Getting around in Bergen: info, costs and advice

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Bergen is located in the southwestern part of Norway, and is the second largest city in the country. With its characteristic wooden houses, a lively market and a maritime panorama from the top of the mountain, it is a real pearl to be admired. It is easily accessible by plane, but also by train from Oslo and by ferries from various Norwegian locations. The public transport network to move around the city is very efficient between metro and bus, even if the historic center can be easily explored on foot.

Here is a guide on how to get around Bergen: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Bergen
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

To move within Bergen we advise against the use of the car, the places of greatest interest can be reached in a short time on foot or by public transport, and parking spaces are often limited to residents. Public transport includes buses, funiculars and light rail. The funicular is also one of the attractions of the city, one goes up to Mount Ulriken, the highest mountain in Bergen, the other goes to the most beautiful viewpoint in the city, Mount Floyen (ticket for the Floyen funicular can be purchased online , also includes the tour of the historic center and a cruise on the Mostraumen fjord).

The best way to get around Bergen is on foot, is small and in a short time you can reach the peripheral extremities of the center. You can discover it on your own, thanks to the autonomous 3-hour audio tour, or with a tour with a local guide.

In addition, to get the most out of the city, we recommend that you buy the Bergen Card, which offers access to the best attractions and museums in an easy and cheap way, as well as travel for free on the bus and tram within the limits of the territory.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, funicular
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Bergen Card (from € 27,00 -), weekly meter pass (from NOK 250 / € 23,50)

How to get from the airport to the center of Bergen

The city is served byBergen Flesland Airport, located 20 km south of Bergen city center. It is connected to Italy, more precisely to Rome Fiumicino airport, thanks to the Norwegian airline and is the second most important airport in the country. It includes only one Terminal.

Once you reach the airport, getting to the city is not complicated at all, it is 25 minutes away by taxi, which you can find outside the Terminal, or you can use the public service of bus of the Flybussen line (40 min, service active 6: 00-23: 00). Since 2017 the Bergen Light Rail and Bybanen del tram, with Byparke terminus (45 min). Alternatively, you can conveniently book your private transfer to the city center online before departure.

Bergen Flesland Airport

  • Distance from the center: 20 km / travel time: 25 min
  • By taxi: average cost NOK 295,00 (€ 27,75) and NOK 345,00 (€ 32,45) / travel time: 25 min
  • By bus: average cost NOK 115,00 (€ 10,80) / Flybussen line
  • By tram: average cost NOK 39,00 (€ 3,70) / Bergen Light Rail and Bybanen line
  • Private transfer: private transfer to the city center

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

  • Distance from Bergen: 476 Km, about 7 hours
  • By train: Bergensbanen line from Oslo Lufthavn to Bergen Togstasjon, lines R11 and 41; duration 6/7 hours, ticket cost: 891 Nok (€ 90,00)

How to get around on foot

Bergen is a city that you can easily get around on foot, the center is not very extensive. Most of the attractions are located in the historic center and from one end of the city to the other it takes a maximum of 20 min. Alternatively you can also move by bike, however, taking into account that some streets are cobbled and could be complicated in those cases.

You can discover the historic center independently, thanks also to the autonomous 3-hour audio tour, where you can go around at your leisure listening directly to all the info on the attractions from the audio guide, or with a guide, with a private tour with a local guide. An integrated, complete and very comfortable solution is the Ctour which includes city tours, a cruise in the fjord and a funicular to Mount Fløyen, lasting 6 hours (practically over half a day), all accompanied by an expert guide.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Since the use of the car is not recommended, the ideal is to move on foot or with By public transport, such as city buses and the Light Rail metro, which connects the city center with the areas further south. Even the funicular is an excellent means, now considered a real attraction, thanks to the wonderful view it offers.

We recommend the purchase of the Bergen Card which will allow you to save a lot and travel for free on bus and metro, as well as numerous discounts and admissions on affiliated attractions and activities!

Metro (Bergen Light Rail)

It's the Bergen Light Rail, and it's the light rail which extends from Byparken (in the center of Bergen) to Flesland Airport. It also has several stops around the main tourist attractions.

  • Downloadable map:
  • by 5: 30 22 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: NOK 39,00 (€ 3,70)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily NOK 100,00 (€ 9,40), weekly carnet NOK 250,00 (€ 23,50)

Bus

City buses cover the central and peripheral areas of the city of Bergen with more than 50 routes and many stops. The company that manages the service is Skyss and it is an excellent solution even for longer hours compared to the metro.

  • Downloadable map:
  • from 5: 45 to 1: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: NOK 39,00 (€ 3,70)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily NOK 100,00 (€ 9,40), weekly carnet NOK 250,00 (€ 23,50)

Funicolare

The funicular, considered one real attraction, allows you to reach Mount Floyen in 10 min (ticket can be purchased online which also includes the tour of the historic center and a cruise on the Mostraumen fjord). At the same time the funicular will allow you to admire the beautiful landscapes surrounding Bergen.



  • from Monday to Friday 7: 30-23: 00; Saturday and Sunday 8: 00-23: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: NOK 70,00 return (€ 6,60)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: included in the Bergen Card

By car

For those who intend to reach Bergen with their own car, it is important to know that to enter the city you need the payment of a toll, active from Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 22:00. Possibility to buy it online directly on the official website.

Attention to rules, absolutely to be respected if you do not want to incur very high fines. In Norway, the maximum speed limit is very low and the city of Bergen also welcomes this policy with reduced speed limits in the urban area, always indicated by the appropriate road signs.

ZTL

The city of Bergen is a SEZ, i.e. one Low Emission Zone, in English LEZ, Low Emission Zone. This means that in periods of high pollution, the policy of alternating even and odd number plates is implemented, and the cost of the toll is increased (225,00 NOK / € 21,20 during peak hours - 95,00 NOK / € 9,00 outside rush hour). The odd-even traffic pattern is implemented during the hours 6: 00-22: 00.
In addition, on days of high pollution, buses and light rail are free to make it easier to use public transport. All information about it can be found directly on the official website of the city of Bergen, also available in Italian.

Stops and parking

The best solution to park your car is to find an accommodation or a hotel that offers this service to its guests, in the city the parking lots are often reserved for residents.

We also point out that there are four rest areas with plenty of parking spaces available, they are safe, reliable and located close to the hotels and main attractions of central Bergen. They are all paid and the average price is NOK 25,00 / hour (€ 2,40). With the Bergen Card you can enjoy great discounts.

  1. ByGarasjen: it is the largest, indoor, open 24 hours a day. Next to it is the Bergen Storsenter shopping center, the bus station, and opposite the train station
  2. KlosterGarasjen: underground, open 24 hours a day, with 24 parking spaces. Nearby are attractions such as Torgallmenningen, Vagen, Bryggen and the fish market
  3. Nordnes Garasjen: located next to the Bergen Aquarium and the Nordnes seawater pool, it is open from 6:00 am to midnight
  4. SolheimsGarasjen: slightly outside the center of Bergen, in the surroundings there are bars, restaurants and hotels such as the Magic Hotel

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