Arriving at a new place can be a bit challenging. We therefore recommend that you read the information below carefully prior to your arrival, so that you will not have any difficulties with finding your way to HiOA or the student housing provider SiO.
Make sure that you have Norwegian kroners (NOK) in cash or a valid credit card when you arrive. You will need it to buy tickets for public transport. You can withdraw money at ATM-machines in the arrival hall at the airport, at the central station or on the ferry with either a credit or a Maestro/EC-card. Kiosks like 7eleven, Narvesen or Deli de Luca often have ATM-machines, too.
Only European students: Please note that apart from withdrawing money at ATM-machines, Maestro/EC-cards are not accepted in Norway.
Arrival by plane
Norway's main airport is situated ca. 50 km to the north of Oslo and 30 km north of Lillestrøm.
- The Airport Express Coach (Flybussen) takes you to Oslo city centre in 50 minutes for a fare of NOK 80 (student discount). Follow the signs to "Flybussen" at the airport. Tickets are available on board the bus or online.
- Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express Train (Flytoget) to Oslo Central station in 19 minutes, at a price of NOK 85 (student discount). Follow the signs to Flytoget Airport Express Train at the very end of the arrival hall to your right. Tickets are available at the ticket vending machines or the ticket desks. Owners of a credit card can swipe the card through the machines at the entrance to the Airport Express train station.
- You may also take a regional or local train to Oslo Central Station. For information on these trains and ticket prices, see the website of the public transport company Ruter.
Students at Kjeller Campus are recommended to take the Airport Express Train from Oslo Airport to Lillestrøm Train Station (ca. 12 minutes' ride; NOK 65 for the student discount). Alternatively you may take a regional or local train to Lillestrøm (ca 15-25 minutes' ride) For information on these trains and ticket prices, see the website of the public transport company Ruter. From Lillestrøm Bus Terminal, take the bus 401 (direction Kjeller) or 842 (direction Skedsmokorset) and get off at "Forskningsparken". From there, it is about an 8 minutes' walk to Kjeller Campus in Kunnskapsveien 55. Get the timetables/maps for your bus trip at Ruter.
Many low-cost airlines fly to Torp, a smaller airport situated ca. 140 km south-west of Oslo.
From Torp, take the shuttle bus Torp Expressen to Oslo Bus Terminal for NOK 210 (ca. 2 hours). Tickets can be bought on the bus with Norwegian cash or credit card (Master, Visa or Diners), or online.
This is a smaller airport frequented by some of the low-cost airlines. It is situated 60 km south-east of Oslo. Take the shuttle bus Rygge Expressen to get to Oslo Bus Terminal for NOK 150 (ca. 1 hour). Tickets can be bought on the bus with Norwegian cash or a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners or AmEx).
Arrival by bus, train or ferry
All international buses stop at Oslo Bus Terminal, situated in the centre of Oslo next to Oslo Central Station(train station).
Oslo and Lillestrøm can be reached by train from Copenhagen via Sweden. See NSB for details.
You can reach Oslo by ferry from Denmark and Germany. Ferry companies:
- Color Line (ferry terminal at Hjortneskaia)
- Stena Line (ferry terminal at Akershusstranda 31)
- DFDS (ferry terminal at Akershusstranda 31)
Take public transport into the city centre (to the central station/Sentralstasjon/Jernbanestasjon).
Get to your student apartment/HiOA
In order to avoid booking a hotel room before moving into your student apartment, we recommend that you plan your journey to Norway so that you arrive during SiO's opening hours.
From the train station or bus terminal in Oslo/Lillestrøm, get to the place where you are going to collect your key for your apartment with the help of Ruter's travel planner. SiO has different offices for individual student villages. In advance, check with SiO where to collect your key and how to get there. In addition, you may also use Google maps. Print out your time schedules/maps for buses and trams and bring them with you. Tickets for public transport can be purchased with Norwegian cash or a credit card at the ticket vending machines at the tram or metro stations. The bigger stations also have ticket desks.
If you arrive outside SiO's opening hours, you will have to book alternative accommodation.
If you have a lot of luggage with you, you might consider taking a taxi from Oslo/Lillestrøm train station to the student apartment. A taxi from the train station (not the airport) to SiO shouldn’t cost more than 300 kroners during day time (more expensive during weekends and at night).
Students at Kjeller Campus: From Lillestrøm Bus Terminal, take the bus 401 (direction Kjeller) or 842 (direction Skedsmokorset) and get off at "Forskningsparken". From there, it is about an 8 minutes' walk to Kjeller Campus in Kunnskapsveien 55 (Skedsmo). Get the timetables/maps for your bus trip at the public transport company Ruter.
It is also a good idea to use the journey planner at Ruter in advance to find out how to get from your student apartment to your campus at HiOA. Your acceptance documents should contain detailed information on where to meet on your first day. If you are unsure, please contact your international coordinator.