Bus tours can be effective for smaller regions within Norway, but the train system is excellent and offers much greater coverage in less time. Buses do, however, tend to be less expensive.
Every end station of the railroad is supported by a number of bus routes, some of which are operated by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB), others by local companies. Long-distance buses usually take longer than rail. Virtually every settlement on the mainland is served by bus, and for anyone with a desire to get off the beaten track, a pay-as-you-go, open-ended bus trip is the best way to see Norway.
Most long-distance buses leave from Bussterminalen close to Oslo Central Station. NOR-WAY Bussekspress, a chain of about 30 Norwegian bus companies serving 500 destinations in south and central Norway, can arrange almost any journey.
Ruteinformasjonen (Route information). Call for timetables and fares for your area [except Svalbard]. 177; www.ruteinfo.no.
Bussterminalen Oslo (Main bus terminal). Galleri Oslo, Schweigaardsgt. 10, Oslo, Oslo, 0185.
NOR-WAY Bussekspress. 815–44–444; www.nor-way.no.
NSB. 815–00–888; www.nsb.no.