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How to get to Ukraine from Norway: convenient routes and useful tips



How to get to Ukraine from Norway: convenient routes and useful tips

The lack of air travel reduces the number of options for getting to Ukraine. However, the country's land borders are open, so we have prepared routes for foreigners to enter from Norway and stay in Ukraine, as well as useful tips for crossing the border

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Buy insurance for safe entry and stay in Ukraine

Citizens of Norway actively support Ukrainians in the war against russia. News about the events in Ukraine does not leave the front pages of many Norwegian publications, and the strength and heroism of the Ukrainian people are respected by residents of many parts of the country. That is why, even in spite of military actions, many foreigners go to Ukraine to see its courage, explore the beauty of nature and rich culture, explore the most mysterious places or join the ranks of volunteers. Citizens of Norway are no exception.

In the conditions of martial law, the land borders of Ukraine work as usual, and the entry rules have not changed. Both Ukrainians and foreigners can cross the border. Only the closed air space forces to plan the trip to the state more carefully.

How to plan a trip to Ukraine from Norway? We have prepared the most convenient routes and many useful tips for you.

Read more about visa rules and obtaining a visa to Ukraine for Norwegian citizens here.

Travel route from Norway to Ukraine

When planning a trip, most foreigners choose a plane, because it is fast and convenient. However, due to the closed airspace in Ukraine, it is impossible to get here by air transport.

The easiest and most comfortable way to come to Ukraine is to fly to one of the European airports located near the Ukrainian border, and then continue your journey to Ukraine by ground transport.

Ukraine borders the following European countries - Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. How to get here from Norway?

Flight to the Ukrainian border

● Norway – Poland

Norway and Poland are connected by many flights, operated not only by major airlines, but also by low-cost carriers Ryanair and WizzAir.

Departures on the Oslo-Warsaw route are available many times a day. Departures at 08:10, 10:45, 13:35, 19:45 and 21:05. The average travel time is about 2 hours. Ticket price from 15 euros;

Flights to Krakow depart from Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim and Bergen. Many departures are available throughout the day. There are both morning and evening flights. Travel time - 2 hours. Ticket price from 30 euros.

You can fly to Katowice from Bergen and Oslo. Daily departures from Oslo depart at 08:35 and 22:55. Ticket price from 30 euros.

You can also fly from Norway to Gdansk, Poznan, Szczecin and other cities in Poland.

● Norway – Moldova

You can get from Norway to Chisinau only with a transfer in Riga or Bucharest. Travel time is about 5 hours. The price of the ticket is 250 euros.

● Norway – Slovakia

You can also fly to Bratislava and Kosice from Oslo only with a stopover in Manchester or Milan. Travel time from 8 hours. Approximate ticket price from 300 euros.

● Norway – Hungary

A direct flight on the Oslo-Budapest route departs at 07:00 and 18:25. Travel time is 2 hours 20 minutes. Approximate ticket price from 250 euros.

● Norway – Romania

The Hungarian low-cost carrier WizzAir operates a direct flight on the Oslo-Bucharest route. The flight departs daily at 19:05. Travel time is 3 hours. The price of the ticket is 100 euros.

After arriving in one of the European cities, the journey to Ukraine can be continued by train or bus.

Railway connection Europe - Ukraine

Most of the tourists prefer the railway because of its speed and comfort. Ukraine is connected to European cities by the following trains:

● Poland - from Warsaw you can reach Kyiv, from Przemyśl - to Kyiv, Odesa and Zaporizhzhia, from Chelm - to Kyiv and Kharkiv.

● Hungary - there is a direct train from Budapest to Kyiv.

● Austria - from Vienna, a direct train also goes to Kyiv.

● Moldova - a direct train arrives in Kyiv from Chisinau.

● Slovakia - from Kosice you can reach Chopa and Mukachevo.

See the link for a detailed schedule of trains running between Ukraine and European countries.

By bus from Norway to Ukraine

A fairly convenient and economical way to get to Ukraine is by bus. A direct flight from Norway departs at 23:59 from Oslo and arrives in Lviv at 11:55. The travel time is 35 hours. The price of the ticket is 200 euros.

You can get to Kyiv with a transfer in Berlin or Hamburg.

There are also direct buses to Ukraine from many European cities. The road to Lviv will take from 4 hours from Poland to 25 hours from the cities of France or Germany.

Carriers offer comfortable passenger buses for the trip. The salon is equipped with soft seats, a toilet and an automatic climate control system, a large luggage compartment, Wi-Fi, which allows you to travel comfortably.

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Where to buy tickets from Norway to Ukraine?

Choosing a proven service for buying tickets is one of the most important stages in organizing a trip. That is why thousands of travelers use the ticket purchase service on the Visit Ukraine portal. Plane, train or bus - a ticket for any type of transport in one place. You can order via the link.

From Norway to Ukraine by own car

The distance from the capital of Norway - Oslo to Kyiv is 2,680 km. Estimated travel time is 26 hours. The trip to Lviv will be 550 kilometers shorter. The journey will pass through Sweden or Denmark, then Germany and Poland.

To enter Ukraine by car, you must have a Green Card insurance policy. The rules for traveling in Ukraine by car with foreign registration were discussed in detail in this article.

You can check the current state of queues for entry into Ukraine from Europe by following the link.

How can a citizen of Norway enter Ukraine?

Citizens of Norway have the right to enter Ukraine without a visa if the planned stay is less than 90 days. The purpose of the trip is also important - tourism, visiting relatives or other short-term trips, because working and studying on the basis of a visa-free visa is prohibited.

Entry is carried out on the basis of a foreign passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after crossing the border. It is also necessary to provide the following package of documents at the border:

health insurance policy;

● a document that would confirm the purpose of the trip – tourist vouchers, tickets to seminars, exhibitions, fairs, invitations from companies and organizations, hotel reservations, apartment rental contracts, etc.;

● confirmation of the availability of sufficient funds for travel in Ukraine - an average of $45 per person for each day of stay in Ukraine.

Importantly! As of July 1, all Covid-19 restrictions and quarantine measures have been canceled in Ukraine. Therefore, during border control, it is no longer necessary to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and to observe quarantine measures while in Ukraine.

How can a Ukrainian leave Norway and not lose protection?

Ukrainians have the right to travel to Ukraine without losing collective protection in Norway. Before leaving, make sure that your residence permit is still valid and, if necessary, apply for an extension.

If you participate in the integration program or receive social assistance from NAV, you should inform the commune and NAV about your absence before the trip.

You can lose collective protection only if you stay outside Norway for more than 6 months.

You can also travel to EU countries on the basis of visa-free rules. For this, it is necessary to have a biometric passport and to stay in the territory of the Schengen zone for no more than 90 days during a 180-day period.

How to plan a trip to Ukraine: useful tips for Norwegians

Preparation for the trip is an important part of any trip, because it is necessary to take into account many nuances, especially if your trip takes place in the conditions of war. Therefore, we have prepared for you some useful tips that can simplify this stage:

1. If you are planning to travel in Ukraine as a tourist, we advise you to book a tour before entering. The largest database of safe tours in Ukraine by link.

2. What to take with you on a trip to the Carpathians, we told earlier.

3. Book a safe hotel. Ukraine has a very wide base of accommodation facilities. During vacation, a tourist can stay in a hotel with different stars, a hostel, rent an apartment or rest in a guest house.

4. Tourists who will come to Ukraine without their own transport are advised to rent a car in order to feel more mobile. Read how to do it in our material.

5. Medical insurance is mandatory for crossing the Ukrainian border. However, when traveling in Ukraine during a state of war, you should take care of an insurance policy that covers the indemnification of war-related risks: damages in the event of an accident due to hostilities or acts of terrorism, outpatient treatment, hospitalization and emergency care. Apply for reliable insurance quickly and easily using the link. Read more about the benefits of the policy here.

6. While in Ukraine, be sure to follow the safety rules. Useful information for entering Ukraine during the war at the link.

7. If you plan to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days, you must obtain a residence permit. The procedure for obtaining a residence permit in Ukraine consists of several stages and requires the preparation of a certain list of documents. A migration lawyer will help you understand all the intricacies of Ukrainian legislation. Order a consultation of highly qualified specialists using the link. Also, consult a lawyer if your rights have been violated.

8. Comfort during the journey can provide a certain arsenal of things. Your journey will begin at the stage of leaving home, so you should also take care of those things that you may need on the plane, train, bus or car. Read more about what to take with you to Ukraine here.

9. Top of the most common mistakes that travelers make when planning a trip to Ukraine in our material.

10. Read about the impressions of foreigners from traveling to Ukraine here and here.

We wish you a good trip!

We recommend purchasing it for a safe and comfortable trip to Ukraine: 

Visit Ukraine Insurance - safe travel in Ukraine (insurance covering military risks);

Visit Ukraine Tickets - book bus and train tickets to/from Ukraine;

Visit Ukraine Tours - the largest online database of tours to Ukraine for every taste;

Visit Ukraine Hotels - book hotels for a comfortable stay in Ukraine;

Visit Ukraine Merch - choose patriotic clothing and accessories with worldwide delivery.

Cooperation - cooperation and advertising integrations with Visit Ukraine and Visit World projects.

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