The old departure hall food court at Oslo S station

Oslo to Kristiansand by train



From Oslo S to Kristiansand

Journey Summary

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Travel Time
4hr 28min - 4hr 38 min
Travel Information

Final Destination: Stavanger or Kristiansand

These trains are now operated by Go Ahead Nordic

Type of Scenery: Lake, hills, forest

Star Rating: *

If you are new to travelling by train in Norway, our NorwegianTrain Travel Guide is packed with info and useful links to help ensure you’ll have a stress-free trip.

Mon - Fri = 7 x trains per day
Sat/Sunday = 6 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

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

Two 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: 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.

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.
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

On day trains 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.

Vy *

On this journey

Good to Know

The train which usually departs Olso at 09:25 connects in Kristiansand for the ferry which typically departs at 16:30 for Hirtshals in Denmark.
The boat is due to arrive in Hirtshals at 19:45 and connections by train will be available on towards Skagen and Aalborg.

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