A few decades ago Drammen had a reputation for being a somewhat grey industrial town. Today, however, you are greeted by fashionable surroundings and a modern city beach.
Drammen might be an excellent and easily accessible choice for everyone who wants to experience what a relatively large Norwegian town has to offer, only 30 minutes drive from Oslo.
Here you can combine relaxing urban life with golfing, a wilderness expedition, skiing or a ravine expedition a mere 10 minutes drive from the centre.
In the last few decades a lot has been done to visually improve the city. The new Ypsilon bridge which is for pedestrians and cyclists only has opened, the traffic was redirected, a new city beach was constructed, and the river was cleaned.
The facelift has been a success and with the introduction of new housing, shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a public pathway along the Drammenselva river, Drammen is today one of Norway’s fastest growing cities.
The Drammenselva river separates the two parts of the city, and is a good place to try salmon fishing. Extremely active fish preservation measures ensure that there are plenty of fish to catch, even in easily accessible waters.
For those who enjoy the nightlife, Drammen has a living music scene with Union Scene as a location for major Norwegian and international acts. The city is also home to one of Norway’s oldest theatres, Drammen Theatre.
Drammen is the capital of the county of Buskerud and is centrally located in the eastern and most populated part of Norway. Its close proximity to Oslo ensures that it is easy to get to the Drammen region and around.
Find more inspiration on Drammen’s official website (in Norwegian only).
Enjoy the things the Drammen region has to offer, like gorge jumping at Kjøsterudjuvet Canyon, play golf in picturesque surroundings, try salmon fishing in the Drammenselva river, or get the urban vibes with several shopping opportunities and restaurant alternatives.
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Several trains stop in Drammen, including the trains from Oslo to Bergen, Kristiansand and Stavanger, making this one of the busiest stations in Norway. Visit NSB’s official website for prices and timetables.
The Airport Express train Flytoget has a direct connection to Oslo Airport. You can also take the somewhat cheaper local train, which takes a bit longer.
Drammen is an important nexus for regional travel and has many and frequent connections by bus to elsewhere in Norway. Drammen is only a 40 minute drive from Oslo. Visit the Nor-Way Bussekspress website for prices and timetables.
There are several options for local bus transportation in the Drammen region.
Drammen is not far from Oslo, which has ferry connections to Fredrikshavn and Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as Kiel in Germany.
From Larvik near Sandefjord, there is a ferry service to and from Hirtshals in Denmark.
Drammen is a region with a well developed infrastructure. The main artery of the road network in the region is the E18, which stretches from Oslo through Drammen and all the way to Kristiansand in the south.
The E18 is a toll road if you cross Oslo’s borders.
Rv23 and E134, two other main roads in Southern Norway, also meet in Drammen.
Oslo Airport Gardermoen and Torp Sandefjord Airport are both international airports within 1 hour drive from Drammen. Oslo Airport is the major nexus for air travel in Norway, and has excellent connections for both foreign and domestic flights.
From Oslo Airport you can catch Flytoget directly to Drammen.