Are you planning a trip to Norway? If you are visiting the capital for the first time or will be spending a few days in its biggest city for business purposes, we suggest that you book a hotel room near Oslo Gardermoen International, the main gateway for travellers arriving by air. Note that here you will only find recommended hotels close to OSL, so make sure you are not flying to TRF instead (Torp Sandefjord airport), especially if you have booked your flight with a low-cost airline.
A quick guide to Oslo Gardermoen airport
OSL is the main international terminal serving the capital city of Norway, Oslo, and is located in the area that gives name to it –Gardermoen-, about 40 minutes by car or 20 minutes by express train from the downtown. Known as a main hub for Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe, a large number of flights operated by airlines such as Air Baltic, Air France, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Vueling, Ryanair, Eurowings, Finnair, Wizz Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot also have this airport as origin and destination point. It has only one terminal divided into a domestic concourse and an international concourse, with dedicated non-Schengen gates that occasionally serve as flexigates. As a passenger in transit making a connection in Oslo airport, you will be required to collect your bags and proceed through customs before resuming your journey. However, if you outbound flight does not depart until early in the morning, there are several convenient places to stay near the airport terminal so that you can sleep comfortably in OSL (Norway) during your overnight layover.
Closest airport hotels to Oslo Gardermoen
Directly connected to the public side of the terminal by a walkway is the Radisson Blu airport hotel of Oslo airport, a 4-star hospitality establishment providing travellers with soundproofed units with complimentary WiFi that can be suites, standard rooms or superior rooms affording views of the runway. All of them include safety deposit boxes, a minibar and, some selected ones, even an in-room Nespresso coffee machine. As long as restrictions don’t apply, there is both an onsite restaurant serving meals -although breakfast can be delivered to your room– and a gym open to guests. 24-hour security, luggage storage, business facilities and running trails around the hotel make it an option worth considering.
The Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Gardermoen airport is superbly situated just a 3-minute walk from the landside. It is recommended in particular to those with a long layover ahead who need to go through OSL at unearthly hours, since it allows for early check-ins and check-outs at as late as 18:00 at no extra cost as long as there are rooms available. Guests staying in twin, double or family rooms and suites enjoy extra-large comfortable beds, acoustic isolation, free high-speed wireless internet, cable TV and private bathroom with shower. Without restrictions, they also get access to a buffet breakfast and a restaurant inside the premises.
The Comfort Hotel RunWay near Oslo airport in Norway has also been rated 4 stars, stands 6 kilometres away from the terminal building and may be a convenient options for those on a short business trip who wish to rent a car and drive to the city centre as well. To cater to the specific needs of these short stays, the hotel features secured parking spaces available at a nominal fee. Alternatively, they may use the airport transfer service running from early in the morning until late at night. Other amenities to enjoy are free WiFi, a fitness centre, a hearty buffet-style breakfast and a wide range of meals and snacks offered at their dining options. All its single, double, twin and family rooms have deluxe beds and safes, and some invite to relax while enjoying the breathtaking airport views.
The 3-star Best Western Plus hotel in Oslo Airport is ideal for travellers on a budget, and it guarantees good value for money services within easy reach of the Gardermoen air terminal. Furthermore, it is particularly indicated for those catching a flight first thing in the morning, since breakfast is offered from 4 a.m. and the airport shuttle bus will pick them up right in front of the entrance. Take-away meals can be prepared upon request. Guests get free access to the gym, and its rooms include complimentary WiFi internet, coffee maker, satellite TV and a work desk.
Do you travel frequently for work? If you will be having overnight layovers at international airports in the months to come, or simply because staying close to passenger terminals will help you reduce the stress caused by the fear of missing your flight, we recommend that you check out our post about transit accommodation in major aviation hubs around the world.