The Oslo to Bergen journey by train is fantastic, but an even more fabulous route is:
1: This journey to Myrdal
2: A ride on the Flamsbana
3. The ferry through the fjords from Flam
4. A bus to Voss
5. By train from Voss to Bergen
Final Destination: Bergen
The number of daytime trains has been pleasingly increased in recent years.
These trains are usually scheduled to depart from Oslo daily at 06:25; 08:25; 10:25 14;25 and 16:25.
5 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.
These are six seat compartments which can be block booked for use by family groups or any travelling party of up to six people.
Though Non-Flexible tickets may not be made available for journeys in a resting compartments.
Vy's sleeper trains offer four types of accommodation:
Non-Flexible tickets don't tend to be made available for travel in the sleeping compartments.
Booking on the Vy website instead of with Entur
Some ticket options on the long-distance trains are only available on the Vy website, namely;
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 assigne, reserving as soon as possible is particularly recommended.
Seat and bed reservations are usually available up to 90 days in advance
Though this €2 fee can now be avoided by using the Entur rail pass reservation service.
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;
For travel on the Sove night trains, regardless of operator, the reservation fees are the same for both first and second class pass users.
The rail pass reservation fee for the sleeping cabins is a flat rate of NOK 1000 (approx €100) so if you are travelling solo you will have the cabin to yourself, but couples /pairs can pay the one fee, but then double occupancy.
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The Oslo to Bergen railway route is one of Europe's Top 5 most fabulous train journeys, but if you take any off the first three day and leave the train at Myrdal, not only will you have experienced most of the Oslo to Bergen journey, you can also connect to another Top 5 journey - the Flaamsbana.
On the dates when it is running, you can take the incredible Flaamsbana railway, pictured above on a grey day, down to Flaam, from where you can then either:
2: Or if you take either of the first two trains of the day from Oslo, you can a take a return train back up to Myrdal in time to catch a train to Oslo, so the Flamsbana can be easily done on a day trip from the Norwegian capital by train.
In summary the best of the views are from the left of the train, when facing the direction of travel.
The only sections of the journey on which the best of the views are on the right are between Drammen and Honefoss, Gol and Geilo, Finse and Myrdal and the final part of the journey between Voss and Bergen.
Time your trip so that you're travelling on one of the first three trains of the day, to make the most of the jaw-dropping spectacle.
What gives this route its wow factor is the epic journey across the Hardangervidda plateau, the highest altitude travelled by European main line trains.
As can be seen in these two videos that ShowMeTheJourney filmed from the train:
Shorter version; filmed further west towards Finse:
You will be crossing the plateau between Haugastøl and Mjølfjell with views stretching across a landscape above the tree line, studded with lakes and mountains.
The best views are from the left of the train on this part of the journey.
Don’t expect the high peaks that can be seen from Alpine routes, this route’s spectacle comes from a sense of other-worldliness.
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