Stockholm to Bergen: Train or Plane? That is the question...
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Aug 11, 2012 10:09 AM Last Post By: CutieBee
Aug 6, 2012 8:31 AM
Stockholm to Bergen: Train or Plane? That is the question...Hi folks,
I'm planning a 2-week trip to Scandinavia, and am having a bit of trouble with transportation planning. My itinerary looks something like this:
8 Copenhagen -> Stockholm (train probably...)
10 Stockholm -> Bergen
13 Bergen -> Oslo (Norway in a Nutshell)
I've been googling on how to travel between Copenhagen to Stockholm, as well as Stockholm to Bergen, and got stuck on whether I should take the train or plane for the Stockholm to Bergen trip. Taking SAS from Stockholm to Betgen takes only 1hr 50 mins, but I have no idea how far the airports are away from these 2 cities. Could anyone kindly give me some advice please?
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Aug 6, 2012 9:46 AM
1Flying Stockholm to Bergen, also check Norwegian Air Shuttle (norwegian.no web bookings only) who also fly on this route.
Bergen Flesland is about 14km from the city centre, and your only options for transport are by road.
Stockholm Arlanda is about 40km from the city centre, but there is a fast train that takes 20 mins, though you have to get to the station first.
It takes a very long time to go from Stockholm to Bergen by train, it would be a stretch to do it in just one day. You'd have to change in Oslo. I think it would take about 15 hours.
Aug 6, 2012 9:49 AM
Aug 6, 2012 10:28 PM
3Thanks iviehoff for the advice! I guess from Stockholm to Bergen going by plane is the most sensible option then? I'd go check out Norwegian Air Shuttle right away! :)
Trying to go around Scandinavia on a tight budget is absolutely a challenge... I thought I would get a rail pass to cut travelling cost, but then realized that wouldn't work with my schedule. With only 1 train trip (Copenhagen to Stockholm), probably my best bet is to buy a single ticket, followed by plane from Stockholm to Bergen, then Norway in a Nutshell from Bergen to Oslo...
I'm truly a terrible planner... :(
Aug 6, 2012 10:37 PM
Why? What are you going to do on the second day? The best of Norway is its countryside, and the nice countryside isn't near Oslo.
I know my schedule looks weird with so many days in Oslo... (^o^;) The fact is, I'm going to Oslo for 2 days of concerts (14 & 15), so I won't be able to go sightsee until Sept 16. I'm thinking of about 2 days of Oslo in-city sightseeing & the remaining 2 days going for a day-trip somewhere near Oslo (still need to find out where to go...) before I go back to Hong Kong on the 20th.
I hope Scandinavia is still having longer daylight by mid-September.... I looked up the temperature range for September and it's already down to around 6.3 to 10.8°C for Oslo...
Aug 6, 2012 11:43 PM
5I hope Scandinavia is still having longer daylight by mid-September
September 22nd has lengt of day of 12:00 hours all over this globe, so you only have a few minutes more.
The temperatures you have looked up are AVERAGES - real temp. cound easily be 10°C - and precipitation couls be zero - or constant rain or anything in between
Stockholm 2 days and Bergen 1 day would be much better.
The big problem with the trip IMHO - maybe connected with being from HK is that you have hade a city-city tour except the Norway in a (single day)Nutshell - nothing wrong with Copenhagen and Stockholm - big tourist places both worth 3-4 days - but you are missing "Scandinavia" - like planning a tour to South Africe and going 3 days Cape Town + 7 days Pretoria, since it is the capital and going home dissapointed not seeing the famous wildlife
Aug 7, 2012 3:41 AM
Aug 8, 2012 10:15 AM
Thanks for your suggestions. I do realize my plan is a bit too city-city, and I want to visit more village/countryside too despite the tight schedule. I've been thinking for one of the days in Copenhagen I will go to Helsingør to visit Kronborg & its surrounding town, and hopefully be able to include Fredriksborg (spelling?) to get a taste of Renaissance history. Hope I'm not being too ambitious in trying to get Helsingør & Fredriksborg in one day...
I had to give up the plan to go to Umea in Sweden when I realized it's a bit too far from my route... (T_T). Still googling for some countryside/rural area I can visit near Stockholm for a more interesting change of scenery! :)
Aug 8, 2012 10:24 AM
I'm really looking forward to the Norway in a Nutshell trip too! Thanks for the info on website (love the detailed breakdown of the trip), and reading up all the info on finding accommodation (instead of finding hotels, I'm trying my luck to find cheap rental apartment to save up on costs)! :)
Aug 8, 2012 1:21 PM
91. Fredensborg Castle in Fredensborg
2. Frederiksborg Casle in Hillerød?
(Freden = Peace Frederik = name of every other king borg = castle/stronghold)
Guess #2 (for #1 you need a car or LOT of time).
Personally I would give the time needen to Kronborg, Helsingør central town and maybe the old monastry there.
I would think there is very little time remaining - not to travel return to CPH over Hillerød (although it is a slow route) but you need hours to see Frederiksborg castle - and station is not right next to it.
Aug 9, 2012 9:40 AM
Double thanks for your advice. :)
You're right I was thinking about Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød. When I was googling for historical sites near Copenhagen I came across a few webpages about this castle and I was spell-bound (castles are my weak spots ;) ), and thought what can be better than to visit not only Hamlet's castle but one more magnificent castle? I guess I'm too greedy... (^_^;).
Better see more in depth at one place than to rush through and see little of everything!
Aug 10, 2012 12:39 AM
You are not nearly as bad a planner as you say you are;)
But I think by cramming so much travel into so few days, you may be trying to bite a bit more than you can comfortably chew. One thing that surprised me - in Bergen for nearly 3 days? It is indeed a pretty little town but not sure if it merits SOOOO much time. Personally, I'd skip it altogether and from the time freed I'd add the extra days elsewhere, eg. in Copenhagen (this way you can comfortably do the Hillerod Castle AND Kronborg in Helsingore as a day trip. I'd skip Fredensborg - it is a pretty royal residence but except for July you can only visit the gardens). In Copenhagen, make sure you take a boat tour from Nyhavn, and if castles are your thing, check out Rosenborg Castle (10 min walk from Nyhavn). Also Dragor 10km south of Kopenhagen is worth a quick visit.
As for Norway, as I said, IMHO you are budgeting too much time for Bergen unless you intend to do organized daytrips from there (eg. to the fjords and the glacier).
At any event, have a fantastic trip!
Aug 11, 2012 10:09 AM
12Hi Pawel (@kazmierczyk) :)
Thanks for your great suggestions for the Copenhagen part! Scandinavia is such a fascinating part of the world, with so much history and wild life to explore! I seriously need to reconsider my itinery to try not to burn myself out with all the travelling, and maybe take a more relaxing approach to enjoy the places I go! (^_^)
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