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Nettbuss AS
Industry Bus transport
Founded 1925
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served
Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Key people
Arne Veggeland (CEO)
Products TIMEkspressen, Bus4You
Revenue NOK 2,991 million (2005)
Increase NOK 83 million (2005)
Number of employees
5,000 (2006)
Parent Norwegian State Railways
Subsidiaries 14

Nettbuss AS is the largest bus company in Norway owned by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB). It was until 2000 known as NSB Biltrafikk. The company has 14 operating subsidiaries throughout Norway and in Denmark and Sweden.

The company has its headquarters in Oslo with the operations being performed by subsidiaries. The company has about 25% market share in Norway and offers both local and express bus services in addition to tour buses/coaches through Peer Gynt Tours. The corporation has approximately 5,000 employees.

Most of the routes are on contract or public service obligation (PSO) with the counties, and in some counties the buses are branded with the counties public transport brands, like Ruter in Akershus and Kolumbus in Rogaland. On some regional high-frequency routes Nettbuss uses its own brand TIMEkspressen (the hourly express).


NSB Bilruter was established on 9 November 1925 as part of the Norwegian State Railway to offer supplementary bus services in Trøndelag. The first route was from Hell to Selbu, known as Selburuta. The company developed a number of routes to supplement train services.

In 1996 the bus division was made a separate limited company, NSB Biltrafikk AS, wholly owned by NSB. The new company started a vast acquisition of numerous local bus companies in addition to winning public service obligation contracts with some Norwegian counties. In 2000 the company changed its name to Nettbuss. The same year the truck division was sold to the Norwegian Postal Service.[1]

Among the companies acquired by Nettbuss are:


A Nettbuss Trøndelag bus in Trondheim

Nettbuss has 14 fully owned and two partially owned subsidiaries.[2]

Borg Buss AS[edit]

50% of Borg Buss is owned by Nettbuss while the rest is owned by Fredrikstad and Hvaler municipalities. The company operates local buses in Østfold.

Nettbuss Denmark A/S[edit]

Nettbuss Denmark is Nettbuss' subsidiary in Danish market. In 2006 Nettbuss acquired Partner Bus AS and has merged it into Netbus Denmark. The headquarters are located in Copenhagen.[3]

Nettbuss Drammen AS[edit]

Nettbuss Drammen operates bus services in the counties of Buskerud and Telemark, including the city buses in Drammen. Nettbuss Telemark was merged into Nettbuss Drammen in 2005. The company has its headquarters in Drammen.

Nettbuss Øst AS[edit]

Nettbuss Øst operates local and express buses within the counties of Akershus, Hedmark and Oslo. It has its offices in Lillestrøm.

Nettbuss Møre AS[edit]

Nettbuss Møre is the result of numerous mergers in Møre og Romsdal, the latest between Nettbuss Møre and Ålesund Bilruter. The company operates a number of routes in the county, including the city buses in Kristiansund, Molde and Ålesund and two express bus routes to Oslo. The company is headquartered in Ålesund.

Nettbuss Sør AS[edit]

A Nettbuss Sør city bus in Kristiansand

Nettbuss Sør operates local and express buses in Aust-Agder, Telemark, Vest-Agder (from January 2011 also local buses in Kristiansand) and Rogaland. It also owns 73% of Telemark Kollektivtrafikk that operates PSO routes in Grenland. The company has its headquarters in Arendal.

Nettbuss Travel AS[edit]

Nettbuss Travel AS is a company that sells charter bus services to the both consumers and businesses domestically and internationally. Its offices are in Oslo.

Nettbuss Trøndelag AS[edit]

Nettbuss Trøndelag is the result of the acquisition of Fjerdingen Busselskap, serving Stjørdal and Meråker as well as Hemne og Orkladal Billag, serving large parts of Sør-Trøndelag. The company is headquartered in Trondheim.

Nettbuss Østfold AS[edit]

Nettbuss Østfold operates local and express buses in Østfold. Its headquarters are in Sarpsborg.

Nettbuss AB[edit]

Previously Orusttrafiken, and is one of Nettbuss' Swedish subsidiaries. Headquartered in Stenungsund, the company operates primarily in Southwestern Sweden in addition to Katrineholm and Norrköping. It also owns Stadsbussarna Sverige AB who operates the city buses in Östersund and Gävle.[4]

Nettbuss Express AB[edit]

Nettbuss Express AB is another of Nettbuss' Swedish subsidiaries. It operates the two express coach brands Bus4you and Nettbuss express. Routs between cities like Karlstad, Örebro, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Acquired by Nettbuss in 2006, Säfflebussen changed its name to Bus4you in January 2009 and moved its headquarters to Borås.

Nettbuss Ekspress AS[edit]

Nettbuss Ekspress AS is a subsidiary of Nettbuss Sør, and is headquartered in Arendal. It operates the express coach brand Bus4You, with a route between Bergen and Stavanger/Sandnes.

SB Nordlandsbuss AS[edit]

SB Nordlandsbuss is owned 34% by Nettbuss and 66% by Salten Bilruter and was the result of a merge between Nettbuss Helgeland and Salten Bilruters bus division. The company operates local and express bus routes in Nordland county and has its offices in Bodø.

Nettbuss Trondheim AS (Team Trafikk AS)[edit]

Team Trafikk was created by a merger between the municipal Trondheim Trafikkselskap and private Hemne og Orkladal Billag. It was then acquired by Nettbuss and the city bus in Trondheim and Klæbu kept the name Team Trafikk while the rest of the operations were moved to Nettbuss Møre and Nettbuss Trøndelag. The company also owns the subsidiary Team Verkstedsenter AS that operates three commercial heavy duty workshops. Headquarters lay in Trondheim. In 2011, the company changed its name to Nettbuss Trondheim.

Nettbuss TIMEkespressen[edit]

TIMEkspressen (Time Ekspressen means "Hourly Express") is a coach bus brand used by Nettbuss on 13 routes in Norway. The coaches are usually operated at one hour headway, but some routes have higher frequency in rush hour and lower frequency in the weekends.

TIMEkspressens routes
Route Destination
1 Notodden-Kongsberg-Drammen-Oslo
2 Charlottenberg-Kongsvinger-Oslo
3 Strømstad-Halden-Sarpsborg-Moss-Oslo
4 Hønefoss-Sandvika-Oslo
5 Arendal-Grimstad-Lillesand-Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik-Kristiansand
6 Hvaler-Fredrikstad-Råde-Oslo
7 Åsgårdstrand-Horten-Holmestrandstoppen-Drammen-Oslo
8 Tjøme-Tønsberg-Oslo
9 Ørje-Mysen-Askim-Oslo
10 Hønefoss-Vikersund-Drammen-Oslo
11 Volda-Ålesund-Molde-Kristiansund
14 Stavern-Larvik-Sandefjord-Oslo
15 Gjøvik-Skreia-Oslo Airport, Gardermoen-Oslo