If you enjoy being independent and driving on quiet roads through magnificent scenery
it is well worth taking your own car or hiring one. A car will also give you access
to a much greater choice of accommodation than is possible with public transport,
which could well help to keep overall costs down Norwegian roads were once famous
for their narrowness and poor quality but most have been completely rebuilt and widened
in recent years with many tunnels to avoid the more hair-raising sections. Some of
the feats of engineering are astonishing, with numerous mountains and fjords traversed
by extraordinarily long tunnels and wonderfully elegant bridges.
If you do not have much experience of driving on the right hand side of the road
then Norway is the ideal place to start. Apart from in the biggest towns and cities
there is generally very little traffic by UK standards at least, and driving is conducted
at a fairly leisurely pace. The standard national speed limit is 80km/hr (50mph)
on most main roads and this is rigidly enforced by speed cameras and police checkpoints.
Most drivers therefore stick to the speed limit and simply relax and enjoy the scenery
rolling by. We suggest you do the same. Any slow vehicles that build up queues of
traffic behind them are required by law to pull over at regular intervals to let
following traffic pass, so overtaking is rarely necessary.
This means that journey times might be longer than you expect, but we think you will
find the time is spent much more enjoyably than racing down a crowded motorway. A
good rule of thumb for journey times is 1km per minute
Navigation is also very staightforward as there are very few roads and rarely any
choice about the best way from A to B, which can also help to make a motoring holiday
in Norway much less stressful than in other countries.
Click here for more detailed information about motoring in Norway, or on the link
Norway is served by an extensive and very reliable network of public transport, which
can easily be used to make quite extensive holiday tours. These include trains, long
distance express buses and local buses, and there are also many express passenger
boats along the fjords and to the many islands along the coast. Some combinations
work better than others of course, and this is where we can help you plan a sensible
A great surprise for British visitors at least is that train, bus and boat services
often connect with each other. Timekeeping is so good that connecting services are
often only a few minutes apart, and the next service will wait for arrival of the
other, even if it should be a little late.
Services generally are regular and reliable though often not very frequent, so it
is essential to plan carefully if you want to travel without a car. It is worth noting
that services are often non-existent on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.
Click here for more detailed information about public transport in Norway, or click
on the link above.
An ever increasing number of regional flights is available at low fares such that
flying can be seriously considered as an alternative to long distance train or bus
travel. More details can be found on the Travel to Norway page.
The Atlantic Road near Kristiansund.
Car ferry on the Sognefjord.
The Oslo - Bergen railway.
Car ferries operate all year round with frequent, reliable services.