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EXPLAINED: Norway’s AutoPASS system for toll roads

Tolls stations are pretty much everywhere in Norway. Here's what you need to know about the automated AutoPass system for toll roads. 

Pictured is a road in Norway.
This is what you need to know about the AutoPASS system. Pictured is a road in Norway. Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

There are more than 300 toll stations in Norway where charges are levied for travelling on certain roads and bridges and through tunnels. 

Road tolling in Norway dates back to the late eighties and early nineties when Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim introduced toll rings to finance infrastructure and decrease congestion. 

Fast forward to today, and you’ll need to pay a toll to travel into, or to and from, most of Norway’s cities and large towns. Today there are toll rings surrounding Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Haugesund, Bergen, Askøy, Bodø, Harstad, Grenland, Førde and Trondheim. 

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has a map to help you plan your route and figure out how many toll roads you’ll use. 

Regardless of where the driver or car is from, you’ll be required to pay tolls when travelling through Norway. 

How does the AutoPASS system work?

Luckily, you won’t constantly be pulling into toll booths to pay charges, as all levies are charged automatically via the AutoPASS system, which the Norwegian Public Roads Administration operates. 

All toll operators in the country are a part of the AutoPASS system.

To pay with AutoPASS, you will need to order a payment tag from several providers. You can click for a list of providers here

Typically, you’ll need to pay a 200 kroner deposit to receive a toll tag. Once your contract with a provider ends, you’ll get the money back. 

Paying with AutoPass

Once you’ve selected a provider and registered, you will be sent a tag, which you attach to the inside of your windscreen, near the top. 

When you’ve got a toll tag, you will receive an invoice automatically when you pass through a toll station. 

You will receive a 20 percent discount on tolls compared to not having a tag installed, and depending on your agreement, you may receive further discounts and benefits. Typically though, greener cars will be cheaper. 

Every time you pass through a toll, you’ll receive an invoice. However, most providers put all the tolls incurred on a trip, during a day, or another time period into one invoice, rather than you having to pay many individual bills. 

What happens if I don’t have a tag? 

If you don’t have a tag, tolls will still be automatic. However, toll stations will instead read your number plate rather than the tag. As a result, you will be sent the invoice to your address instead. One big downside is that you will not receive the 20 percent discount. If you live in Norway, this cost can add significantly over the course of a year if you drive regularly. 

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Oslo City Council to make public transport cheaper with new ticket

A single ticket on Oslo's public transport network could become up to 40 percent cheaper as part of a new initiative that will be unveiled when Oslo City Council presents its budget on Wednesday.

Oslo City Council to make public transport cheaper with new ticket

Oslo City Council will set aside up to 200 million kroner to try and make public transport in the Norwegian capital of Oslo cheaper, public broadcaster NRK reports. 

On Wednesday, the city council will present its budget for next year, where it will announce that funds will be set aside for making public transport a more affordable option. 

“We are launching a new ticket product. It is good news for the city’s population,” Environment and Transport Councilor Sirin Stav told NRK. 

A new ticketing option will reduce the cost of a single ticket the more somebody uses public transport. The current price of a public transport ticket on the Ruter app is 39 kroner. 

However, the new flexible ticket will benefit those who use public transport in the city frequently, but not often enough to make the 814 kroner monthly ticket worth it. The new scheme has been tested by 400 Ruter customers since February. 

NRK reports that the ticket will track how many singles you have bought in the previous 30 days. If you make less than 21 trips on Oslo’s bus, tram and metro network, the new ticketing option will be cheaper than a monthly ticket per journey. 

The Transport and Environment councillor said the new ticketing option was the result of increased demand for flexible solutions following the rise to prominence of the home office. 

“There has certainly been a demand for more flexible tickets. Ruter has worked on this over time. They first had to launch a new app, and now these new, flexible tickets are finally coming,” Stav said. 

On average, the new flexible scheme will allow passengers to save around 20 percent, and up to 40 percent in certain cases. 

When introduced, if the budget presented on Wednesday gets the green light from the city council, the new flexi-tickets will be available in Zone 1 of Oslo and parts of Bærum. 

Extending the scheme further out of Oslo would require Viken County Council to put money on the table as Ruter is partly owned by the respective county councils of Oslo and Viken.