, and straight from the terminal to downtown Oslo in 19 mins.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  15 July 2011 by G Norman   (Norway)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Oslo Airport has really gone done hill this summer. I travel in and out of this airport about twice a month on business. The SAS self check-in terminals have become overloaded by the increase in summer traffic. They're often out of service resulting in a serious bottleneck as travellers line up with big bags. These kiosks are made for business and frequent travellers and seem to confuse many elderly and foreign travellers increasing the delays. I flew two weeks ago and it felt like in was in Heathrow. For travellers in summer 2011 beware that the Airport train (expensive but usually v efficient) won't run past Lillestrom. You have to get out and use a shuttle bus that will drop you somewhere downtown. The Flybus service is cheaper and more reliable. Gardermoen is suffering from an increase in passenger traffic and hasn't kept up. Previously a very good airport it has really gone downhill in 2011.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  27 April 2011 by Paul Van Alsten   (France)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Modern and pleasant airport. Short ways upon arrival, but luggage delivery time can vary. Express train Flytoget connects the airport to Oslo central station every 10 mins - travel time only 19mins but at a premium fare of 200NOK one-way. It is much cheaper to use the hourly NSB regional trains - the 40-minute-trip costs 110NOK. Upon departure no queue at security, friendly staff. Boarding gates have great views on the apron but limited seating facilities.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  14 August 2010 by W Mendiola   (Canada)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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I have flown in and out of Oslo airport twice every year since 2002 and it has never disappointed. Quick check-in, security screenings thorough, though never irritatingly intrusive. Clean floors and bathrooms. Internet available but not for free. Duty-free shops quite expensive. My complaint about this airport is the cost of getting there. 30USD for a bus-ride or bullet-train from the city center of Oslo? What's worse is the taxi-fare from the same place in Oslo at a whopping 150USD.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  30 May 2010 by S O'Brian   (UK)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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A very nice architecture. Open, lots of light, glass, stone and wood used in making the terminal. There is only 1 terminal which is divided in two (domestic/international) wings. Very easy to navigate. The airport looks a bit small, especially after security. The main building and check in facilities are pretty good. Nice to see that almost everybody uses the automatic check in machines, this most be something which the Norwegians are good at. I even could use my mobile, fingertip or card when boarding the plane at the gate, very high tech. The airport express train service between the airport and downtown Oslo is just excellent and very efficient. It runs every 10 mins and uses 20 mins to Oslo. The trains are easily located in the terminal building.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review :  22 February 2010 by David Gartside   (UK)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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A modern efficient airport. A bit like Madrid, it helps if you're keen on walking, as UK - Norwegian domestics seem to inhabit different ends of a very long building. A bit tedious having to reclaim baggage to do customs clearance on arrival from UK prior to domestic transfer, but that said, it works reasonably well. Good range of shops - if that's what you want - but you can still see the outside world.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review : 3 February 2010 by G Kramer

Customer Rating : 5/5

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Oslo Gardermoen is a wonderful airport. It has been something of a home-away-from-home airport for me and I have always had good experiences there. The security lines are very predictable (usually only 5 minutes) and the airport has a convenient layout, with excellent connections to buses and trains.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review : 5 September 2009 : by Erich Koller

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Well organised and friendly staff give a good impression of OSL Airport. The single terminal layout is convenient and all facilities are close by. Spotless clean restrooms and some restaurants and bars round up the positive picture. On the downside, quite expensive duty free shops.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review : 18 September 2008 : by Daniel Sachse

Customer Rating : 4/5

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Elegant and efficient single-terminal layout; friendly and helpful staff, they even provide those transparent plastic bags for carry-on liquids for free. Huge Duty-Free area (there's even one at arrival, where you claim your baggage) plus cafés and snack shops; clean restrooms. Good traffic connections (Express train, local trains, several bus companies and taxis). It's all a bit expensive, but that's what you have to expect in Norway. Unfortunately the air traffic seems to outgrow the building; they recently removed a very comfortable resting area to make room for new offices.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review : 28 May 2008 : by David Croft

Customer Rating : 5/5

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Efficient, beautiful airport with high standards and easy to navigate. Only 20 minutes by train to Oslo and features a Radisson located right outside the main entrance. Really enjoyed the steel/glass/wood-designs, very bright and airy. A bit pricey Duty Free but it's Norway; what did you expect. Amongst my favourite airports in Europe.


OSLO AIRPORT customer review : 30 April 2008 : by Peter Cullen

Customer Rating : 5/5

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I agree with the positive comments below, a modern, spacious, easy-to-use airport with good, but expensive, facilities. The famous Duty Free shop may be cheap to Norwegian travellers, but not to anyone else. As stated elsewhere, the rail connection to the city is excellent with the state railway being about half the price of the private one - but not as frequent and a little slower. The express (private) line keeps going until about 01.00 which is great if you arrive at midnight as I did.


Oslo Airport review by Erlend Serendahl

28 March 2008   Customer Rating : n/a

The public transportation to and from the city centre is quite expensive, just like everything else in Norway. The airport express train takes either 19 or 22 minutes (depending on if it goes directly to Oslo Central Station or if it stops in Lillestrřm), and costs 160 NOK one-way. That is about $32. The train travels at 210 km/h. What some travellers don't know, is that the regional or local train line, run by the partly state-run train company NSB, costs exactly half of what the airport express train does. This train takes 26 or 37 minutes (depending on if it is the regional line or the local). Both the regional and local line costs the same. The airport express train generally departs every ten minutes, while the NSB trains run every 20 - 30 minutes. Keep in mind, if you are below the age of 21, the price is the same for both the airport express and the NSB trains, and you'll be better of with the airport express. Another option is the SAS flybussen (the SAS airport bus). This bus costs about $25, but it takes 45 minutes to the city centre. The last resort is to take a cab, which costs a fortune. To the centre of town, the fixed rate is about $130. I will strongly recommend you use the NSB trains, as this is the cheapest and next fastest option.

Oslo Airport review by Sasun Vartanyan

14 March 2008   Customer Rating : 5 Star Rating

Another great european airport. Clean, spacious, efficient in every way, fast moving, and very user friendly.

Oslo Airport review by Kevin Tunnicliffe

17 February 2008   Customer Rating : 5 Star Rating

What a cracking airport. Efficient, friendly, well laid out and simple to navigate. We transited this airport en-route to Tromso and I wish we had longer there to enjoy it.

Oslo Airport review by Wiktor Karpowicz

30 August 2007   Customer Rating : 5 Star Rating

Very passenger-friendly airport, pristine clean and modern, easily accessible from the Oslo Area. Everything is marked clearly. Layout is simple and functional - domestic flights on the left pier, international on the right one, arrivals on level 1, departures - level 2 with the main hall in the middle. Well-marked meeting points and check-in stalls. It's almost impossible to get lost. The staff is helpful. Shops in duty-free area are quite cheap. Just under the airport there is a railway station. The quickest journey to Oslo S takes about 20 min by Flytoget, but costs 170 NOK. It's better to take a RegionTog train (from the same platform direction Oslo S/Skien, arriving every-hour from Lillehammer) - journey is only 5 minutes longer, and the price is 85 NOK to Oslo S and 166 NOK to Drammen.

Oslo Airport review by David Lally

28 September 2006   Customer Rating : n/a

Norway is not part of the EU. It is an EEC member country and as such, they are considered international flights. Oslo airport - clean, quite spread out, and good array of amenities. Transport excellent, and not really expensive when you look at the likes of London.

Oslo Airport review by Grigorios Makeralos

14 July 2006

Oslo Gardemoen is a modern and clean airport that meets the European standards. Only two bad comments can be added here. Firstly the Norwegian immigration officers are quite unpolite, and they even check all the passengers coming from Schengen zone countries, something unusual in the EU airports. Secondly, the location of the airport is far away from the city, 45km and expensive to access.

Oslo Airport review by Chris Seal

11 July 2006

A single terminal building. It took us all of 6 minutes to get from the train to the BA lounge (via both check-in and security). Downside is that from the lounge you still have to go through one check to let you into the international area and then passport control and we seemed to board at the furthest gate. There are two trains you can get to the centre run by different companies so make sure you get the right one. The airport express is fast, regular and only stops at Olso central station. The other is slower but considerably cheaper and also continues part the central station which may be handier for your hotel.

Oslo Airport review by Lars Hansen

13 May 2006

Overall, a very nice & clean airport. The downside is especially the transportation to Oslo. Nice looking, clean, easy to get to public transportation - but, location far out of Oslo, very expensive ride to the Central station and long walks compared to the rather small size of the airport.

Oslo Airport review by Andrew Hammer

7 February 2006

A well-designed, clean, and pleasant airport which has the appreciated advantage of being smoke-free, unlike other major European airports (CPH, FRA). The one thing that would be a welcome and useful improvement would be a cheap, simple travelers' hotel like the one at CPH, especially since a fair number of flights seem to come in to Oslo after 22.00. With the airport being an hour away from the city, unless your final destination is Oslo transit passengers are forced to take more of a lodging than they might like at an unnecessary price. I had friends take me home with them, but I would have hoped to have found an in-house option like that in CPH from a new airport in Scandinavia. All in all a very warm and user-friendly structure as airports go.

Oslo Airport review by Martyn Wildman

27 January 2006

First experience with OSL was very favourable. On arrival, first impression of the terminal building was warm and welcoming, although it was mid-winter and the outside temperature was sub-zero. Immigration staff were friendly and efficient. Although the distance to baggage reclaim was fairly long, it was along a clean and attractive corridor with wooden structure reflecting Norwegian ambience. Baggage appeared almost immediately after a brief visit to the immaculately kept toilets. The check-in hall was airy and clearly signed. Check-in, security clearance and immigration check were all swift and friendly. There is a good selection of shops and catering facilities at fair prices beyond passport control. In summary, we found OSL to be a joy to use and would not hesitate to recommend it !

Oslo Airport review by K Solem

13 January 2006

A lot of walking here, which can be a bit of a hassle, particularly on arrival with a lot of hand baggage. There is now duty free on arrival, with a fairly decent selection of goods. Something nice to do while you wait for your luggage!

Oslo Airport review by Scott Wilson

25 October 2005

Perfectly nice airport in terms of aesthetics and layout, but I do have one gripe- the SAS lounge (for international flights) was overheated and had virtually no food on a Sunday evening. Now I know it was quiet, but pasta salad that looked like it had been lying out for hours and a couple of pieces of fruit is absolutely pathetic. I have been in Star Alliance airline lounges in many cities in Europe, USA, Asia and Australasia, and while the lounge had pleasant amenities, what is wrong with providing some decent food? Take a leaf from Air New Zealand's domestic koru club lounges- a selection of fruit, fresh salads, meat, cake and even hot food - all for passengers flying no longer than say 1.5 hours or so. The Heathrow London Lounge has more food as well. This lounge was for international flights including long haul, although I was only on a flight to London (which barring business class requires one to pay for a sandwich).

Oslo Airport review by R Rasmussen

1 September 2005

Oslo airport is a torture for smokers. They have not designated any smoking area inside (there are no law against it) and the passengers have to go outside or use the lavatories. This is one of the reasons why many passengers from other places in Norway prefer CPH as the foreign hub for connections to outside Scandinavia. Especially if you have a long wait for connecting flights.

Oslo Airport review by Martin Brown

22 August 2005

To be honest, they could have laid out the airport a little better. Checkin desks were at the other end of the airport from the railway station from which most people arrive and no seperate desks for Club Europe on BA. This is a no smoking airport, so if you want one you have to go back out through security. I agree that the BA Terraces are a little hard to find, but WOW that's what I call relaxing with a fountain in the middle and help yourself to a large selection of drinks - again no smoking in here. Aside from that, nothing really to set it apart from the rest, it can just be a pain to get around sometimes - especially if your gate is right at the other end of the airport and you have to go through immigration, it will take at least 15 minutes.

Oslo Airport review by Simon Cheung

8 August 2005

While it is aesthetically quite agreeable, Oslo Gardermoen isn't exactly the most user-friendlyairport I've used. Situated some 45 km out of town you can either use the SAS Flybussen (14 euros o/w) or train (20euros o/w), neither of which are cheap. I found it a bit odd that BA check-in desks were a bit of a free-for-all and that there was no seperate Club Europe desk. However if you've hand luggage only there are several self check-inmachines but you need to have the credit card used for the ticket purchase. A modest but comfortable BA Terraces lounge is available after security check but I guarantee you will go round in circles looking for it. Located on the domestic departures side it is very poorly signposted, as the lounge attendant has probably been told 100s of times. Take the spiral staircase on your left after security and continue to the end of the corridor. DO NOT go to international departures after security as you won't be allowed to step back into domestic, even though there's no barrier between the two. Instead you will have to exit at gate 42, go thru customs and back into the departures hall - really annoying. Overall, by no means unpleasant but not a patch on it's neighbour in Copenhagen.

Oslo Airport review by Marybeth Richards

4 June 2005

OSL Gardermoen is a pretty, efficient airport that reminded me of Vantaa in Helsinki. The biggest disappointment (and one that seems to be shared with other travellers) is that it is a long, long walk from one part to another - arriving from LHR required a walk of nearly a kilometre to arrivals, with no moving sidewalks. Return to LHR also was from the far end of the airport - could this be because of Schengen? - but trollies are available in the departures area, which was a nice plus. Getting from OSL to Oslo city centre couldn't be easier, via the SAS Flybus just outside the arrivals hall. In all, OSL is just another example of how things can be run well in a Scandinavian country, with the understanding that everyone will meet the same high expectations.

Oslo Airport review by T Mikelsen

15 February 2005

Oslo airport, though a clean one, is unfunctional and an unpleasant experience. It is built in one long line meaning that one has to walk a very long distance from one flight to another or to exit the airport. In addition, the security system is a bit strange - the laptop computers need to be taken out of their bags in the security control, the security gates with metal alarm are so sensitive that everybody who has shoes with even smallest parts of metal, have to take the shoes off and walk in socks through the sensor gate. After such a control one would expect that the restaurants in the transit area are not allowed to use metal knives and forks, but this is not the case.

Oslo Airport review by D Bergheim

21 November 2004

To avoid the very expensive prices on the airport express train, take the local train to Oslo, which will cost less than half the price, but takes some more minutes to its destination. These trains run every hour, ask at the NSB ticket counter.

Oslo Airport review by Jisca Sandradewi

7 June 2004

Lost my backpack when I was re-checking in my bag at the transfer counter at the arrival hall (right hand side after coming out from customs). I was the only customer at the counter at that time. A few meters behind me was the busy arrival hall. The backpack was on the trolley next to me. When I removed my single bag to the weighing belt, the backpack was still there. A few seconds later, with my boarding pass at hand, I turned back and the backpack was gone! The counter lady didn't see anything (although she was facing me most of the time) and the people around also had no clue. Wallet, ATM cards, student ID, important keys, camera, etc. were gone! Fortunately, the airport police and the staff at the Lost & Found counter were very polite & helpful. This provided some relief to my stressed hours. Thank you to these people! Learning: I thought I had travelled abroad many times and knew how to take care of my belongings. But a few seconds of letting down my guard did cause me a handful of stress. One cannot be too careful when it comes to the safety of his/her belongings.

Oslo Airport review by J Molin

26 February 2004

The architecture is really nice and the airport is very functional. However it is located too far from the city centre and it is expensive. Oslo Gardemoen airport opened (well opened as the main airport of Oslo) when Fornebu was closed in the late 90's. Fornebu was too small and there were no opportunities to enlarge it, but it was only 8 km from the city centre which was excellent. When winds came from the west one could see the entire city centre on approach to the airport. The new airport is like 45 km north of the city centre. Going there is very pricey, the express train is ridiculously expensive, the bus not much cheaper, and we shouldn't even think about the cost of taking a cab. Otherwise the airport is enjoyable to use,

Oslo Airport review by Charanjeet Singh

12 February 2004

I liked the Gardermoen Olso Airport. Its quite small but it has good technology the is very clean. The check-in staff are also good. Good parking facilities. Its the Second best airport I've been to after Heathrow.

Oslo Airport review by Eric Tam

28 July 2003

I've used the Oslo airport once in 2003. My impression of this airport is that it is really big for a small city like Oslo. I walked a long way for my connection, although both of my flights are within Schengen countries. And that day, the airport is practically almost empty.

Oslo Airport review by R Sherry

20 November 2002

Oslo Airport is very nice to look at but impractical to use, because it is built in one long straight line. Transfers from domestic to international flights all take place near one end. They can involve a very long walk, and it is an irritation that the moving walkways from the transfer area go in one direction only - the wrong one. One trick, if arriving domestically, is to ignore the transfer signs. Instead, go through the baggage claim area and out to the main arrivals area, then upstairs; then go through security (which you would have to do in the transfer area anyway) and on to your international gate. You will probably have saved yourself 10 minutes and a long walk. Other irritants: the ladies' toilets are too small - getting a trolley into them is impossible and getting a wheeled carry-on bag in is difficult enough. There is a lift (elevator) in the transfer area but it is rarely available for use. And it's hard to find a drink of water anywhere.

Oslo Airport review by K Lake

19 November 2002

I have only one negative comment about Oslo airport and that is the total lack of small baggage trolleys for use between the aircraft arrival point and the baggage carousels. The walk from aircraft to baggage collection can be a considerable distance which makes it difficult for passengers with children and elderly passengers carrying hand baggage.

Oslo Airport review by D Wong

31 October 2002

Bright, open architecture, sleek design and proximity to ground transportation (including train to the center of town) and hotels makes this airport one of my favorites. My major beef is in the way transfers are organized. I've had a couple of tight connections, and unless you're a long-distance olympic runner, it is NOT fun to sprint from one end of the terminal where the domestic arrival transfer points are to the other end where international flights depart.

Oslo Airport review by M Subramaniam

28 September 2002

Probably the best airport I have used. Right from the airport layout, the architecture, transport connections (arguably the best airport express), cleanliness, cheerful and friendly staff, this comes ahead of any airport in the world. 

Oslo Airport review by J O'Brien

13 August 2002

OSL is possibily the best airport I have been in. The place is very well organised. One major fault with OSL is the lack of quality restaraunts or cafes. They only appear to sell Hot Dogs or Slices of not very nice pizza. The check ins are very fast - except for those belonging to SAS where you will have to stand in line for a long time. But Oslo does operate a clever self service check in that will tag your bags all the way to your final destination. Connecting flights are a dream at Oslo - pity Heathrow or Gatwick were not like them. Arriving at the airport your can quickly get to the baggage areas from the gate and the train to the city centre is only 2 minuets from the baggage belt.





 


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