Are Buses in Norway Reliable? Answered!

Buses are among the cheapest methods of transportation in Norway, and operates both on a national level between cities and towns, as well as inter-city buses that takes you around the different locals places. But are buses in Norway reliable, and can you count on them showing up at time?

Buses in Norway are somewhat reliable, but not to the minute. They will mostly show up as expected, but up to 2 to 5 minute delays are extremely common on both local and long-range buses.

I personally tend to think of the arrival time as an expected arrival time, and be entirely unsurprised if it arrives a few minutes before or after this time.

Torp train station
Torp train station and the shuttle bus to Torp airport. Photo by Wolfmann / CC BY-SA 4.0.

That said, buses will mostly show up around the expected departure time, and it’s rare for buses to not showing up at all.

Are buses in Norway of high quality?

Most Norwegian buses are fairly good quality, and tend to have no or little engine trouble. It’s very rare for buses to actually break down during a ride, but of course it does happen from time to time.

If a bus breaks down, expect a big delay. The bus company will get a new bus to come and pick the passengers up, but this can obviously take a while, depending on where the bus broke down.

Flybussen in Bergen
Flybussen in Bergen. Photo: JoachimKohlerBremen / CC BY-SA 4.0.

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