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Local transport

Local Transport

Bus

Nearly every town in Norway supports a network of local buses, which circulate around the town centre and also connect it with outlying areas. In many smaller towns, the local bus terminal is adjacent to the train station, ferry quay and/or long-distance bus terminal. Fares range from Nkr20 to Nkr35 per ride. Day- or multitrip tickets are usually available.

Taxi

Taxis are best hailed around taxi ranks, but you can also reserve one by phone; hotels and tourist offices always have the numbers for local companies. If you're phoning for a taxi immediately, remember that charges begin at the moment the call is taken. Daytime fares, which apply from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 6am to 3pm on Saturday, cost from around Nkr45 at flagfall (more in larger cities), plus Nkr18 to Nkr28 per kilometre. Weekday evening fares are 22% higher, and in the early morning, on Saturday afternoon and evening, and on Sunday, they're 30% higher. On holidays, you'll pay 45% more. In some places, you may find 'maxi-taxis', which can carry up to eight passengers for about the same price.

Further Information

Norway has an extremely efficient public transport system and its trains, buses and ferries are often timed to link with each other. The handy NSB Togruter, available free at most train stations, details rail timetables and includes information on connecting buses. Boat and bus departures vary with the season and the day (services on Saturday are particularly sparse, although less so in the summer high season), so pick up the latest ruteplan (timetables) from regional tourist offices.

Rail lines reach as far north as Bodø (you can also reach Narvik by rail from Sweden); further north you're limited to buses and ferries. A fine alternative to land travel is the Hurtigruten coastal ferry, which calls in at every sizable port between Bergen and Kirkenes.

The easiest – and usually cheapest – way to book tickets is online at the NSB website (www.nsb.no/en/frontpage). On most routes you'll be sent an online ticket with a barcode, to be scanned on-board by the conductor.

Alternatively you can buy tickets from automated machines at most main stations, as well as at customer-service counters. It is possible to buy tickets on-board from the conductor, using either cash or credit card. For shorter journeys, this is usually at the standard fare, but for longer journeys you might be missing out on cheap and discounted tickets such as the minipris fares, so always try booking online as far in advance as you can.