Car & Van Hire in Tromso

Enterprise car hire locations in Tromso

Tromso is the gateway to northern Norway and the Arctic. There's an international airport 5 kilometres away, from which city buses go to the city centre, departing every 30 minutes and taking approximately 20 minutes. A faster public transport option would be the airport express bus, which makes fewer stops and takes 15-20 minutes to get to Tromso. For a quicker and more convenient option, head to the airport's Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch. The drive to the city centre takes only 10 minutes.

What to do and see in Tromso

Tourist attractions in Tromso are split across two main areas. The first is near the cruise terminal, where you'll find the Northern Norway Science Museum, Arctic Alpine Botanical Garden and the Planetarium. The second cluster of attractions is downtown. Here, you'll see historic wooden houses dating back to the 18th century, side by side with examples of modern architecture.

Don't miss the Polar Museum, where you can learn about the brave explorers whose Arctic expeditions put Norway on the map, as well as exhibitions that accurately depict the way of life in Tromso during the centuries. Next to it, the Perspective Museum shows artists' impressions of life in the Arctic. Near the boat terminal is the Troll Museum, which is great for visitors with children.

Other options for travellers with kids include the Polaria Aquarium and the Fjellheisen cable car, which offers great views of the fjords. During the school year, the Polar Museum organises free Sunday sessions of interactive learning and discovery activities.

If you've arranged a car hire in Tromso, you can drive across Tromso bridge to the mainland. Here you can visit the observation deck at Tromso View and go further north on a reindeer day or evening tour of the area. Another option for visitors who have secured car or van hire in Tromso is driving across the airport bridge to Kvaloya island, where you'll have the freedom to explore Norway's intriguing wilderness.

A one-hour drive from Tromso city is the Malangen peninsula, a perfect location for ski touring. Other popular winter activities are dog sledding, visiting Christmas markets, snowshoeing, whale watching and taking boat trips on the Norwegian fjords under the blue light of the polar night.

Foodies have a world of flavours to explore during a stay in Tromso. In addition to all kinds of international cuisine, city centre restaurants offer the opportunity to try Norwegian dishes, which in Tromso are heavy on fresh fish and seafood. You're likely to find a restaurant that suits your fancy in the streets between Stortorget (the city's main square) and the old cathedral. While in town, you can't miss a visit to Magic Ice Bar, where you can enjoy your favourite drink while you admire the ice carvings of local artists.

The main shopping street is Storgata, where you can find anything from Arctic-themed souvenirs to quality outdoor gear. If you prefer a shopping centre experience, your options are Jetka near the airport and Nerdstranda and Torgcentret in the city centre. As a reminder, stores are closed on Sundays, and that includes shopping centres and supermarkets.

Notable events include the International Film Festival (January), Sami Week and Northern Lights Festival (February), World Cup Ski Week (April), Tromso Jazz Festival (August) and Bukta Festival, a three-day music event in July.

Driving in Tromso

Winter driving conditions in Tromso can be challenging. Always pack a change of warm clothes in your rental car as well as blankets, food and water. You'll need winter tires with a minimum tread depth of 3mm. Tires can be studded or not – if they are, Troms county only allows them between 15 October and 1 May.

In late winter and early spring, there's snow on the ground and bright sunlight, so it's recommended to wear sunglasses when driving to avoid glare. Dipped lights must be on at all times throughout the year.

Drink-driving laws are notoriously strict. In addition to fines, exceeding the limit can lead to licence suspension and imprisonment.

Speed limits are 90 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on open roads, 50 km/h in built-up areas and 40 km/h or lower in residential areas. Speeding and traffic infractions incur steep fines, which can amount to hundreds of euros for running a red light.

If you plan on driving around the islands near Tromso, remember that tolls apply to some bridge and tunnel crossings. The nearest toll to Tromso is Rya tunnel, 30 kilometres south of town. Payments are automatically deducted via the AutoPass system. Your rental vehicle will be already registered, and the total charges will be charged when you return the car.

The E8 motorway is a major road in Tromso, going from the airport to the mainland via an underwater tunnel. If driving to the city centre, you'll need road 862, which is a tunnel for most of its route along the city. Please note that street parking in the city centre is not allowed during daytime hours. Paid parking is available in designated areas.

Car and van hire in Norway with Enterprise

Enterprise Norway offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Tromso

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Tromso

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Tromso, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.