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The Raumabanen railway line crosses the Rauma river in Romsdalen valley, far below - Photo: Johan Berge/Innovation Norway
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The Raumabanen railway line crosses the Rauma river in Romsdalen valley, far below Photo: Johan Berge/Innovation Norway

Trains in Norway

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) has a well-developed network of tracks stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.

Railway lines stretch for around 2,000 miles across Norway, with a total of 775 tunnels and over 3,000 bridges. Most of the routes go through changing scenic countryside, offering panoramic views of suburbs, mountains, lakes and fjords.

The most famous of these rail stretches is Bergensbanen, the "the world's best train ride". It runs between Oslo and Bergen over the mountain plateau Hardangervidda, and its side line, the spectacular Flåm Railway, is one of the world's steepest railway lines.

Other railway lines of note are the Dovre Railway from Oslo and Trondheim, with its side line the Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes, the alpine town by the fjord.

Travel like Harry Potter

Parts of the Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" were filmed on the Raumabanen railway line. The sequences filmed on the Raumabanen railway line were filmed in Bjorli and shot on an old steam train belonging to the Norwegian Railway Club.

See the northern lights or midnight sun

If you would like to travel through a different type of landscape, with a spectacular light and the opportunity to see the midnight sun or the northern lights, travel north on the Nordlandsbanen railway line between Trondheim and Bodø.

Scenic railroad lines

Combination tours

Combination tours are round trips with train, bus and boat and offer great value for money. The most popular of these is the Norway in a nutshell® tour, a trip that takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Norway, including fjords, mountains and valleys. The Norway in a nutshell® tour runs year round.

Offers and discounts

There are many special offers and discounts that make train travel both enjoyable and affordable. On NSB trains, the Minipris ticket costs NOK 249, 299, 399 or 499 for a single ticket, whatever the distance of your journey, as long as there are Minipris seats still available. The offer is available for a limited number of seats on NSB Regional departures. Minipris tickets can be purchased on the NSB website and from ticket machines. Tickets must be bought at least one day before the date of travel, but the price increases as more Minipris seats are sold, so it pays to book early.

For those who are going to travel around in Norway the InterRail and Eurail passes are worth buying.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited on all trains and inside train stations in Norway.

The Oslo Airport Express Train

The Oslo Airport Express Train, Flytoget is a high-speed train which brings passengers to and from Oslo Airport. The trip from the airport to Oslo Central Station takes about 20 minutes. If you are continuing on to Drammen, it'll take about an hour or so.

Travel to Norway by train

An extensive rail network links Norway to the other Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe, whereas the national trains are served by the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

From the European continent
There are express trains from Copenhagen. Most rail journeys from the continent are overnight, and you will find sleeping compartments on all of them. A variety of discount passes are available for train travel in Europe and Norway. Not all trains offer first-class service, but second-class is of a high standard.

From Copenhagen
There are regular train connections to the capital city of Oslo from Copenhagen several times a week.

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Last updated:  2015-01-21
The Bergensbanen railway line is widely regarded as one of the best railway trips in the world - Photo: Rolf M. Sørensen
The Bergensbanen railway line is widely regarded as one of the best railway trips in the world
The Bergensbanen railway line is a relaxing and scenic way to travel between Norway's two largest cities - Photo: Jernbaneverket
The Bergensbanen railway line is a relaxing and scenic way to travel between Norway's two largest cities
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The Raumabanen railway line crosses the Rauma river in Romsdalen valley, far below - Photo: Johan Berge/Innovation Norway

Trains in Norway

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) has a well-developed network of tracks stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.

Trains in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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