How to get from the airport to the city centre

How to get from the airport to the city centre

When arriving in Tromsø, the first step to make the most out of your travel budget, is to choose the right way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially with services like Uber not being available in Tromsø. Just like the city, the airport is clearly laid out, and you will find your way to the baggage belts without any problems. The baggage belts are located in the arrival hall, which is really just one long room at ground level, which also rooms all check in counters and rental car offices. The latter are conveniently located together at the opposite end of the hall. Did you make any experiences with public transport in Tromsø? Share them in the comments! 🙂

Map of the surrounding area of Tromsø Airport Langnes
Map of the surrounding area of Tromsø Airport Langnes

There are basically three ways to get to the city centre:

1. City Bus

Bus 42 going to the airport from Sjøgata S4
Bus 42 going to the airport (direction “Eidkjosen”) from Sjøgata S4

This is the cheapest way, and – surprisingly – not slower than any other option. To take the city bus, first go to the Point Kiosk next to the luggage belts to buy tickets. Buying tickets in advance is significantly cheaper than getting them at the bus. If you know that you will rely on public busses as the main means of transport during your stay, make sure to get a period ticket right away. Once you got your ticket and your luggage, take the elevator down to the parking garage and walk across the parking garage away from the airport to the bus stop (red arrow). The stop at the same side as the airport will get you to Kvaløya, the stop at the opposite side of the street to the city centre. Bus 40 and 42 go both to the centre, but 42 is faster. You can plan your bus journey here. The stop at the airport is called “Flyplassen”, a stop in the city centre is “Sjøgata S3” (less than 2min walking distance to 4 major hotels). There is also an app which shows the real departure times (as opposed to the scheduled ones), and which can help you plan your trip. Available for Android and Apple.

Click here to download a free printable pdf-guide for your travel files (1,7MB).

Single ticket (presale): kr30,-
Single ticket at the bus: kr50,- (cash only!)
24 hours pass: kr100,-
7 days pass: kr240,-

– Cheapest option
– Can get you to different locations, especially relevant if you are staying at an Airbnb

– You may have to wait for the bus
– Doesn’t always bring you to your doorstep

2. Airport Express

Airport Express, photographed betwen Scandic Ishavshotell and Radisson Blu, with Hurtigruten in the background.

The airport express stops at several hotels at the city centre, just like the public bus. Tickets are moderately cheaper when purchased in advance at the red ticket machine in the arrival hall. The bus departs right in front of the arrival hall. Timetable from the airport 

– Always available, goes until the last flight

– If you are not at the last flight, the city bus is cheaper

3. Taxi

To get a taxi, turn right after leaving the luggage area, and queue in the glass cubicle with queue dividers. Don’t stand outside of it, you will freeze and be frowned upon. There are two taxi companies to choose from, Tromsø Taxi and Din Taxi. Both use the same rates, and card payments are always accepted.

– Always brings you to your doorstep

– At peak hours waiting for the bus takes just as long
– Can be expensive, especially at night, weekends, public holidays, long distances

4. Comparison

NameEarliest departureLatest departureTime to city centreRate per person*Rate per vehicle**
City bus06:12 - 06:45 depending on weekday and direction00:07 - 00:13 depending on weekday and direction12 minutes30-50kr
Official Airport Express04:45 - 10:20 depending on weekday and direction15:40 - 23:55 depending on weekday and direction10 minutes90kr
TaxiAll dayAll day12 minutes180-280kr

* – adult ticket. Discounts may apply.
** – 1-4 persons, less than 4 if you have much luggage. Larger vehicles are available at a surcharge. The rate varies depending on the time of day.

Now you are ready to get to the city, but are you ready for the Arctic winter? Double-check here and update your packing list, to make the most out of your Arctic adventure!

5. What to do at the airport?

Visit the Aurora above the clouds!
Visit the Aurora above the clouds! Picture by Magne Furnes, Widerøe

Did you know that you don’t even have to go to the city to join a northern lights chase? From November to March you can experience an exclusive Aurora experience above the clouds. Read more about our unique Northern Lights chase by plane, and book online today!

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