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 2020.  COVID-19 update.

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

Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Switzerland, Italy & 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
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 an X2000.  More information about X2000

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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

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.

 

Vy Plus (Komfort ) class on the train to Oslo.

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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

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.

 

Vy Plus (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...

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 Andrew Leo.

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 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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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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