– The trains run terribly slow, rare and cost a lot, says Kristoffer Robin (MDG).
If you live in the Oslo area and should feel like taking a trip to Norway’s largest cities, Trondheim or Bergen, the possibilities are many. If you want to leave as small a climate footprint as possible on the road, it can go beyond the wallet – and time schedule.
According to Framtiden in our hands overview, 340 grams of CO2 per kilometer are distributed to each passenger on a domestic flight.
On a train journey, they estimate that the climate footprint is 91 grams of CO2 per. Passengers per. Kilometer.
Train vs. fly
If you need to buy a train ticket from Oslo to Bergen on the same day as you have to travel, you will most likely have to pay 923 kroner. Cheapest ticket available on Friday costs 1,129 kroner.
If you are out early and planning a trip by train, you can get away with paying much less, but from what Nettavisen can see, you must at least book tickets for weeks in advance to get the cheapest tickets.
Regardless, what the ticket prices have in common is that they are usually much more expensive than what it costs for a plane ticket to Bergen.
If you want to fly from Bergen and take a quick look at the various departures, you can get to the capital of western Norway every day for between 299 kroner and 399 kroner. The same applies if you are going back to Oslo again from Bergen.
In addition to the fact that the flight is much cheaper, you also save time. Spend six hours and 51 minutes on the journey, while and fly spend a meager amount of time.
The same applies to Trondheim
If you travel by train to Trondheim from Oslo, the cheapest tickets go for 399 kroner, but then you are lucky. Far from every day you will be able to buy such cheap train tickets to the beard town, and often it is a question of night trains.
It is also not certain that together goes directly from where you go on – to the terminus. As a rule, you have to get off together at Lillehammer and then either take another train on, or a bus. If you get tickets for a direct train to Trondheim, the journey takes six hours and 49 minutes. If you have to change to a bus in Lillehammer, the trip takes seven hours and 36 minutes.
If you are flying to Trondheim from Oslo, the same rule applies. Every day you can basically fly for 299 kroner. The trip takes 55 minutes.
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Go Ahead Nordic is responsible for the train service on the Oslo-Stavanger route. Should you feel like a train ride to the oil city, you have to pay 1,119 kroner if you book the train ticket the same day or days before you travel, based on what Nettavisen can see. For the weekend, the train ticket is somewhat cheaper, but tickets are only available for departures.
Next week again, the cheapest tickets cost 729 kroner, unless you take the night train. Then it costs 449 kroner.
The train ride from Oslo to Stavanger takes almost eight hours, depending on which departure you take. The night train spends an hour more.
If you are going to fly to Stavanger, the cheapest tickets are out there for 299 kroner there as well.
A baby egg
One who reacts to the ticket price differences is the incoming parliamentary representative for MDG, Kristoffer Robin Haug.
– It’s completely wrong. It should be simple and cheap to choose the environmentally friendly alternative, but that is what is not today. Today the trains run terribly slow, rare and cost a lot, says Haug and continues:
– In our alternative national transport plan, we spend half of the money on trains. Then we have money to reduce travel time between the big cities in Norway, and the number of departures and cut prices – and children’s eggs for all of us who love trains!
Want Taxfree train
– Should it be cheaper to take a train?
– Yes, definitely. Initially, we want to cut the prices of trains and other public transport across the country by 20 percent. Then it will be attractive to choose aircraft in the future. In addition, we would like to move the tax-free sales from the airports to the foreign trains, so you get an extra carrot to choose from when you go on a city break and business trips in Europe, he says.
I would add that if it were up to the MDGs would have introduced lower prices on train tickets, more departures, cheaper and more sleeping cars and immediately set up for night trains to Copenhagen, Hamburg and Berlin.
Vy does not agree
Head of Communications in Vy, Åge-Christoffer Lundeby tells Nettavisen that it is possible to get cheap train tickets to Bergen, but that you have to be out a little early.
– Why is VY unable to beat the flight offer on price on the route Oslo – Bergen?
– What you say is not entirely true. For example, there are cheap tickets with us on November 17 for 249 kroner. The cheapest airline tickets are 299 kroner. So we have cheap tickets, we too, says Lundeby to Nettavisen.
– In addition, it is the case that you often do not go from airport to airport. The cheapest tickets go first, and the closer to adversity, the fewer cheap tickets are available. I would say that it is absolutely possible to travel cheaply with us, he says.
Lundeby also says that one must not forget that the advantage of the train journey is that you get directly to the destination, without having to get to and from the airport.
– Why should travelers who want to travel green pay more?
– The cost is not just a train ticket versus a plane ticket. If you are going to the city center, you do not just take your trolley case and go to Gardermoen or Flesland, he says.
– It is not train fare that has been more expensive
Dag Brekkan is sales manager at Go Ahead Nordic. The company is responsible for the Sørlandsbanen, which is the man used if you are going to Stavanger.
He tells Nettavisen that during the pandemic they have not used the lowest price ranges on the most popular departures. This is because restrictions have placed restrictions on how many passengers they can have on board and that fewer have used their train offer.
– When we are back to a more normal travel pattern again, and the restrictions that were – are today have been lifted, so there will be greater price variation, and also lower prices in periods, Brekkan says to Nettavisen.
He also points out that it is not tickets that have been totally more expensive, but tickets that have become cheaper.
– Then it may be worth mentioning that connection costs to and from the airport must also be included in the calculation. Many also use parking at many high prices. It is not the train tickets that have become more expensive, but it is the air fares that tend to be due to greater competition in the air, he says.
– The price of the ticket will vary over time
Those who cover the direct train line from Oslo to Trondheim are SJ Norway. Marketing and communications manager Hilde Lyng tells Nettavisen that their ticket prices are regulated, but that they also offer cheaper tickets.
– The price of the ticket will vary over time, depending on which promotions we offer and availability on a given departure. The lowest price that is possible to get 199 kroner, depending on how far the customer has to travel, says Lyng to Nettavisen.