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Ways to get around

Don't underestimate distances in Norway, if you want to see all regions of the country, you need time and also a budget for travelling.

Did you know that by turning Norway upside down, keeping the southernmost end in place, the country would go all the way down to Rome? If you come to Oslo and foresee a day trip to the fjords or to the North Cape, you will be disappointed. To plan your trip, you can visit Ruteinfo.no , this site gives a quite comprehensive overview of air, rail, bus and boat transport with timetables.

 

There are possibilities to get reasonable prices both with trains and airplanes, but then you need either to be flexible or to plan well in advance. Student or youth discounts vary between the companies, but it can be useful to get an ISIC card before you go.

 

The national railway offers "Minipris" , tickets that cost from as little as NOK 249 (single), whatever the length of your journey. Trains run from Stavanger in the south-west, through Kristiansand, Oslo, Trondheim all the way up north to Bodø. The scenic Bergensbanen runs from Oslo to Bergen on the western coast. Student discounts on train tickets are only given to students in Norwegian institutions or Norwegian citizens studying abroad. However, if you get a ticket at minipris, the discount is more important.

 

If train is not an option, buses run almost everywhere (see Ruteinfo, further up). Rules for discount vary, but many will provide either a youth discount or acccept an ISIC card. If you have little time and a bit more money, check out SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe for flights throughout the country.

 

You can easily get around with a car, but remember that highways are scarce and speed limits often are at 70 km/h.