Travel Within Norway


The best way to get around Norway is to take benefit of air passes that is valid to the whole region. If you're traveling comprehensively, special European passes are available. Norway's system of electric and diesel-electric trains runs as far as Bodø, 100km (62 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. Upgraded express trains, the fastest in the country interweave the mountainous terrain between Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and Trondheim. Norway’s has an enormously efficient public transport system and its trains, buses and ferries are often timed to connect with each other. The handy NSB Togruter, available free at most train stations, details rail timetables and includes information on linking buses. Boat and bus departures differ with the season and the day.


Inter-Rail and Eurail pass holders are allowed to discounts on some northern routes. A fine alternative to land travel is the Hurtigruten coastal ferryboat, which calls in at every considerable harbor between Bergenand Kirkenes. One thing that you should always watch out for, whether you’re travelling by bus, train or air, are cheaper minipris tickets; they’re generally available only if you book early and/or over the internet. Norway’s excellent system of ferries connects or else inaccessible, secluded communities with an all-embracing network of car ferries crisscrossing the fjords; express boats connect the country’s offshore islands to the mainland. Most ferries house motor vehicles, but express coastal services usually take only foot passengers and cyclists, as do the lake steamers.