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Hordaland

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==Get in==
 
 
===By plane===
Hordaland has two airports of interest to the traveller; Bergen Airport, Flesland, Norway's second largest airport, and Stord Airport, Sørstokken. Bergen Airport has flights to all major and several smaller Norwegian airports; the Bergen-Oslo route is among the 10 most busy in Europe. It also has regular direct flights to many European destinations, as well as to Narita International Airport in Tokyo. Stord Airport is vastly smaller, and has regular flights to Oslo and [[Aarhus]] in [[Denmark]]. Connections by bus to the town centre are frequent on the ''Flybussen'' Airport shuttle.
 
===By train===
There are several departures every day between Bergen and Oslo on the Bergen Railway, and a long stretch of the railway line runs through Hordaland. Among the stations are [[Dale]], [[Voss]] and [[Finse]], which, at 1.222 metres above sea level is the highest station on the entire Norwegian rail network. Reservations on long-distance trains are compulsory in Norway. For this reason you should book ahead, especially on Fridays and Sundays as you may have trouble getting a seat.
There are local trains between Voss and Myrdal in Sogn og Fjordane county. Trains are operated by the Norwegian State Railways, NSB.
 
===By car===
By car, Hordaland can be entered from all its neighbouring counties, [[Rogaland]], [[Sogn og Fjordane]], [[Telemark]], and [[Buskerud]]. From Oslo, the most common route is following European route E16 through [[Akershus]], Buskerud and Sogn og Fjordane. When following this route, the first Hordaland town that is encountered en-route is [[Voss]], in north-eastern Hordaland. If you want to get to Bergen or anywhere else on the coast as fast as possible, continue following this road.
From Voss, you can also drive southwards to [[Hardanger]]. Having driven approximately 25 kilometers, you end up at the mouth of a 7 km long tunnel, where you have the choice of either driving through the tunnel, to ''inner'' Hardanger, or to Granvin, ''outer'' Hardanger and finally Bergen. This road is a designated "National Tourist Road" by the Norwegian government, and goes through four small towns (Granvin proper, Øystese, Norheimsund and Samnanger) before meeting European route E16 just after entering Bergen municipality. The first option, however, does not end up in Bergen. Once you reach the Hardanger fjord, you can either cross the fjord by ferry, or drive towards [[Ulvik]]. From the terminus of the ferry connection, follow RV 13 westwards, towards Odda. From Odda, you can continue following RV 13 southwards into the southernmost part of Hordaland, Rogaland or Telemark. You can also drive through the Folgefonn tunnel, slightly north of Odda, and onwards to [[Rosendal]] and southern Hordaland.
==Get around==
===By plane===
Hordaland has two airports of interest to the traveller; Bergen Airport, Flesland, Norway's second largest airport, and Stord Airport, Sørstokken. Bergen Airport has flights to all major and several smaller Norwegian airports; the Bergen-Oslo route is among the 10 most busy in Europe. It also has regular direct flights to many European destinations, as well as to Narita International Airport in Tokyo. Stord Airport is vastly smaller, and has regular flights to Oslo and [[Aarhus]] in [[Denmark]].
 
===By train===
Trains go from Bergen to Oslo, and a large part of the railway line goes through Hordaland. Among the stations are [[Dale]], [[Voss]] and [[Finse]], which, at 1.222 metres above sea level is the highest station on the entire Norwegian rail network. Local trains stopping at all stations are fairly frequent between Bergen and Voss and have open seating. Express trains do not stop at all stations, and seats there are frequently reserved, especially on Fridays and Sundays you may have trouble getting a seat. Trains are operated by the Norwegian State Railways, NSB.
===By ferry===
===By bus===
If you need a would like to travel by busor coach, there are some the national coach operator is called [http://www.hsdnor-way.no/templates/PageNews____2498NOR-WAY Bussekspress].aspx express busses] operated by NORWAY Bus express, Further regional and more local busses operated buses are managed by the public transport authority in Hordaland, [http://www.hsdskyss.no/templatesnn-NO/PageNews____2489.aspx TideGlobalToppMeny1/English/ Skyss]on Public Service Obligations. Outside of Bergen and its vicinity you will probably may find busses some lines to be rather infrequent. Some lines run only a handful of times per day, some only on schooldays and so on. Even so, but the network does cover most areas.
===By car===
Where trains, boats and buses are not available, you will need to travel by car. Norwegian roads are frequently ridiculed for poor standards. The standard varies from location to location. As in the rest of Norway, renting a car is very expensive. However, as a car is needed to get to many rural areas, which are often the most interesting, renting one is still strongly recommended. All car rental companies present in Norway have offices in Bergen, at the airport and/or the city centre.
 
===By train===
Travelling on the small but scenic railways of Western Norway can be a scenic and breathtaking experience.
Local trains stopping at all stations are fairly frequent between Bergen and Voss and have open seating. There is also a shuttle between Bergen and Arna.
Express trains the do not stop at all stations. Reservations on long-distance trains are compulsory in Norway. For this reason you should book ahead, especially on Fridays and Sundays as you may have trouble getting a seat. Trains are operated by the Norwegian State Railways, NSB.
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