Domestic travel in Norway

By Airline

Long hauls in Norway is best done by airline. Norway is a long country and distances are greater than in most of the other European countries. You can fly from Oslo to most of the cities in Southern Norway in 1-2 hrs. The trip from Oslo to Tromsø will take about 2 hrs. Prizing on tickets vary greatly. The best prizes are often given for tickets booked well in advance.

By Train

Apart from local trains in the Oslo area, the railway system is not very extensive in Norway and serves only a few main-routes; from Oslo to Stavanger, Bergen, Åndalsnes, Trondheim and Bodø. Anyway, if you're aiming at the mountains you will find that you usually will have to use train, at least on parts of your journey. Trains in Norway are operated by NSB, Norwegian State Railways. Tickets are fairly expensive, but usually cheaper than airline. There are special discounts for youth, students, children and families.

By Bus

In most of the more remote parts of Norway, the only way to travel public is to use bus. The bus network is comprehensive and reliable, operated by "Nor-Way bussekspress" which is a cooperation between many local operators. You can go by bus virtually everywhere, but be aware that there is often only one or two buses each day. In some areas the service will be cut back in the winter because of bad weather at mountain - passes.

By Boat

On the coast there are a number of local boat-services linking cities to nearby areas. These can be a very nice way to travel as you can stand on deck admiring the fjord-landscape as you go. Major Catamaran routes include Stavanger-Bergen, Bergen-Sogndal (Sognefjord), Bergen-Måløy (Nordfjord), Trondheim-Kristiansund and various routes around Bodø.

If you go with bus or car in Western Norway you will probably not avoid using ferries. All the fjords and islands make ferries a necessary part of the road-network. Most crossings only take about 10 minutes and will cost about 50 NOK for a car and 15 NOK for a person. When driving, just follow the signs.

The coastal steamer is a route of cruise-ships travelling from Bergen along the coast to Kirkenes and back. Travellers with the coastal-steamer are both tourists traveling all the way and local people doing only daytrips. The steamer uses 7 days from Bergen to Kirkenes. A full cruise Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen will cost about 11000 NOK.

By Car

Taking your own car to Norway can be a very nice experience. Be aware of the special driving conditions in the country, especially in the winter.

The road-network in Norway is not as comprehensive as you will find elsewhere in Europe, but this is mostly due to our special nature. Steep mountains and severe weather-conditions makes a lot of tunnels, bridges and ferries necessary. If you take your car, be sure to check out local conditions, especially if you come in winter. Remember that the main roads often not are the roads with the best sights, as these normally has been designed for local transport. This often means many tunnels, and you risk ending up seeing only the inside of Norway! If you bring your car, be sure to use your opportunity to see small places off the mainstream road.

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