Ferries from Germany to Norway
If you want to travel to Norway, there are several ways to do so. You can drive all the way there via a number of bridges, but most people who travel from Germany to Norway choose a ferry somewhere along the route. You can choose between long crossings with little driving or short crossings with lots of driving. We would be happy to explain all options. For this, it is useful to first look at the ferry route map.
Germany to Norway ferry routes map
The map shows all routes that we think are interesting for travelers who want to go from Germany to Norway. As you can see, there are many options, so we explain them all on this page.
Two long-distance connections provide a very comfortable ferry crossing on a cruise ferry, which is a ferry with lots of luxury and entertainment on board. These routes are Emden-Kristiansand and Kiel-Oslo. There is also a boat to Oslo from Copenhagen, but you have to go to Copenhagen first. That is somewhat less attractive.
Those who like to drive more themselves can choose to drive to the north of Denmark. From the German border near Flensburg, this distance is about 350 km. In northern Denmark, you will find the ports of Hirtshals and Frederikshavn. From here, there are ferry services to Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and the south coast of Norway.
Another option for self-drivers is to go through Sweden. From southern Sweden to the Norwegian border, it is about 500 kilometers. You do have to get into Sweden first. This can be done with a direct ferry connection, but you can also go to Sweden via Denmark.
We would be happy to explain all your options in more detail further down this page ⬇️
Timetable, availability, and compare prices
Our online booking module makes it easy to find and book your desired ferry crossing. All you have to do is enter your departure port, destination, and travel dates. The system will show you the best routes and possible alternatives. You can then choose the ferry from Germany to Norway that best suits your needs and budget. Have a great trip!
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Cruising in Comfort: Long-Distance Ferry Options from Germany to Norway
The Kiel-Oslo and Emden-Kristiansand routes are sailed at night. These crossings are quite long, so there are many things to do on board. You will find numerous restaurants, entertainment venues, and entertainment for children. The great advantage of these cruise ferries is that your vacation begins as soon as you step aboard, and you can enjoy a comfortable journey throughout your trip.
Whether you travel with Colorline (Kiel-Oslo) or HNL (Emden-Kristiansand) doesn't matter much. Both ships are well-equipped. You can also choose to go with one company one way and the other back. This is quite easy to do in Direct ferries' booking engine and makes your holiday more versatile.
As boats fill up, they often become more expensive. With these two ferries, making a good comparison can be worthwhile. If it fits into your schedule, you can also see if another day of departure might be cheaper.
Book for these ferries as far in advance as possible if you can! That can make quite a difference in price.
Drive to the fast ferries in northern Denmark
In the north of Denmark you have a number of good ferry routes. With some crossings you can get to Norway very quickly and others take you to Stavanger or Bergen. This route is an affordable choice, but you will be traveling yourself for a bit longer. From Hamburg it will take you about 5 hours to get to Hirtshals
Drive from Germany to Norway via Sweden
There are quite a few ways to get to southern Sweden, but there are roughly two routes.
You can drive all the way to Norway via the bridge between Denmark and Sweden! This is built between the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo. It is possible to drive to Copenhagen, but many people choose to cross between Rostock and Gedser or Puttgarden-Rodby. These are short and relatively cheap crossings (you must pay a toll on the autoroute to Copenhagen). If you buy a ticket with Scandlines for these crossings, you can immediately buy a ticket for the bridge.
The second route involves taking one of several ferries that go directly from northeastern Germany to Sweden. Keep in mind that upon arrival in Sweden, you’ll still have more than 310 miles / 500 kilometers’ drive ahead of you if you’re heading towards Norway.
Frequently asked questions
There are two direct ferry connections from Germany to Norway that you can use by car. In addition, there are many more ways to travel from Germany to Norway by car.
There are two direct ferry connections from Germany to Norway: the crossing from Emden to Kristiansand and the ferry from Kiel to Oslo.
On both crossings, you can take your dog along. Be sure to inform about vaccination rules and rules aboard the ships.