Trains between Stockholm and Oslo resume in December after 21 months

After almost two years, Swedish operator SJ will run train services between Stockholm and Oslo in Norway again starting on 12 December. The Norwegian government has announced that passenger train traffic will be allowed across the Norwegian border from 6 October after restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

SJ’s passengers have lacked the opportunity to travel by train between Oslo and Stockholm since the beginning of the pandemic. Commuters, for example between Karlstad and Oslo, didn’t have the train as an option. SJ will operate high-speed trains between Stockholm and Oslo twice daily again this December.

This is the same number of departures that were run on the route before the pandemic broke out. From October 6, SJ releases tickets for the coming period. “We are very happy that passenger train traffic across the border between Norway and Sweden is opening up. Our travellers have been without a climate-smart travel alternative and it is fantastic that we are starting traffic again”, says Martin Drakenberg, business manager at SJ.

Preparations to run the trains again

SJ has for a long period been prepared to restart traffic to Norway. However, there has been great uncertainty about whether or when traffic would get the Norwegian authorities’ permission to resume, and SJ now needs to make some preparations to be able to operate the route again. As SJ’s traffic is up and running again from December, passengers can travel by train between Stockholm and Oslo in connection with this year’s Christmas celebration and during the upcoming winter season.

At present, there are no entry restrictions from Sweden to Norway, after the latest restrictions in Norway have ceased. Tavellers are asked to find out what requirements and rules of conduct apply in the country they are traveling to, and stay up to date.

The other way around, Norwegian operator Vy also ran trains to Sweden before the pandemic. There are no plans announced yet when their trains will resume these services.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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