Flights to Oslo are growing in popularity, mainly because of Norway 's increasing popularity as a holiday destination, but perhaps partly because travelling to Oslo by air is such a stress-free experience in comparison to other destinations. For a start, Oslo Gardermoen Airport is Europe's second most punctual airport, only narrowly beaten by Helsinki. Secondly, prices for flights are increasingly competitive. Thirdly, transport to and from the airport is hard to beat.
Several airlines run flights to Oslo, and prices vary. If you're planning to travel from Heathrow, your options include BMI, KLM and Scandinavian Airlines. Prices start at around £130 for a return flight, including taxes and other charges.
For the traveller on a budget, there are ways of shaving a little off the cost of a flight. If you're prepared to fly from Stansted, you can catch the Norwegian Air Shuttle( Norway 's answer to EasyJet) and bag yourself a return flight for less than £90 including taxes. However, beware of false economy. Stansted can be hard to reach by public transport, which means the choice between a nightmare journey and forking out for airport parking.
Another cost-saving option, if you have the language skills, is to book through Scandinavian Airlines, using their Swedish website(www.sas.se). Return flights can work out cheaper this way, depending on the exchange rate between the pound and Swedish kroner at the time of booking. If you're brave enough to try it, the Swedish for " UK " is "Storbritannien". Scandinavian Airlines also offer a some discounts for children, saving you money if you're travelling as a family. However, be aware that this airline is more cagey than its British counterparts about telling you the final price of the flights, so double-check before you book.
Once you're back on the ground, there is a veritable smörgåsbord of transport options for the last leg of your journey. Skien, Lillehammer and Trondheim trains all stop at Oslo Airport, as do trains between Kongsberg and Eidsvoll, cutting out the need for a taxi to the station. The Flytoget airport express train is another option, taking you into central Oslo within about twenty minutes for less than £15. Alternatively, Scandinavian Airlines run their own train service into Oslo, taking about forty minutes but costing under a tenner.