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NSB cuts fares to Gardermoen

Fares on state railway NSB’s line between Oslo and the capital’s main airport at Gardermoen are about to be cut by 20 percent, to a level that would be nearly half the price of the standard fare charged on the Airport Express Train (Flytoget). Officials at Flytoget are not pleased.

NSB’s new one-way fare of NOK 88 compares to the current NSB fare of NOK 110 and Flytoget’s fare of NOK 170. It’s a product, reports newspaper Aftenposten, of a major restructuring of the zones that determine public transport fares applying to bus, tram, metro and train travel in the Oslo metropolitan area.

Gardermoen is a stop on NSB’s commuter line extending north of the airport, and the areas farthest from downtown Oslo are getting the biggest fare reductions. The fare to Gardermoen therefore is set to decline as well.

NSB and Flytoget have already been quarreling over NSB’s plans to improve its own service to Gardermoen. Flytoget fears that a better and cheaper offer from NSB will ruin its high-speed but relatively high-priced service.

Ruter, in charge of the area-wide public transport system, declined comment on the NSB-Flytoget debate to Aftenposten, saying it didn’t want to get involved in the discussion.

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