Which is the best way to get to Norway?
If you want to travel to the northern European kingdom for the first time, you often have to ask yourself the question: what is the best way to travel to Norway? The possibilities seem very diverse - but what is better and how can I save on this?
From our experience of nearly thirty trips with almost all means of transport to Norway, the decision has to be made dependent on the following points:
- Which region would you like to visit in Norway?
- How long will / want to stay in Norway?
- In which season should the trip take place?
- What budget do you have available?
- Where does the journey to Norway (Southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, East Germany etc.) start?
- What do you plan on activities in Norway (hut vacation, road trip or round trip etc.)?
For us there was a clear dividing line at the height of the city of Trondheim: Traveling north of it we usually plan with the plane and south of Trondheim we are mostly by car (including ferry crossing) on the way. Exceptions, such as a road trip on the Kystriksveien (Helgelandskysten / Nordland) by car, of course, confirm every rule ...
Of course, when traveling with a motorhome, the distance and then the way is usually the destination. Thus, tours to the North Cape or the Lofoten are no problem - at least if you have enough time for it. From our experience, this usually provides a quick return trip through Sweden, while the other route then runs in peace and enjoyment through Norway. In any case, you should plan for at least three weeks, because after all, you want to see much of the country and has "by the way" something to cover the 4000 kilometers on normal roads and not on highways.
Read here from our experiences, recommendations and saves with our insider tips something of your own travel budget. Let's start with the most used transport-the ferry.
1. Traveling by car AND the ferry (Germany or Denmark-Norway)
Minigalerie "Fahrverbindung über den Ostsee"
(Click on the picture to enlarge the view)
Fast and often relatively cheap (plus more in our Spartips) one travels to Norway with most of the major ferry lines. The following ferries are recommended for a fast and inexpensive crossing:
Often the short ferry crossings are associated with intermediate overnight stays on the entire route. In this respect, one should perhaps consciously plan a longer ferry passage, book a cabin on board and arrive at the destination in such a relaxed way.
If you want to enjoy the ferry at the same time as a sleeping possibility (in the cabin or in a chair) and therefore much more comfort, you should therefore better choose one of the following connections (travel time 12 hours and more):
When traveling with dogs, different rules and regulations apply to ferry companies. These are summarized below for the major companies / shipping companies with these links:
- COLOR-LINE: regulations on the ferries of the Color-Line
- STENA-LINE: provisions on the ferries of the Stenaline
- FJORD-LINE: destinations on Fjordline ferries
- SCANDLINES: regulations on the ferries of the Scandlines
- The ferry should be booked long term (about six months before the scheduled crossing). From experience, the prices rise until the departure and there is very rarely a last minute offer.
- Due to different price levels, different demand and exchange rate fluctuations, it is often much cheaper to book directly on the Norwegian pages of the ferry operator. To do this, simply enter ".no" manually in the Internet addresses (see the links in our table above) instead of a ".de". If you have previously gone through the booking process on the German-speaking side once, you can also easily on the foreign->
- If you plan a ferry crossing long term, you should sign up for the newsletter on the relevant ferry lines. For example, Stenaline offers its newsletter subscribers certain specials and exclusive promotions in which you can save drastically.
- Anyone planning to travel to the North more often should consider one of the club memberships at one or more shipping companies. Whatever the program with each provider means: It can be saved in any case similar to the airlines a lot or accumulate a credit. This can partly redeem on board in the restaurants or in the duty-free shop.
- In any case, try to avoid the peak holiday season and the classic travel days. A crossing on a Wednesday in the preseason is almost always much cheaper than a ferry crossing on the popular changeover day for most cabins, Saturday in the main season.
- Many companies / shipping companies offer a small advantage when booking directly online ("Cancellation of service charge"). Our price comparisons have shown that the booking platforms and the well-known portals offer extremely rare and only in exceptional cases a cheaper price than the shipping companies themselves.
2. Arriving by car AND the ferry (over / through Sweden)
Another and often cheaper alternative than the direct ferry crossing from Denmark or Germany to Norway offers a journey via Sweden. One can among other things use the so-called bird flight line (in Danish: Fugleflugtslinjen ) for this variant of the journey.
This route passes through the islands of Fehmarn, Lolland, Falster and Zealand and you drive between Puttgarden and Rødby almost twenty kilometers by ferry (travel time is about one hour / does not have to be booked in advance) over the Fehmarnbelt. Alternatively, for this section, if you are traveling from the east of Germany, the ferry passage from Rostock to Gedser (Denmark).
In any case you can either use the Helsingør (Denmark) ferry - Helsingborg (Sweden) (travel time about 20 minutes / does not have to be booked in advance) or the Öresund Bridge (more on this in the next section) to Sweden for the rest of the trip to Sweden drive.
With the big companies ( Scandlines / Stenaline * / TT-Line ) you can also translate directly from Rostock to Trelleborg (Sweden). From Saßnitz (island of Rügen) the Stenaline * also offers a connection to Trelleborg (Sweden). The onward journey for all the connections mentioned here then takes place in / on Sweden on well-developed roads to Norway and takes on average six hours to Oslo.
For those who prefer a bit more comfortable, we recommend the ferry connection from Kiel to Gothenburg with the Stenaline * . For one, this connection is not quite as price intensive as the variant Kiel-Oslo with the Color-Line. On top of that, you do not have to drive quite that far through Sweden, especially since the congestion in front of Gothenburg is usually quite high. From Gothenburg to Oslo you only need about 3 hours.
A rather unusual ferry connection to travel to Norway, the route from Frederikshavn to Gothenburg is also with Stenaline * , but for the sake of completeness we would also like to mention these. It may be suitable for stays in southeastern Norway.
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3. Only by car (via Sweden)
If you do not want to use a ferry, you can alternatively use the land route through Denmark and Sweden and drive over the Øresund Bridge and the Storebelt Bridge . The Øresund Bridge is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge for combined road and rail transport and definitely an experience in itself. Among other things, this impressive structure is known for the Scandinavian TV crime drama "The Bridge". Unfortunately, this crossing is often worthwhile in terms of time and finances, but not more.
The route between Germany and Sweden is 160 km longer than the so-called Jutland line, and over the bird flight line with the partial ferry passages (see previous paragraph). Both large bridges mentioned above require a not inconsiderable toll for the passage - whereby clever saving options exist here. The regular passage for a car under 6 meters in length (one way) costs on the Storebeltbrücke (Stand 2019) 35, - Euro and on the Öresundbrücke (Stand 2019) 48, - Euro with an online ticket (pay in advance and buy) or 53, - Euro when paying locally at the tollbooth. Is not cheaper? But it works ...
- If you have a key / chip of the well-known Scandinavian providers, there is a discount of 5% on the Storebeltbrücke. All chips / keys / transponders of the Northern European consortium " EASY GO " are accepted. These include BROBIZZ (DENMARK) / AUTOPASS (NORWAY) / BROPAS (ÖRESUNDBRÜCKEN KONSORTIUM)
- It is recommended for the route over the Öresundbrücke the purchase of a key and thus a subscription from BROPAS ( LINK to the order / minimum term 1 year / regular annual fee 42.- Euro). This gives you a small discount on the Storebelt bridge and can use the Öresundbrücke barely for half price. It is obvious that this already counts for the return trip .... You then have to decide if you want to cancel at the end of the year and return the key or keep using it .... Like all other BROPAS chips, you can also use them for different ferries, tolls in Scandinavia and the like, as BROPAS is a member of the EASYGO consortium.
But if you enter in the order via our link in the action code "LalandiaSE" (as of January 2018), the first year of membership and thus the key is free !!UPDATE January 2019: Unfortunately, this discount code is no longer valid and currently no new code is known to save the annual fee for the BROPAS. We keep that in mind and publish here the new discount code as soon as it's known.
- If you would like to combine the Öresund Bridge with a Vogelfluglinie ferry service, you should order a discounted combination ticket for the ferry and bridge passage in advance via this link . That also helps to save ..
If you are looking for more information on the Öresund Bridge, including the hotspots for the best photo opportunities and much more, then do not hesitate to visit the professionally and lovingly designed website of Sweden-vacationers .
4. With the plane
There are a lot of good air connections to Norway from many German cities. Directly from some destinations in Germany you can reach the Norwegian cities of Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger. The connection Berlin-Trondheim was currently (2017) set.
Due to the great demand for the "Northern Lights season" in winter, there are currently constantly new direct connections in the winter season. In the meantime Lufthansa is flying from selected German airports in the winter directly to Tromsø.
For the arrival by plane, the well-known and renowned Scandinavian airlines offer themselves mainly:
Within Norway, most airlines are served by Widerøe . With its propeller machines, the Norwegian airline serves connections in almost 50 cities in Norway.
Interesting is the "Norwegian Explorer Ticket", with which you can fly within 14 days in 42 Norwegian cities-criss-cross and as much and as often as you want ...
- From our point of view, Norwegian Air offers the best value for money. However, one should compare all prices and consider. Possibly also offers a combination of both airlines (SAS and Norwegian). Once we flew with the Norwegian from Berlin-Schönefeld to Tromsø (change in Oslo) and used the SAS for the return flight, with which we had to land in Berlin-Tegel (SAS only heads for this airport in Berlin). Despite the planned 50.- Euro for the taxi ride to our car, which was still at the airfield Berlin-Schoenefeld, we have thereby saved a considerable amount.
- Flights in any case book long term. The low-price calendar on the websites of airlines often helps to find the cheapest days and constellations.
- Always park near the airport at one of the many service providers that offer this parking and shuttle service. In Berlin-Schönefeld we always use BER airport parking .
- In Norway, rental cars are slightly more expensive than in Germany. However, it becomes outrageously expensive to plan a one-way rental (renting and dropping off the vehicle at different locations). Unfortunately, we had to make this experience because we had to book the rental car for a tour from Bodo to Trondheim, after we had already planned and booked our flights so ... .Also avoids this variant and then tries in the country rather to plan tours.
- The bonus and reward system is very attractive and provides an easy way to build up appropriate credit that you can already use on the next flight. So if you want to go to the North more often in the future, just sign up for the bonus program of Norwegian Air.
5. By train
The locomotive of the Flåm Railway (as the real Norwegian name) in the station of Myrdal
This variant of the journey is only recommended if you have a lot of time (and / or railway fan is). In Norway, the rail network is not so widespread in relation to the neighboring countries. Mainly in the metropolitan areas and partly in the traffic in between one puts on the railway traffic. Of course, there are touristic railways in the country, such as the Flåm Railway or the Raumabanen .
From Germany to Copenhagen and then via Sweden to Oslo you need at least 16 hours by train. Information can be found at:
6. By bus
By bus you also need about 16 hours and you pay in the meantime (unfortunately) often more than for a plane ticket or a ferry passage. Information about how to get there you will find:
In any case, we wish you GOD TUR and a good journey to Norway !!
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