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Number of travellers

The traffic estimates for Flåmsbana, carried out in 1908 and 1915, predicted 22 000 travellers annually. It soon became apparent that the railway proved far more popular than the experts had forecasted, and already in the first years the number of travellers increased, both on the Flåm Railway and on the Bergen Railway. Up until 1968–69, passenger traffic on Flåmsbana proved stable and predictable, with slight annual variations. Traffic varied more in the 1970s, before stabilising at approx. 175 000 passengers. In 1972, the first year young travellers were allowed to use Inter-Rail passes on Flåmsbana, the number of passengers increased further.
 
During the latter part of the 1980s, Flåmsbana saw another dramatic increase. Norway offered highly attractive travel products: magnificent fjords and mountains, combined with political calm and tranquillity. In a world tainted by war and terror, and growing environmental damage, this was a decided competitive advantage – and true quality for the money. The Flåm Railway was a success, and no longer did anyone suggest closing this secondary line of the Bergen Railway. In fact, Flåmsbana saw the greatest growth in passenger traffic of any railway stretch in Norway – and the numbers increased year after year.
 
Today, the Flåm Railway is a world class tourist attraction, and you would be hard pressed to find a more magnetic attraction in Norway, or anywhere else. 

Year: Number of travellers:
1945 51.000
1959 119.522
1969 120.850
1974 169.032
1976 190.808
1980 201.164
1982 180.170
1988 205.958
1990 253.980
1992 313.132
1994 379.625
1996 346.615
1998 *) 350.606
1999 370.417
2000 374.738
2001 398.948
2002 414.770.
2003 417.540
2004 459.144
2005 475.033
2006 536.693
2007 582.286
2008 544.108
2009 516.180
2010 547.000
2011 618.557
2012 635,368
2013 718,195

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        
*) The local company Flåm Utvikling took over sales and marketing of the Flåm Railway.

Source: Flåmsbana - Johs. B. Thue

 

 

 

 

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