How to reach Norway
Flying is the fastest way to reach Norway from India. Norway has around 98 airports, but the busiest one is Oslo Gardermoen Airport. It handles most international flights coming into Norway. From India, you can take a flight to Norway from all the major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. However, there are no direct flights between these two countries.
Most flights to Norway from India are routed through Europe while a few go through the Middle East. All flights have at least one stopover in between. Turkish Airlines, Air France, Qatar Airways, KLM, Aeroflot, Swiss Air and Finnair are some of the international airlines operating flights between these India and Norway.
The Gardermoen Airport is located around 45 km from the city centre. A local train is the most affordable option to reach the city and the journey takes 23-25 minutes. The local trains run at 20-minute intervals. The next pocket-friendly option is the bus which takes 45 minutes and runs every 20 minutes. A taxi is the most expensive option but offers better connectivity. The Flytoget Airport Express Train is probably the most convenient way to get into the city. There’s one every 10 minutes during daytime and accompanied children under 16 years can travel for free.
Norway is surprisingly well-connected with its Scandinavian neighbours and most of Europe by rail. Oslo Central Station is the main rail hub that receives international trains. The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) runs international trains on a fairly regular basis. They connect Oslo to Stockholm, Helsingborg, Hamburg, Berlin, Copenhagen and Malmo.
Most of the train journeys into Norway are overnight journeys and almost all trains have comfortable sleeping compartments. The train routes in Norway are some of the most scenic ones in the world giving you spectacular views of the fjords, mountains and the Arctic Circle. If you’re travelling from Europe you can find some good discounts on train tickets.
To experience one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, fly to Denmark, Sweden or any European country from India. From there you can proceed to Oslo by train.
If you’d rather drive into Norway, you can do so from Finland, Sweden or Russia. The journey may be longer than a train ride but will be as spectacular. If you start from Sweden, you will have to take the E6 highway. It passes through Malmo, Helsingborg and Gothenburg before arriving in Norway through the Svinesund border crossing.
From Finland the E8 highway brings you into Norway through the Kilpisjärvi border crossing running through Turku, Vaasa and Oulu on the way. The other alternative by road is the bus. Copenhagen in Denmark and Gothenburg in Sweden have an hourly bus service to Norway. Ask around for good deals as there are many operators selling tickets at lower prices. The bus is the best way to reach Norway by road if you do not want the hassle of rental car.
Norway’s sprawling coastline offers you the chance to get into Norway by boat, which is a journey full of stunning beauty. Most of the cruises operating in the vicinity call upon Norwegian ports and fjords around cities such as Ålesund, Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim. Alternately, there are regular ferry routes starting from Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Check for package deals and child discounts.
Norway’s state-run railways, the NSB, operates an efficient rail system that connects major cities such as Åndalsnes, Bergen, Bodø, Fauske, Stavanger and Trondheim with Oslo. Though a bit limited in connectivity, the trains are spacious and offer free wi-fi. Book your tickets online in advance and you can avail of heavily discounted minipris fares.
Every town in Norway has a local bus service that will take you around town and nearby areas. Nor-Way Bussekspress is the largest long-distance bus operator of Norway. It ties up with local bus services to provide an excellent bus connectivity. One thing to note is that the mountain routes do not operate in winters. Book your tickets online for substantial discounts.
Taxis in Norway are expensive and are to be used as a last option. They accept payment in Kroners or through credit cards. You can get a taxi at any of the taxi stands or order one over the phone. Norway’s steep car rental prices coupled with high fuel costs make car rental an expensive way to get around in Norway. You can get good deals online, but fuel is not discounted.
You can visit Norway’s Farr-off islands by local ferries that operate from the beautiful fjords. There are 11 ferries that operate internally. They include restaurants and some of them can even take cars. It is an unhurried way to get around Norway.
Norway’s magical beauty has to be experienced to be believed. Whichever way you choose to travel, Thomas Cook will plan an amazing holiday for you. Book your Norway Tour Package online. Norway tourism is absolutely amazing and there are many places to visit in Norway too. Also check out the best time to visit Norway.