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The dazzling fjords and mountains of Norway offer the most spectacular views in Europe, and they’re all yours to discover on scenic train routes. Make your trip complete with a visit to these exciting towns and cities. Norway is the ideal destination for an adventurous European holiday.

Train types in Norway

Expect to be impressed by trains operated by VY Railways, GoAhead Norge, and SJ . Modern, comfortable, and ready to carry you across the country at all times of the day, they're pretty awesome. You can check times for trains in Norway using the Eurail Timetable .

Reservations for most Norwegian trains are shown as optional in the Timetable. However, we advise you to always make reservations in Norway , because trains often get fully booked. 

The German railways are run by Deutsche Bahn. You can check train times on the Interrail train timetable  or on the DB website .

  • Domestic trains
  • International trains
  • Night trains
  • Scenic trains

Map with main train connections in Norway

Regional and intercity trains in Norway

Local trains and short distance commuter trains in the Oslo area (SUB)

Regional trains linking larger cities to surrounding towns on various short-distance routes.

2nd class carriages only.

No reservation required.

VY Tåg trains (REG / RE)

  • Regional trains linking bigger cities and smaller towns around Oslo and Bergen 
  • Oslo – Myrdal - Bergen
  • Oslo – Oslo Airport – Hamar – Lillehammer – Dombås 
  • Oslo – Drammen – Larvik – Skien 
  • Oslo – Lillestrøm – Kongsvinger
  • Oslo – Moss – Fredrikstad – Halden
  • Reservations on some routes are mandatory.

Go-Ahead Norge trains (REG/ RE)

  • Regional trains linking bigger cities and smaller towns between Oslo and Stavanger 
  • Oslo – Kristiansand – Stavanger 
  • Stavanger – Egersund 
  • Nelaug – Arendal 

SJ Norge trains (REG)

  • Regional trains at Dovrebanen, Rørosbanen, Raumabanen, Nordlandsbanen, and local trains at Trønderbanen and Meråkerbanen. 
  • Oslo – Dombås – Trondheim 
  • Hamar – Røros – Trondheim 
  • Trondheim – Mo I Rana – Bodø 
  • Trondheim – Hell – Storlien (Sweden) 

Gjøvikbanen AS (REG)

  • Regional train from Oslo, through Nordmarka, to Gjøvik.
  • Reservations are optional.

With a  Eurail Pass  valid in Norway, you only have to pay the reservation fee.

Bus services in Norway

Service from Åndalsnes to Molde.

Tickets can be bought on the bus.

50% discount for holders of an  Eurail Pass .

SJ high-speed

  • Trains from Oslo to Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Reservations are mandatory

VY Regiontog day trains (REG)

  • Trains from Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Reservations are optional
  • Trains from Trondheim to Storlien (Sweden)

Night trains in Norway

Domestic night trains (REG)

Domestic overnight trains on the routes:

  • Oslo - Stavanger (GoAhead Nordic)
  • Oslo - Bergen (VY Tog)
  • Oslo - Trondheim (SJ Norge)
  • Trondheim - Bodø (SJ Norge)

Sleep in a cosy compartment and awake to inspiring scenery passing your train window.

Keys to sleeping compartments are collected from the on-board cafeteria (Meny Kafé).

  • You must reserve a bed or seat in advance.

Go-Ahead Norge night train (REG)

  • Domestic overnight train on the route Oslo - Stavanger 
  • Comfortable beds,  maximum 2 adults and 2 childre per compartment 
  • Complimentary voucher for free water and earplugs 
  • You must reserve a bed in advance

Tourist trains in Norway

Flåm Railway  (RE)

Very wild and scenic train route.

Connects mountain railway station Myrdal to Flåm, located in the magnificent Aurlandsfjord, 865 meters below.

Not covered by rail passes, but holders of a  Eurail Pass  do benefit from a  30% discount .

Buy your ticket in advance by calling the Entur customer centre: +47 61 27 90 88

Popular connections

  • Domestic routes
  • International routes

Here are the routes between major cities using regional trains in Norway, all covered by the Eurail Pass .

You can travel to and from Norway from popular cities in the following European countries:

To travel overland from  Denmark  to  Norway , you can take a regional train from  Copenhagen (Denmark)  to  Gothenburg (Sweden) . Then take the direct VY Regiontog listed in the above table. In total, this will take under 9 hours. Reservations are recommended on the trains between Sweden and Norway.

Reservations

We strongly recommend that you reserve a seat on the long distance trains because these trains can fill up quickly, especially in high-season. 

How can I make reservations for trains in Norway?

Eurail reservation self-service system.

Administration costs when booking through Eurail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

  • Entur  Domestic trains

Locally at the train station in Norway

By calling the Entur 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 Opening hours during bank holidays are shorter.

Entur Call Center handles bookings on behalf of all Norwegian train operators (except Flytoget AS). You may book tickets or seat reservations for the following train operators: Vy (Vygruppen AS), GAN (Go Ahead Nordic AS), and SJ (SJ Norge AS).

Seat reservations are usually available up to 90 days in advance and are not compulsory in Norway. However, seat reservations are highly recommended where available. Popular trains to and from popular destinations tend to be full during holiday seasons (i.e. the Oslo–Bergen Line during summer).

We only accept payment by card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express). Payment is required when you book.

Ticket collection

  • The easiest way to get your travel documents and receipts is to choose a home print solution. You will receive an e-mail with details and an attached PDF including your travel documents. You can either show the digital documents on your smartphone or tablet, or print your tickets at home and bring them onboard to show the train manager (note: If you choose the home print option, your tickets will not be available for print at TVM’s).
  • As an alternative to home print tickets you can request to get your tickets printed at self-service ticket vending machines (TVM’s). You will receive an e-mail with details of your travel, the receipt of your purchase and a booking reference/Order ID that can be used at the TVM’s for pick up.
  • TVM’s are available at many of the train stations in Norway. For more information and station details, please see  Bane NOR  for a list of stations in Norway. Manned train stations in Norway are Oslo S, Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Bergen, Trondheim, and Stavanger.

Good to know:

  • On domestic day routes, there's no reservation fee for 1st class Pass Holders. However, 1st class Pass Holders need to have a seat reservation in upgraded compartments (Komfort, Pluss, Premium - depending on the train company). You can book this for free, but you must book locally.
  • On night trains there is no difference for 1st class or 2nd class.
  • The Komfort Night place is only offered on the Sørlandsbanen (Oslo–Kristiansand–Stavanger–Oslo) night train. It is available all nights except for Saturday night to Sunday morning and the fee is 230 NOK (approximately €25), which can only be booked in Norway.

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Tips and tricks for Norway

The main norwegian train stations.

You'll find the hub of Norway's rail traffic in its capital city.  Oslo Central Station , "Oslo S" for short, connects Norway's major cities as well as international destinations.

Railway stations in Norway have top facilities:

ATMs and foreign exchange desks

Cafés, restaurants, shops

Tourist info

Elevators, escalators

Good access for disabled travellers

Railway companies in Norway

There are 3 railway carriers in Norway that are included in your Interrail Pass: VY, Go Ahead Norge, and SJ. 

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You can book all trains from these 3 carriers through  Entur , either by phone or at their ticket desks at the train station. Reservations are mandatory on VY Tog regional trains between Oslo and Bergen. For other long distance and regional trains, reservations are not mandatory, but they are recommended since trains can fill up quickly!

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A Guide to Norway’s Must-Do Train Rides

Norway is a country with some of the most scenic train rides in the world, and it can be hard to choose just which one is the “best” for you.

Here are four of the most popular and highly recommended long distance train rides & I give you some helpful hints for train travel in Norway.

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Travel with Train in Norway

Traveling by train in Norway is a great way to see the country’s beauty and explore its many attractions. Here’s a few things that can help you have a smooth train experience:

A Norwegian on a train in Norway

Plan your journey  

Before you set off on your trip, I advice you to plan your route and purchase your train tickets in advance. Advance tickets is especially important in the summer, and you can save money by booking early.

You can book your train tickets online through the Norwegian Rail Company  (VY) website or through third-party booking sites like Rail Europe .

The VY website is available in English, making it easy for non-Norwegian speakers to use. Besides, it’s also where you most likely will get the best price. NOTE! Not all foreign cards are accepted on VY, but they do accept PayPal as a backup.

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Choose the right ticket

VY offers several types of tickets to suit different travel needs.

Non-flexible ticket

  • Has a set travel date and time
  • Allocated seat
  • Non-refundable

Flexible ticket

  • Allows you to change your travel dates or times without incurring any fees
  • Seat reservation included
  • Plus seats available

Fully flexible ticket

  •  Same as flexible tickets, but is also fully refundable

On some journeys you can choose to pay extra for “Plus”  or “Extra comfort”. This can give you:

  • Extra space and comfort
  • Practical work tables and power outlet
  • Free freshly ground coffee and tea

Other options such as a pet-free compartment, family car and compartments with 6 seats might be available. Some train departures offer sleeper cars going overnight.

You might also like: My Top Hotel Recommendations for Bergen

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Helpful hints and tips

Trains in Norway run on time, and they won’t wait for latecomers. However, you don’t have to arrive too early at the station. There is no scanning of bags or security checks to go through. Usually I show up about 15-20 min before my departure time.

Further, before boarding the train, make sure to check the train number and destination on the platform. If you have an assigned seat look for the right car so that you don’t have to walk through the entire train.

Luggage compartment train in Norway

On longer rides there will be a snack bar on the train. However, they can have limited selection and be quite pricey, so you might want to buy some food in advance from a supermarket.

Don’t be shy about walking around inside the train. On long journeys it’s important to stretch your legs and get the blood circulation going.

The 4 BEST Train Rides in Norway

Here is an overview of the four most popular and highly recommended long distance train rides in Norway. 

–> Need help planning your trip to Norway & Scandinavia? Read more here.

Bergensbanen - The Bergen Line

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The Bergen Line is a 496 km (308 miles) long railway that runs between Bergen and Oslo. The journey takes about seven hours and offers stunning views of Norway’s mountainous terrain and valleys. The train passes through Hardangervidda, Europe’s highest mountain plateau, and is therefor the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe.

For a fjord cruise detour and a 2 in 1 train ride, you can hop off at the station Myrdal and ride the Flåmsbanen down to Flåm. What’s more, the Flåm Railway is considered one of the steepest railways in the world. It’s a stunning train ride offering amazing views of powerful waterfalls and deep valleys. 

From Flåm take a fjord cruise on the majestic Sognefjord. Ride a bus to Voss, and hop back on the Bergensbanen train. This journey is also known as Norway in a Nutshell. Read more about it here.

The Bergen Line is great for the traveler who wants a comfortable way to travel between Oslo and Bergen, and who might want to include a fjord cruise.

Sleeper car is available.

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Raumabanen - The Rauma Line

The Rauma Line is a 114 km (71 miles)  long railway that runs between Dombås and Åndalsnes. The journey takes about 1.5 hours and offers stunning views of the Romsdalen valley, Trollveggen (Europe’s highest vertical rock face), and the Rauma River.

The train route is known for its steep inclines and tight turns, which adds to the excitement of the journey. The line features two  horseshoe curves  and has a 655 metres (2,149 ft) elevation drop. It is also known as one of the most scenic train rides in the world.

Raumabanen Train Line in Norway

During the journey, passengers can enjoy a comfortable ride in modern and spacious carriages with large windows to take in the breathtaking scenery. There are also food and beverage services available on board.

Overall, I’ll recommend the Rauma Line train ride  for travelers who want to explore the beauty of western Norway’s natural landscapes and enjoy a scenic rail journey through one of the Norway’s most stunning regions.

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Dovrebanen - The Dovre Line

Dovrebanen Train Line

The Dovre Line runs between Oslo and Trondheim, passing through some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The journey takes around 7 hours, covering a distance of approximately 550 kilometers (341 miles).

The Dovre Line offers stunning views of the Gudbrandsdalen valley, and one of the highlights of the journey is crossing the Dovrefjell mountain range, which is home to the iconic musk oxen and reindeer herds.

The train is comfortable and modern, with free Wi-Fi (not super reliable), and comfortable seats. There is also a dining car on board where you can enjoy a variety of meals and refreshments during the journey.

The Dovre Line is also a popular for visiting towns such as Lillehammer, which hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics. You can potentially hop off, spend the night in Lillehammer, and hop on the train again the next day (a ticket for each day will be needed)

For a mountain experience, you can also consider getting off at Hjerkinn, and do some hiking in the Dovre National Park.

What I like about The Dovre Line is that it allows travelers to see parts of the country that are difficult to access by car or bus, also it takes you between two of my favorite cities in Norway: Oslo & Trondheim.

Tips: If you’d like to combine with a train ride on the Rauma Line, you can take the Dovre Line to Dombås and change train there.

Inside a modern train in Norway

Nordlandsbanen - The Nordland Line

The Nordlandsbanen runs from Trondheim to Bodø, and covering a distance of approximately 729 kilometers (453 miles) this is the longest ride of the four mentioned in this article. Actually, its the longest railway line in all of Norway.

It is known for its breathtaking views of Norway’s rugged landscapes and natural beauty up north. However, o ne of the highlights of the Nordlandsbanen train ride is crossing the Arctic Circle. Passengers can also see the spectacular Saltfjellet mountain range and the Svartisen Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Norway.

As all trains in Norway, this train is also comfortable and modern with free Wi-Fi, café car and comfortable seats. 

I’d say that the Nordlandsbanen train ride is a unique and unforgettable way to experience the natural beauty of Northern Norway, from the rugged mountains and glaciers to the charming villages and towns along the way. 

If you are looking to travel up north, and want to avoid a flight this is a great option. For connecting to the Lofoten Islands you can take a ferry from Bodø to Moskenes.

Sleeper car available.

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Long Distance Trains in Norway

In conclusion, traveling by train in Norway is an excellent way to explore the country’s stunning landscapes from the comfort of modern and reliable trains.

Apart from being an enjoyable and scenic experience, it is also an eco-friendly choice for responsible tourism.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please share it with anyone who wants to learn more about trains in Norway.

God togtur! Have a nice train ride!

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Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Norway

This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.

Simon Harper

The guide to Norwegian train tickets, and how to buy them online, covers the basics of what you can expect to encounter when making bookings in usual circumstances. The aim is to provide context for the tickets and journey options you should typically encounter when making a booking either online or at the station. SMTJ has striven to ensure that the advice we present is as accurate as possible, but a guide such as this cannot cover every combination of journey options.

There are currently three main rail operators in Norway:

Vy is the dominant company, it operates the routes between Oslo and Bergen, which has day and sleeper trains; and the route between Olso and the Swedish border at Halden. So it also provides the trains which travel between the Norwegian capital and Göteborg / Gothenburg. Vy also operates most of Norway's regional train services, including all such services to/from Oslo.

In addition to the trains between Stockholm and Oslo the Swedish national rail operator SJ now also operates many train services wholly within Norway, they are branded SJ NORD and include:

  • the day and night trains between Trondheim and both Oslo and Bodø
  • the trains between Dombas and Andalsnes
  • local and regional trains to/from Trondheim
  • Go Ahead Norway operates the trains between Oslo and Stavanger and the local trains to/from Stavanger.

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 some bus routes, so it can also handle tickets requests for journeys which involve a combination of trains and buses. Bus routes not sold by Entur include those which link Bodo, Tromso and Narvik, instead they can be booked with Fylkestrafikk .

One notable train service not sold by Entur is the Flytoget airport express service in Oslo.

Booking with Entur

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; and be confident that what Entur is offering will be the best option.

Though what can be confusing is that the names which Entur uses for specific types of ticket can be out of sync with the names of tickets that the train companies use, and that's because Entur has to use a common name across it's platform. For example what Vy describes as a 'Flex Refundable' ticket is a 'Flexible' ticket on Entur. So what cannot be looked up on Entur is an overview of all the types of ticket sold by Vy, SJ NORD or Go Ahead.

Similarly Entur uses 'Premium' to designate 1st class, despite the train companies having different branding to designate the equivalent of first class; Vy uses 'Plus'; SJ NORD uses 'Premium' and Go Ahead Norje uses 'Extra' and 'Rest'.

Links from the booking pages will connect you to the ticket information details of each respective operator, so you don't need to be particularly concerned as to which company will be operating the train you will be travelling by. When travelling between Olso and all more distant destinations, including Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim, you can't choose between different operators.

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.

Tickets for travel for trains operated by Vy

Vy operates the routes between Oslo and both Bergen and Halden (and on to Göteborg / Gothenburg) as well the regional train services from/to Oslo, except for the Flytoget aiport trains.

When travelling longer distances on daytime trains such as between Oslo and the likes of Bergen, Myrdal, Voss and Göteborg a range of 'Flex' tickets will be available. The prices of all three types will rise between when they are initially placed on sale, which is typically 90 days ahead, and the travel date,

The three types of Flex tickets will typically be offered for sale (on Entur) 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 that because these tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, once purchased, you can only travel by the specific departure you chose when making a booking. On the longer-distance trains, 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. These tickets aren't available on the Regional trains.

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 for travelling in Plus.

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

Plus Class is not available on the regional (R) train services.

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

Resting compartments

These are six seat compartments, available on trains on the route between Oslo and Bergen, 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.

Sleeper trains on the route between Oslo and Bergen

Vy's sleeper trains on the Oslo to Bergen route offer four types of accommodation:

  • Standard Class seats, of the type available on the daytime trains
  • Reclining seats
  • Sleeping compartments with two single beds (solo travellers will have sole occupancy of the compartment)
  • Resting compartments, which have 6 beds When travelling in groups of 3 to 6 adults whether 1 x resting compartment will be cheaper than more than one sleeping compartment can depend on how far ahead you will be booking; tickets will be released up to 90 days ahead of the travel date.

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

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 seats 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 then check Semi-Flexible and Flexible tickets.

The Vy website will also sell tickets for the routes operated by Go Ahead and SJ NORD.

On Vy's train services children aged 0-5 travel for free* in Standard Class and children from 6 years old through to 17 years old receive a 50% discount on Flexible tickets and 'Single' tickets - this type of ticket is available for the shorter distance journeys by Regional trains to/from Olso and for journeys between Bergen and Voss. In Plus Class (first class) children aged 0-5 can travel at an 85% discount, but there is a minimum charge of NOK 100; this minimum charge also applies in Plus Class when booking Flexible tickets for those aged 6 to 17.

*= When there is no charge for children they still need a ticket so don't forget to add them to the booking,

Those aged 67 years and older also receive a 50% discount on Flexible tickets and 'Single' tickets.

Note than when travelling long-distance there is no discount for children aged 6 to 17 and for Seniors when booking the cheaper Non-Flexible tickets. So it can pay off to book early - when they are first placed on sale, from 90 days ahead of the travel date, these tickets can be discounted by more than 50%.

Dogs with a shoulder height that exceeds 40 centimeters are charged 50% of the Non-Flexible ticket price. On the Bergen Line you will get an extra seat so that the pet can stay on the floor by the window while you sit in an aisle seat.

There is no need to book tickets for dogs whose shoulder height is less than 40 cm as they accompany you free of charge. The pet must be placed on the floor at your feet and you will not get an extra seat. If you would like an extra seat to have more floor space, you can buy a pet ticket even though your pet has a shoulder height of less than 40 cm.

There is a limited number of spaces available for pets on each train departure. Spaces for pets are located in designated areas, so keep in mind that there may be several pets in the same area at any given time.

Tickets for travel on long-distance trains operated by Go Ahead and SJ NORD

The longer-distance trains operated by SJ NORD are the day and night trains between Trondheim and both Oslo and Bodø, The longer-distance trains operated by Go Ahead Norway are the day and night trains on the Oslo to Stavanger route.

Two types of Flex tickets will be offered for sale, both of which have assigned seats / sleeping accommodation

1: Non Flexible tickets - they live up to their name as they can't be refunded or exchange, hence they are the cheapest type of ticket. 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.

2: Flexible tickets - more expensive, but they can be refunded; however, if you ask for a refund less than 24 hrs before departure you will have to pay an admin fee of NOK 100.

Both types of ticket will rise in price, between when they are placed on sale from 3 months ahead, and the travel date.

Entur is the best option for making an online booking for travel by these companies, the SJ NORD website doesn't seem to allow bookings from outside Norway, and Go Ahead only offers ticket booking through its app.

On SJ NORD's train services children aged 0-5 travel for free in Standard Class, but in Premium Class there is a fixed supplement of NOK 199.

Children from 6 to 17 years old and Seniors aged 67 and over receive a 50% discount on Flexible tickets when travelling in Standard Class and a 25% discount on Flexible tickets for travel in Premium Class. Note that those aged 6 to 17 years old, or 67 and over aren't eligible for a discount on the cheaper Non-Flexible tickets, so it can pay off to book early. When they are first placed on sale, from 90 days ahead of the travel date, these Non-Flexible tickets can be discounted by more than 50%.

There is seemingly no information regarding the discounts children and Seniors receive on the Go Ahead Norway website, so presumably those aged 0 to 5 travel for free.

Journeys for those aged 6 - 17 and those aged 67 and were looked up on the Entur website and when booking the cheaper non-Flexible tickets, the discount offered was typically 25-35%, but for journeys with Flexible tickets the discount was 50%.

Dogs with a shoulder height that exceeds 40 centimeters are charged 50% of the Non-Flexible ticket price For routes with a seat reservation, you must add 'a pet' when booking regardless, of its height, so that you will then you will be allocated a seat in the section where animals are allowed For the larger dogs that require tickets you will be allocated an extra seat to ensure floor space for your dog, but for dogs with a shoulder height of under 40 centimeters, you can opt to purchase an optional dog ticket (and take up to two dogs with a height of under 40cm), to give you this extra floor space.

The dog, regardless of size, must stay on the floor and cannot sit in a seat.

On the day trains dogs cannot travel in Premium, Premium Plus, the cafe wagon, the family wagon and in the animal-free zone in Standard class and dogs cannot be taken on the Sove night trains.

Dogs with a shoulder height that exceeds 40 centimeters require a ticket.

For the larger dogs that require tickets you will be allocated an extra seat to ensure floor space for your dog, but for dogs with a shoulder height of under 40 centimeters, you can opt to purchase an optional dog ticket (and take up to two dogs with a height of under 40cm), to give you this extra floor space.

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Tickets for travelling with bicycles

Folding bicycles can always be taken on board as hand luggage, but each of the three train operators, Vy, SJ NORD and Go Ahead set their own terms around how non-folding bicycles can be taken on trains.

On most of its routes the core terms for travelling with a non-folding bicycle on Vy trains is that tickets are required which cost 50% of the Non-Flexible ticket price, but with a maximum price of NOK 235.

Spaces have to be reserved when travelling between any station on the Bergen Line, between Oslo and Bergen (a maximum of 15 spaces are for bikes are available on these trains) and for journeys on the Gjøvik Line (a maximum of 17 spaces are available on these trains) Spaces will be assigned when booking tickets to travel by these trains online (see below), though in summer a fixed rate is applied to journeys between stations on the Bergen Line, regardless of distance.

Despite bike tickets being required pre-boarding, spaces for bikes cannot be reserved on Vy's other routes, but the number of bike spaces per train is limited. The number of spaces per trains on the key routes is typically: Oslo - Lillehammer = 20 Oslo - Halden and most local services = 5.

On most of its routes the core terms for travelling with a non-folding bicycle on SJ NORD trains is that tickets are required which cost 50% of the Non-Flexible ticket price, but with a minimum price of NOK 43 and a maximum price of NOK 215.

The bicycle must be able to be hung on the hooks in the cargo area. It can be a maximum of 175 cm long and have a tire diameter of a maximum of 5 cm.

On the longer-distance services, spaces are reserved when adding a bicycle to a ticket booking (seat below) as bike tickets for these trains have to be booked online.

For electric bikes, the lithium-ion batteries must be removed and taken in the hand luggage, and the battery must not be charged on board.

On the longer-distance services, spaces are reserved when adding a bicycle to a ticket booking (seat below) but on other routes spaces for bikes are not guaranteed.

Whether making a bike reservation is mandatory, or if you want to add an optional bike ticket when booking your tickets, this is easily done.

booking bike tickets on the Entur website for Norwegian rail journeys

Eight Things Worth Knowing About Using Rail Passes in Norway:

(1) Reservations are required on all long-distance services (day or night) and on most regional services, including all those operated by SJ NORD, but be aware that all those travelling with journey tickets will have had their seats assigned; hence reserving as soon as possible is particularly recommended on the Oslo ↔ Bergen and Oslo ↔ Trondheim routes.

(2) Seat and bed reservations are usually available up to 90 days in advance

(3) 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 €2 fee can now be avoided by using the Entur rail pass reservation service .

(4) Reservations can be arranged at the Entur ticket desks in stations

(5) 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 booking fees)
  • or avoid all the charges, if you wait until you are in Norway and book at an Entur travel desk in the major stations.

(6) 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 have double occupancy. Seat reservations are the same as the day trains, except for on the Oslo - Stavanger route operated by Go Ahead, on which reclining seats are also available, but they can only be booked at the Entur travel desks in Norway.

(7) The only pan-Scandinavian rail pass that is still available is the Eurail Scandinavian Pass; so if you don't meet the criteria for Eurail passes - for example, being a citizen of a European country makes you ineligible, you cannot purchase a pan-Scandinavian rail pass.

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Norway by Train

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Norway.

Here you will find information for Norway about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

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Population: 5 .3 million

Currency: Norwegian Krone

Language: Norwegian

Capital: Oslo

Country Code: +47

Time Zone: Central European Time

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Train Companies

Most of the country’s trains are operated the national railway VY formerly known as NSB.

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Train Tickets

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Buy your train tickets for Norway online on the Norwegian Railway (VY) official homepage.

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Buy your train tickets online at OMIO and compare trains, buses & flights.

Rail Passes

Interrail / eurail pass.

Do you want to travel throughout Europe flexibly and comfortably? Then the Interrail Pass is perfect for you. With the Interrail Pass, you can visit 40,000 destinations in 33 countries in Europe. You can travel for up to 3 months by train.

TrAIN tYPES

  • National Trains
  • International Trains
  • Night Trains
  • Special Trains

The major rail network in Norway is composed of the following trains:

Regional Trains

Lokaltog (LT) connects larger cities such as Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger to its neighboring towns.

  • 2nd Class only
  • No reservations required
  • Some trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air conditioning.

Regiontog day trains (RT) links the larger cities of Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger.

  • 1st Class (Komfort/Plus) and 2nd Class are offered
  • 1st Class includes larger seats, complimentary tea, coffee, and newspapers
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. For shorter distances, some amenities may not be available.
  • Some services run on scenic train routes.
  • Reservations not required, but recommended especially during high season and on the scenic routes.

Snabtåg (S) operated by Swedish Railway SJ, They offer the quickest way to travel from Oslo and Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1), offering more leg room,
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a self-serving bistro car offering a range of food and drinks.
  • Reservations required

Regiontog night trains (REG)

  • Oslo – Bergen
  • Oslo – Stavanger
  • Oslo –Trondheim
  • Trondheim – Bodø
  • Restaurant car available for meals and drinks in the middle of the train
  • 2-bed compartments available with washbasin, bedding, and power sockets
  • Keys are picked up for compartments from the departure station or from the restaurant car.
  • Bathrooms are located in the coach carriage
  • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
  • Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • Complimentary “Night Pack” with an eye mask, earplugs, pillow, and blanket included  

SJ Night Train (NT)

  • Narvik – Sundsvall – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2 and 3-bed compartments with an en suite, shower, toilet, and washbasin.
  • 6-bed couchette
  • Bathrooms are located at the end of every car, additional showers are located at the end of most sleeping carriages.
  • Bathrooms are located at the end of every car
  • Most services have a bistro car offering drinks, small meals, and snacks.

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We recommend traveling anytime between May to September because of the warmer temperatures, little rainfall, and longer days of sunlight. It is the perfect temperature for all outdoor activities that Norway offers, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and more. As for city tours, these may be best in the springtime and autumn with fewer crowds and lower prices.

In the winter, there is plenty of snow all over the country except for the coast.  Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are options to explore in the winter whilst also searching for the Northern Lights.

High Season : July – August Low Season : October – April Northern Lights Season: November – February

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Hop on the Arctic Circle Express Train

Slow travel is back in fashion.

May - September

Best suited for

Fans of trains and green travel

We invite you to take your seat on an epic rail journey through tranquil landscapes peppered with majestic mountains, fjords and waterfalls. Alight at select spots to inspect nature at closer quarters – on foot, by boat or even in a kayak. See the best cultural highlights, eat local food, and cross the Arctic Circle to enjoy never-ending summer nights under the midnight sun!

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Impact Statement

This slow travel journey through Norway's diverse landscapes offers perfectly good reasoning for why the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) decided to rebrand their operations in 2019 to Vy; a Scandinavian word meaning outlook or vision. In combination with public passenger ferries, this is a greener travel choice that focuses on UN SDG 13.3 ' Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning' . Perhaps you will return with a new vision as well?

Your itinerary

Itineraries are designed by our travel curators in collaboration with our partners to give you the most rewarding experience possible. Please note that itineraries can be tailored to your specific wishes when you make an inquiry.

Welcome to Oslo

Your Arctic Circle rail-adventure gets underway in Oslo

This incredible rail voyage departs from Oslo. Our capital is without doubt worth a night or two of exploration before your train journey commences. Easy access to the fjord and surrounding forests allows the people of Oslo to indulge in a wide range of favourite activities all year round. We will book you in one of our city centre located hotels with easy access to the train station.

The Munch Museum in Oslo during sunset

First stop Finse

The Bergen Railway

The Oslo - Bergen Railway to Myrdal has the distinction of being the highest major rail route in Northern Europe. You will pass through desolate mountain terrain and see snow-covered peaks even in mid summer.

Your first night will be spent at the highest point along the Bergen Railway, 1222 metres above sea level at the historic hotel Finse 1222, overlooking the stunning Hardangerjøkulen glacier. This hotel sits in the midst of one of Norway’s most scenic and beautiful mountain regions and is only reachable by train, bicycle, or foot.

Train on The Bergen Railway

The hotel itself, while steeped in history, has (as of summer 2021) refurbished under the auspices of the famous architecture firm, Snøhetta , who have strived to create a balance between tasteful modern furniture and its elegant history.

Alternatively, if you want to take your pace a little slower, we can arrange for 2 nights at a charming eco-lodge in Aurland where you can dive a little deeper into the region, exploring on foot or via row boat.

The Flåm Railway

Europe's Steepest Railway

The Flåm Railway is Europe’s steepest railway line, dropping 862 metres (2831 ft) down to the fjord below. Lonely Planet Traveller awarded the journey from Myrdal to Flåm one of the "best train journeys in the world", and it won't take you long to see why.

After arriving at the bottom, a fjord cruise along the majestic (and UNESCO protected) Nærøyfjord awaits. It's a truly out of this world experience: cruising through a fjord with mountains towering more than a thousand metres above your head.

We invite you to spend the next two nights in one of our favourite boutique hotels; either near the UNESCO protected Bryggen Wharf or within the wharf itself. Dinner tonight is served at Restaurant 1877, situated just a stone’s throw away in a former meat market dating from, yes, you’ve guessed it, 1877.

...and embark on a sea voyage

Explore Bergen

Your agenda for today is exploring the Hanseatic city and whilst there’s undoubtedly plenty to do, we will help you make the most of the day regardless of your interests. Peruse the aforementioned allies of Bryggen Wharf and their charming craft shops and take the Fløibanen to the top of the mountain for panoramic views out of the city. Other ways to spend the day might include visiting Troldhaugen - the home of famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and viewing the art at the KODE galleries. We will help you make a plan based on what interests you the most.

From Bergen, the journey continues late in the evening aboard Hurtigruten or Havila, often described as the world's most beautiful sea voyage. Sleep through the night in your cabin, while the ferry slips north at a comfortable pace.

Explore Bryggen Bergen

...and enjoy a day cruise to Geirangerfjord

Wake up in Art Nouveau City Ålesund

Start your day with the most amazing view as you wake up on board your coastal voyage ship. Enjoy breakfast before you meander your boat down one of the famous fjords; Geirangerfjorden or Hjørundfjorden. These really are front-row seats to epic nature!

The evening will see you docking back in Ålesund - also known as the Venice of the North, just in time for dinner. The city, which is perched across 7 islands, was built in art-nouveau style at the turn of the 20th century giving Ålesund a truly unique and distinct appearance. Your home for the next two nights is a boutique hotel that sits on the edge of one of these waterways and boasts a rather magnificent fireplace.

We will book you in for a sharing menu at Apotekergata 5. The restaurant is a firm favourite among the Up Norway team.

View from Aksla in Ålesund

Ålesund & Beyond

The course of the day today will be decided based on your interests - we can truly recommend a leisurely hike to Alnes lighthouse and Godøya with one of our favourite nature guides. Godøya is an island outside of Ålesund famous for its beautiful nature and mountain Storhornet, offering a fantastic 360° panorama view of Ålesund and the Atlantic Ocean.

Alternatively, spend the day at sea level exploring Ålesund via kayak along the waterways that divide the islands. The adventure will take you to various points in the city where you may uncover some of the dark history that lies behind its colourful facade.

From Ålesund via Åndalsnes to Trondheim

The Rauma Railway

After travelling like a local to the town of Åndalsnes another wonderful rail adventure is on the agenda. The Rauma Railway from Åndalsnes to Dombås is known as one of Norway’s wildest and most beautiful train rides. Shoot through the beautiful Romsdalen with iconic natural attractions such as 'Trollveggen' (the Troll Wall), Europe's tallest vertical cliff. Cross the old granite 'Kyllingbru' (Chicken Bridge), Norway's most photographed bridge and an architectural gem. It took ten years to build it using granite quarried from the nearby mountains. The whole trip lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Switch trains in Dombås and continue on another two hours to the pilgrims' city of Trondheim. Overnight at Britannia Hotel - a regal hotel dating all the way back to 1870 - the hotel had a grand reopening in 2019 after being restored to the glories and elegance of its origins. Dine in style at the brasserie and take your first steps into uncovering why Trondheim is famous the world over for excellent restaurants and cuisine.

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City exploration and excellent local food

Pilgrims' City: Trondheim

Start the day with a stroll in the picturesque old town with its colourful wooden houses, cafes and small shops. While in the city, don't miss the chance to visit the largest medieval cathedral in the North, Nidarosdomen, which has been a pilgrimage site for nearly 1000 years.

Surrounded by countless large- and small-scale food producers, Trondheim is the city in Norway with the strongest focus on local food. The city is scattered with high-quality restaurants, and we'll be sure to give you our top recommendations.

The Polar Express

Nordland Railway & Arctic Pasture to Table

The Nordland Railway is known as "The Polar Express", as it crosses the Arctic Circle on its journey to Bodø. You will hurtle through stunning landscapes, passing more than 40 stations, crossing 290 bridges and plunging into 150 tunnels on your way to Bodø.

Upon arrival at Mo i Rana you will make a detour to Utskarpen where Chef superteam Elise and Marius will introduce you to a perfect example of ruralization gone right. The duo exchanged their previous lives as world-class chefs and managers of the Oslo Culinary Institute to create their own vision here; on a perfectly blurred line between mountain and coast, with views down the Ranfjord.

Their Pasture to table concept is simple: use the best raw products, sourcing local and seasonal ingredients that are handled with supreme care and attention all the way from the chopping board to your plate. The charming restaurant and hotel provide a stunning backdrop for a feast of locally-sourced, fresh ingredients.

When you're here there is no need to rush. Spend a leisurely day relaxing by the fjord, go for a hike, a boat trip or maybe visit Elise's sister who runs the neighbouring farm and can introduce you to modern farming in Arctic territory.

Owner at restaurant Til Elise fra Marius

Crossing the Arctic Circle

Last stop Bodø or continue to Lofoten and Narvik to venture on Ofotbanen - The Arctic Railway!

After breakfast, head back to Mo i Rana and board the Nordland Railway again to Bodø. Crossing the Arctic Circle is a highlight. Enter the Arctic zone in sustainable fashion, and recharge with Nordic energy from the midnight sun.

Step off the train for the last time for now. Check in to your hotel in the city centre, and discover Bodø's street art and vibrant emerging restaurant scene. Be brave – try the local specialty, dried fish at one of our favourite restaurants.

For those of you who still have the taste for adventure, you may step aboard a RIB-boat and witness the world’s strongest whirlpools, Saltstraumen. Experience the swirling maelstrøm up close as you slip safely into the vortex to witness nature’s raw power.

Feel like extending your Arctic train journey?

For true rail enthusiasts, this itinerary may be extended to a 15-night rail-centric experience by including a stint on the legendary Ofoten Railway. Referred to as the Arctic Train, this railway line traverses Norway's stunning fjords and mountains through a rugged and untamed landscape from Narvik towards Sweden. The history of this remarkable railway is intertwined with the area’s Second World War history, lending an equally dramatic backdrop to the scenic ride.

The 15-day itinerary option takes travellers by ferry from Bodø to the Lofoten Islands on day 11 and offers a curated Lofoten experience with one of our favourite 'rorbu' lodges as a base for exploring the majestic nature and rich local culture. The Lofoten Express Bus takes travellers on Scenic Route Lofoten as you progress towards Narvik, where a private guided tour of the War Museum offers insight into the events during the Second World War that shaped the area. The Narvikfjellet Cable Car provides panoramic views of the city and its surrounding fjords and mountains. The standout highlight of the extended itinerary is the chance to experience the third railway in the trio of Norway's most spectacular railways: Flåm, Rauma and Ofotbanen.

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5. Belgrade, Serbia to Bar, Montenegro

This is a bucket-list type of journey—and only costs about €24. The train going from Belgrade in Serbia to Bar in Montenegro (or the reverse journey) crosses 435 bridges over deep gorges, winds its way through imposing mountain passes and small towns that look like frontier outposts, and hugs bright, teal-blue lakes and rivers. The ride takes a solid 11 hours, though—and more if the train breaks down, which unfortunately has been known to happen .

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Bulgaria’s last narrow-gauge railway features a cute red diesel locomotive.

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6. Rhodope Railway, Bulgaria

Step back in time on Bulgaria’s last operational narrow-gauge railway, running between the small towns of Septemvri and Dobrinishte in western Bulgaria. The railway connects remote mountain villages, so it’s a humdrum commuter train for locals, but the peaceful views of farmland, gorges, and woods are a draw for tourists. Fun fact: The highest train station in the Balkans is Avramovo, at 1,267 meters above sea level, and this train delivers you there, where you can alight for a quick photo op before jumping back on to continue the journey.

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Norway’s Flåm railway takes in world-class views as it ascends almost 900 meters.

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7. Flåmsbana, Norway

Do you know any other trains that make a special stop so passengers can get close to a huge, roaring waterfall? Kjosfossen waterfall is just one of the highlights of the Flåm railway line, which takes you from one of Norway’s most picturesque fjords, two meters above sea level, all the way up to the mountain station of Myrdal, at 876 meters above sea level. It’s regularly voted one of the most beautiful train trips in the world, and is certainly one of its most vertiginous, with 80 percent of the journey running on a gradient of 5.5 percent.

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Swiss trains boast large windows framing ever-changing scenic views.

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8. Bernina Express, Switzerland

You can take this trip any time of year. If you go in summer, you’ll be threading your way through sunny green Swiss meadows, but on a winter trip you’ll see the landscape transform into a snowy winter wonderland. The Bernina Express is equipped with massive windows so you can see the scenery, but here’s a top tip: If you don’t mind swapping the fancy decor of the Bernina Express for something a bit less swish, you can also take one of the regional trains along the same route and even hop on and hop off with the same ticket. The route starts at Tirano in Italy, snakes round the iconic Brusio spiral viaduct, and climbs toward the mountains. After hitting the summit more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you slither down through the desolate Bernina Pass and dramatic Alpine valleys before arriving in Chur, Switzerland.

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You must see Mostar’s Stari Most bridge when you arrive in the city.

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9. Sarajevo to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This train ride may be one of the best kept secrets in Europe. Sweeping, Jurassic Park–style views greet you as the train winds its way around rolling hills, taking you past deep gorges and emerald lakes. And although the journey alone makes the trip worth it, it also connects two of the most fascinating cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina . Explore Sarajevo’s layers of history, from the Latin Bridge, where Franz Ferdinand’s assassination ignited the First World War, to the Tunnel of Hope, a tunnel used to transport supplies during the siege on the city in the Bosnian War. The city’s also known, of course, for its great food, excellent coffee culture, and mix of architectural styles. When you’ve had your fill, head to Mostar to visit Stari Most bridge—which you have to see once in your lifetime.

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to run through a wall to board the Jacobite “Hogwarts” Express.

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10. Jacobite Express, Scotland

You probably know this train by its other name: the Hogwarts Express. Yes, this is the steam train that puffs its way over the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Harry Potter movies. It runs from Fort William to Mallaig, and in between, travelers are whisked past the best of Scotland’s epic Highlands scenery, from Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to its deepest freshwater loch, Loch Morar. On arrival in Mallaig, you can continue the journey by getting a ferry to the Isle of Skye, which has miles of hiking trails through fairy-tale landscapes.

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Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

F RANKFURT/OSLO (Reuters) -Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway's capital led to the temporary closure of its main airport.

Germany's massive Frankfurt airport cancelled all flights in early afternoon as jets could no longer be de-iced, but later resumed service with a limited capacity, a spokesperson said, adding that the situation remained uncertain.

Oslo airport also reopened but said it faced big delays that had left many passengers stranded.

Around 680 of the 1,047 scheduled Frankfurt arrivals and departures had been cancelled earlier in the day. At Munich airport 254 flights were cancelled and a smaller airport in the southern city of Saarbruecken ceased operations completely.

"This is extremely rare...there is so much snow that the pilots can't see the lights on the ground so we've halted all incoming and outgoing flights," said a spokesperson for Norway's national airport operator Avinor.

For passengers, the cancellations meant stress and changes in plans.

"I've had nothing but stress since yesterday," said Klaus Ludwig Fess standing in Frankfurt airport's departure lounge.

His initial flight and his rebooked one had been cancelled, he said.

"Now I'm taking the train to Berlin."

In Oslo, Bente Jensen, 66, was unable to even reach the airport for a return journey to her native Denmark as train services from the city centre were cancelled.

   "It is not going very well… there seems to have been a combination of wind, snow and everything," Jensen told Reuters after discussing her options with airport train staff alongside hundreds of other stranded passengers.

   "Things happen. It is understandable," said the historian, who had been in town for a three-day seminar.

TRAINS DELAYED, HALTED

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn also warned of delays and cancellations because of winter weather, and said it was limiting the top speed for its high-speed ICE trains to 200 kph (124 mph) as a precautionary measure.

Its long distance services from Stuttgart and Frankfurt to Paris had been cancelled due to weather conditions in France, Deutsche Bahn said.

France's weather service warned of black ice in 25 regions and floods in three other areas this afternoon.

In Norway, trains stopped in some areas in the east of the country due to the weather conditions, train operator Bane Nor said.

In Germany, an extreme risk of black ice and heavy snowfall would remain through Thursday in the affected regions, its weather service said.

Numerous schools in Germany's centre and southern regions remained closed as on-site education was suspended for the day.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, Louise Breusch Rasmussen, Stephane Nitzschke, Maximilian Schwarz, Anneli Palmen and Gwladys FoucheWriting by Miranda Murray and Nette NöstlingerEditing by Tomasz Janowski, Angus MacSwan and Christina Fincher)

People walk in the snow at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany January 16, 2024. REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen

I Wanted to Do Norway Right, So I Let a Local Take the Reins

Tbh, I couldn't have dreamed of a better Scandinavian vacation.

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I’m not much of an adventurer. But when I travel, I try to step outside of my comfort zone. I enjoy having new experiences that I'll remember for the rest of my life (and, of course, that I can milk for likes on Insta). That's why I was obsessed with the itinerary I followed on a recent trip to Norway, which started in Oslo and brought me to the cities of Vinstra, Storfjord, and Oye.

Wanna know what the itinerary looked like? Thought so. Keep reading!

If you're heading to Oslo, stay at Sommerro . I felt like I was stepping back in time when I entered this art-deco-marvel-turned-hotel. In addition to being beautiful to look at, it’s also located in a historic part of town within walking distance of attractions like the Munch Museum and Akershus Fortress (the inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s castle in Frozen ). Don't leave without checking out the rooftop pool!

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There’s plenty of culture to take in around the city of Oslo, and I soaked up all I could on my trip. If you want a history lesson, take a ferry over to Museum Island to learn about Norwegian polar exploration at The Fram Museum , or the Norwegian traditions at the Norsk Folkemuseum . For any art lovers, the Munch Museum is also not to be missed.

When you need a break from all of that exploring, there are two stops you need to make. First, grab a little pick-me-up from the cutest little coffee house you’ve ever seen in your life while checking out some local artists at Albin Upp Gallery & Art Cafe . Sitting there feels less like a coffee shop and more like you were invited to hang out in a stranger’s home. When night falls over the city and you’re feeling more of a ~party~ situation, definitely hit up the local gay bar, London Pub . It’s a large space with a friendly crowd that loves to sing along to the pop hits pumping from the speakers.

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I told a little white lie ahead of our trip that I was allergic to salmon. It has just never been my favorite fish, and I knew it was a big thing in Norway, so I didn’t want to get stuck eating it everywhere we went. And I wasn’t wrong: the first bite of food we were offered, at a chic restaurant and wine bar called Sjømagasinet , was a freshly sliced piece of smoked salmon. They were more than willing to accommodate my “allergy” by offering me something else, but then it dawned on me that if I was ever going to come around to the pink stuff, this was the place to do it. So I went all in. If you’re a seafood lover—salmon or otherwise—this is the place for you. With a focus on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients (they literally showed us their in-house herb garden) and stunning views of the fjord, dinner at Sjømagasinet is a must.

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Pro tip: You're not doing Norway the right way if you spend your entire stay in Oslo. We departed the big city to live out our snowy winter fantasy in a tiny mountain village near Vinstra. The group enjoyed a snowshoe hike and a dog-sledding adventure while staying at the impossibly charming Skåbu Fjellhotell . Cozy doesn't even begin to describe the vibes of this place. Between the decor and the people who run it, you instantly feel at home the moment you arrive. And if you're someone who plans an itinerary around food, Restaurant Skadir (the hotel's dining room) is worth seeking out regardless of whether you’re staying at the hotel. Guests get automatic reservations for meals during their stay, but anyone is free to request a table to enjoy the multi-course experience.

The two dinners I ate here were honestly both highlights of the trip for me—specifically, the menu featuring reindeer prepared three different ways. (Sorry, Santa!) Our time in Skåbu was brief, but stands out as the most memorable for me. The hotel owners shared personal stories, gave us a tour of their farm, and introduced us to family members. An afternoon in Skåbu was the perfect antidote to the exhaustion of living and working in New York City. All these months later, it helps me to destress by closing my eyes and imagining myself back in that snowy village warming myself by a fire.

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Our next stop was the Storfjord Hotel in Skodje, which provided some of the most jaw-dropping views I’ve ever seen in my life. If you’re feeling a little sporty, you can hike the nearby trails up Mount Hautua , or kayak in the fjord. But, if you’re like me, taking in the scenery with a glass of wine on the back patio can be just as satisfying. Even more like me, you can slip into your swimsuit and obsess over the landscape from the comfort of a jacuzzi or sauna. Sauna culture is huge in Norway, by the way, so squeezing a sweat session or two into your itinerary is essential .

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BOOK A STAY

By far the most remote destination on our itinerary (but absolutely worth the trek) was our little jaunt over to Christian Gaard Bygdetun , a park in Trandal. It's the place to be if you want to partake in one of the famous polar plunges. It’s easiest to access by boat, and it’s a truly breathtaking voyage. Once you arrive, don’t skip the photo op on their famous swing before heading to their pub for a drink or to try their ice cream, which is made from Norway’s iconic brown cheese (no, but like...it's good). If you time your visit appropriately, you can also attend one of the many music festivals they host here in the warmer months. Personally, I recommend staying long enough for your liquid courage to kick in so you'll actually take the polar plunge.

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Norangsfjorden

Our final stop before heading back to Oslo brought us to Hotel Union Øye , a must-visit for anyone looking to partake in winter sports. We arrived to find the lobby bustling with skiers, but I decided to skip right to the après ski portion of the day. This spot certainly offered plenty of ambiance for those looking to hit the bottle instead of the slopes. Our group enjoyed a round of cocktails while learning about the extensive history of the hotel before sitting down for dinner in a gorgeous glass-enclosed dining room that made me realize that whatever house I hope to own in the future needs to have at least one glass-enclosed room for entertaining guests. The next day, we rode e-bikes through the valley where I reached a level of tranquility that years of trying random yoga classes could never do for me.

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Cycling through the quiet valley with nothing but the thoughts in my head allowed me to reflect on the trip as a whole and the importance of being open to new experiences while traveling. It's easy to stay in your comfort zone on a vacation, but seeing this unbelievably picturesque country following a custom-built itinerary from locals who know it best will quickly make you realize why the easy way isn't always the best way.

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Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2024

People walk in the snow at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany January 16, 2024. REUTERS/Liesa Johannssen

FRANKFURT/OSLO (Reuters) -Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway's capital led to the temporary closure of its main airport.

Germany's massive Frankfurt airport cancelled all flights in early afternoon as jets could no longer be de-iced, but later resumed service with a limited capacity, a spokesperson said, adding that the situation remained uncertain.

Oslo airport also reopened but said it faced big delays that had left many passengers stranded.

Around 680 of the 1,047 scheduled Frankfurt arrivals and departures had been cancelled earlier in the day. At Munich airport 254 flights were cancelled and a smaller airport in the southern city of Saarbruecken ceased operations completely.

"This is extremely rare...there is so much snow that the pilots can't see the lights on the ground so we've halted all incoming and outgoing flights," said a spokesperson for Norway's national airport operator Avinor.

For passengers, the cancellations meant stress and changes in plans.

"I've had nothing but stress since yesterday," said Klaus Ludwig Fess standing in Frankfurt airport's departure lounge.

His initial flight and his rebooked one had been cancelled, he said.

"Now I'm taking the train to Berlin."

In Oslo, Bente Jensen, 66, was unable to even reach the airport for a return journey to her native Denmark as train services from the city centre were cancelled.

"It is not going very well... there seems to have been a combination of wind, snow and everything," Jensen told Reuters after discussing her options with airport train staff alongside hundreds of other stranded passengers.

"Things happen. It is understandable," said the historian, who had been in town for a three-day seminar.

TRAINS DELAYED, HALTED

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn also warned of delays and cancellations because of winter weather, and said it was limiting the top speed for its high-speed ICE trains to 200 kph (124 mph) as a precautionary measure.

Its long distance services from Stuttgart and Frankfurt to Paris had been cancelled due to weather conditions in France, Deutsche Bahn said.

France's weather service warned of black ice in 25 regions and floods in three other areas this afternoon.

In Norway, trains stopped in some areas in the east of the country due to the weather conditions, train operator Bane Nor said.

In Germany, an extreme risk of black ice and heavy snowfall would remain through Thursday in the affected regions, its weather service said.

Numerous schools in Germany's centre and southern regions remained closed as on-site education was suspended for the day.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, Louise Breusch Rasmussen, Stephane Nitzschke, Maximilian Schwarz, Anneli Palmen and Gwladys FoucheWriting by Miranda Murray and Nette NöstlingerEditing by Tomasz Janowski, Angus MacSwan and Christina Fincher)

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Germany train strikes: How services in major cities will be impacted during the week-long walkout

Deutsche Bahn ICE trains are parked on the tracks at the DB Fernverkehr plant in Hamburg, Germany Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

From Berlin to Munich, here's how Germany's rail strike will affect passengers this week.

Train drivers in Germany began an almost week-long strike in the early hours of this morning.

It is the latest in a series of walkouts over working hours, conditions and pay. Union GDL said it has rejected a pay offer made on Friday by German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB).

"With the third and supposedly improved offer, Deutsche Bahn has once again shown that it is undeterred in pursuing its previous course of refusal and confrontation - there is no trace of any desire to reach agreement," the union said in a press release on Monday.

Earlier this month, rail travel was brought to a 'near standstill' in Germany when GDL union members went on strike.

The passenger train strike began at 2am on 24 January and will last until 6am on Monday 29 January.

Why are Germany's rail workers striking?

The GDL union voted overwhelmingly to authorise 'fully-fledged' strikes at state-owned DB. 

The group staged a 24-hour  'warning strike' on 8 December, a common tactic in German wage negotiations, but the disagreement continues to escalate.

Following a three-day walkout earlier this month, the current strike will be the longest to date in the ongoing row.

The central issue is the union’s call for shift workers’ hours to be reduced from 38 to 35 hours per week without a pay reduction, a demand at which employers so far have baulked.

GDL is seeking a raise of €555 per month for employees plus a one-time payment of up to €3,000 to counter inflation. DB  said earlier this month that it made an offer that amounts to an 11 per cent raise.

It has also said shift workers can move from a 38 to a 37 hour week from 2026, or receive extra pay if they want to remain on their current hours.

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How will the German train strike affect passengers?

Deutsche Bahn says that longer trains will be used for the available journeys to accommodate as many people as possible. However, it said services were not guaranteed and asked passengers to avoid non-essential travel during the strike.

The strike will be nationwide and impacts are expected to be felt across the country.

"The renewed strike will once again have a massive impact on all German rail operations," DB says in a statement about the upcoming strike.

The rail operator says it will run an emergency timetable with a "greatly reduced" range of journeys for long-distance, regional and S-Bahn services. It recommends that passengers check their journey 24 hours in advance and make seat reservations on long-distance services.

If you have a train ticket booked during this time, you can use it for travel on 23 January - ahead of the strike - or at a later date. If your train is cancelled, you will be entitled to a full refund. Read on for your rights as a passenger.

How Germany's biggest cities will be affected during train strikes

Berlin: Massive disruption

Passengers in Berlin and neighbouring Brandenburg need to brace themselves for "massive disruptions to DB's S-Bahn, regional and long-distance traffic" the Berlin S-Bahn announced on X.

An emergency timetable is running on selected lines, and a bus replacement service will also run during the strike on some routes.

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), which manages the city’s U-Bahn, tram, bus and ferry networks, is not affected by the strike. Passengers should nevertheless be prepared for more packed trains and longer waiting times.

Disruption could continue even after the strike ends on Monday evening, the S-Bahn warns. Service updates can be found on its app and website.

Munich: How to get to the airport during the strike

Munich's S-Bahn will be disrupted by the strike, but all lines will run at least every hour according to S-Bahn München's website.

The S1 line will not go to Munich Airport but the S 8 line will run every 20 minutes between Pasing and the airport.

MVG subway trains, regional trains operated by Go-Ahead, BRB and alex, and buses will not be affected by the strike.

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Cologne faces less disruption than other cities

Even if Cologne’s privately operated National Express trains are not directly affected by the strike, there may be delays and cancellations for the rail operator starting on Wednesday.

During the previous strike, the operator said that DB Netz employees could join the strike call and therefore there may be isolated cases where signal boxes are not manned.

Frankfurt S-Bahn runs an emergency timetable

Many regional and S-Bahn trains are set to be cancelled in the Rhine-Main region but a tentative emergency timetable is in place.

Buses, trams and underground trains, however, should not be affected. Some city transport lines in Frankfurt will be reequipped with additional coaches or larger buses.

Hamburg expects massive train restrictions

The Hamburg S-Bahn expects massive restrictions, as was the case with the previous GDL strikes in early January, early December and mid-November.

An emergency service is running on the individual S1, S2, S3 and S5 lines so that, in the best case scenario, an S-Bahn train will run every 20 minutes.

What was the impact of Germany's previous rail strikes?

During the last strike in early January, only around 20 per cent of Deutsche Bahn's  long-distance trains ran, including many regional and commuter trains in cities like Berlin.

During the 'warning strikes' earlier in December, long-distance, regional and S-Bahn services were subject to delays and cancellations. Other railway companies such as the Transdev Group (including Bayerische Oberlandbahn and NordWestBahn) were also affected.

As Germany's largest employer of train drivers, DB manages not only long-distance passenger trains such as ICE, IC, EC, and Nightjet trains, but also regional trains and S-Bahn lines.

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Where you can find information on train timetables

Customers can find up-to-date information about their train route via the DB Navigator app or the Deutsche Bahn website . It's worth double checking these before leaving home, as additional trains may be cancelled last-minute during the strike.

You can call DB's special travel information hotline on +49 (0)8000-996-633.

Refunds: What are train passenger's rights in Germany?

If your journey is affected, you have various options, according to the Deutsche Bahn website :

  • You can postpone your journey and use your ticket at a later date of your choosing - your ticket is valid for the journey to the original destination, even with a changed route alignment.
  • Seat reservations can be cancelled free of charge.
  • If your train has been cancelled , you can get a full refund with no deductions.

Will there be more train strikes in Germany in 2024?

Unfortunately for travellers, it's likely there will be further strikes this year as negotiations continue.

“What is coming now will be more powerful, longer and harder for customers” than the walkouts so far, GDL's chairman said earlier this month - a threat that is now coming to fruition.

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    The train passes through Hardangervidda, Europe's highest mountain plateau, and is therefor the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe. For a fjord cruise detour and a 2 in 1 train ride, you can hop off at the station Myrdal and ride the Flåmsbanen down to Flåm. What's more, the Flåm Railway is considered one of the steepest ...

  13. Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Norway

    The rail operators in Norway. There are currently three main rail operators in Norway: Vy is the dominant company, it operates the routes between Oslo and Bergen, which has day and sleeper trains; and the route between Olso and the Swedish border at Halden. So it also provides the trains which travel between the Norwegian capital and Göteborg ...

  14. Norway By Train

    The major rail network in Norway is composed of the following trains: Regional Trains . Lokaltog (LT) connects larger cities such as Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger to its neighboring towns. 2nd Class only; No reservations required; Some trains are equipped with electrical plug-ins, free WiFi, and air conditioning.

  15. Norway Trains

    20+ methods Real human support 24/7 help What to Know About Norway Train Rides The Norway train map is quite extensive, with numerous trains linking Norwegian cities and those of neighboring countries.

  16. Trains of Norway

    Regular Trains: Vy (NSB) Regular trains are operated by the national railway carrier and can be categorized into three types - Inter-City, Regional, and Commuter. Inter-City trains are electric passenger trains running 4-times per day on Bergen, Dovre, Sørland lines and offer high standards of comfort for travelers.

  17. The Arctic Circle Express Train

    This slow travel journey through Norway's diverse landscapes offers perfectly good reasoning for why the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) decided to rebrand their operations in 2019 to Vy; a Scandinavian word meaning outlook or vision. ... The standout highlight of the extended itinerary is the chance to experience the third railway in the trio ...

  18. 10 Beautiful Train Trips in Europe

    Train travel in Europe is getting better and better. Expanded timetables, updated trains, extended routes, and new connections mean that there's really no reason to get a polluting short-haul flight across the continent in 2024. ... Norway's Flåm railway takes in world-class views as it ascends almost 900 meters. Photo by Mikhail Varentsov ...

  19. The Bergen Railway

    Holiday on rails! Cities, theme parks, outdoor activities, mountains, fjords.... You don´t need a car to explore Norway, just hop on and off at the stations along the Bergen Railway. New and exciting adventures await on all of them. Let the 'queens of the railway', famous train-driving twins Halldis and Gudrun Folkedal, be your guides to...

  20. LATEST: How travel in Norway is disrupted by weather on Thursday

    Issues with train traffic and delays in eastern Norway continued on Thursday after a snowstorm caused chaos on Wednesday . Network rail operator Bane Nor said that despite working throughout the night some issues could still be expected by travellers on Thursday. "We have worked throughout the night and are still working to remove the snow.

  21. Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

    FRANKFURT/OSLO (Reuters) -Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway's capital led to the ...

  22. Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

    Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway's capital led to the temporary closure of its ...

  23. Getting around by train

    Airlines: Norwegian - budget flights in Norway and connections to more than 70 European airports. Widerøe - the largest regional airline in Scandinavia. Train travel: Vy - travel by train around Oslo and to Bergen SJ NORD - travel by train north of Oslo. Express buses: Vy Express - travel by bus throughout Norway. NOR-WAY Bussekspress - comfortable long distance buses

  24. The Locomotwins

    Today, the Bergen Railway is a part of one of Norway's most popular round trips: Norway in a nutshell. Most people start their trip in Bergen or Oslo, and switch trains to take the world famous Flåmsbana Railway at Myrdal station, where an old-fashioned train takes you through as many as 20 tunnels, all the way down to the fjord village of Flåm, where you can take a cruise on the UNESCO ...

  25. Up Norway Travel Review 2024

    Skåbu. Pro tip: You're not doing Norway the right way if you spend your entire stay in Oslo. We departed the big city to live out our snowy winter fantasy in a tiny mountain village near Vinstra.

  26. Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

    FRANKFURT/OSLO (Reuters) -Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway's capital led to the ...

  27. Getting around

    Travel around Norway. Trains, boats, roads, and a network of large and small airports are all making it quite practical to see any part of the country. ... Scenic bus rides. Some of the world's most beautiful train journeys. Hurtigruten - the coastal highway to the north. Take a detour. Exit the motorway and explore the scenery, enjoy the ...

  28. Germany train strikes: DB drivers announce a week-long ...

    Earlier this month, rail travel was brought to a 'near standstill' in Germany when GDL union members went on strike. The upcoming passenger train strike will begin at 2am on 24 January and last ...