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 city.  Train information current for 2019.

I want to go from Oslo to...

      Bergen   Stavanger   Other destinations in Norway
  Stockholm   Gothenburg   Kristiansand
  Amsterdam   Cologne   Copenhagen
  London   Brussels   Paris

Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Switzerland, Italy & all other European destinations

Before 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.

European 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...

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Oslo to Stockholm
125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

X2000 trains now link Oslo & Stockholm...


2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...


Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000

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Oslo to Gothenburg & Copenhagen...

Option 1, by train overland...

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

Option 1: Oslo to Gothenburg by Norwegian train...  This is the Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo, arrived at Oslo Sentral.  Photos courtesy of Ivor & Ines Morgan.


NSB Komfort class on the train to Oslo.

Seats on an Oresund link train to Malmo & Gothenburg   An Oresund link train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg at Malmo

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

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

The DFDS Copenhagen to Oslo ferry

The huge DFDS luxury overnight cruise ferry to Oslo, at its terminal in Copenhagen...  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

The ferry is a floating hotel, with cabins, suites, restaurants, bars and entertainment.  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Suite on the ferry   Suite on the ferry

Commodore Class suite on board the DFDS superferry to Oslo...  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Sunset at sea on the DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

Sunset at sea on the voyage to Norway...  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

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Oslo to Cologne, Brussels & London...

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Oslo to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Zurich & other European destinations...

Option 1, via Copenhagen...

Option 2, via the overnight Color Line cruise ferry from Oslo to Kiel in Germany - easy, comfortable & time-effective...

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....

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Hotels in Oslo & other cities


Favourite hotel search & price comparison: checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings 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.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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