The three letters you need to know to move about Trondheim are A, T and B. Established in 2009, AtB, which literally means “A to B”, oversees public transport in Trondheim, from issuing tenders for operators, to setting fares and promoting the services.
The bus system in Trondheim is extensive and reliable – most of the time. A useful map of the main routes is available here. Local commuter trains are popular, particularly from the southern suburb of Heimdal.
There used to be an extensive tramway system in Trondheim, but just one line remains in operation today. It runs from the city centre to Lian, via Byåsen along the western side of the river. It’s a useful commuter service for those living on Byåsen, but also provides a handy way for people to reach the popular recreational area of Bymarka. All bus tickets and passes are valid for the tram.
A 24hr pass costs 100kr, a 72hr pass costs 160kr, while a 7-day pass costs 230kr.
Whether you are buying a pass or just paying single fares, the most convenient way to travel is by making digital payments via the AtB mobile app. Not only is it convenient, it provides a hefty discount on the walk-on fare and machine-bought tickets. Of course, you’ll need to enable mobile roaming to be able to use the app.
Trondheim is a transport hub in Norway due to its position at the centre of the country.
Trondheim Airport, Værnes (TRD) is almost exclusively served by the Scandinavian carriers Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe, SAS’s domestic subsidiary. Thanks mainly to the rapid expansion of Norwegian Air, a surprising number of European destinations can be reached directly from Trondheim. In addition to this, KLM offers three daily flights to Amsterdam.
There is a regular airport bus (flybussen) with many pick-up locations throughout Trondheim, which costs 130 kroner one-way or 220 kroner for a return. You can also take a local train, which is a cheaper option although they are less frequent than the buses. Details are available on the electronic screens in the domestic arrivals hall.
There are three main routes into Trondheim. The Dovre Line to/from Oslo takes over seven hours, but does run alongside the beautiful Lake Mjøsa and through the picturesque Dovre mountain range. An alternative route south is via the Røros Line, but doesn’t run directly to Oslo, requiring a change of train at Hamar.
The Nordland Lane will take you to the most northerly point of the Norwegian rail network at Bodø, but only if you have almost ten hours to spare. There are also two daily trains running east into Östersund, Sweden, via Hell and Åre.
When looking at budget travel options to Oslo, the long-distance buses can prove a good alternative to the trains. They are fairly regular, take a similar amount of time and good deals can be had if you book in advance. The buses are modern, comfortable and most come with Wi-Fi connectivity.