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Getting around by train

Ride the rails
Norway has a well-developed railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.
A train passing through a scenic valley in Flåm
The Flåm Railway.
Photo: Morten Rakke
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The most famous of these railway journeys is The Bergen Railway which, together with several other Norwegian railways, has been voted one of the world’s best train rides by several newspapers, magazines, and even Lonely Planet. It runs between Oslo and Bergen across Hardangervidda, which is Europe’s highest mountain plateau. Its branch line is the incredible Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines.

The Bergen Railway, Voss
Bergensbanen.
Photo: Vy
The Bergen Railway
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Another railway line of note is The Dovre Railway between Oslo and Trondheim, and its branch line The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes, the mountaineering capital in Fjord Norway.

Oslo is not only the capital of Norway but also the main railway hub. Norway’s extensive railway network spreads out in a rough fan shape from Oslo, which is also well connected by train with the other Scandinavian capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Ticket information

You can buy train tickets until 90 days prior to departure. The easiest and often cheapest way to book tickets is online on Vy’s website or with the travel planner Entur, that also gives you travel suggestions for all kinds of public transportation in Norway. It is also possible to buy tickets from automated machines at most main stations, at ticket counters, and on board. Please note that you’ll have to pay an extra charge if you choose to buy the ticket on the train.

Every month, Minipris (low-cost) tickets are made available by Vy. These tickets must be purchased at least one day prior to the date of travel and can be bought online and from ticket machines. Once purchased, Minipris tickets are neither exchangeable nor refundable.

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Plan your trip with Entur

The travel planner Entur gives you travel suggestions from door to door by bus, train, metro, boat, and aeroplane, whether you want to check when the next bus is leaving from your destination, or you are planning a holiday from Vestfold to Vesterålen.

Download Entur from the AppStore or Google Play.

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