Car Hire from Oslo Torp Airport
Prime examples of Norway’s dramatic coastline, adventure activities and vibrant city life are within easy reach of Oslo Torp Airport. Hiring a car from the airport is a great option if you’re planning on venturing beyond the towns and cities to discover Norway’s world famous natural landscapes.
Where to hire a car at Oslo Torp Airport
There are five car hire companies operating at Oslo Torp Airport; Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and Hertz. All of the car hire desks are based in Oslo Torp Airport’s main terminal building, in the arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Oslo Torp Airport
If you have a full to full fuel policy in your car hire agreement you will be required to refuel the car prior to returning it. The closest petrol station to Oslo Torp Airport can be found just five minutes from the airport. It’s a Shell garage located on a roundabout, just as the Fv280 reaches the E18.
Driving around Oslo Torp Airport
The Fv280 runs from the airport to the E18, a main road travelling north to Oslo city centre and south along the cost to Grimstad and Kristiansand. Northbound, the E18 also provides a connection to the E134, which travels west to Morgedal and Edland.
Roads in Norway are generally well-maintained and congestion free. You’ll need to take extra care when driving in winter months as roads can become icy and snowy. There are sometimes road closures during this time, so it’s wise to check local travel news before starting your journey.
Animals in the road is another common problem in more rural areas of Norway. Dawn and dusk are times when animals like reindeer and moose are more active and when you should be prepared for their sudden appearance on the roads.
Getting to your destination
With your own set of wheels, it’s easy to get from Oslo Torp Airport to a number of exciting local destinations.
Oslo was founded back in 1048 and has plenty of historical sites to explore. There’s the old market at Kirkeristen, the Royal Palace and the Stortinget parliament building. Visitors will find lots of museums and parks to discover too. Highlights of a visit include swimming in the Akerselva River, shopping in the boutiques at Grunerlokka and trying the local cuisine at the Mathallen food hall. Take a look at our guide to some of the best things to do in Oslo.
Oslo city centre is around 80 minutes’ drive from Oslo Torp Airport. Drivers can take the E18 north, all the way to the city. When travelling into Oslo, you’ll pass through a non-stop toll booth. A photograph of every license plate is taken in order to charge cars a road tax specific to the city. Check with your car hire company for information on how these fees are usually paid.
It’s worth noting that in the city, cars always give way to trams and pedestrians. Street parking in Oslo is often time restricted to two hours from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays. The city is split into two parking zones. The more central zone charges 25NOK per hour whilst the outer zone charges 14NOK per hour.
Tonsberg is the oldest town in Norway. It’s a pretty seaside place with its own cathedral, a county museum and the Castle Rock tower, an observation point surrounded by the ruins of an old castle. Visitors can also visit the burial site of a Viking queen and take a dip in the fjord.
Tonsberg is just 20 minutes’ drive from Oslo Torp Airport, taking the E18 north before heading towards Oslofjord. Parking spaces in the old town can get snapped up quickly. As the town is small and easily traversed on foot, you may find it easier to grab a space on the outskirts.
Drobak is a coastal town, popular with Oslo residents looking to escape the city for a weekend. It has a picturesque centre, several art galleries and a saltwater aquarium. Drobak is also reportedly the home of Santa Claus and you’ll find Christmas house and Santa’s post office in the town centre.
It takes around 90 minutes to drive from Oslo Torp Airport to Drobak, taking the E18 towards Oslo before turning onto route 23. There are some toll roads along the way with alternative routes available if you’d rather avoid them.