From Frankfurt to Oslo
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 15, 2013 12:09 AM Last Post By: jedgerandclyde
Feb 12, 2013 4:16 AM
I'm looking for the best way to travel from Frankfurt to Oslo (quite short notice). Does anyone know how the bus/rail options are? I would love to be able to see the countryside from the window but not if the trip itself takes too long or isn't a good experience. I need to take a rather big back pack with me as well.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Feb 12, 2013 6:30 AM
1quick raileurope site check shows you can do this:
Frankfurt-> Hamburg (4hrs)
Hamburg-> Copenhagen (4h45m)
Copenhagen -> Goteborg (3h45m)
Goteborg-> Oslo (3h45m)
this is JUST the train time, not the amount of time you spend waiting for connections.
there was also a night train from Frankfurt-> CPH that's 11some hours
Not sure how extreme your love of trains is but having taken flights between Oslo & Frankfurt a few times I'd definitely go with that option over this many hours in a train, especially since the fastest option doesn't allow you to really see anything.
Feb 12, 2013 8:01 AM
Feb 12, 2013 1:41 PM
3Ryanair flies from "Frankfurt" and to "Oslo" but not actually from Frankfurt or to Oslo, so you'll get several hours extra in travel time, plus added cost. SAS and LH however, both actually fly from Frankfurt to Oslo.
I wouldn't say the countryside is very interesting either, especially through Sweden.
Feb 12, 2013 4:35 PM
4There was a recent piece in the newspapers down here about the hazards of flying in Europe on budget carriers, and the main trust of the piece was how much it actually costs you in the end.
Often it seems you fly into a rural airstrip out in the boom-docks, and it seems that the fare into the city at times is about the same as your airline ticket, and the most of the cheap fares quoted are with carry on luggage only, and you have to pay a high fee for any bags you may have with you.
It seems that the old motto of 'Buyer Beware' is very true on budget airlines!
Feb 13, 2013 4:35 PM
5flying budget in europe depends on some planning, but doesnt have to be too expensive. if you have heavy luggage it can get more expensive. the other "trick" costs are usually fixed seating, extra insuranse, meal onboard etc. but these you can easily tick off when booking as long as you are aware of them. not defending the cheapies in any way, but i would agree its the best option for travel. at least this time of year! save the time, and see the countryside by train in norway or sweden instead!
Feb 14, 2013 1:01 AM
6Budget airlines are great if you know what you are doing, the carry on luggage fees are not ridiculous and it is easy to see where you are flying in and out of. These days there are less hidden charges. It is has certainly changed airfares within Europe. You pay for everything at the time of booking with the exception of transportation to and from the airport, which in the majority of cases is nothing crazy.
Yes you do not get food but nearly all of these flights are no longer than three hours, so no real need for it, most people only moan about airline food anyway.
Feb 14, 2013 2:20 AM
Feb 14, 2013 2:27 AM
Feb 14, 2013 2:38 AM
9Well thats the thing with the media they like to make stories out of nothing. I have flown hundreds of times with budget airlines and never had a problem. And with Easyjet and Ryanair normally much more punctual than scheduled airlines.
People who complain about them normally think they can fly round the world for 50p and think that £50 for a flight between two countries including lugagge is a rip off. The thing i have against budget airlines is that they have created a different type of budget traveller.
Feb 15, 2013 12:09 AM
10True, that the public are better prepared when buying airline tickets from budget airlines, but even the most canny, ardent reader of fine print and careful can be caught out.
For example when buying the budget carrier Jetstar tickets on-line in Australia, there are are about 20 add on services that both are not needed, like the cost of an SMS itinery, seat selection, seats with extra leg room, a selected hot meal, seats closer to the front aircraft, extra travel insurance, car hire and the strange requests like to purchase tourism needs, purchase of carbon offsets to offset the effect of the flight and the most strangest of all the request to make a donation to charity.
And if ordering on-line if these unwanted add-ons are not unchecked, you pay for them, and it seems no surprise that about 10-20% of their overall revenue of budget airlines comes from these kind of charges.
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