Getting to Norway

Getting to Norway

Terje Rakke/Nordic Life -

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Getting to Norway

Norway shares land borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia, and you will find a wide selection of transport options to Norway.

Crossing borders are usually hassle-free, but all travellers - other than citizens from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland - require a passport to enter Norway.

By plane

Norway is well served by domestic airlines with about 50 airports and airfields.

The biggest airport is Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, 45km (28 miles) northeast of Oslo. Here most of the international traffic arrives and is served by several international airlines and regional carriers like SAS, British Airways, Norwegian Air, Finnair and Widerøe. The airport has flights from around 140 destinations abroad. Often you have to change planes in order reaching your final destination in Norway.

Other international airports in Norway are located close to the cities of Bergen, Kristiansand, Moss, Sandefjord, Stavanger, Tromsø, and Trondheim.

From Oslo Airport it is easy to reach Oslo city centre in 20 minutes by Flytoget Airport Express Train. Express buses and local trains are also available.

International flights to Norway

There are direct flights to Norway from East and West of the continental USA and several destinations in Europe.

If you are travelling from Australia or New Zealand, you'll need to connect via an airport in Asia, the Middle East, or Europe.


By train

Numerous rail services have connections to other places in the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. There are frequent connections to Oslo from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Götenborg. It is also possible to get to northern Norway from Stockholm with Trondheim and Narvik as the main destinations.

The national trains served by NSB, the Norwegian Railways.

Most rail journeys from Europe are overnight, and all have sleeping compartments. A variety of discount passes is available for train travel in Europe and Norway.


By boat

It is possible to take a ferry between Norway and Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. Most ferry operators offer package deals that include both car and passengers.

Cruises to Norway

There are several cruise lines to Norway, and the country is a popular cruise destination. Many are sailing to the Norwegian Fjords and the seaside city Bergen, but also cities as Tromsø, Hammerfest, Trondheim and Ålesund are on many itineraries.


By car

Most visitors arrive in Norway by car from Sweden, but it is also possible from Finland and Russia.

The major roads going to Norway is European route E6. It runs from Sweden, and you are crossing the border at Svinesund in south-east Norway.

From Finland, you take E8 which runs through Turku, Vaasa and Oulu before you cross the border at Kilpisjärvi

Full passport control checks are at the Norwegian-Russian land border crossing between Borisoglebsky and Storskog.

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