Situated on Norway’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord, the capital city of Oslo is renowned for its expanses of green public spaces and exceptional museums, many of which celebrate the city’s rich maritime and nautical history. It is also a haven for skiing enthusiasts, with the Holmenkollbakken ski-jumping hill offering panoramic views across the fjord.
Passengers walk through the terminal at Oslo Airport (Photo: Azchael via Flickr)
While Oslo itself is navigable by foot, if you’re planning to venture beyond its charming confines during your trip then you may well benefit from a hire car. Oslo Airport has a total of five car rental companies, each located in the airport’s P-zone P10 level U2, meaning that after clearing security and customs it shouldn’t take long for you to pick up your car after disembarking your flight.
Our car rental company search results
To aid you in picking the best car rental deal for your needs, TravelMag.com have dug into the details and come up with our top three recommendations across three particular categories: Most affordable, Best for families and Best for luxury. To reach our conclusions we focused on a number of factors including cost, fleet of cars, past customer reviews and company policies. You can read our findings below.
Norway is a notoriously expensive city to visit, so if you can keep your costs down with a cheap car hire it would certainly be desirable. For affordability, we identified Sixt as the best rental company to go with. During our searches we found cheap but reliable cars such as the Ford Fiesta and Opel Astra available for around £120 a week. Sixt also offer a best price guarantee along with free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival. Operating hours are pretty good too, with the Sixt desk at Oslo Airport open from 7am – 12pm daily.
If you’re travelling with little’uns, you may well want a car with a bit more room to fit those extra numbers, not to mention luggage. For this, we found Avis to be the best option. Their larger car fleet includes a Ford Focus Estate, Volkswagen Passat Estate and Skoda Superb Estate, all of which were available for around £215 per week for our searches. Avis also offer a number of perks for members of the Avis Preferred Account including a price guarantee as well as the option to fill in pre-prepared paperwork, allowing you to get on the road that much quicker. Office hours are 8am – 11.30pm midweek and 8am – 11pm on weekends. For returning your car, 24-hour drop off is possible too.
Don’t be fooled by the name –Budget have a decent selection of luxury car hire and sports cars among their fleet. Whether it’s something sleek and fast such as the BMW 3-Series or an SUV like the Audi Q5, there’s nothing to stop you splashing the cash on a car with a touch of pizazz. Budget’s opening hours at Oslo Airport vary a fair bit depending on the day, some days opening at 7am and others as late as 9am (closing times 11.30pm midweek, 11pm weekends), so you might want to check on these before you book your flights.