Travelling by train in Norway


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Try to set aside that Norway is an expensive country, so train ticket prices can seem comparatively pricey, and there’s a lot to love about travelling by train in Norway.

In particular, the staff are incredibly polite and helpful (in our experience), the ticket system isn’t overly complicated, national rail operator Vy’s website is comparatively simple to use and of course the journeys can be stunningly beautiful.


Though if you would like help with planning a train journey within or to/from Norway, or want to add some Norwegian destinations to a European train travel itinerary, take a look at ShowMeTheJourney's new Concierge Service.

11 THINGS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT NORWEGIAN TRAIN TRAVEL:

(1)
Vy is the new name of the national rail operator in Norway, until recently it was known as NSB and therefore tickets for train journeys in Norway can now be booked on the Vy website or app.

(2) The long distance express trains are branded 'Regiontog' - so these are not regional trains, they're the top flight trains in Norway.

(3) These Regiontog services on all the routes they operate on, don't depart particularly frequently.

(4) Unless you will be using the commuter trains to/from Olso or Bergen, turning up at a station in the expectation that a train will be leaving soon, is not a good idea in Norway.

(5) Tickets can be booked from 90 days ahead - and limited numbers of discounted 'Mini-Pris' tickets will be placed on sale for journeys by Regiontog trains.

(6) Children aged 4-15 travel at half-rate, but one child aged 4-15 can travel free with an adult travelling with an ordinary ticket.
Children aged 0-3 travel free

(7) Half rate is charged for those aged 67 and over.

(8) Tickets are required for bikes on trains and our guide to taking an ordinary bicycle on Norwegian trains is available HERE.

(9) Vy doesn’t use 1st and 2nd class, what would be 1st class is called ‘Komfort’.

It's worth considering travelling ‘Komfort’ for long journeys on Regiontog trains, as the standard seats on Regiontog trains can feel a tad cramped compared to other European express trains.

Komfort class is only available on Regiontog trains and on trains between Norway and Sweden.

(10) Reservations are available on Regiontog trains and aren’t generally compulsory (the Regiontog trains in both directions between Oslo and Bergen are an exception), so the price you will see online doesn’t usually include the reservation.

You have to opt to pay the additional fee if you want to reserve – recommended on all long distance trains in the summer months, particularly on Fridays and Sundays

It isn’t possible to book reservations online separately from ticket bookings - so if you have a rail pass and want to make reservations you need to call NSB.

(11) International train services have been improved in recent years.

Tilting Swedish Snabtagg trains now provide the fastest ever service on the Oslo – Stockholm route* and the frequency of the service has also been increased.

Norwegian Regiontog trains are used on the Oslo – Goteborg route.

*The train service between Oslo and Stockholm has been altered during 2019 due to works on the line.
The remaining trains are slower, less frequent and Swedish IC trains are being used on most departures.

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