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Road Tolls in Norway

Auto Pass Norway

Paying tolls to use many of the country's roads is something you should expect when visiting Norway. Here's everything you need to know.

The use of road tolls to fund road building has a long tradition in the country.

The main purpose is to develop better road infrastructure, faster, but they can also be used for strengthening public transport solutions within cities.

Approximately 190 toll stations are in operation around Norway.

Owned by Statens vegvesen, AutoPASS is the system used to administer and collect tolls throughout Norway. These days, most toll stations are automated and you simply drive on as usual without stopping or even slowing down.

The one main exception is the Atlantic Road tunnel between Kristiansund and Averøy, where manned toll booths are in operation.

Atlantic Road Norway

Norwegian drivers and regular visitors register their car with AutoPASS and receive a tag that is placed on the windscreen.

Whenever they drive through an automated collection point, the journey is registered and a bill is sent on a monthly basis.

Norwegian toll roads for visitors

All drivers, regardless of your nationality, are required to pay Norwegian road tolls.

The automated toll stations are all equipped with a video camera that reads registration plates and toll tags on every vehicle that drives through.

If you hire a car in Norway, your rental car provider will have registered the vehicle with AutoPASS. Simply drive as usual and your toll charges will be added to your final bill, unless otherwise agreed with the rental company.

If you are driving a foreign registered vehicle, it's a good idea to register with Euro Parking Collection (EPC), which is the body responsible for invoicing such vehicles. By registering your vehicle before your journey, you will ensure easy access to all invoices and a much faster processing time. If you don't register, an invoice will be sent to the registered address of the vehicle's owner. It will be in the language of the car's registered country, and you can usually pay to a local bank account.

Charges to drive in Norwegian cities

Although I highly recommend a road trip in Norway, I do caution against hiring a car if you are planning a city break. Environmental legislation has made driving in Norwegian cities extremely expensive. For example, to drive into Trondheim city centre from the south (from Oslo along the E6), you will pass three toll stations and be charged a minimum of 29kr, and more than that at peak times.

Street parking in the city costs 27kr for the first hour, 59kr for the second hour, and 96kr for the third hour, while indoor parking lots will set you back up to 230kr per 24-hour period. It's a similar story in the other big cities such as Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen.

Buses in Oslo

My advice when visiting Norway is to use public transport while staying in cities, and only rent a car when you want to explore the fjords, Lofoten, or one of Norway's 18 fantastic National Tourist Routes.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

9 Comments

  1. About to set of to Norway when, by chance, we found out about the toll roads !
    EPC has a very bad name and we are reluctant to use them.
    Taking the Hurty Gruten to Kirkeness and drive back to the UK.
    Hopefully it is possible to buy a carr pass tag in Bergen.
    Is it possible to avoid toll roads on our Norwegian journey ?
    Thanks for your informative website 🙂

    1. If your car is registered outside Norway, EPC deal with all invoicing. You’ll get an invoice from them regardless of whether you register or not, if you register things run a bit quicker.

  2. David:

    Hi, my wife and myself live in Australia and planning on a Scandinavian Holiday in 2019. We will probably be there for 8 weeks plus and considering hiring a Campervan in Hamburg & do a round trip of Scandinavia. We will have the campervan for around 3 to 4 weeks, then do a cruise up the coast out of Bergen. So when it comes to visits the capitals and main cities with the campervan, would you suggest parking on the outskirts and using public transport into and out of the cities,

    I have also purchased your book from Amazon and keen to read it when it arrives.

    Do you have any recommendations or suggested itineraries for a campervan holiday.

    Cheers

    Geoff

    1. I have never driven a campervan in Norway but I would absolutely recommend to stay well clear of the cities. Road tolls are high (and getting higher) to enter all major cities and parking charges are also high, and I expect it would be very difficult to find big enough spaces. Have fun!

  3. Hi
    We just pass a sign saying that we have to pay road cost,which kind of took us by suprise. So we registered an account,but we have not been asked to insert the plate number, so i am not sure how will they manage to link our car to our account.
    Another thing, do you know if they send the bill to us, will it include an extra fee, as fine because we have not registered before?
    The last question, is it possible to pay the fee at a gas station?

  4. HI david, thanks for this informative site. We are spending 4 weeks this june in Norway (coming from UK with campervan crossing from Denmark to Larvik by ferry) We may return via stockholm using toll bridges to Denmark. I understand Fjellinjen do a tag which will give discounts and be useable in scandinavia generally. I believe you pay a deposit for tag but can post it back from UK when finished with it. Any thoughts? also are there some sort of park and ride for Trondheim/Bergen so we can leave vehicle out of city

    thanking you in advance

  5. Hertz let me borrow a car and an autopass. I generated 888 kr of tolls. I’ll pay the tolls and I suspect that the roadside posted prices of the tolls include 25% VAT. Hertz hopes to charge me an extra 222 kr as 25% VAT on this 888 kr service. It’s pretty clear that Hertz didn’t provide an 888 kr service.

    The toll is a tax on road users. Government uses this tax to pay for public services (e.g. roads). Impressively, the government charges VAT atop the road fee to generate a total price, which is posted beside the road.

    For Hertz to place a bonus 25% onto that seems a bit if a reach to me. Is this tax on tax on tax?

    Is it that autopass gets a 20% discount, thereby negating the VAT in the roadside price? If so, then I’ll pay the 222kr to Hertz.

    Is it that the roadside prices do not include VAT but then autopass adds 25% VAT for all users? If so, then I’ll pay the 222 kr to Hertz.

    If the roadside prices already include VAT and Hertz is somehow caught up in confusion about this fact, then I can simply dispute the fee with the adjudicator.

  6. Hi,
    Hoping I can get a rough estimate of the toll and ferry prices from Bergen (starting point) to Trollstigen (farthest point). I’m currently on the website but I’m not having any luck with prices. It looks like we will hit three tolls and two ferries one way.

    Thank you!

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