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Trains in Norway

 

Trains in Norway transport you comfortably to every corner of the land of trolls and Vikings. Travel by day or night between deep blue lakes, frozen plains and misty mountains to amazing cities like Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger. The Rauma, Bergen and Flåm Railways are attractions in their own right. It's time to experience them for yourself!

Train types in Norway

Trains in Norway are modern, comfortable and ready to carry you across the country all times of the day, they're pretty awesome. You can check times for trains in Norway using the Interrail 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. 

 

Map with main train connections in Norway

Regional and intercity trains in Norway

Local commuter trains (SUB)

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

  • 2nd class carriages only.

  • No reservation required.

 

VY Regiontog day trains (REG / RE)

  • Super comfy trains connecting larger cities such as Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

  • These trains operate on some scenic routes including the Bergen and Rauma Railways.

  • Reservations are optional. We highly recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a place on the train.

  • There's an additional international service from Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden). You can use this service with a rail pass valid in Norway or Sweden.

 

Go-Ahead Norge trains (REG/ RE)

  • Regional trains linking bigger cities and smaller towns between Oslo and Stavanger 
  • Operating on 3 routes: between Oslo and Stavanger, Egersund and Stavanger, or Nelaug and Arendal
  • Reservations required 
  • No reservations required on local trains, such as Sørtoket Lokal (formerly Arendalsbanen) and Jærbanen

 

NORD (SJ Norge)

  • Includes High speed Train (HST) between Oslo and Stockholm, as well as  Doverebanen Rørosbanen, Raumabanen, Nordlandsbanen, Trønderbanen and Meråkerbanen
  • Run by Swedish railway company SJ
  • Reservations are required

 

With an Interrail Pass valid in Norway or Sweden, you only have to pay the reservation fee.

Night trains in Norway

 

VY Regiontog night trains (REG)

  • Domestic overnight trains on the routes:

    • Oslo - Stavanger
    • Oslo - Bergen
    • Oslo - Trondheim
    • Trondheim - Bodø
  • 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 an Interrail Pass do benefit from a 30% discount.

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

     

Bus services in Norway

 

Veøy Buss

  • Service from Åndalsnes to Molde.

  • Tickets can be bought on the bus.

  • 50% discount for holders of an Interrail Pass.

Popular Connections in Norway

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

 

Route Duration

Oslo to Bergen

7 hours

Oslo to Stavanger

7 hours 45 mins

Oslo to Trondheim

6 hours 40 mins

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

Route Train / ferry Duration Reservations
Bergen, Kristiansand or Stavanger to Hirtshals (Denmark) Fjordline ferry 2 to 17 hours Required
Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden) VY Regiontog 4 hours Optional
Oslo to Stockholm (Sweden) SJ High Speed 6 hours Required


To travel overland from Denmark to Norway, you can take a high-speed train from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Gothenburg (Sweden), changing trains in Malmo (Sweden). Then take the direct VY Regiontog listed in the above table. In total, this will take under 9 hours. Reservations are required on the trains in Sweden.

Reservations for trains in Norway

There are no trains in Norway with mandatory reservations. However, 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?

  • At a train station: Ticket desks from Entur AS and self service machines are available. 

  • By phone: Contact the Entur customer center on weekdays between 7:00 and 23:00, Saturdays between 8:00 and 21:00 and Sundays between 9:00 and 23:00. Opening times may vary during holidays.

    You can call them on +47 61 05 19 10.

  • Online: through our Reservation Service

 

Reservation Fees:

  • The reservation fee for 2nd class Passes is 50 NOK (approximately €5) per seat in the standard area or 100 NOK (approximately €10) for a seat in the Comfort area.
  • Fee for night train sleeping accommodation is 950 NOK (approximately €100) and bookable as single or two persons sleeper. 

 

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 Comfort 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.
  • You can reserve trains for other countries at larger Norwegian train stations or through the Entur call center.

 

What can I expect when calling the Entur call center?

  1. Call the Entur customer center on +47 61 05 19 10 to book your seat or sleeper accommodation in Norway.

  2. Select ‘9’ in the menu to be put through to English speaking staff.

  3. There is an admin fee of 50 NOK (approximately €5).

  4. Payments can be made by credit card.

  5. Pre-paid reservations can be picked up at train stations and ticket vending machines before departure, or sent as PDF ticket via e-mail, or delivered onboard your chosen train.

  6. Reservations that haven't been paid for yet, have to picked up at ticket vending machines or at an open train station. You have to do this no later than one week after booking, or no later than the day prior to departure if there is less than one week till departure.

 

Get further info about reservations.

 
Get your Pass for Norway

Interrail Norway Pass

 
  • Offers you rail travel in Norway

  • Youth, senior and family discounts

  • Additional benefits include discounts on the Flåm Railway and ferries to and from Denmark

  • Prices from € 148

 

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Interrail Global Pass

 
  • Travel by train as much as you like in 33 European countries including Norway

  • Youth, senior and family discounts

  • Additional benefits include discounts on the Flåm Railway and ferries to and from Denmark

  • Prices from € 185

 

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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:

  • Lockers

  • ATMs and foreign exchange desks

  • Cafés, restaurants, shops

  • Tourist info

  • Elevators, escalators

  • Good access for disabled travellers

Example train trip in Norway

You can cover vast distances using trains in Norway!

 

Route

Stavanger > Bergen > Myrdal/Flåm > Oslo > Trondheim

 

  1. Stavanger: The perfect place to start exploring the majestic Norwegian fjords.

  2. Bergen: Take the cable car up Mount Fløyen for an amazing view.

  3. Myrdal and Flåm: See Norway’s most dramatic scenery on the railway to Flåm.

  4. Oslo: Norway’s chilled out and colourful capital has great museums and plenty of outdoor activities nearby.

  5. Trondheim: Has much to offer in terms of culture, Viking history and summer festivals.

 

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Example itinerary

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