Fjord1 Sogn Billag AS

Fjord1 Sogn Billag AS is a subsidiary of the Fjord1 group, of which Fjord1 Nordvestlandske AS is the parent company. The head office is situated in Sogndal. The company provides local and regional passenger transport services in Sogn and Hemsedal/Hallingdal. In addition, the company also operates express coach services as part of Nor-Way Bussekspress’s national network, both independently and in collaboration with other companies.

About the routes in the region

Local and regional routes Aurland, Lærdal, Årdal, Luster, Sogndal, Leikanger, Vik, Solund and Gulen, in addition to routes in Hemsedal/Hallingdal.

Nor-Way Bussekspress Valdresekspressen: Sogndal-Årdal-Fagernes-Oslo
Øst-VestXpressen: Bergen - Voss – Flåm – Fagernes – Lillehammer
Sognebussen: Bergen- Voss- Flåm – Lærdal – Sogndal/Årdal
Hallingbussen: Geilo – Gol – Oslo
Fjordekspressen: Bergen – Førde – Nordfjordeid – Volda – Ålesund

The Flåm Railway – idyllic and dramatic

Since 1998, the company Flåm Utvikling as has been responsible for marketing the Flåm Railway, one of Norway’s largest and most spectacular tourist attractions. As one of Norway’s few private railways, we can offer a train trip through some of Norway’s most beautiful, unspoiled and dramatic scenery.

 

Our rolling stock consists of six electric locomotives and 12 carriages, specially designed for this demanding line which runs from the fjord to the high mountains. Along the way, passengers are given information over the train’s PA system, and during the summer season, there is also a guide on most trains.

 

The train journey between Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjorden and the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway is a railway line unmatched anywhere else in Europe – 20km long, with a height difference of 865m and an average incline of 1:18. The severity of the incline is quite unique for an ordinary railway and, in order to overcome the huge height difference, the line has been partly constructed in tunnels which spiral in and out of the mountainside.

 

The line runs through the steep and narrow valley of Flåmsdalen, with views over waterfalls and imposing mountains. The journey from one end of the line to the other takes about 60 minutes. The trains slow down or stop next to the best viewpoints. The trains to and from Flåm connect at Myrdal with most daytime trains between Oslo and Bergen.

 

The Flåm Railway operates all-year round with 9-10 departures daily from Flåm – Myrdal - Flåm during the period May – September, and four departures daily during the rest of the year.

 

You will find the timetables here.

NSB

The NSB Group

The NSB Group has a turnover of almost NOK 11 billion and, with 10,000 employees, is Norway’s largest transport group. NSB Persontog is the core business within the NSB Group and has a turnover of approximately NOK 4.4 billion and 2800 employees.

 

About NSB Persontog

The passenger service operations within the NSB Group are run by NSB AS and its subsidiaries NSB Gjøvikbanen AS and AB Svenska Tågkompaniet. NSB’s regional and local passenger services cover many of the key transport arteries in Norway. The regional services are marketed through a variety of offers such as KOMFORT (aimed at people who want to work during their journey), SOVE (comfortable cabins with high-quality mattresses, duvets and pillows), FAMILIE (special section on the train for people travelling with children) and MENY (café or kiosk offering a varied selection of food and drink). Local services are adapted for passengers who are travelling locally, as they have plenty of seats and space, as well as large windows and air-conditioning. The latest trains are more disabled-friendly and have electronic information systems. The toilets on board are suitable for wheelchair users.

 

NSB is currently purchasing and modernising trains worth NOK 6 billion. These new/modernised trains will give NSB an extra 14,000 seats (NSB Persontog currently has 52,213 seats), giving a considerable increase in capacity. Combined with the construction of new infrastructure in Eastern Norway, NSB will with its new rolling stock and a new timetable provide a significantly better service with frequent and regular departures and improved journey times from 2012.

 

About the Bergen Railway

When you buy a train ticket for the Bergen Railway, you also buy a ticket for one of Europe’s most spectacular railway experiences. The trip is just as impressive at any time of year, on long summer days with the mountains bathed in sunlight or in stormy weather with drifting snow during the winter. You catch the train from one of Norway’s two largest cities – Oslo and Bergen – up to Europe’s highest mountain plateau – towards Finse with the Rallarvegen cycle route and the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. Here, there are countless opportunities for excursions. On the way to Finse, the train will stop at Geilo and Voss, amongst other places. These are popular tourist destinations in themselves. The train will also stop at Myrdal. Here, you can take the popular 20km Flåm Railway. Both the Bergen Railway and the Flåm Railway are included in the list published by the Society of International Railway Travelers (R) of the 25 best train journeys in the world. Regardless of whether you are seeking adventure or an environmentally friendly means of transport between Norway’s largest cities, NSB’s trains on the Bergen Railway are highly recommended. NSB KOMFORT, NSB FAMILIE, NSB SOVE and NSB MENY are all available on trains on the Bergen Railway.