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Norway By Train

The dazzling fjords and mountains of Norway offer the most spectacular views in Europe, and they’re all yours to discover on scenic train routes. Make your trip complete with a visit to these exciting towns and cities. Norway is the ideal destination for an adventurous European holiday.

Map with main train connections in Norway

Train types in Norway

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Expect to be impressed by trains operated by VY Railways. Modern, comfortable and ready to carry you across the country all times of the day, they're pretty awesome. You can check times for trains in Norway using the Eurail Timetable.

 

Reservations for most Norwegian trains are shown as optional in the Timetable. However, we advise you to always make reservations in Norway, because trains often get fully booked. 

 

Good to know: the Norwegian rail company recently changed their name from NSB to VY, due to a merge. When traveling in Norway you might still see the old NSB logo on trains and in stations. Your Eurail Pass is still valid on all trains in Norway.
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Regional and intercity trains in Norway

Local commuter trains (SUB)

  • Regional trains linking larger cities to surrounding towns on various short-distance routes.

  • 2nd class carriages only.

  • No reservation required.

 

VY Regiontog day trains (REG / RE)

  • Super comfy trains connecting larger cities such as Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

  • These trains operate on some scenic routes including the Bergen and Rauma Railways.

  • Reservations are optional. We highly recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a place on the train.

  • There's an additional international service from Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden). You can use this service with a rail pass valid in Norway or Sweden.

 

Go-Ahead Norge trains (REG/ RE)

  • Regional trains linking bigger cities and smaller towns between Oslo and Stavanger 
  • Operating on 3 routes: between Oslo and Stavanger, Egersund and Stavanger, or Nelaug and Arendal
  • Reservations required 
  • No reservations required on local trains, such as Sørtoket Lokal (formerly Arendalsbanen) and Jærbanen

 

NORD (SJ Norge)

  • Includes High speed Train (HST) between Oslo and Stockholm, as well as  Doverebanen Rørosbanen, Raumabanen, Nordlandsbanen, Trønderbanen and Meråkerbanen
  • Run by Swedish railway company SJ
  • Reservations are required

 

With a Eurail Pass valid in Norway or Sweden, you only have to pay the reservation fee.

 

 

Night trains in Norway

 

VY Regiontog night trains (REG)

  • Domestic overnight trains on the routes:

    • Oslo - Stavanger
    • Oslo - Bergen
    • Oslo - Trondheim
    • Trondheim - Bodø
  • Sleep in a cosy compartment and awake to inspiring scenery passing your train window.

  • Keys to sleeping compartments are collected from the on-board cafeteria (Meny Kafé).

  • You must reserve a bed or seat in advance.

 

Go-Ahead Norge night train (REG)

  • Domestic overnight train on the route Oslo - Stavanger 
  • Comfortable beds,  maximum 2 adults and 2 childre per compartment 
  • Complimentary voucher for free water and earplugs 
  • You must reserve a bed in advance

 

 

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Tourist trains in Norway

 

Flåm Railway (RE)

  • Very wild and scenic train route.

  • Connects mountain railway station Myrdal to Flåm, located in the magnificent Aurlandsfjord, 865 meters below.

  • Not covered by rail passes, but holders of a Eurail Pass do benefit from a 30% discount.

  • Buy your ticket in advance by calling the Entur customer centre: +47 61 27 90 88 

     

Bus services in Norway

 

Veøy Buss

  • Service from Åndalsnes to Molde.

  • Tickets can be bought on the bus.

  • 50% discount for holders of a Eurail Pass.

Reservations for trains in Norway

We strongly recommend that you reserve a seat on the long distance trains because these trains can fill up quickly, especially in high-season. 

 

How can I make reservations for trains in Norway?

  • At a train station: Ticket desks from Entur AS and self service machines are available. VY staff speak English and are Norwegian train experts, making this your best option.

  • By phone: Contact the Entur customer center on weekdays between 7:00 and 23:00, Saturdays between 8:00 and 21:00 and Sundays between 9:00 and 23:00. Opening times may vary during holidays.

    You can call them on +47 61 05 19 10.

  • Online: through our Reservation Service

 

Reservation Fees:

  • The reservation fee for 2nd class Passes is 50 NOK (approximately €5) per seat in the standard area or 100 NOK (approximately €10) for a seat in the Comfort area.
  • Fee for night train sleeping accommodation is 950 NOK (approximately €100) and bookable as single or two persons sleeper. 

 

Good to know:

  • On domestic day routes, there's no reservation fee for 1st class Pass Holders. However, 1st class Pass Holders need to have a seat reservation in upgraded compartments (Komfort, Pluss, Premium - depending on the train company). You can book this for free, but you must book locally.
  • On night trains there is no difference for 1st class or 2nd class. 
  • The Comfort Night place is only offered on the Sørlandsbanen (Oslo–Kristiansand–Stavanger–Oslo) night train. It is available all nights except for Saturday night to Sunday morning and the fee is 230 NOK (approximately €25), which can only be booked in Norway.
  • You can reserve trains for other countries at larger Norwegian train stations or through the Entur call center.

 

What can I expect when calling the Entur call center?

  1. Call the Entur customer center on +47 61 05 19 10 to book your seat or sleeper accommodation in Norway.

  2. Select ‘9’ in the menu to be put through to English speaking staff.

  3. There is an admin fee of 50 NOK (approximately €5).

  4. Payments can be made by credit card.

  5. Pre-paid reservations can be picked up at train stations and ticket vending machines before departure, or sent as PDF ticket via e-mail, or delivered onboard your chosen train.

  6. Reservations that haven't been paid for yet, have to picked up at ticket vending machines or at an open train station. You have to do this no later than one week after booking, or no later than the day prior to departure if there is less than one week till departure.

 

Get further info about reservations.

Domestic connections in Norway

Here are the routes between major cities using regional trains in Norway, all covered by the Eurail Pass.

 

Route Duration

Oslo to Bergen

7 hours

Oslo to Stavanger

7 hours 45 mins

Oslo to Trondheim

6 hours 40 mins

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International train connections to and from Norway

You can travel to and from Norway from popular cities in the following European countries:

 

Route Train / ferry Duration Reservations
Bergen, Kristiansand or Stavanger to Hirtshals (Denmark) Fjordline ferry 2 to 17 hours Required
Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden) VY Regiontog 4 hours Optional
Oslo to Stockholm (Sweden) SJ High Speed 6 hours Required


To travel overland from Denmark to Norway, you can take a high-speed train from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Gothenburg (Sweden), changing trains in Malmo (Sweden). Then take the direct VY Regiontog listed in the above table. In total, this will take under 9 hours. Reservations are required on the trains in Sweden.

Rail passes for Norway

Norway Pass

 

Spend your whole vacation exploring Norway by rail.

 

Standard prices from € 148

Global Pass

 

Have the freedom to visit Norway and up to 32 other European countries.


Standard prices from € 185

Scandinavia Pass

 

Explore Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland with one Eurail pass.

 

Standard prices from € 166

Train stations in Norway

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What is the main train station in Norway?

You'll find the hub of Norway's rail traffic in its capital city. Oslo Central Station, "Oslo S" for short, connects Norway's major cities as well as international destinations.

 

Railway stations in Norway have top facilities:

  • Lockers

  • ATMs and foreign exchange desks

  • Cafés, restaurants, shops

  • Tourist info

  • Elevators, escalators

  • Good access for disabled travellers

Places to visit in Norway


    Old town, Fredrikstad
Old town, Fredrikstad

Gamlebyen, the Old Town (Fredrikstad)

One of Norway´s most popular attractions, the old town (Gamlebyen) in Fredrikstad is the best-preserved fortress town in all of Scandinavia. Breathtaking and dynamic, the area boasts cobblestone streets, centuries-old buildings, quaint shops, the Fredrikstad City Museum, and a spectacular Saturday morning flea market. Spend a day walking back through time to 17th century simplicity and beauty.

Fredrikstad is about 1 ½ hours by train from Oslo.

    Wooden houses in Bergen
Wooden houses in Bergen

Natural beauty in Bergen

The train ride from Oslo to Bergen has been called the most beautiful in the world. Mountains, lakes, rivers and forests await you along the way. In Bergen, there’s plenty to do. The famous Bryggen wooden wharf houses celebrate 900 years of Norwegian tradition. Ride the Funicular Cable Car, and soar to the top of Mount Floyen, 1,050 feet above sea level. Love fresh seafood? The lower station is just steps from the fish market.

From Bergen station (Bergen Stasjon), the lower station of the Funicular Cable Car is a 10-minute walk.

    Nothern lights near Skibon
Nothern lights near Skibon

Say hello to Aurora Borealis

Get front row seats to the Northern Lights. The best months to witness this breathtaking natural event are October, February and March. But the Lights are ever-changing, so it’s worth checking into the possibilities whenever you plan to visit Norway. Specific weather conditions are also a factor. (The Lights are best visible in the very northern parts of Norway, such as Narvik, Bodø, Tromsø and Finnmark).

Bodø is the northern end of the Norwegian State Railways.

    The Flam Railway crossing the mountains
The Flam Railway crossing the mountains

Steepest railway line in the world in Flåm

Some very skillful engineering created the rail path from Flåm to Myrdal. This is one of Norway’s most popular attractions and also boasts magnificent natural scenery. The steepest inclines for any railroad (at some points, up to a 55% gradient), plus narrow paths that pass into and out of the mountainside, waterfalls and wildlife make this journey truly unique. Your 40-minute train ride will provide memories that last a lifetime.

You can travel from Bergen to Flåm in about 3 hours, and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery – mountains, fjords and forests – along the way.

    The Royal Palace, Oslo
The Royal Palace, Oslo

The cultural mix in Oslo

Oslo, Norway’s capital and largest city, is a mecca of international activities, music, art, culture, science and history. From the unusual, like the Fire Museum (Brannmuseet i Oslo), to the historical Aker Brygge Wharf and the Royal Palace. Oslo will suit your style, no matter what that is. Spend some time listening to the local music and enjoy the hearty cuisine before venturing away from the city into the majestic fjords and stunning nature.

Step off the train at Oslo’s station Nationaltheatret, and the royal palace grounds will be directly in front of you.