The aim for the exposure to competition on the passenger traffic on the Norwegian national railway network is to get an improved offering for the passengers.

If the railway in Norway still are supposed to play an important role in the coming decades, the service of passenger transportation must be improved and the capacity must be increased. The introduction to competition on the traffic shall contribute to a better offering for the passengers, open the railway sector for new thoughts and to make sure that the government gains more for their resource allocations in the sector.

These pages will be Norwegian Railway Directorate preferred channel of communication when it comes to the competitions and participation in these.

  • From January 1’st 2017 the competitions are organized by the Norwegian Railway Directorate.
  • Up till December 31’st 2016 the same responsibility was organized as a project organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.


Train operations that wishes to participate in the forthcoming tenders must be prequalified in order to take part in the procedures. Requirements for prequalification and more information can be found here.