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Local transport

Local Transport

Taxi

Taxi rides are expensive in Norway. If you're phoning for a taxi immediately, remember that charges begin at the moment the call is taken. Each city varies, but daytime fares, which apply from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 6am to 3pm on Saturday, cost from around 50kr at flagfall (more in larger cities), plus around 15kr per kilometre and 8kr per minute. Fares on weekday evenings, early mornings, Saturday afternoons and evenings, and on Sunday and public holidays are considerably higher. In some places, you may find 'maxi-taxis', which can carry up to eight passengers for about the same price.

It's best to pick up a taxi at dedicated ranks or reserve one by phone; hotels and tourist offices always have the numbers for local companies.

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 25kr to 45kr per ride. Day- or multitrip tickets are usually available.

Further Information

Norway has an extremely efficient public transport system and its trains, buses and ferries are often timed to link with each other. 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 check the latest ruteplan (timetable) 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 at a sedate pace.

EnTur (www.en-tur.no) is the national route planner covering all modes of public transport for journeys across Norway. Each municipality (kommune) also has its own planner and app to plan journeys and buy tickets in the region.