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Bergen to Oslo train

We are taking a Viking cruise which disembarks in Bergen, and are planning to take the train to Oslo as it is reportedly one of the world’s great train rides. The Norwegian Railway does not release tickets until 60 days in advance. However, tickets can be ordered through a broker (Rail Ninja) for about double the price. We also noted that the rail trip is offered as a post-cruise option through Viking. We are concerned that between the broker and the cruise line there may not be tickets available through the Railway website when the booking opens. We hate to spend the money needlessly, and there are four trains from Bergen to Oslo everyday. But our flight from Oslo leaves the next day so we have to get there. If anyone is more familiar with this, or has had this experience, we would appreciate feedback.
Thanks

Posted by
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We are concerned that between the broker and the cruise line there may
not be tickets available through the Railway website when the booking
opens.

Why? It's just a normal train. Ordinary Norwegians don't contact a cruise company, or some shady ticket reseller in some foreign country when they need a train ticket. They simply buy them online, or in a ticket machine.

Also, no tickets are sold until Vy opens the booking.

Posted by
128 posts

Do not get tickets through the broker or your cruise line--that's a big ripoff. It's a huge train and won't get booked up 60 days out. Just buy your tickets online when sales open. Also, I've done Norway in a Nutshell and it's an all-day trip with lots of connections by bus, ferry, and train. You'll see lots of scenery on your cruise and you want to be sure to get to Oslo that day, so skip the Nutshell package and just ride the train--it takes about seven hours. Here's a YouTube video of the entire 7-hour trip.

Posted by
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Looking at the Vy website they are open 90 days ahead. It's a bit confusing as they talk about schedules can be changed outside the 60 day limit. The schedules on this route haven't changed significantly in years. This is a local train service, so there will be an allocation for Viking, but plenty of seats will be kept available for general use. Their priority is locals, not cruise traffic or rip off middlemen. I've encountered that on the 2 car Andalsnes route where the cruise ran a train excursion. They were allocated one car on the train, the other car being kept for local use. The locals carriage was crowded but not sold out. Fares for travel in 90 days time start from as low as 289 Kr. These are long inter city trains. Rail Ninja won't have priority booking outside the 90 day limit. They are actually 3x the price. As long as you book soon after 90 days before hand you are guaranteed availability of bargain fares. I have never heard of a Norwegian train (except on the Flam line) selling out. Worst case is you have to pay the fully flexible rate of nearly 1000Kr. Even on so called sold out Flam line trains if you join at an intermediate station there is on train availability.

Posted by
969 posts

I've encountered that on the 2 car Andalsnes route where the cruise ran a train excursion. They were allocated one car on the train, the other car being kept for local use. The locals carriage was crowded but not sold out.

We had the same experience on that route in August 2022. We were in the "locals" car with people who never looked out the window once! Our car was about three-quarters full. We bought our tickets in advance but some people in our car bought theirs on the train from the conductor.

The other car had groups who got off and onto private buses in Andalsnes. We hopped on the public bus to Alesund which had only about 10 people on it.

Posted by
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Thanks everyone for the help. We are always reluctant to use brokers, and this information helps put our minds at rest.

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I keep hearing about the views when taking the train from Oslo to Bergen. I assume the views are also great going in the opposite direction?