Every city and town in Norway has a local bus service, and there is an extensive network of express coaches throughout the country.
Express coaches in general are an underrated way of travelling in Norway, which is a pity because they offer an extensive network of routes, also to more rural areas. Express coaches link all the major towns, airports and ferry terminals, and many of the coaches connect with each other and with local services.
Coach travel is usually a lot cheaper than travelling by plane or train. Most operators offer discounts to students, children, senior sitizens, and families. Many operators also encourage online booking in advance, and offer both discounts and guaranteed seating for those who do.
If you are travelling in a large group, you must book your ticket well in advance. Usually there is no problem bringing bikes and skis with you, as long as you pay a fee.
In the largest cities you will find bus stations and public transport information centres. Tourist information offices can also provide information about public buses.
You can buy your ticket on board, by telling the driver where you are going. One-day and weekly travel cards are available in some towns/cities, and these can be bought from the driver, kiosks and bus stations. In some cities, like Oslo and Trondheim, it is cheaper to buy your ticket before getting on the bus.
A long and craggy country, Norway has not always been as easy to get around as we'd like it to be. But modern conveniences have made it much easier than it once was. These days, there are trains, boats, roads, and a network of small airports, all making it quite practical to see any part of the country.
Keep calm and drive on. Driving a car is perhaps one of the best ways to experience Norway at your own pace.
NSB, the Norwegian State Railways, operates most passenger train services in Norway, and has a well-developed railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.
From ancient times, we Norwegians have been a seafaring people, not just because we love the sea, but because we have had to be.