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“Not worth our effort” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Flam Railway

The Flam Railway
Flamsbana 5742, Flam 5742, Norway
(47) 57 63 21 00
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Flam
Type: Scenic Railroads
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“Not worth our effort”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We took the roundtrip Flamsbana from Flam to Myrdal on a cloudy/rainy day, but even allowing for the poor weather, we did not feel it was worth the effort, and certainly NOT at the price the cruise line charged (perhaps if on could get tickets locally at last minute for less than $65 US if the weather is great, it would be worth it). That said, there is little else to do in Flam (a bus tour or two and short boat excursions), so if you don't mind spending the money and NEED something to do, OK. The train is a short ride each way, with a few stops (to allow the train coming the other way to pass at midpoint, and to see a waterfall near the top), and does have lovely views of numerous waterfalls and nice valleys and farmsteads, but at no point does one actually see the fjord. If one comes by cruise ship, the sights of the fjord and waterfalls from the ship are FAR superior to anything seen from the train. Almost a third of the ride is in tunnels, and another third the scenery seemed to be on the 'other' side of the crowded car, so unless one can sit on both sides (as in changing sides on a round trip), you will miss much of what little there is to see.

Visited June 2013
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“We did not bother...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

After reading many reviews from previous visitors, we decided not to take this train. The fee would be around $65 per person, round trip.
It is major attraction here for this tiny town. Train station is pretty much next to cruise port. Our ship was the first one in the port and already the trains were all full most of the morning. I saw people standing up against windows taking pictures - blocking view from other people! I can't imagine how things would be if more ships in the port. That is the one of the reasons that I decide not to take this train... Instead, we hiked up the valley all the way to Flam Church. It is beautiful valley with waterfalls and wild flowers!

Visited June 2013
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“An overrated expensive train ride”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I know Norway is expensive and everyone who plans to travel in this country should be prepared for the prices. But in my opinion, the Flamsbana doesn't have the bang for the buck.
We took the 9:38 train on June, 6 2013 beginning at Myrdal. To be fair, it was not a pretty day when we rode the train. That being said, I found the experience to be overrated. I would increase the experience by 1 star if we had had nice weather. Our train wasn’t even close to full. There were only a couple of people in the car with us so we could switch sides when needed. So I can imagine if the cars are packed, the experience is even less desirable. Most of the trip is inside tunnels. Some of the scenery is obstructed by beams which makes it hard to take a picture. There are some beautiful breaking views but not the best Norway has to offer especially for this price. There is a 5 minute photo stop at the gushing waterfall
It's an expensive train ride, almost $50 U.S. for an hour one way trip and I'm no cheap skate, if it's worth the price then it's worth paying it. This isn't.
It's hard to not see something and rely on a stranger's opinion that it isn't worth it and to always wonder if you missed out. That's how I felt when deciding whether to book this journey. Some people have loved it, I found it lacking.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is one of the most amazing trainrides in the world. Such an amazing trip with breathtaking views and amazing waterfalls. The only negative thing is the prize, quite expensive for most tourists, especially foreigners. I would recommend walking down the valley on your way back to Flåm.

Visited August 2012
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“Breathtaking views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Travelled on the railway as an excursion whilst on a cruise visit to Flam. Everyone was ushered to certain carriages allocated to our ship, but as normal the seats ran out, but looking back we're glad. We're glad becasue we chose to stand by the doors and so had a great view of what was coming. The views are absolutly stunning from the rivers, to the small villages you pass to the mountains and the waterfalls. One in particular Kjosfossen waterfall is magnificent. The amount of water and the speed it travels are incredible. And when the train stops so you take take in the breathtaking view of the waterfall all of a sudden you see a lady come out to the side of the waterfall singing. Our ride was about 40 mins each way and was well worth it.

Visited June 2013
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