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Exterior view of the trains used by NSB on most Regiontog services

Regiontog (Norway)

If you will be taking a journey by these Norwegian Regiontog trains this guide will help with making the most of the travel experience.

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At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Reservations

Available
Time of Day

Day
Catering

Food services available

Restaurant
Bistro (bar food and take away meals)
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Bikes Allowed
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

Has a Conductor
Country

Which country these trains operate in.

Norway
Sweden
Travel Passes
Eurail
InterRail

On Board

Komfort

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

The Komfort Class seating saloon on the type of train NOT used on the Oslo <> Bergen route The Komfort Class seating saloon on the type of train NOT used on the Oslo <> Bergen route
Semi-open compartment seats are available on some of the Regiontog trains Semi-open compartment seats are available on some of the Regiontog trains

Komfort is the Norwegian equivalent of first class (the doors on Komfort class coaches have a ‘1’ on them)
It’s worth considering Komfort class, as the seats in standard class can feel cramped in comparison to typical European long distance trains.
Komfort class passengers are also provided with complimentary hot and cold drinks.

Apologies for the lack of images of the interior of the trains used on the Oslo to Bergen route, my excuse is that I was too pre-occupied with capturing images of the scenery - as you will be if you take a journey on those trains.

Second Class

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

The type of longer loco hauled Regiontog trains used on the Oslo - Bergen route The type of longer loco hauled Regiontog trains used on the Oslo - Bergen route

Regiontog travel guide:

Norway's national rail operator Vy uses the branding 'Regiontog' for its long distance train services from and to Oslo, but there are two distinct types of train.

(1) Trains with coaches pulled by a locomotive which are used for all departures on the route between Oslo and Bergen and on a few departures on the routes to Stavanger and Trondheim.
These trains typically have 10 - 12 coaches.
These trains have a bar/bistro counter and a restaurant car and an entire coach set aside for families with small children, which is in effect a travelling playground.

(2) Trains with driving cabs at each end.
These trains provide the bulk of the services on the routes between Oslo and both Trondheim and Stavanger - as well as all the direct trains between Oslo and Goteborg.

These trains have 4 coaches, but two trains can be joined together for certain departures.
These trains have vending machines instead of a bar/bistro counter and no parent and child coaches.

Komfort Class:

What both types of train used for Regiontog services have in common is that they’re the only trains in Norway that offer ‘Komfort’ class in addition to standard class.
Komfort is the Norwegian equivalent of first class (the doors on Komfort class coaches have a ‘1’ on them)

It’s worth considering Komfort class, as the seats in standard class can feel cramped in comparison to typical European long distance trains.

Komfort class passengers are also provided with complimentary hot and cold drinks.

Reservations:

When booking tickets for journeys by Regiontog trains, either online or at stations, seats will be assigned – an advantage of booking online is that you can choose seats.

If when boarding, you aren’t happy with the seat you have been allocated (some seats don’t line up particularly well with the windows), you can ask the conductor what other seat(s) you can move to.
There are no indications on board for whether a seat has been reserved or not, hence why you at least initially have to sit in the seat you have been allocated.

Using First Class rail passes:

With a First Class pass you won't have to pay reservation fees to travel on the Regiontog trains in Komfort Class; the equivalent of 1st class.
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.

Or it's possible to avoid the booking fees by calling the Entur (Norway's national transport booking service) call center: +47 61 27 90 88 (press 9 for services in English).
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 08:00 - 23:00
( during bank holidays are shorter).

If you have a 1st class pass, make this clear when calling to make reservations in 'Komfort' class, in order to avoid being charged any fees.
If the travel adviser asks you for a payment, you are being offered a 2nd class reservation.

If you haven’t reserved when boarding the trains on which reservations are optional, you need to check with the conductor, which seats are available before occupying a seat.

Using Second Class rail passes:

Seat reservations are optional, this includes the route between Oslo and Goteborg/Gothenburg.

If you want to travel in 2nd class, they cost around the equivalent of €6.
However, 2nd class pass users can also opt to pay a more expensive fee of the equivalent around €11 to travel in 'Komfort' class = 1st class on Regiontog trains.

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.

Or it's possible to avoid the booking fees by calling the Entur (Norway's national transport booking service) call center: +47 61 27 90 88 (press 9 for services in English).
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 08:00 - 23:00
( during bank holidays are shorter).

If you haven’t reserved when boarding the trains on which reservations are optional, you need to check with the conductor, which seats are available before occupying a seat.

On board:

Regiontog trains have conductors who speak excellent English who regularly pass through the train to check tickets and answer questions – all on board announcements are also made in English.

The Wi-Fi can be temperamental on the Oslo - Bergen route, but you'll want to spend most of this journey gazing out of the windows.

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