I am going to Copenhagen in August and am considering taking the overnight train to Oslo to save on accommodations and make use of a rail pass, but I can't seem to figure it out? Do I book all legs separately? Copenhagen to Malmö, Malmö to Gothenburg, Gothenburg night train to Oslo. I can't seem to find anything on the night train, so it is hard to co-ordinate times. Also would a Scandinavia rail pass cover the overnight train? Thank-you. Kathy
Unfortunetly, there is no direct overnight train between Copenhagen and Oslo. The closest thing to a night train would involve taking a late train to Goteborg, then hanging out in the station for 6.5 hours between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., not the best option. You would need to take a day train, overnight ship or fly.
There is an overnight ship operated by DFDS Seaways - www.dfdsseaways.us The ship departs Copenhagen at 16:30 and arrives in Oslo the next morning at 09:45. Prices vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose, day of week you travel (weekends are more expensive) and how far in advance you book your tickets (not covered by a railpass).
Your other option would be to fly on one of the many budget airlines. See www.skyscanner.com for options.
I'm flying from Copenhagen to Oslo on Norwegian Air Shuttle for $71 the first of September. The one hour flight seems the easiest way to save a day's travel.
I've done both the day train and flown between Copenhagen and Oslo. Flying is faster and often cheaper, but it depends on how much time you have and what experience you are looking for. The train ride up the west coast of Sweden through Goteborg is pretty, but it takes most of the day.
I think I will go for the flight. Less hassle and much faster.