It is Norway’s fastest train. Since the opening of Oslo’s new main airport Gardermoen in 1998, the Airport Express Train (or Flytoget) has been a great success, having record-high profits every year.
The distance is 45 kiliometres and takes 19 minutes, according to the commercial, and they run every 10 minutes from the airport to Oslo Downtown. (Every second train is continuing towards Drammen, the entire trip takes about one hour).
The tickets are sold for 180 NOK, about 22 Euros, and it’s almost double price of the regular train that takes 25 minutes, about 6 minutes longer time.
The Airport Express train is a very comfortable vehicle. It is quiet and is very reliable. The ticket system allows you to swipe your credit card before you enters, and you can have a receipt sent to your e-mail automatically. 2 years ago, they upgraded the design and interior a little bit. Now all seats have their own power supply, handy if you need to charge your phone or tablet after a long-haul flight.
There are lots of TV monitors in the train that show latest news from NRK (National TV channel) with Norwegian and English subtitles. This service will be upgraded this year, when the competitor TV2 takes over the service, according to Kampanje.com.
They also launched wireless internet aboard, but this was a dissapointing experience. It is really slow. When Distrita tested it out last Wednesday, we could not load more than one entire website during the 19 minute-long trip! It is truly a shame!
We expect first class services of this premium rail company, since they sell the most expensive train tickets in Norway and the entire Scandinavia. We also miss a snacks machine onboard.
Below, you can see a funny Norwegian comedy clip about how to get to Oslo Downtown from the airport.