Our cruise ship docked at Flåm and we had pre-booked a ship’s tour that included the Flåm Railway. There seems to be confusing information about this railway on the internet, so I am posting this to offer clarification.
The first point to note is that the railway at Flåm is a branch from Myrdal, which is a junction station on the Oslo to Bergen main route and is part of the Norwegian State Railways network; it is not a private railway.
By virtue of being part of Norwegian State Railways, trains operating out of Flåm are public services. Some of these services have seats reserved in advance by cruise lines. To cater for cruise ships, Norwegian State Railways provides additional trains between Flåm and Myrdal. All trains are shown in the timetable as calling at all the intermediate stations.
I have been told by people that they have been prevented from making an advance booking on these trains. This seems strange because these are public services. The one-way fare is NK280 and the return fare is NK380 and train times can be checked on the Norwegian State Railways website, www.nsb.no. We saw passengers from our ship buy tickets for the 08.35 departure, so cruise ship passengers can use these trains, providing they are not fully booked.
The trip up the valley from Flåm is very scenic and stops at 11 different stations. The journey time takes about an hour to cover the 20 kilometres to Myrdal. Some people take the train up the valley and walk down to Flåm. You can of course take the train from Myrdal to Flam, but as cruise ships visit Flam, most cruise ship passengers would leave from Flam
Any cruise ship passengers considering travelling on the Flåm Railway independent of their cruise line should visit the Norwegian State Railway website given above. Here can be found the timetable for the Flåm Railway. If an advance reservation cannot be made, just try going to the station booking office and buying a ticket; the staff speak English. None of the trains we saw were full, though individual coaches in several trains were reserved for one or other cruise ship.
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