blog > Brussels to Oslo by train/ferry/bus
I've been to Norway many times by now, and always by plane. But for this year's trip, I wanted to try doing it not by plane. Mostly for ecological reasons, as I've heard that planes are bad for the environment.
The reason it took 2 days is because a) there was construction work on the DB rail network so Brussels-Köln took around 3h instead of 1h50m, b) the first trains (on Thursday) didn't leave that early to have enough ease of mind that I will catch all connections and arrive on time at the ferry, c) I postponed too much so the first trains of the day (Thursday) were fully booked already.
|(one night in Köln)|
|Köln Hbf||Münster(Westf) Hbf||125Km||€59.70|
|Münster(Westf) Hbf||Emden Außenhafen||160Km|
Departure Tue 18th July 2023, arrival Wed 19th July 2023.
|(I spent two nights in Kristiansand)|
|(4km walk to Emden Hbf because there was no timely connection at Emden Außenhafen)|
|Emden Hbf||Köln Hbf||275Km||€61.90|
I've always taken Scandinavian Airlines when going Brussels-Oslo. Based on those experiences and a quick check, I'd guess the journey would've costed around €110 outwards and €90 return (both including 1 piece of checked-in luggage). Way cheaper than €372 and €429. And it goes directly from Brussels to Oslo, no need for trains or busses. In less than 2 hours (flying time).
The ferry was a really exciting experience though, it was the first time I've been on a boat in open waters.
See visitnorway.com: getting here by ferry . All other ferries are from Denmark/Sweden. I've taken trains to the middle of Denmark before and that's also a long journey, so I was glad to see there was a ferry from Germany (originally The Netherlands), even if that meant I needed additional transport to get to Oslo.
I have no idea. This calculation requires a plethora of factors. I'm just gonna assume that it was.
Bahn boasts that the ICE runs on 100% green electricity. The ferry I took was the M/S Romantika (operated by Holland Norway Lines), which was launched in 2001 (to give you an idea about engine efficiency I guess).