How to travel to Norway

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

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


Flights to Norway

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 to reach your final destination in Norway.

Other international airports in Norway are located close to 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 the East and West of the continental USA and several European destinations.

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


See more: Airports in Norway 


Travel 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.

NSB, the Norwegian Railways, serve the national trains.

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.



Travel 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 cars and passengers.

Cruises to Norway

There are several cruise lines in Norway and many popular cruise destinations. Many are sailing to the Norwegian Fjords and the seaside city of Bergen, but cities such as Tromsø, Hammerfest, Trondheim, and Ålesund are on many itineraries.


Travel by car

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

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

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

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