Beautiful Goteborg Central station

Oslo to Göteborg / Gothenburg by train

How to take the rail journey from Oslo to Gothenburg / Göteborg



From Oslo S to Göteborg Central/Göteborg C

Travel Information

Trains are usually scheduled to depart as follows:

  • on Monday to Friday at 06:01; 10:01; 14:01 and 18:01
  • on Saturdays at 08:01; 14:01 and 18:01.
  • on Sundays at 10:01; 14:01 and 18:01.

Except for the 18:01 departures, these trains from the Norwegian capital arrive in Goteborg in time to connect with the hourly Oresundtag services on to Kobenhavn/Copenhagen via Malmo.

Final Destination: Göteborg C

Mon-Fri = 4 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 3 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 90 days ahead of the travel date.

The three types of Flex tickets will typically be offered for sale, which are:

1: Non Flexible tickets - They live up to their name as they can't be refunded or exchanged, hence they are the cheapest type of ticket, when first placed on sale they are typically less than half then price of Flexible tickets.
Seats will be assigned when booking these tickets, but you cannot choose specific seats from the seating plan.
Also note because they cannot be exchanged or refunded, once purchased, you can only travel by the specific departure you chose when making a booking.
Non-Flexible tickets for travel in Standard (second) class can sell out before the travel date.

2: Semi Flexible tickets - These tickets can't be refunded if you want to cancel your travel plans, but they can be exchanged to an alternative departure and they also allow the purchaser to select specific seats on a seating plan.

3: Flexible tickets - They are most expensive because unlike Semi-Flexible tickets, they can be refunded, in addition to being exchanged to an alternative departure.
They also allow the purchaser to select specific seats on a seating plan.

Travelling in Plus (first / premium) Class

Vy tends to take a flexible approach for the sale of tickets to travel in Plus Class, particularly when looking up a journey more than a couple of weeks ahead when the Non-Flexible tickets may not be an option.

Conversely closer to the travel dates, the Non-Flexible tickets can be sold out for travel in Standard Class, but will be still be available for travel in Plus*.

*= when booking with Entur it refers to Vy's Plus Class as Premium Class.

Booking on the Vy website instead of with Entur

Entur is the national transport booking service for Norway, but tickets for travel by Vy trains can also be booked on the Vy website.

Some ticket options on the long-distance trains are only available on the Vy website, namely;

  • you can choose seat in the family carriage, which is available on the Bergen line,
  • you can specifically choose to sit in a part of a train in which pets aren't allowed.

Also when booking on Vy, tickets to sit in Plus (first) Class are available as an added extra to the Standard Class price; if you can't find Plus Class availability when choosing Non-Flexible tickets, check Semi-Flexible and Flexible tickets.

Using Rail Passes on this journey:

Reservations are required, but as all those travelling with journey tickets will have had their seats assigned, reserving as soon as possible is particularly recommended.
Seat and bed reservations are usually available up to 90 days in advance

You can book reservations online by using the Eurail reservation service or the InterRail reservation service though you will be charged a €2 booking fee per reservation, per person.

Though this now a cheaper than the other pre-travel option, which is calling the national Entur booking service, as it now charges a €5 admin fee, it be can be reached on +47 61 27 90 88.
Entur does not sell rail pass reservations online.

Reservations can be arranged at the Entur ticket desks in stations

The terms differ depending on whether you have a first class or second class rail pass.
Second class passes = the costs per seat in the Standard (second class) seating areas is NOK 50, but holders of second class passes can also opt to to travel in the equivalent of first class seats at a cost of NOK 200/300.
First class passes you can either;

  • opt to reserve prior to arrival in Norway and pay the reservation fee NOK 200/300 (plus the admin fees),charge
  • or avoid the fees, if you wait until you are in Norway and book at an Entur travel desk in the major stations.
Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Entur *

Entur Guide

Norway has a national public transport ticketing service, named Entur which sells all rail tickets, regardless of whether the train service will be operated by Vy, SJ NORD or Go Ahead.
It also sells tickets for buses so it can handle tickets requests for journeys which involve a combination of trains and buses.

When using it to book journeys, you will be offered the full range of tickets per route and can access the core terms and conditions for how each type of ticket can be used.

Though something to look out for on Entur is that when booking rail tickets from and to Oslo, you need to select Oslo S, the city's main station, as a location in the From and To search boxes.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsLake viewsRiver views

Good to Know

Oslo to Germany by train:

On Monday to Friday only this Oslo to Göteborg journey is the first stage of taking a train from Norway to Hamburg, the typical connections are:

  1. Depart Oslo at 06:01, arrive Göteborg at 09:45
  2. Depart Göteborg at 10:40, arrive Kobenhavn H at 14:29
  3. Depart Kobenhavn H at 15:26, arrive Hamburg at 20:02; in time to connect into the new Nightjet train to Basel and Zurich.
Between Oslo and Moss Between Oslo and Moss
Between Ski and Moss Between Ski and Moss
Between Moss and Halden Between Moss and Halden
Into Sweden Into Sweden
Swedish farm land Swedish farm land
The railway lines runs parallel to the Göta älv river as it approaches Goteborg The railway lines runs parallel to the Göta älv river as it approaches Goteborg
Approaching Goteborg Approaching Goteborg

This journey is delightful, but if you can, travel this way before the second Sunday in December
One of the many journey highlights, are the sea views that can currently be seen from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) between Oslo and Ski.

But when the Follo line opens in around 2022, the trains will be diverted into what will be Norway's longest rail tunnel, for this part of the journey.

The best views overall are from the right of the train.

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