Several people travel by public transport, but the car is still first choice

Train foreign operator railroadTrain at Oslo Central Station. Photo: Norway Today Media


Although trains, light rail and subways have seen the largest increase in passenger transport in recent years, the car is still the dominant vehicle in Norway.

More than 5.8 billion passengers were transported domestically in 2018. Domestic passenger transport increased by 43 million passengers from 2017 to last year, Statistics Norway’s statistics show Domestic Transport. This was an increase of 0.7 percent. Since 2010, domestic passenger transport has increased by 15.5 percent, or slightly more than 780 million passengers.

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It is rail transport that has had the largest passenger growth in recent years, due to a marked increase in both passenger transport by train and public transport by light rail and subway.

From 2010 to 2018, passenger numbers on railways, suburban railways and tramways increased by 45 percent.

Nevertheless, it is passenger cars that have been responsible for much of the increase in recent years. From 2010 to 2018, the number of car passengers increased by just over 590 million people. It includes both drivers and passengers.

Increased use of passenger cars thus accounted for around three quarters of the total increase in passenger transport during this period. In total, the number of people traveling by car was just over eight out of ten domestic passengers last year.

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