February 18, 2020

Rail travel in Norway: Flam and Bergen Railways

Norway has a well-developed railway network, and rail travel in Norway is great fun.

Railway lines here stretch for more than 3,000 kilometers across all regions. Train travel in Norway is famous for scenic views of lakes, mountains, and fjords.

The most famous of the Norway train trips is the journey on The Bergen Railway, which is considered as one of the world’s best train rides. It runs between Oslo and Bergen across Europe’s highest mountain plateau. It has a branch line - the incredible Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest and most beautiful railway lines.

The Flåm Railway being one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, is the leading tourist attraction in Norway. The journey offers the best aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway. During one hour, the train takes you from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm to the Myrdal mountain station, situated at 867 meters above sea level. Myrdal is the station on the Bergen Line connecting   Bergen and Oslo line with the Flåm Railway.

For the train ride from Oslo to Bergen, you can buy tickets 90 days prior to departure. The most convenient way to book tickets is online on Vy’s website. It is also possible to buy tickets from automated machines at most main stations, at ticket counters, and on the train. However, you’ll have to pay an extra charge if you choose to buy the ticket on the train.

If you intend to explore Norway using the country’s railway system extensively, consider buying the Eurail Norway Train Pass. It is the most comprehensive way to explore Norway. The Eurail Norway Pass will allow you to enjoy relaxing rides on the famous Bergen Railway, the Dovre Railway, the Rauma Railway, and the Nordland Railway. It offers unlimited travel whenever and wherever you want, taking as many trains as you like, and there is no limit on the distance you can travel on a travel day — all of this at a fixed price.

The Eurail Norway Pass also offers hotel discounts, reduced museum fares, and it also comes with a travel map and user guide.

What awaits you on the Oslo to Bergen route

The train trip Oslo to Bergen takes about 7 hours and is a real adventure revealing unforgettable views of Norway. The Oslo to Bergen train journey is noted worldwide for its scenic beauty- fjords, rivers, villages, and the countryside.  The trains, operated by the Norwegian National Railways, are very well-equipped, comfortable, and safe. You will depart from the center of Oslo and arrive at the heart of Bergen - to the Bergen Central Station. On Bergen to Oslo train journey, you arrive at the very center of Oslo, which is very easy to explore the capital upon arrival.

The scenic train from Bergen to Oslo or the other way round makes 22 stops worth exploring.

Fares for the trip vary depending on the demand.  If you’re lucky enough, you can get a one-way ticket for around 389 NOK (40 USD). However, be aware that prices for the trip can go up to around 964 NOK (100 USD) if you’re traveling at weekends or on public holidays. Being flexible with your departure time gives the best chance of a good deal. Generally, the further in advance you book, the cheaper the fare and the better the availability.

Like all trains in Norway, services on the Oslo–Bergen route have everything you need to stay comfortably onboard, including decent seating, plenty of toilets, a café/restaurant, and free onboard Wi-Fi.

Don’t forget your camera, as this is the picture-perfect journey!

Whether you are an adventurous traveler or prefer comfortable and worry-free trips, rail travel in Norway is your freedom with comfort and the key to an unforgettable trip!