Due to the long winters that are peculiar to Norway, there are some times of the year when public means of transport are either not available or not as reliable as you would expect. Summer, on the contrary, is usually peak periods for road traffics and could, but the low per capita population of car owners still makes the national driveways very pliable.
Enjoying the splendor of nature’s beauty, by going on a hike, visiting a remote ski resort, or taking some days of leave to visit family members up north, could make you start considering which is better between public transport and renting a car.
Know your routes
It may be true that Norway is not the biggest of countries, but the longest in Scandinavia, and no one person is likely to know all the road routes. So, if you find you can’t make the best of tools like GPS and Google maps to find your way around, it would be best to pitch your tent with public transport, especially if you are going on a long haul. Though the likelihood of getting lost in Norway, especially on highways are very slim, it is usually better to be safe than sorry.
Consider the cost
There are various car rental services across Europe, and some like EasyCarRent available in Norway. Several car rental services allow online booking or an office walk-in. It is, however, essential to place new orders in summer; tourists often flood in during this period from Denmark and other neighboring countries.
After considering all the charges that accrue to using a car rental service, reviewing the odds of going by public transport could be the right way of escaping the expenses that comes with some car hire services. Read local reviews from Norskeanmeldelser to ascertain the cost implication of using particular services. Also, starting a forum on some of these review sites could help you know the best option from which to choose.
Are you particular about the experience?
Why are you considering hiring a car, is it for commuting within a city, or long distance sight-seeing? Perhaps you are a newlywed who would like to take in the beauty of the Fjord Norway with your partner; hiring a car would avail you the required privacy and comfort. You could drive through the green shortcut, have a stopover in towns with a breathtaking nightlife, stop by a fjord to take pictures, or take a tour of the Norwegian Scenic Routes.
Things to consider when hiring a car
Though there are very few complaints on local reviews of car hire companies, it always necessary to do the following for a smooth car rental experience:
Get some insurance
Insurance helps covers the bill for any form of damage in case of any eventuality.
Inspect the car before departure
Do a quick check around the car; it is always advisable to take pictures, particularly of faults.
Check whether the company supports automated tolling
Most car rental services in Norway, and Europe in fact offer, automated tolling. If the one you are about to subscribe with doesn’t, take a hike!