Plan Your Trip to Alta

How to travel to Alta

Starting your journey to Alta, Norway? Great choice! This city in Finnmark has loads of natural beauty and friendly vibes. But first things first – let’s talk about how you can get there easily.

In this quick overview at, we’ll cover the simple ways to reach Alta: by boat, car, or bus. Let’s dive in!

By plane

Flying into Alta is a breeze with the airport conveniently located just 5 kilometers from the city center. Flights operate regularly from Oslo Airport Gardermoen and Tromsø Airport, with additional connections to smaller towns in Finnmark such as Hammerfest, Honningsvåg, Vadsø, and Kirkenes.

Travel times are fairly efficient: expect a 2-hour journey from Oslo, a quick 30-minute hop from Tromsø, and just under an hour from Kirkenes. You can pick Wilderøe or Norwegian Airlines.

Exciting news awaits travelers from Frankfurt, as a new direct flight route to Alta is set to open in December 2024. Bookings can be made through, local travel agencies, or any of the Lufthansa Group’s booking platforms.

Upon arrival, transportation options abound. Snelandia operates the airport bus service, connecting Alta with various destinations across Finnmark.

The journey into the city center typically takes around 10 minutes. For those preferring a more personalized journey, Alta Taxi is readily available outside the arrival hall or can be reserved by phone at +47 78 43 53 53.

By Car

Alta serves as a crossroads for European roads E6 and E45. The E6 leads southward to Trondheim and Oslo, as well as northeastward to Kirkenes. On the other hand, the E45 guides travelers to Kautokeino and further into Finland and Sweden.

Driving Times:

  • Tromsø – Alta: 6.5 hours
  • Kautokeino – Alta: 2 hours
  • Hammerfest – Alta: 2 hours
  • Honningsvåg – Alta: 3 hours
  • Kirkenes – Alta: 7 hours
  • Rovaniemi – Alta: 6.5 hours

By Bus

Travelers can hop on a bus from Tromsø, which traverses North Troms via the E6. Additionally, buses are available from smaller cities in Finnmark such as Karasjok, Kautokeino, and Honningsvåg. Detailed timetables are readily accessible.

Various Bus Routes Include:

  • Finnmarksekspressen Alta – Karasjok
  • Alta – Hammerfest via Skaidi
  • Alta – Honningsvåg via Olderfjord
  • Alta – Øksfjord
  • Alta – Kautokeino
  • Alta – Nyvoll via Storekorsnes
  • Alta – Tromsø
  • Alta – Tromsø with The Arctic Route

For those seeking a bus connection to Kirkenes, the simplest option entails taking the bus to Olderfjord and transferring to a corresponding bus bound for Kirkenes.