Trains in Norway

Travel by train in Norway, train passing a lake

Discover beautiful Norway, the land of trolls and Vikings, with your Eurail pass. Fall in love with the stunning scenery of this Scandinavian country, from deep blue lakes to frozen plains, and from misty mountains to mighty fjords. The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) will transport you comfortably to every corner of this amazing country.

Visit Norway’s most important cities Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger by regional (high-speed) train or by night train. Be sure to take a ride on the Flåm Railway , traveling down to the spectacular Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Europe.

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Train types in Norway
Reservations for trains in Norway
Domestic connections in Norway
International connections from and to Norway
Norway rail passes
Train stations in Norway
Pass benefits in Norway

Map with main train connections in Norway

Train types in Norway

 

Norway has an excellent network of comfortable trains, ready to transport you day and night. The Norwegian railways are operated by state-owned railway company NSB. Check the Eurail timetable to check times for trains in Norway.

 

Regional and intercity trains in Norway

The main rail network in Norway is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • Lokal trains are 2nd class regional trains covering short distances. They operate on various routes, linking the larger cities with surrounding towns.

  • NSB Regiontog (InterCity) trains operate between the larger cities like Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. These are very comfortable trains, running on many scenic routes, such as the Bergen Railway and the Rauma Railway. This train also covers the international route from Oslo to Gothenburg (Sweden).

  • SJ InterCity is a fast connection that connects Oslo with the Swedish capital of Stockholm. This train is operated by Swedish railway company SJ. 

  • Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana) is a scenic train that travels from mountain station Myrdal down to Flåm, 865 meters below, on the banks of the Sognefjord. Eurail pass holders will receive a 30% discount on this private railway, which offers some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery.

 

For the international Regiontog to Gothenburg and the SJ InterCity to Stockholm your pass only needs to be valid in either Norway or Sweden.

Night trains in Norway 

Domestic night trains in Norway Map with night train routes in Norway

  •  NSB Regiontog night trains run from capital city Oslo to Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim, and from Trondheim to Bodø. Relax in one of the cosy sleeping compartments on this train and wake up to see all new and inspiring scenery.

 

Reservations for the NSB Regiontog night train are compulsory. You can collect the key to your sleeping compartment in the on-board cafeteria (Meny Kafé).

Private railway companies in Norway

  • Flytoget is an airport express train that takes you from Oslo Airport (Gardermoen) to Oslo Central Station. This train is not covered by your Eurail pass, which is why we recommend taking a regional train into the city.

 

Bus service in Norway

  • Nettbus is a bus service that runs on the route Åndalsnes – Ålesund. Eurail pass holders get a 50% discount on tickets, which can be purchased on the bus.

  • Veøy Buss is a bus service that runs on the route Åndalsnes – Molde. Eurail pass holders get a 50% discount on tickets, which can be purchased on the bus.

Reservations for trains in Norway

 

It is highly recommended to make reservations for the NSB Regiontog day trains. These reservations can be booked at a train station in Norway or by calling the NSB call center (no reservation fee for 1st class pass holders). For the NSB Regiontog night trains and the InterCity train between Oslo and Stockholm, a reservation is compulsory. When traveling on a night train, the prices depend on the sleeping accommodation of your choosing.

 

All trains in Norway

Train name Train Type Timetable abbreviation Reservation type
Lokal Regional - None
NSB Regiontog Regional REG Recommended
NSB Regiontog Night train - Recommended
Flåm Railway Scenic train - Optional
SJ InterCity International IC Mandatory
Flytoget Airport train - Not included in your Eurail pass

 

 

How to make reservations for trains in Norway

You can make reservations for the domestic and international NSB Regiontog day and night trains, as well as the international InterCity:

  • At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations. This is the easiest way to get your tickets and the English-speaking NSB staff can help you with any issues.

  • By phone through the NSB call center (+47 815 00 888).

 

The NSB call center has English speaking staff (select ‘9’ in the menu) and is open on weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM and on weekends from 9 AM to 3 PM. You can pay by credit card or pay cash when you collect the reservations at a ticket machine at one of the train stations in Norway. When booking through the call center, you have to pick up the reservations at least 7 days before the departure of your train. You can book other Scandinavian trains by calling the NSB call center. There is a booking fee here of 50 NOK (6.50 euros). At ticket offices in the larger train stations, you can book trains for other European countries.

 

Find out more about reservations.

Domestic connections in Norway

 
Map with popular connections in Norway

View approximate train travel times between the most important cities in Norway with regional trains.

From

To

Regional train

Oslo

Bergen 7h

Oslo

Stavanger 7h 45 min

Oslo

Trondheim 6h 40 min

 

International train connections to and from Norway

 

We suggest the following routes to travel between Norway and other European countries:

  • Norway - Sweden
    Use the Swedish SJ InterCity to travel from Oslo to Stockholm (6 hours) or take the NSB Regiontog between Oslo and Gothenburg (4 hours).

  • Norway - Denmark
    Travel with a discounted ferry from Bergen, Stavanger or Kristiansand to Hirtshals in Denmark. Or take the NSB Regiontog to Gothenburg (Sweden) and step on a direct train to Copenhagen.

Norway rail passes

 

Eurail Norway passes let you see all of Norway's top cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim and leads you through breath-taking landscapes. We offer Norway rail passes that combine Norway with other European countries.

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 495– have the freedom to visit Norway and up to 23 other European countries.

  • Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 351– choose from a 3, 4 or 5 country pass that combines Norway with bordering countries.

  • Eurail Scandinavia Pass starting from USD$ 258 - explore Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway with one single Eurail pass.

  • Eurail Norway-Sweden Pass starting from USD$ 233 - use this Regional Pass to combine Norway with Sweden and get to know attractive cities such as Stockholm and Gothenburg.

  • Eurail Norway Pass starting from USD$ 200 - spend all your time discovering this magnificent country with its spectacular scenery.

 

Example train route in Norway

Visit Norway’s most popular cities and amazing landscapes on a single trip with Eurail. You can follow the suggested route below using a Eurail Norway Pass - 3 days within a month, starting from USD$ 200 

 

1. Stavanger

Stavanger is a lively city and the perfect place to start exploring the majestic Norwegian fjords, before taking a discounted ferry up to Bergen.

 

2. Bergen

Bergen is one of the gems of Norway, an old and charming town, tucked in between the sea and the mountains – take the cable car up Mount Fløyen for an amazing view.

 

3. Myrdal/Flåm

Myrdal and Flåm are connected by the scenic Flåm Railway, offering some of Norway’s most dramatic scenery. Take an early train from Bergen, spend half your day gazing at mountain views and mighty waterfalls, and then use that same travel day to continue from Myrdal to Oslo.

 

4. Oslo

Oslo is Norway’s chilled out and colourful capital, offering a number of great museums within the city and plenty of outdoor activities around it.

 

5. Trondheim

Trondheim has much to offer in terms of culture and Viking history, but is also known to host many great festivals during summer.

 

For more route ideas for your Eurail trip, check out our European highlights itinerary.

Map with example route in Norway

Train stations in Norway

 
Train station in Norway

Norwegian hub stations

Norway’s main hub is Oslo Central Station, known simply as Oslo S. From here, it is possible to connect to Norway’s main cities and some international destinations as well.

 

Station facilities

Stations in Norway usually have excellent facilities, often including:

  • Luggage lockers

  • Foreign exchange desks

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • ATM cash machines

  • Elevators and escalators

  • Access for disabled passengers

Pass benefits for Norway

 
The Flåm Railway

The Flåm Railway

Eurail pass holders get a 30% discount on this scenic train route between mountain station Myrdal and picturesque Flåm, located at the banks of the Aurlandsfjord.

 

Ferry travel between Norway and Denmark

Eurail pass holders get a 10 to 20% discount on Fjord Line ferries, connecting many Norwegian cities to Hirtshals in Denmark.

 

See all the pass benefits for Norway.

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