Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Oulu Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
OUL Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Oulu Airport.
What to Expect
Oulu Airport (code: OUL) has a small, modern terminal that handles commuter flights to Helsinki and Stockholm as well as a few seasonal leisure routes. Facilities are limited to a few eateries and a tax-free shop. Free WiFi helps pass the time.
Where to Sleep
It seems that this airport closes nightly, so have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Oulu Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Finlandia Hotel Airport Oulu – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Scandic Oulu – (22 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Original Sokos Hotel Arina – (24 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Radisson Blu Hotel – (24 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Oulu Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Hailuoto Lounge – Location: gate area, airside. Lounge access: unknown.
Free unlimited WiFi is available in Oulu Airport. No password or registration necessary! Connect to the “Free WiFi for you by Finavia” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
Art in the Airport – The art exhibit Liminganlahti “Impressions of nature” is located in the gate area and open during terminal hours.
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in the Arrivals Hall.
Duty Free & Shopping – Oulu Shop offers tax-free shopping in the airport. Rotuaari Pharmacy offers over-the-counter remedies for common ailments, but no prescription medications. Both Oulu Shop and the airport pharmacy are located airside, open during flight operating times.
Family Services – Travelling with children? These services are available to help you get through the airport easier:
- Baby Care Facilities – Separate rooms are available with baby change facilities, in addition to the change tables that can be found in the washrooms throughout the airport.
- Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The space comes equipped with a child-size flight control tower with slide, colorful toys, a video corner, and more. Location: Airside.
- Strollers – Strollers are available. No further details are available.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Oulu Cafe (landside and airside) • Oluthuone Toppila (airside only).
Information Desk – An Information Desk is available. You can also store keys and other small items here. Rates: 5,00€/item/day. Location: Landside. Hours: unknown.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Rest Zones – Wait for your flight in comfort with one of the rocking chairs at the gate area, or play a tune on the piano in the Hailuoto Lounge waiting area.
Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones. In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them. Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.
Pharmacy – See Duty Free and Shopping above.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, arrivals hall.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking Room – Smoking is prohibited at the airport. There is however a smoking lounge. Location: 1st Floor, airside, near the children’s play area.
The airport is open 4:00AM – 2:00AM.
Oulu airport is served by the following airlines: Finnair • Norwegian • SAS.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Public buses regularly connect OUL airport and the Oulu city center. Timetables and other details are available here.
Several companies offer car rental services, including Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Scandia Rent • Sixt.
A taxi stand is located outside the terminal. Taxis are available for each flight arrival. You can also pre-book taxis.
Last updated: 2019-07-17
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.