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Norway Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Domestic flights are run by:

 Braathens ASA (BU)
 Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY)
 SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK)
 Widerøe’s Flyveselskap (WF)

A total of 50 airports with scheduled services exist in the fjord country of western Norway and along the coast.

Charter sea or land planes are available at most destinations.

Airfare tickets are available for families, children under 12 years of age (who pay half price), groups and pensioners at reduced prices.

For further information, contact Widerøe Flyveselskap A/S (telephone number: 8100 1200, website: www.wideroe.no).

Sea

All coastal towns are served by ferries, catamarans and hydrofoils.

The Hurtigruten Express from Bergen to Kirkenes (close to the Russian border) takes 11 days round trip, leaving daily and stopping at 35 ports on the west coast.

There are also numerous companies operating cruises on Norway’s spectacular fjords.

Norway Fjord Cruise AS,
Sagnefjordvegen 40
N-6863
Leikanger
Norway

Telephone number: 5765 6999
Fax: 5765 6990
e-mail: nfc@fjordcruise.no
website: www.fjordcruise.com


Rail

The rail services are run by NSB (Norwegian State Railways) (telephone number: 8150 0888 (dial '4' for an English-speaking operator).

The main internal rail routes are:

 Oslo–Trondheim (Dovre Line)
 Trondheim–Bodø (Nordland Railway)
 Oslo–Bergen (Bergen Railway)
 Oslo–Stavanger (Sorland Railway)

There are also services to Charlottenburg (Stockholm) and Halden (Malmö) on routes to Sweden. Seats on express trains must be reserved. There are buffet and restaurant cars on some of the trains, and sleepers on long-distance overnight services. Any heavy luggage may be sent in advance. Children under 4 years of age travel free, children 4 to 14 years of age pay half the fare.

The ScanRail Pass, valid for all of Scandinavia, offers a substantial reductions. For further information, contact NSB (Norwegian State Railways) or the Norwegian Tourist Board
.

Road

Traffic drives on the right in Norway. The road system is of variable quality, especially under freezing winter conditions up in the north, but supplemented by numerous car ferries across the fjords.

Bus

Principal long-distance internal bus routes are from:

  (in Telemark) to Haugesund (travel time – 8 hours)
 Ålesund–Molde–Kristiansund to Trondheim (travel time – 8 hours)
 Fauske to Kirkenes (travel time – 4 days) with links to the Bø line in the north.

Inter-Nordic runs from Trondheim to Stockholm. There are also extensive regional local bus services, some of which are operated by companies with interests in the ferries.

Visitors can contact NOR-WAY Bussekspress AS for seat reservations and route information (telephone number: 8154 4444, fax number: 2200 1631, e-mail: ruteinformasjon@nor-way.no, website: www.nor-way.no).

The official Rutehefte is a must for anyone using public transport, and gives extensive timetable information and maps of all bus, train, ferry and air routes.

Taxi

Taxi fares are metered and can be found at ranks or booked by telephone.

Car hire

Available at the airports and in most towns, but quite expensive, in general, problems of cost and parking make public transport a more practical and convenient option.

Regulations

 The minimum age for driving in Norway is 18 years.

 Tolls, ranging from NOK5-50, are charged on certain cross-country roads, underwater tunnels and in certain cities such as Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim.

 There are severe penalties for drink-driving and illegal parking.

 Seat belts are compulsory.

 Children under 12 years of age must travel in the back of the car.

 It is obligatory for all vehicles to drive with dipped headlights at all times, even on the brightest summer day. This includes motorcycles and mopeds.

 Carrying a spare set of headlight bulbs is recommended.

 Speed limits are 80 to 90kph (49 to 56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas.

 Snow chains or studded winter tyres are advised during the winter months.

 Petrol stations are numerous, although tourist are only able to use credit cards in some.

The contact for AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) is:

The Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF)
PO Box 6682 Etterstad,
0609

Telephone number: 2234 1400
Fax number: 2233 1372
e-mail: medlemsservice@naf.no
Website: www.naf.no

Documentation

 International Driving Permit or national driving licence and log book are required.

 A Green Card is strongly recommended (for those with more than Third Party cover on their domestic policy). Without it, visitors with motor insurance in their own countries are allowed the minimum legal cover in Norway, the Green Card tops this up to the level of insurance cover provided by the visitor’s own policy.

 The maximum legal blood to alcohol ratio is 0.5 per cent.

Urban

Excellent public transport systems operate in the main towns. Oslo has bus, rail, metro and tramway services.

Tickets are pre-purchased and self-cancelled, and there is 1 hour’s free transfer between any of the modes.

Travel times
  Air Road Rail
Bergen
0.35 9.00 8.00
Kristiansand
0.30 5.00 5.00
Lillehammer
0.20 3.00 2.30
Stavanger
0.35 7.00 8.00
Tromsø
1.40 20.00 -
Trondheim
0.40 10.00 8.00
 
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