By car to Norway
When travelling to Norway with your own car, the first question is whether to drive as many road kilometres as possible and cross the sea only on the shortest (and therefore relatively cheap) ferry routes. Or whether a correspondingly more expensive "sea voyage" should be chosen instead of possible land connections. Since completion of the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, one can also get to Norway without a ferry.
- By land to Norway: On the Hamburg-Oslo route (about 12 hours), the toll for the bridges over the Great Belt and the Øresund is 63 euros, for caravan/camper 106 euros (one way). The trip over the Øresund Bridge is an experience for si
- Others opt for the main routes, which lead across the Danish islands to Sweden with two ferries each way.
- Another option is to cross Jutland to the Swedish west coast: here you can even get from Frederkishavn to Gothenburg using just one car ferry. It takes about 3 hours to cross the Kattegat.
- Even more comfortable is the ferry connection Kiel-Oslo - travel time about 12 hours or more. On the crossing you have the possibility of an overnight stay on board.
Tip for car drivers: In Norway, mainly the numbered national roads (Riksweg) and, in the vicinity of some larger cities, the motorways and motorways (Motorveg) are important. In the mountains of southern Norway and along rocky fjord shores, the roads are often narrow and winding. Here, good driving technique is a prerequisite for safe and enjoyable riding. Note: When encountering difficult places, the uphill rider always has the right of way.
Saving tips for the bridge passages: Chips/keys/transponders of the Northern European consortium "Easy Go" with Brobizz (Denmark), Bropas (Øresund Bridge) and Autopass (Norway) are accepted.
If you want to combine the Øresund Bridge with a ferry connection on the Vogelfluglinie, you should order a combined ticket for the ferry and bridge passage.
By ferry to Norway
Probably the most beautiful journey to Norway. You can find all information about the journey by ferry in our article: By ferry to Norway
By plane to Norway
In the Scandinavian area there is a relatively dense flight network. All larger towns up to Lapland are easy to reach - especially with connecting flights from the country's capital Oslo. The most important airport is located here. It offers up to 140 scheduled flights. However, you should be prepared to change planes one or more times to get to your final destination.
All major cities have airports. From more than 50 airports you have the opportunity to travel to remote places such as the Lofoten Islands or the North Cape.
- Lufthansa and SAS offer direct flights from Germany and Austria to Oslo. In summer, Lufthansa also flies to Bergen and Stavanger.
- Norwegian Air operates direct flights from several German cities to Oslo and also serves the Berlin-Bergen route.
- SAS (Scandinavien Airlines) flies direct to Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Trondheim via Copenhagen.
- Ryanair flights to Haugesund and Sandefjord are also attractive.
- There are also year-round flights with KLM via Amsterdam to Bergen and Stavanger.
- Different fares help to save money. The cheapest way is to book online. Various comparison websites offer the greatest transparency about the often confusing range of flights.
- The "Norwegian Explorer Ticket" is also interesting. Within 14 days you can fly to 42 cities - as often as you like.
- Most airlines are served within the country by "Widerøe. The Norwegian airline maintains connections to almost 50 cities in Norway with its propeller planes.
Take the train to Norway
Travelling by train is the most expensive alternative. From Berlin you pay about 320 Euro for a train ticket in 2nd class. In general, this option is only recommended if you have a lot of time or are a fan of train travel. The railway network in Norway is not as extensive as in the neighbouring countries. But the Norwegian Railways (NSB) have modern electric and diesel trains. The tourist coaches with reclining seats are among the most comfortable in Europe.
- From Hamburg the train goes via Copenhagen, Malmö and Gothenburg to Oslo. Duration about 13 hours and at least two changes.
- For all long-distance trains, book early.
The railway network in Norway consists of the following five railway lines:
- The Bergen Railway connects Oslo with Bergen and reaches 1301 metres at its highest point.
- You can also take the Dovre Railway from Oslo through the Gudbrandsdal valley to Trondheim. On the way you pass the Dovrefjell. Its side line (Raumabahn) can easily compete with the Flåm Railway for its wealth of natural beauty.
- Parallel to the Dovre Railway, the Røros Railway runs through the Østerdal valley between Oslo and Trondheim.
- The Valdres Railway runs to Fagernes in beautiful Valdres. Meanwhile, the Sørland Railway runs around the entire Norwegian south coast from Oslo via Kristiansand to Stavanger and via other branch lines to picturesque coastal towns.
- The Nordland Railway is the last major railway line. More and more travellers are taking it from Trondheim across the Arctic Circle to the land of the midnight sun. The railway goes via Fauske to Bodø. From Fauske you can continue your journey with the Nord-Norge bus more than 1300 kilometres northwards to Kirkenes. The journey takes about 4 days.
By long-distance bus to Norway
Buses play an important role in Norwegian travel. However, when travelling by long-distance bus, plan for at least 16 hours of travel time. The bus journey can start in Hamburg. Destinations are Oslo (15 hours) and Stavanger (19 hours).
Good to know: Meanwhile, you often pay more by bus than for a ferry passage or for a plane ticket.
You can plan your trip by long-distance bus with "NOR-WAY Bussekpress" (www.nor-way.no or www.eurolines.com).
Oslo can be easily reached by long-distance bus from most major cities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The buses almost always run at night.
Inland, where the railways do not go on, buses carry passengers: between the valleys in the east, over the mountain passes to the fjords, from fjord to fjord and into the far north. The drivers are efficient, careful and courteous, but rarely speak foreign languages. Your expectation to learn more about the sights during the bus ride is not likely to be fulfilled.
What is the best way to get there?
No matter how you explore the country, you can expect magnificent landscape impressions.
A good orientation is provided by the city of Trondheim. South of Trondheim, the car is usually used, including the ferry crossing. North of Trondheim, you usually plan your trip by plane.
In our opinion, "Norwegian Air" offers the best price-performance ratio for air travel. Nevertheless, a constant price comparison is worthwhile. Please note that rental cars in Norway are somewhat more expensive than in Germany.
A final estimation of the journey time seems to be relative. The ferry crossing is both entertaining and comfortable. Free of any stress you reach your destination. The costs remain manageable. In any case, they are significantly lower than the cost of travelling by plane, bus or train. In the price ratio to the journey by car via bridge passages, they hardly differ.
Ultimately, the final decision is based on your preferences. If you like to tour from place to place, you will feel most comfortable in a motorhome. The bridge route is a comfortable way to get to Norwegian territory in your own vehicle. In most cases, you will have determined your route and chosen your accommodation accordingly.
Others enjoy the crossing with the ferry and sail relaxed into the land of the fjords.