There are two main airports serving eastern Norway, the larger one is Oslo Gardermoen (OSL), which unfortunately is 50 km north of Oslo while Fredrikstad is about 90 km south of Oslo. Nevertheless, there is a bus service (line F11) between Fredrikstad and the airport taking slightly over two hours. Ryanair flies to Rygge near Moss (30 minutes/30 km from Fredrikstad). Also Norwegian and a selection of charter companies service this airport. Some people find a good deal if they fly to Gothenburg instead, and take the train or drive from there. About 230 km to the south, Gothenburg airport Landvetter is even further from Fredrikstad than OSL is (though the difference in driving time is less than an hour), but sometimes the tickets might be better there.
It is fairly easy to get around the city as public transportation in form of bus is frequent and goes around town as well as to the suburbs in all directions from the center of downtown.
Taxi is available from the main taxi central in downtown, just opposite of the main walking street.
There is a ferry from downtown to the old town which is quite frequent. It is an affordable and scenic means of transportation, and you get to see the city from a different view as well, as the river offers a unique view of town. It also goes to the neighboring suburb Gressvik.
If you have a rental car, traffic is usually unproblematic, but there may be some traffic jams in the main entry roads to town around 4 - 5pm (rush hour).
The old fortified city, founded in 1567, and Kongsten fortress.
Take a walk around the Old Town, on a sunny day it is beautiful. Especially great for kids as there are grass to run on, old cannons to climb, a playground and lots of ducks to feed. Go for a cup of hot cocoa and a cinnamon "snail" at Mormors Café afterwards.
Gamlebyen Modelljernbanesenter (Old Town). Allegedly the largest model train system of its kind in Scandinavia. Great fun for kids of all ages. 30.
Go see Fredrikstad Fotball Klubb (FFK) play a game of soccer at their brand new stadium across the river from the riverwalk. Fredrikstad is beyond a doubt one of the most devoted cities in Norway when it comes to supporting their local team and the strong history of the sport in the city is well felt.
There are three coffeeshops in the city centre that make very good coffees, milkshakes, smoothies etc. One is Verdensspeilet (World Mirror) right opposite the cinema. The second is Syversen Tea And Coffee and the third is Malenki, next to the cinema. All three have friendly staff and great coffee, and are great for a quick bite. If you want to stay a little longer, maybe have a beer and play a board game then Verdenspeilet is the best choice.
The riverwalk has a lot of restaurants and bars, and in the summertime, especially, it is a very busy area where people go to eat, drink a beer in the sunshine by the water and in general have a good time. People also come by boat, staying directly at the guest pier.
- Radisson Sas hotel Fredrikstad: A five star hotel. Located next to the cinema and a short walk and a ferry trip to the old city and 0,5 km to the train station. 172 rooms with two design themes; Urban and Ocean. Expensive.
- Rica hotel Fredrikstad: 4 star hotel. Located next to the bus station and a few minutes walk to Brygga and 0,5 km to the train station. Hotel facilities: garage, internet, restaurant, bar, nightclub, fitness room, sauna and animals allowed.
- Hotel Valhalla, an old building made of wood, originally built in 1870 and run by a family. The building has been totally rebuilt and contains 24 modern rooms, divided into single/double and family rooms. The outside of the building is now like it was at the beginning of the century. All rooms contain TV and private shower/wc. The hotel's website says that staying at this hotel is like living on the roof of the city, because of the great view. The hotel has its own park and is within walking distance to the city centre.