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Basic information

  • Area: 465 km²
  • Calling Code: +47
  • Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
  • Population (EST): 256,580
  • Official language: Norwegian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Bergen – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Bergen's Flesland Airport is located 9 km south of Bergen's city centre, and it offers a number of flights to European destinations. The SAS Flybussen company operates frequent day and night services from Bergen city centre to the airport's main passenger terminal, the journey takes approximately 30 minutes and costs NOK 90 for a one way ticket.

Airport Transfers

Bicycles

The city of Bergen is not the best place for long distance bicycle rides, as many of the roads are cobbled and narrow, making it difficult to maneuver a bike. However bikes can be rented from many guesthouses and provide a nice way to take in the scenery in some of the countryside located in the outskirts of the city.

Boat

A large boat terminal is located on the Nordas Peninsula, near to the city centre, which acts as a passenger cruise ship docking area. A week long cruise departs from this port and travels up to Kirkenes in the north of the country, while Fjordline offers services to Denmark. It is also possible to jump on a small passenger boat that runs scenic day-trips around the coastline.

Bus

A major bus station is located just a few minutes walk away from the city centre. Here the NOR-WAY Bussekspress runs routes to most other major cities in Norway. It is possible to book long-distance train journeys at the station, and the terminal can be found towards the back of the station. A local bus service also runs throughout the city, allowing for cheap and comfortable transportation. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver, and travel passes are available at the customer service desk which is located in the bus station, children under 4 travel free. By dialling 177 you can reach a national bus service operator who will be able to give you up-to the minute information on your bus journey.

Taxi

Taxi's can only be hailed from one of the city's main taxi ranks, or by calling a number to order in advance - it is illegal for a taxi to just stop in the street and pick you up. Taxi's are comfortable and convenient, although expect to pay high metered fares, with a single trip from the airport to the city centre costing NOK 300 - 350.

Taxi

Train

A train line runs from Bergen city centre to the capital city of Oslo and takes approximately 6 hours, with stunning views along the way. Another commuter train runs from the suburb of Arna, cutting through the mountains. A light rail line is also due to open in 2010 which will operate local services throughout the city centre.

Train