There is a long history in Norway of paying tolls on roads and there are approximately 200 toll stations around the country which are administered by AutoPASS. Most of the toll stations are automated and you just drive through without even slowing down.
All vehicles in Norway have to pay tolls regardless of nationality, so this includes all foreign drivers. The automated toll stations are fitted with cameras that record your number plate as you pass through.
If you are a foreigner driving in Norway then you can register with Euro Parking Collection plc (EPC) who are responsible for collecting payment from foreign registered vehicles. The toll road companied have outsourced foreign vehicle payments to EPC as they specialise in cross-border payments and debt collection.
One benefit of registering your foreign vehicle with EPC is that you will be charged the correct rate by toll road operators. Registration is optional, but if you register for an EPC account this will normally reduce the time elapsed from the journey until you receive an invoice. Furthermore, their website does state that failure to register will result in the highest rate in tariff group 1 or 2 being charged.
When you pass through a toll station an invoice is generated and this will be sent to the address that you registered. You can pay the invoice online by payment card or, in most countries, at a local bank.
If you are planning to visit Norway with your foreign vehicle for more than two months or on a regular basis, then it is recommend that you get an AutoPASS contract and a toll tag. Also note that a toll tag is mandatory for all Commercial vehicles above 3.5 tonnes
Norwegian-registered vehicles will be invoiced by the toll road operators.
Motorhomes under 3.5 tons pay the same as cars whilst those that are over 3.5 tons the same as trucks.
For anyone who has followed this blog on our trip to Norway you will know that we decided not to register a credit card for the road tolls in Norway and instead see what happened. We toured Norway in 2016 and as we were only going to be away for 6 weeks we knew we would be back in plenty of time to pay the invoices that came through the post.
We received two invoices for tolls, one for £6.67 and the second for £28.97 which both arrived in February. We toured Norway the previous September and October. From reading about the tolls that other travellers have paid this seems to be good value and the invoice was very simple to pay online so I wouldn’t worry about not registering if I was going to do the trip again.
If you are touring Norway in your motorhome then check out this post all about the motorhome service points.