Guide to Driving In Norway - Drive Safe in Norway

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Norway and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.


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80 kph

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motorway speed limit

90-100 kph

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Drink Drive Limit


drink and drive limit
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You drive in Norway on the Right side  
The currency in Norway is NOK
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
Current fuel price in Norway 1.59 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Norway

Driving in Norway
Pocket guide to driving in Norway
Driving in Norway
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Speed limit in Norway
Rush hour in Norway
Speed cameras in Norway
Fuel prices in Norway
Drive RIGHT in Norway
Min driving age in Norway
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Norway
Emergency phone number in Norway
Driving documents in Norway
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Norway
Seat belt in Norway
See here for current child seats law in Norway

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Norway?

In Norway, traffic drives on the right and you should give way to the right at any sort of junction including roundabouts. Trams have right of way and should be passed on the right. When driving you should watch out for speed control humps as these are not always signposted. 

In the country areas you should drive carefully in case there are any potholes or rocks in the road. Driving at night should be avoided where possible due to the lack of visibility. When you get to rural areas you should expect to find gravel and even dirt roads so adjust your driving accordingly. A 4x4 rental car in Norway is usually a good idea and you should always travel with a good map.

Give Way to Polar Bears Sign in Norway

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 110

Police Ambulance: 113


Fuel Prices in Norway by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
You'll find in Norway that parking on main thoroughfares is forbidden. There are designated places for on street parking or alternatively you can use one of the many municipal parking lots or garages. Parking bays on roads have different colours depending on how long you can park there.
Paid parking
Yellow meters mean just an hour's parking, grey is two hours and you'll get three hours at a brown meter. Many municipal lots have ticket machines whilst some have attendants.

There are no more yellow parking meters. Parking can be paid at machines that are usually blue. Most machines accept credit cards only.

Direction to closest meter is a white sign saying “parkeringsautomat”

A white P on blue sign says it’s a state city owned parking lot.
Blue P on white sign is private. Be careful to pay on the right “meter”
Private is usually much more expensive. Hourly rate is stated.
Some places are deliberately confusing.
Enforcement of parking is done by the police and in some cities, notably Oslo, parking attendants. If you overstay your time, you'll get a ticket or, if causing an obstruction, you'll be towed away 
Disabled parking

Norway has adopted the EU Model Parking Card entitling blue badge holders to concessions.
Most city and state parking lots allow disabled and fully electric cars to park free.
Parking on Roads;
Do not park on roads where parking is otherwise prohibited
Where roadside meters are present you may park without charge or time limit
You can park in resident parking areas, using a payapp, area code 2600

Car Parks;
You may park without charge or time limit in designated disabled parking bays – check local restrictions / signage.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 110

Police Ambulance: 113

Emergency telephones can be found in tunnels and on mountain stretches of the motorway. The fire services are contactable on 110, the police are on 112 and you can get an ambulance by dialling 113.

112 can also be udes without a valid sim card.
Local Police: 2800 (will connect you to the closes police unit)

You can use 911 – this will connect o you to 112
Emergency for hearing disabled: 1412

The United States Embassy in Norway is at Morgedalsvegen 36, 0378 Oslo. You can phone them on 47 21-30-85-40.

The United Kingdom embassy in Oslo, Thomas Heftyesgate 8, is open from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday and is reachable on 47 23 13 27 00.

What to do in an emergency

If there is an emergency you must display a red warning triangle and wear a fluorescent vest when out of the car.

If you have simply broken down, call the number given to you by the car hire company or, if in your own car, the number of the Norwegian partner of your own breakdown company. 

If you're involved in an accident, call the police on 112 and whilst waiting for them, photograph the scene, collect the details of witnesses and, if possible, don't move the vehicles. 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Detour- omkjonng
Hospital - sykehus
Police – politi
Police station – politistasjon
Embassy - ambassade
Entrance - innkjorsel
Exit - utkjorsel
Petrol Station- bensinstasjon
Unleaded Gasoline- blyfri bensin
Motor Oil - motorolje
Diesel – Diesel
Car rental company - bilutleie firma
Toll – bomstasjon toll
Toll Road - avgiftsvei
Parking - parkeringHighway - motorvei
Expressway - motorvei
I have broken down -  Jeg har brutt ned
Where is the police station? - Hvor er politistasjonen?
I have a flat tyre - Jeg har en flat dekk 
I have been in an accident - Jeg har vært i en ulykke
Where is? - Hvor er?
Where can I buy petrol? - Hvor kan jeg kjøpe bensin?

Norway Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Norway by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb, 2021 1.44 1.59
Jan, 2021 1.40 1.55
Dec, 2020 1.32 1.43
Nov, 2020 1.28 1.39
Oct, 2020 1.22 1.39
Sep, 2020 1.27 1.43

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Norway and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Chloe Demaret
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Visitor Comments

  • 03/07/2020


    Wrong information about roundabouts. In Norway, you give way to the vehicles that are already in the roundabout. (Please delete This comment when you have corrected the information.)
  • 16/04/2019

    Ivan Earl

    Is there car spaces for disabled drivers?
  • 01/12/2018

    Håvard Frisell

    There are quite a few outdated regulations in the Norwegian section. Contact me, and i will correct the errors.
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