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Getting to Norway

It's easy to get to your dream destination in Norway
There are direct flights to Norway from many cities around the world. You also have the option of travelling by ship, train, bus, or car, with excellent connections to Scandinavia, Europe, and the rest of the world.
A Norwegian Air shuttle flying over Flytoget Airport Express train outside Oslo
Getting to Norway.
Photo: Flytoget / www.flytoget.no
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By plane

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Oslo Airport is Norway's main hub, with scheduled flights to and from more than 100 international destinations. Oslo is also the main domestic hub from which it is easy to fly to your final destination in Norway.

There are also many international and domestic connections to Bergen, Kristiansand, Sandefjord, Stavanger, Tromsø, and Trondheim.

All major cities and towns have airports offering both international and domestic flights. In fact, there are more than 50 airports in Norway, making even remote places such as the Lofoten Islands, the North Cape, and the Svalbard Islands easily accessible by plane. Norwegian carrier Widerøe has connections to 41 airports in Norway.

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By train

An extensive rail network links Norway to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. There are regular train connections to Oslo from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Most train journeys from the continent are overnight, and you will find sleeping compartments on all of them. A variety of discount passes are available for train travel in Europe and Norway. 

Having arrived in Norway, it's easy to explore the country by train on some of the world's most beautiful railways.

By car

There are numerous border crossings with motorway connections to Sweden. Norway also borders Russia and Finland. 

Whether you enter Norway from Sweden, Finland or Russia, customs checks are in place. Full passport control checks are conducted at the Russian border crossing between Borisoglebsky and Storskog.

From Sweden: The E6 motorway runs through Malmö, Helsingborg, and Gothenburg in Sweden, before crossing the border at Svinesund in the south-east of Norway. From Finland: The E8 motorway runs through Turku, Vaasa and Oulu in Finland before crossing the border at Kilpisjärvi.

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By bus

You can reach Norway by bus from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Russia.

Bus service from Gothenburg in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark are almost hourly, with many daily departures. The service from Stockholm is also far more frequent than the train. Numerous operators offer inexpensive bus tickets between major cities in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

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A red bus driving through the mountain and lake landscape in Northwest, Fjord Norway
Northwest.
Photo: Samuel Taipale / Visitnorway.com

By ship

There are regular ferry routes to Norway from Denmark, Germany, and Sweden. Most operators offer package deals for cars with passengers and discounts for seniors, students, and children.

Starting in April 2022, you can sail aboard the first direct overnight ferry between Eemshaven in the Netherlands and Kristiansand in Norway. Holland Norway Lines MS Romantika will be crossing the North Sea, with several departures per week.

If you want to sail your own boat to Norway, there are guest marinas with facilities all along the coast.

Many cruise lines call at Norwegian ports, mostly by the fjords and in pretty coastal cities such as Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund, Trondheim, and Oslo. Others offer cruises to the Svalbard Islands, Honningsvåg, Tromsø, Hammerfest, and Bodø in North Norway.

Set sail on a northern lights cruise in the winter or experience the midnight sun on deck in the summer! One of the most popular cruise lines in Norway is the historical coastal express Hurtigruten, which has often been named “The world’s most beautiful voyage”.

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