Travelling scandinavia, eurorail pass? Or fly?

By Traveller January 30, 2019
Oslo

Travelling scandinavia, eurorail pass? Or fly?

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By Alex Traveller January 30, 2019

Me and a friend will be exploring norway, denmark sweden, finland and estonia in late march.

Is it worth getting a eurorail pass for scandinavia?
Or is it cheaper to fly?
Or is the regular train cheap enough to take from city to city.
We fly into oslo from edinburgh in late march.

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A couple of nice craftbeer pubs: Brus Bar, Cafe Sara, Henry & Sally's (Mikkeller pub), Røør, Brygg, Gaasa, Hytta, Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri, Postkontoret. Cheap places to eat: Freddy Fuego Burrito Bar, Koie Ramen, Lille Saigon.
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Local January 31, 2019
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Thanks everyone for the recommendations. Looking forward to visiting.
Alex Traveller January 31, 2019
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Just from the top of my (very sleepy morning) head: Vippa (street food and beer), Torggata botaniske (incredible cocktails), Pigalle (also great cocktails), Crowbar (GREAT selection of craft beer), Schouskjelleren (craft beer, fire place), Mathallen (food market, also pubs), Oslo Mekaniske (craft beer, no food but you can bring your own), Brewgata (craft beer and good coffee. Some sandwiches, but they also give you the menu to a pizza place that delivers to your table), Asylet (200 years old, used to be an orphanage, fire place, great atmosphere, ok selection of beer, crappy food though). For cheap good food: Kinabolle (chinese and dumplings), Holy Cow (Indian), Palmyra (Sri Lanka), Sea sushi (eclectic mix of various asian dishes), Bao house. There are many more, but my brain needs more coffee first :-)
Local January 31, 2019
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Hey Alex! Trains are slow and the distances are great in Norway, Sweden and Finland. I would recommend you flying. Norwegian is usually pretty cheap flying around if you book at least a coupld of weeks in advance. Of course it depends on what you want to see and how long time you’ve got. Also your budget. But traveling from Copenhagen to Oslo will take you an entire day of traveling by train.

Local February 6, 2019
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Thanks.
Yea i think ive come down to taking bus or train for shorter distances. Like Oslo to Gothenburg. Only 3 hours or so.
But Oslo to copenhagen and then to stockholm looks like quite the distance to travel by train.

I am planning on seeing some smaller citys rather than just capitals. So we will see haha.

I would like to see Bergen but its almost double to price to fly there instead of Oslo. Plus no direct flights at our time.
Alex Traveller February 7, 2019
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The viking ships are in Oslo, and for food and beer Oslo is great :-) I can give you spesific suggestions if you like.
If you want to go to Bergen, you can book online some days in advance and get “minipris”-tickets at 250,- NOK. Check nsb.no. I don’t think the flights get cheaper. Also if you fly you need to add the costs to get to/from airports. Trainstations are in walking distance.

From Oslo you could also take the overnight ferry to Copenhagen (the lowest cabins are really cheap). Check dfds.no. The ferry is in walking distance from city center. Next to it is Vippa, a street food market hall :-)

There is also an express train Oslo-Stockholm, check sj.se. Cheap if you book a bit in advance.
Local January 30, 2019
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Thanks for the info.
Train is probably the way to go then. Being able to walk to the stations is nice.
If you know any cool pubs in Oslo, that would be great.

I think we will visit Gothenburg and Malmo on the way to Copenhagen. But do plan on taking an overnight ferry from Stockholm to Turku.

Alex Traveller January 31, 2019
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I would definitely chose train in Norway. Flights might be cheaper some parts, but you won’t see anything. The train journey between Oslo and Bergen is amazing.
What are you planning to see in Norway?
Local January 30, 2019
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Ive heard good things about Bergen. Would like to see a viking museum and market halls.
just like everywhere i go, I'm looking for good food and beer but at a reasonable price.

I love travelling by train. But we are looking to cut the budget a bit since we are from canada and still have many countries to visit.

Alex Traveller January 30, 2019
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Hey, Alex 😊 I used to travel by plane from Lithuania so for me it was 20eur flight. But I believe you need to think of timing. Rail will take you longer time. Fly -quicker 😉 so in the end - it depends on time vs money balance
Local January 30, 2019
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Yes. we are looking for the cheaper option if it saves a considerable amount of money.
Alex Traveller January 30, 2019
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Can't answer totally for Sweden or Denmark but for Norway there is something called the Explore Norway Ticket from Wideroe that lets you do Norway pretty easily https://www.wideroe.no/en/tickets/explore-norway-ticket
Norway (and Sweden) are looooong countries that has a lot of forest and mountains in between the towns and villages. Yes it is scenic and nice, but I guess you will get tired of it - and for the western parts of Norway train service is spotty to say the least.

Late march is still early to experience Norway at it's best - it's pretty cold and rainy - but I guess Denmark and southern Sweden will be nice. Oslo will be ok, but if you could wait two months - that's a much better time to go - or in the summer even. Then it's a treat.

Hope this helps!
Local January 30, 2019
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Thanks. Ill check out wideroe train for norway. We are prepared for snow/rain, so that wont be a problem. Haha
Alex Traveller January 30, 2019
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