Planning a Trip
Trains from Oslo's Central Station depart for Fredrikstad about every 2 hours. The trip takes about 1 hour from central Oslo. Call tel. 81-50-08-88 or visit www.nsb.no for rail information.
Frequent bus service operates daily from Oslo to Fredrikstad, the trip taking 1 1/2 hours. Take Hwy. E6 south from Oslo and head toward Moss. Continue past Moss until you reach the junction at Rte. 110, and follow the signs south to Fredrikstad. Visit www.nor-way.no for information.
The Fredrikstad Turistkontor is Tøihusgata 41 (tel. 69-30-46-00; www.fredrikstad-hvaler.no). It's open June 10 to August 24 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. The rest of the year, it's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. You can also rent bikes here.
Special Events -- During the second week of every July, the Glomma Festival, named for the town's river, takes place in Fredrikstad. Many Oslovians drive south to attend this 1-week program of events, highlighted by musical performances. Ritual "duels" are staged, along with sailing-ship exhibitions and regattas.
Across the river on the west is the modern industrial part of town; although a bridge links the areas, the best way to reach the Old Town is by ferry, which costs NOK20 ($4/£2). The departure point is about 4 blocks from the Fredrikstad railroad station at Strandpromenaden. Follow the crowd out the main door of the station, turn left, and continue down to the bank of the river. The ferry operates Monday to Friday 5:30am to 11pm, Saturday 7am to 1am, and Sunday 9:30am to 11pm. You can also travel between the two areas by bus (nos. 360 or 362).
To call a taxi, dial tel. 69-36-26-00. If the weather is fair, we recommend renting a bicycle. They're available at the tourist office.