The Flåm Railway in Norway ranks high on every list of Europe's most beautiful train rides and this is well deserved. It branches off from the Bergen Line (the railway connecting Oslo with Bergen which itself is a very scenic route) at the small station of Myrdal and descends to Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord. While Myrdal is located at 863 meters, Flåm is almost at sea level at only 2 meters, resulting in an extraordinary steep maximum gradient of 5,5 percent. This steep gradient of the line with its many twists, turns and tunnels, in combination with the setting in the unique landscape of Flåmsdalen valley are probably the main reasons why a trip with the Flåm Railway is considered a must for every visitor to Norway.
Tickets, Fares and Schedules
Trains on the Flåm Railway are operated by NSB (Norwegian Railways) on behalf of Flåm Utvikling, the company managing all tourist tourist attractions around Flåm and therefore a special fare is valid. Regular fare tickets are available on board the trains (payment is possible with cash or credit card), at the station in Flåm (tickets are not available at Myrdal station) as well as at any staffed NSB station in Norway. NSB also sells special through tickets from all stations in Norway to Flåm. It is also possible to buy tickets online, if you want to support railcc use our partner link to ACP Rail. Discounted tickets for Interrail/Eurail passholders are available at stations in Norway. The 2017 fares are as follows:
Single ticket: 390 NOK (Adult), 195 NOK (Children 4 - 15 years), 273 NOK (Interrail and Eurail pass travellers) Return ticket: 550 NOK (Adult), 274 NOK (Children 4 - 15 years), no InterRail or Eurail discount
Additional discounts are available for groups (10% in high season from May to September, 25% in low season from October to April).
Apart from single or return tickets you can also buy "Norway in a Nutshell" tickets for your trip with Flåm Railway. These are combined rail, ferry and bus tickets available for five different routes between Oslo and Bergen, all including the Flåm Railway as well as a ferry trip from Flåm through Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. From Gudvangen a bus shuttle brings you to Voss, where you can get on a train to Bergen or Oslo. Tickets are available at NSB stations or online: ACP Rail
If you are travelling with a rail pass, buy separate single tickets for all three legs of the route:
Myrdal - Flåm: 273 NOK
Flåm - Gudvangen: 153 NOK
Gudvangen - Voss: 110 NOK
How to include Flåm Railway in your trip through Norway
The best option for rail enthusiasts, including a return trip on the Flåm Railway. Leave Oslo early in the morning and travel to Myrdal where you arrive around noon. This leaves you with enough time to go to Flåm, spend some time there and travel back to Myrdal from where you can continue to Bergen, arriving there in the evening. To travel back to Oslo you can then use the overnight train or continue by bus along the coast to Stavanger.
Of course the same trip is possible in the opposite direction from Bergen to Oslo as well. During summer you could even think about taking the last train from Flåm to Myrdal and wait there for the night train to Oslo.
2) The classic Norway in a Nutshell day trip
Perhaps one of the most scenic journeys in Europe using public transportation. Again, take the morning train from Oslo to Myrdal and continue to Flåm. From there, boats take you through Aurlandsfjord to Gudvangen up to eight times per day in summer season (only one daily departure during winter). From Gudvangen, frequent buses go to Voss from where you can finish your trip by train to Bergen.
3) Overnight stay in Flåm
Another option would be to stay overnight in Flåm, where you can find many different options ranging from hotels to apartments, cabins and a youth hostel. There is also a daily connection by ship directly to Bergen. If you decide to stay in Flåm you should take the time to hike or rent a bike and cycle on Rallarvegen, an old trail used to carry material for building the Bergen Line about 100 years ago. The trail starts at Flåm and runs through Flåmsdalen to Myrdal then continuing along Bergen Line via Hallingskleid and Finse to Haugastøl - all villages are served by Oslo - Bergen "Regiontog" long distance trains.