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Bergensbanen Line

Are there ways to purchase Bergensbanen railway tickets from Oslo o to Myrdal early? I'm planning on traveling in mid to late July with a stop in Myrdal and then onto Flam. I thought tickets could be purchased 90 days out, but Norway's VY site said were unavailable for dates greater than 60 days for this specific route.

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The trains are operated by Vy. If Vy says that the tickets are unavailable it means that the tickets are unavailable.

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Tickets are available 90 days out, so as of this exact moment are available until the 1412 on 17 July. In a bit over an hour tickets will be released for the 1626 and later on today for the night train that day.

So 'late July' will be released in a week or two's time- to the minute (norwegian time) 90 days before travel.

But there is no need at all to be up in the middle of the night at the minute of release to buy tickets.

What Vy are actually saying is that between date of release (90 days before) and 60 days before times could be changed due to engineering work. Trains are mass transit and most people do not book months ahead of time, so 60 days before is more than ample time for engineering works to be confirmed. In theory you could end up with an extended journey time (if diverted) or on a rail replacement bus for part of the route if booking between T-90 and T-60. Unlikely but there is the potential there.

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Thanks for the confirmation. I've never been to Norway and I'm uncertain about the frequency and availability of services. I have plans for a late afternoon fjord cruise on the 17th around 1630. I'm interested in seeing both places (Myrdal and Flam), but 'd like assurances that I can meet my final destination. Should I be concerned about ticket sellouts?

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I'm willing to be corrected by others, but as far as I know, there is vritually nothing at Myrdal except the train station. At least I saw nothing when I changed trains there in 2022. There is food to be purchased at the station. My sandwich was good, and it was very reasonably priced by Norwegian standards. So by all means grad something to eat if you're hungry and you have time, but I don't see any reason to allow extra time there.

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When tickets do come out book a through ticket from Oslo to Flam, rather than two tickets.

It is possible but unlikely for the train to sell out, especially the main day train at just after 8am, and it has one day this week.

It is the Myrdal to Flam sector which is likely to 'sell out' first- but even that sells out on line, not in person.

But it will sell out slowly over the weeks- not like the Tower of London Ceremony of the Keys, or Anne Frank House in Amsterdam-both of which have become blink and you miss it sights.

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There is no need to be concerned about trains selling out. Trains can and do sell out, but unless you're travelling around a major holiday they do not sell out months in advance.

acraven is basically correct, Myrdal is a station in the mountains surrounded by a handful of houses and wilderness.