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Sarpsborg is the tenth largest city in Norway with 52,000 inhabitants in the municipality. Situated in Østfold county in Norway it is the largest city alongside the E6 motorway between Oslo (1 hour north of Sarpsborg) and Gothenburg (2 hours south of Sarpsborg). Sarpsborg is the only Norwegian city to have both the archipelago and skiing areas within 10 minutes from the city, and in the city centre is a large park and the largest water fall in Europe. But it also a very industrial city with several paper mills and other factories. Sarpsborg has grown together with neighbour city Fredrikstad to form the fifth largest urban area in Norway, with 100,000 inhabitants.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Sarpsborg is served by the Norwegian State Railway. From Oslo the travel time is 1:20, while it is 2:30 from Gothenburg. The trains from Oslo depart 19 times a day, and stops in Ski, Moss, Rygge, Råde and Fredrikstad on the way to Sarpsborg and Halden. Three daily trains connect Gothenburg, Trollhättan, Vänersborg and Ed in Dalsland with Sarpsborg. Around 550 passengers a day use the train station in Sarpsborg.

By bus[edit]

Sarpsborg is served by the Timekspressen. This bus line to Moss and Oslo departs 21 times a day, and 7 of the daily schedules are prolonged to Halden and 4 to Strömstad. While the Timekspressen goes from the city centre, the GoByBus line from Oslo to Uddevalla and Gothenburg only stops at Quality Hotel Sarpsborg by the E6, 3 km north of the city centre. GoByBus operates 5 times a day. 4 of the daily schedules also stop in Strömstad and Tanum in Bohuslän. 3 of the daily schedules are prolonged to Helsingborg, Malmö and Copenhagen. The most popular bus line in Sarpsborg is Glommaringen with 8 departures to Fredrikstad every hour, and around 2,800 daily passengers. It is also daily bus connection between Sarpsborg and the smaller towns Askim and Mysen in northern Østfold.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Moss Airport Rygge only 15 minutes away, but this airport is small and only have daily routes to Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø. There is also routes to Alicante, Antalya, Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Malaga, Klaipeda, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo and Valencia once or twice a week. Getting from Rygge to Sarpsborg is easiest by taxi. The Fredrikstad og Sarpsborg Taxisentral has fixed price from Rygge to downtown Sarpsborg, 390 NOK. Another alternative is a shuttle bus to Rygge train station and the train to Sarpsborg. The total price is just below 100 NOK.

Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport (CPH) is the only airport with a direct bus line to Sarpsborg. But with only 3 daily routes and almost 7 hours travel time, it is a poor alternative. More usual is to travel to Oslo's Gardermoen Airport, Torp Airport or Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport and take a train or bus to downtown, and find a bus or train to Sarpsborg there. Doing this the travel time from the airports to Sarpsborg usually will be between 2 and 3 hours.

By car[edit]

Arriving from south use Exit 5 or Exit 6 on the European Route E6 motorway. Exit 5 passes Sarpsfossen, the largest waterfall in Europe on the way into the city centre. Exit 6 passes Amfi Borg, a large shopping mall with over 70 stores. Arriving from north use Exit 7, where the Quality Hotel Sarpsborg is situated. Above 20,000 vehicles a day use the E6 through Sarpsborg. By car the travel time from Sarpsborg is 15 minutes to Fredrikstad, 20 minutes to Moss and Halden and 30 minutes to Askim, Mysen and Strömstad. Sarpsborg is a popular transit station for tourists going further north in Norway, because it is half-way between Denmark and the most spectacular fjords and mountains of Norway, around 6 hours from both Copenhagen and Sognefjorden.

Get around[edit]


  • Sarpsfossen, the largest waterfalls in Europe. Both Rhine Falls and Dettifoss claim to be the largest and most powerful waterfall in Europe, but while those waterfalls have between 200 and 500 m³/s of average water flow, Sarpsfossen have 577 m³/s. Just above Sarpsfossen is a road bridge with a view point. There are also view points on the east side of the falls. Sarpsfossen is only a 10 minute walk from the city centre and train station.
  • Kulåsparken, idyllic city park with an amphitheatre, playground and bandstand
  • Hafslund Manor, farm, park and conference center. Home of the climate conferences CC8 and CC9, with several former head of states participating. [1]
  • Borregaard Manor, farm, park and conference center. Home of the peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders leading up to the Oslo Accords.
  • Storedal Kultursenter. Experience center for blind persons
  • Borgarsyssel Museum, Østfold's county museum with 36 historical buildings


Beach at Høysand
  • Høysand, beach near Exit 4 from the E6, with several mini golf courses, kiosks, camping, a fishing pier and a Sunday flea market
  • Golf courses Borregaard (9-hole), Skjeberg (18-hole) and Øya (9-hole, pay-and-play)
  • Østfold Golfsenter, the largest indoor golf centre in Scandinavia
  • Superland. Activity centre at Quality Hotel & Resort Sarpsborg with an indoor water park, climbing, skating track and several other activities
  • Eventyrfabrikken. Large amusement park for children
  • Kjerringåsen Alpinsenter. Skiing centre with 4 slopes and lighted cross-country courses
  • Inspiria science center,Inspiria science center is a popular scientific adventure and learning in Sarpsborg in mathematics, science and technology where visitors learn by experimenting yourself. In science, children and adults explore the phenomena of nature, the environment, health and technology through its own activities and in collaboration with others.


  • Shopping malls Amfi Borg (70 stores, Exit 6 from the E6), Storbyen (70 stores, downtown) and Stopp Tune (30 stores, alongside E6 just between Exit 6 and 7).


Sarpsborg has around 15 restaurants, and a similar numbers of pizza places (mostly take-away). Most restaurant are situated in or near the pedestrian street in downtown Sarpsborg. In addition to this the city also have a lot of fast food places, including two Mc Donald's restaurants.

A La Carte[edit]

  • Brasserie 74St. Marie gate 74 +47 69 12 11 35. The high-class dinner in the pedestrian street.
  • Da VinciSt. Marie gate 58 +47 69 15 33 55. Elegant à la carte combined with a little bar and an open backyard.
  • ØstfoldstueneBjørnstadveien 20 +47 69 10 15 00. Hotel restaurant at Quality Hotel by Exit 7 from the E6.
  • GrillenSandesundsveien 1 +47 69 12 42 00. Hotel restaurant in the second floor of Rica Saga.
  • Henry'sPer Gyntveien 16 B +47 69 14 90 53. 8 AM-10 PM. Typical suburb restaurant serving mostly Norwegian food.


  • China PlazaSt. Marie gate 93 +47 69 15 04 22. 1-10 PM. Established in 1993 and since then one of the most popular restaurants in Sarpsborg. God food and god service.

The place is exotic and elegant. Serve Chinese, Thai, Korean, Nordic meal and sushi. TakeAway. A large out door garden for guest who likes to enjoy a god meal out doors.

The restaurant olso got a playroom for children.Web. CHINAPLAZA.NO Large menu for every one Lunch from 12 o klock : from 80 NOK and Main courses: 150-230 NOK.

  • Lykkens MathusSt. Marie gate 49 +47 69 15 25 52. Serving Asian food, near Sarpsfossen.
  • Tui WokKlokkergårdveien 32 +47 69 12 70 50fax: +47 69 12 70 51, e-mail: . 11 AM-10 PM. Situated close to Exit 6 from the E6, this is the Thai food restaurant of Sarpsborg. Main courses: 60-125 NOK.


  • KnossosSt. Marie gate 76 +47 69 12 19 99fax: +47 69 12 19 91. 11 AM-11 PM. Greek food in the second floor of the same building that also hosts Pizzanini. Main courses: 170-270 NOK.
  • PizzaniniSt. Marie gate 76 +47 69 12 19 99. 1-11 PM. Urban style chain restaurant with a good view from the tables into the kitchen.
  • TzatzikiSt. Marie gate 95 +47 69 15 20 20. Greek food in a restaurant with a good view to the pedestrian street.

Steak Houses[edit]

  • Big HornSt. Marie gate 103 +47 69 12 22 00fax: +47 69 12 22 01, e-mail: . Chain restaurant with steaks served with bernaise sauce, corn and different sorts of potato. Main courses: 210-560 NOK.
  • DickensSt. Marie gate 109 +47 69 15 28 92. Longest running restaurant in Sarpsborg, famous for large steaks, and in particular its horse beef steak, the "Stablemaster Steak"


Sarpsborg's night life is divided in two: The pubs that are open daily, and the bars that only are open Fridays and Saturdays only. Serving is allowed until 1.30 PM in Sarpsborg, and all places must be closed at 2 PM. In the summer months the drinking places are allowed to serve for half an hour extra.

  • Pubs: Olsen, Premier (football pub), Neptune, Edvart's, Gamle Sarp, Olavs
  • Bars: Oppe & Nede, Dickens, Botcha, Lotus, Rock 51, Førtito


Go next[edit]

Routes through Sarpsborg
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