This page explains how to travel by train from Oslo & Norway to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another cityInformation current for 2022.

COVID-19 update  International trains to/from Norway were suspended, but resumed in November & December 2021.

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Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim & other destinations in Norway

 

Stockholm

 

Gothenburg

 

Copenhagen

 

Helsinki

 

Riga

 

Tallinn

  London   St Petersburg   Moscow
 

Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam & all other European destinations

bullet pointBefore you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Must I book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

bullet pointEuropean train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Oslo to Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim & other destinations in Norway...

The Norway in a Nutshell tour...

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Oslo to Stockholm...

What are the SJ3000 trains like?

1st class seats on an SJ3000 train SJ3000 train

2nd class on an SJ3000 train.  Larger photo.

 

An SJ3000 train.  Larger photo.

1st class seats on an SJ3000 train 1st class seats on an SJ3000 train

Bistro on an SJ3000 train.  Larger photo

 

1st class on an SJ3000 train.  Larger photo

What are the Intercity trains like?

Stockholm to Oslo train at Stockholm Central

A Stockholm-Oslo train at Stockholm Central.

2nd class seats on a Stockholm to Oslo train 1st class seats on a Stockholm to Oslo train

2nd class on an Oslo to Stockholm train.  Larger photo.

 

1st class on an Oslo to Stockholm train.  Larger photo.

Stockholm to Oslo train luggage racks Stockholm to Oslo train

Luggage racks on an Oslo to Stockholm train...

 

Photo courtesy of Dr James Benedict Brown.

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Oslo to Gothenburg...
The Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo, arrived at Oslo Central   Komfort class (1st class) on the Norwegian Gothenburg to Oslo train

An Oslo to Gothenburg train at Oslo Sentral.

 

Standard class seats on the train to Gothenburg.

Scenery from the Gothenburg to Oslo train

Scenery between Oslo & Gothenburg. These photos courtesy of @Simply_Railway.

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Oslo to Copenhagen...

Option 1, by train...

The Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo, arrived at Oslo Central   Komfort class (1st class) on the Norwegian Gothenburg to Oslo train

Step 1, Oslo to Gothenburg by Norwegian train seen here at Oslo central. 

 

Standard class seats on the train to Oslo.  Photos courtesy of @Simply_Railway.

Scenery from the Gothenburg to Oslo train

Scenery between Gothenburg & Oslo. Photo courtesy of @Simply_Railway.

Oresund train at Copenhagen

Step 2, Gothenburg to Copenhagen by Öresund train.  Take an Öresund Train (Öresundtåg) from Gothenburg to Copenhagen.  The train crosses from Denmark to Sweden on the 1999-built Öresund Link tunnel & road/rail bridge.

Oresund train 2nd class seats   Oresund train 1st class seats

2nd class seats. Larger photo.

 

1st class seats.  Larger photo.

On the Oresund link!

Crossing the impressive Öresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden...

Option 2, by overnight cruise ferry to Copenhagen - comfortable, scenic and time-effective...

DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

The huge DFDS luxury overnight cruise ferry Crown Seaways berthed at Oslo...  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan.

Atrium on the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo   Standard cabin on the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

The ferry is a floating hotel, with cabins, suites, restaurants, bars and entertainment.  The Pearl Seaways even features an outdoor jacuzzi but reportedly her sister ship Crown Seaways lacks this.  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

1, 2, 3 or 4 berth standard cabin on the Crown Seaways with shower & toilet and satellite TV.  Larger photoCourtesy of Ivor Morgan.

Suite on the ferry   Suite on the ferry

Commodore Class suite with double bed on board the DFDS superferry to Oslo.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Sunset at sea on the DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

Scenery in Oslo Fjord on the voyage to Norway...  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan.

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Oslo to Helsinki...

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Oslo to St Petersburg & Moscow...

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Oslo to Tallinn...

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Oslo to Riga...

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Oslo to London...

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Oslo to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris & all other European destinations...

Option 1, using a train from Oslo to Copenhagen, overnight stop in Copenhagen - daily departures...

Option 2, using a train from Oslo to Hamburg, overnight stop in Hamburg - Mondays-Fridays only...

Option 3, using the overnight cruise ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen...

Option 4, via the overnight cruise ferry from Oslo to Kiel in Germany - a convenient & luxurious option...

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

The Color Line ferry in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

The view from the ferry....

Option 5, Norway to the Netherlands by direct overnight ferry...

Ferry m/v Romantika   2-berth sea view cabin

m/v Romantika.  Photos courtesy of @mightyalan

 

2-berth sea view cabin. Larger photo.

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bullet pointHotels in Oslo & other cities

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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