Driving Tips in Norway - Sixt rent a car


Some of the rules when driving in Norway are different to that of the UK so in order that you travel safely Sixt recommends that you look at our guide for driving tips and advice.

Norway Driving Tips
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Rules & Regulations

Here are some rules, regulations and driving tips that you should know before you start your road trip in Norway:

  • When driving in Norway remember that you have to drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants if fitted.
  • All children must be firmly strapped in using approved safety equipment that matches their age, size and weight. Children under 135 centimetres must have their own seat or safety restraint (babies in a cot). Children over 36 kilos, or 135 centimetres, can use a normal seat.
  • There are severe penalties for drink driving in Norway so please be aware of the rules. The legal limit is 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliltre of blood.
  • There must be a minimum of 1.6 millimetre tread on summer tyres and a minimum of 3 millimetres on winter tyres. Vehicles must not be used unless they have sufficient road grip for the road surface. During the winter, you must drive with winter tyres with or without studs. All-year tyres can also be used. Use of studded tyres is allowed from 1 November until the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. In Nordland, Troms and Finnmark studded tyres are allowed during the period 15 October - 1 May. Studded tyres may also be used outside these periods if the weather and road surface conditions make it necessary.
  • Use of mobile telephones whilst driving in Norway is an offence.
  • Third party insurance is compulsory and green cards are highly recommended. Without it, visitors with motor insurance in their own countries are allowed the minimum legal cover. The Green Card tops this up to the level of cover provided by the visitor's own policy.

Please make sure that you are aware of all the road regulations before you start your trip in Norway.

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Speed Limits

The speed limits when driving in Norway are as follows:

  • In residential areas they can Sometimes be as low as 30 kilometres per hour. Watch out for speed control bumps, they are not always signposted.
  • Built-up areas/town centres: All vehicles 50 kilometres per hour.
  • Dual carriageways and motorways: Either 90 kilometres per hour or 100 kilometres per hour for cars.
  • Motor vehicles with a highest permissible gross weight of more than 3.5 tonnes.
  • Motor vehicles towing caravans/trailers may not exceed 80 kilometres per hour even if the local speed limit is higher.
  • Motor vehicles towing a caravan/trailer without brakes with a gross weight of over 300 kilos, may not exceed 60 kilometres per hour even if the local speed limit is higher.
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Things to Bring Along

When driving in Norway t is compulsory to have:

  • At least one visibility vest in your car
  • Your driving licence with you at all times
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Additional Information

Sixt car rental has a number of branches in Norway including the major cities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.

When visiting Norway many people start by going to the capital of Oslo. Go to the Opera house which is free to enter and you can go the top of the roof of the building and get a great view of the city. Why not go to the Nordmarka a beautiful outdoor nature reserve for anybody looking for greenery and fresh air. Travel to Vigeland Park and you will marvel at the 192 sculptures on show made by Gustav Vigeland. Also worth checking out is the Fram Polar Ship Museum with lots of information about Polar exploration.

Visit Bergen and you will be right next to seeing the Norweigen fjords of Sognefjorden and Flam. Also visit the Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum the home of the famous composer.

Because Norway is a vast country with a long coastline its best to have a car rental to help navigate you around the country. By using Sixt you can be certain to have a car rental to help you along the way through your journey of Norway.

Now you have read our Norway driving tips check out some of the other countries we have covered including Sweden, Switzerlandand and Cyprus.

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.