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singapore
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Train ticket validation & machines

Hi,

We are arriving in Oslo Gardermoen airport from our domestic flight in Tromso Sunday Dec 8.

We planning to use the Flytoget Airport Express to Oslo Sentral (we do not want to take the normal trains)

1. Are the ticket machines for the Airport Express trains different from the normal train ticket machines? Any particular colour for us to distinguish the machines from those normal train tickets machines?

2. Can we also buy our return ticket from the same Airport machine? Our return is 3 days later - from Oslo Sentral to Airport on Tue Dec 10.

2. We will be paying cash and not credit card. Do the machines give change or must it be the exact fare? That means if we are buying 3 adult tickets one way or return - the total fare has to be exact if we pay in cash? Our bank has heavy foreign transaction fees so we are using cash for the tickets.

3. Do we need to validate the tickets at the platform before boarding?

4. Are there specific train platforms to catch the Flytoget Airport Express? We don't want to end up on the wrong trains.

From Oslo Gardermoen airport to Oslo Sentral &

From Oslo Sentral to Oslo Gardermoen airport?

Oslo
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for Norway, Oslo
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1. Re: Train ticket validation & machines

I think you will find everything pretty easy to follow. When you come into the landside hall after baggage collection, turn right and you will see station entrance - left side is local trains, right side is express trains. There are separate ticket machines. I am fairly sure that they will accept cash and give change. Keep to the right side and go through gates where ticket is checked (if that is necessary) and you will end up on the correct platform. The airport station is Oslo Lufthavn and the central station is Oslo S.

Unless you are a train afficionado and wish to test the express then there is very little to gain paying double the price for the express, the journey is only 2 - 3 minutes shorter, though you might gain more time as it's more frequent.

An advantage of the local train is that the ticket lasts for 2 1/2 hours and you can travel free on public buses, trams and trains within Oslo during this time. You can buy the tickets at the Public Transport counter (opposite where you enter landside hall by one of the exits - not the NSB ticket office which will charge you extra for manual service) and save worrying about machines etc.

singapore
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2. Re: Train ticket validation & machines

Ok. Many thanks dyoll, for the reply.

singapore
posts: 170
reviews: 62
3. Re: Train ticket validation & machines

Can we buy the return journey from the same airport express ticket machine if we are returning to the airport 3 days later?

Oslo
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for Norway, Oslo
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4. Re: Train ticket validation & machines

Not sure, but there is no return ticket saving. It may be possible to buy two tickets one for each direction.

With the local train you could buy a ticket and validate it 2 1/2 hours before your return and use that for local transport. As the local train runs to a timetable it would be easy to plan your return trip to airport.

singapore
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5. Re: Train ticket validation & machines

I am going to answer my own questions since we have already arrived in oslo and will be leaving tomorrow.

We used the Flytoget Express train which was very efficient. The ticket machines are orange in colour ( upon exit from Arrival, turn right and walk till you see the machines and sign board. Look for the orange coloured machines which are on the right side - some use only credit card and some use both credit card and cash.

We used the cash option - the one way trip to Oslo S (central station) was NOK 170 pp. Touch the screen and select "english" and follow the simple instructions. The machine takes NOK 200, 100 and 50 notes and coins, they do not accept NOK 500 notes. They also give change.

There is also an option for return tickets. The tickets are valid for at least 5 months.

When entering the ticket gate to get to the platform, just swipe the ticket in the same way as a credit card. The ticket is the size of a credit card and doesnt tear easily. The platforms for the Express Trains are clearly shown on the departure board,

There is luggage space in the train and also above the seats for small carry ons. When we arrived at Oslo S station, there was no need to swipe the ticket anymore. In winter, the platforms can be snow covered, so do be careful when you embark or disembark.

Edited: 11:28 am, December 09, 2013
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