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Rail adventure - 2 nights 2 days Copenhagen to Oslo

I will be visiting scandinavia for the first time and the trains are baffling me. I thought maybe people might have ideas for a short rail adventure.

I will be spending time in Oslo and Copenhagen but in-between all the family visits and museums I wanted to see the country and scenic views and have a bit of a travel rail journey (at home we don't have many trains).

If I can leave Copenhagen on a Tuesday morning in June and need to be in Oslo by 8AM-ish on a Thursday morning in June, and have a 1st class Eurail pass, what would you recommend?

Would the options change if I left Copenhagen Monday night, needing to be in Oslo by about 8AM-ish on the Thursday. If so what would you recommend then?

Are there good options involving sleeper trains?

Also tips on how to store my luggage if I am exploring Stockholm or Olso for the day arriving in the train station in the morning.

Look forward to any ideas on possibilities and tips.

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No, there are not good options involving sleeper trains between the countries. There are a few within Norway, such as Oslo-Bergen or Oslo-northbound, or within Sweden northbound from Stockholm, but you'd miss the scenery. There's also a direct overnight ferry between Copenhagen and Oslo (no coverage nor discount with rail pass).

Olso and Stockholm train stations both have bag storage but if you're staying in a hotel, go ahead and leave your bag there. Where in the plan does Stockholm fall? Between Oslo and Copenhagen or other time?

Between Oslo and Copenhagen, Rick's strategy is either to work up through Denmark with sightseeing stops, requiring more train/ferry connections, or else to just go straight there, but not to stop on the west coast of Sweden. If you have Rick's Scandinavia guidebook, it will address transport timing and recommended day plans for the places it covers.

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There are also sleeper trains Malmö-Stockholm.

One option would be a train to Gothenburg, spend a night or two there (charming city), and then take a direct train to Oslo. There are also other places along the Swedish west coast worth a stop.

Another option is to take trains through Denmark to Fredrikshavn, then the ferry to Gothenburg and continue by trains to Oslo.

A Eurail pass sounds like a waste of money for this trip, so i hope you plan to travel more.