Traveling by plane
According to top-medical-schools, domestic flights are operated by SAS Norge (BU), SAS (SK), Norwegian (DY) and Widerøe Flyveselskap (WF). There are numerous airports on the coast and inland. Light aircraft and seaplanes can be hired almost anywhere. The airlines mentioned connect all major and many smaller cities in the country. There are discounted fares for young people under 26, students between 26 and 31, groups and seniors over 67 years of age. For more information contact Widerøe Flyveselskap AS (tel. +47 815 22 014).
Traveling by car/bus
Traffic on Norwegian motorways and trunk roads is relatively quiet in international comparison. The roads are in good condition. The so-called Norwegian Scenic Routes comprise 18 trunk roads that have been chosen for their picturesque scenery, award-winning architecture and tourist-friendly infrastructure – such as rest areas and viewpoints. They are located on the west coast, in the western Norwegian fjords, in northern Norway and in the mountains of southern Norway. Toll: Numerous roads and bridges are subject to tolls for all vehicles except for motorcycles. Motorbikes only pay at the Atlanterhavstunnelen. At almost all toll stations, vehicles are recorded electronically exclusively via cameras. In order to be recorded, it is best to register your vehicle online with Euro Parking Collection before you travel. There is no payment option. Only at the toll station Rv 64 Atlanterhavstunnelen has to be paid on site. More information on paying the toll for vehicles with foreign number plates is available from Autopass. Gas stations are sufficiently available. The ADAC foreign emergency call offers ADAC members and holders of ADAC foreign health and accident insurance comprehensive assistance in the event of vehicle breakdowns, traffic accidents, loss of documents and money, and medical emergencies. The emergency number is available around the clock; in the event of vehicle damage: Tel. +49-89 22 22 22, in the event of illness: Tel. +49-89 76 76 76.
Right-hand traffic/left-hand traffic
Condition of the roads
The quality of the roads varies (especially in the north during the winter months). However, the road network is supplemented by numerous car ferries across the fjords. In Northern Norway, roads are only cleared at certain times during the winter. Snow chains or winter tires are recommended.
Rental cars are available in almost all cities. Rental cars should be booked in advance, especially in summer. The costs are high. The minimum age to rent a car in Norway is 21 and you must have held your driving license for at least a year. A young driver fee is often charged by car rental companies in Norway for drivers under the age of 25. When renting a vehicle, it is recommended to inquire whether a transmitter (AutoPASS brikke) is installed in the vehicle. If not, the prepayment of the toll should be ensured through a credit card registration, otherwise the invoices for the toll incurred will be sent to the rental car company,
Taxis are usually metered and can be ordered by telephone. All taxis accept major credit cards.
In Norway there are more and more holiday resorts and facilities for cyclists, such as the bike parks in Hafjell, Trysil and Geilo, accommodation specialized in cyclists, bike rentals and workshops. The 82 km long Rallarvegen in Fjord Norway is one of the country’s best-known and most beautiful cycling routes. Other routes for cyclists can be found in Valdres, Helgeland, Telemark and the Lofoten Islands. Norway also offers ten national cycle routes, most of which run away from busy roads. More information about cycling in Norway on the Tourist Board’s website.
Traveling in the city
In larger cities there is a good range of public transport. Buses, trains, subways and trams operate in Oslo. With the RuterBillett mobile app, you can buy single, 24-hour, 7-day and 30-day tickets. With these tickets you can use both city buses and regional buses, trams, underground trains, ferries (except the ferry to Bygdøy) and local trains. Tickets are also available from the Ruter customer center, tobacconists, most Narvesen and 7-Eleven kiosks, vending machines and underground stations. The Oslo Pass offers unlimited use of public transport, including the ferry to Bygdøy, the boats to the islands in the Oslofjord, to the Nesodden peninsula and to Drøbak; plus free entry to many of Oslo’s museums and attractions. The Oslo Pass is available at tourist information points, train stations and many hotels for 1, 2 or 3 days. Driving with spikes is subject to a charge in Oslo and Trondheim from the beginning of November to the end of April.
Locally on the way by train
The main routes of the Norwegian State Railways NSB are: Oslo – Trondheim (Dovre Line); Trondheim – Bodø (Nordland Railway); Oslo – Bergen (Bergen Railway) (various international rankings rate the Bergen Railway as the most interesting and beautiful train journey in the world); Oslo – Stavanger (Sørland Railway). Seats must be reserved for night trains. Dining, buffet or sleeping cars are available on some trains.
The Interrail One Country Pass is also valid in Norway. The Eurail Scandinavian Pass entitles non-European residents to unlimited rail travel in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Eurail Scandinavian Pass is available for rail travel of 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days within 1 month.
Note on the train journey
With a Bahncard with Railplus, seniors over 60 years of age receive a discount in Norway.
Traveling by ship
Ferries and hydrofoils dock at all coastal towns. Especially in western Norway, where the famous fjords are, many ferry routes start. Hurtigruten offers, among other things, 12-day round trips from Bergen to Kirkenes (near the Russian border), along the west coast of Norway. Ferries that can transport cars are also available. They stop at over 30 ports where it is easy to hop on and off. This route is also offered by Havila Voyages. There are small pedestrian ferries in many cities, big and small, such as in Bergen, Kristiansund and in Oslo, where these ferries connect the city with the islands in the Oslofjord. Catamarans and speedboats bridge places on the coast, which cannot be served by the railway. Excursions and cruises, both 1-day and multi-day, through the spectacular fjords of Norway are offered, for example, by Fjordtours. The Telemark Canal connects the coastal town of Skien with the inland towns of Dalen and Notodden via two waterways. Information on ferries and timetables from the Tourist Information Office of the Tourist Office.