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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: from €35
  • Hut or cabin: from €55
  • Double in B&B or guesthouse: up to €80
  • Excellent supermarkets and cheaper lunch specials: up to €14
  • Book ahead for minipris (discounted) train tickets
  • Double room in midrange hotel (weekends and high season): €80–150
  • Lunch or dinner in decent local restaurant: €14–22
  • Car rental: from €90 per day
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in top-end hotel: €150 and up
  • Lunch or dinner in decent local restaurant: from €22 per person


Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days (nor for members of EU or Schengen countries). Some nationalities need a Schengen visa.

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When to go and weather


Getting to Norway

Norway is well linked to other European countries by air. There are also regular bus and rail services to Norway from neighbouring Sweden and Finland (from where there are connections further afield to Europe), with less regular (and more complicated) services to/from Russia. Regular car and passenger ferries also connect southern Norwegian ports with Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Norway

Train Trains reach as far north as Bodø, with an additional branch line connecting Narvik with Sweden further north. Book in advance for considerably cheaper minipris tickets.

Bus Services along major routes are fast and efficient. Although reliable, services in more rural areas can be infrequent, sometimes with no services at all on weekends.

Boat Ferries, many of which take cars, connect offshore islands to the mainland, while the Hurtigruten sails from Bergen to Kirkenes and back every day of the year.

Car Roads are in good condition, but travel times can be slow thanks to winding roads, heavy summer traffic with few overtaking lanes, and ferries.

Air SAS and Norwegian have extensive domestic networks. Widerøe services smaller cities.

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