Located on the western coast, Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Bergen is well-known for its unique landscape with its harbour surrounded by hills known as the seven hills. The city is well known among travellers for the numerous hiking possibilities nearby. It is also popular among people starting off on a Fjord tour as there are a number of Fjord tours on offer starting in Bergen. Here, we have compiled an extensive travel guide to Bergen to help you during your visit.
If you are coming to Bergen from outside Norway, the easiest way to reach there is by plane. Bergen airport is situated about 20km(12mi) south of the city center in Flesland. The airport has connections to many other European cities. From outside of Europe, your best chance to connect to Bergen would be via one of the bigger hubs like London Heathrow, Frankfurt or Paris Charles de Gaulle.
From the airport, there is a shuttle bus travelling directly to the city center every 15 minutes. Tickets for the bus can be bought directly from the driver for 100NOK one-way. A much cheaper(37NOK) but equally convenient option is to take the light-metro going downtown. The tickets for this train line can be bought from the booth at the station or from the Skyss app(more on that in the Getting Around section).
There are ferries connecting Hirtshals in Denmark to Bergen via Stavanger that also allow taking your car with you. If you are in Denmark with a car, this is an easy way to reach Bergen while catching a night’s sleep. There are also a lot of cruise liners from other European ports docking at Bergen on their way up to Northern Norway.
Bergen is served by the Norwegian railway with a connection from Oslo. The journey takes about 7 hours and gives you magnificent views of the Norwegian country side.
Places to visit
Fish market: This is something you should not miss by any chance if you visit Bergen. The fish market is located right next to the city center and offers excellent views of the bay. You can look around in the various stalls selling fresh sea food before deciding on your meal.
Bergen Aquarium: If you are Bergen with kids, the aquarium is worth a visit. The aquarium has penguins and sea lions in outdoor tanks. There are other colourful fish varieties in the aquaria inside while another section contains tropical aquatic animals.
The aquarium is located at the tip of the Bergen peninsula. Take Bus number 11 from the city centre and alight at the last stop.
Ulriken: Ulriken is the highest of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen. It has an altitude of 643 meters above sea level.
There is a cable car travelling to the top of Ulriken called Ulriksbanen. It starts from Haukelandbakken 40, 5009 BERGEN.It is about 5km(3miles) away from the city centre.
Fløyen and Fløibanen: Fløyen is one of the mountains around Bergen – the closest one to the city centre. A visit to the top of Fløyen offers excellent views of the Bergen peninsula.
The easiest way to reach Fløyen is to take the funicular from Bergen. The funicular is called Fløibanen and is itself a tourist attraction. It runs directly from the city centre about 200 meters from the fish market next to the Bryggen warf.
VilVite Science Center: VilVite is a science centre in Bergen. There are exhibits that are informative as well as entertaining for both kids and adults.
VilVite is located in Thormøhlens gate 51, Marineholmen, Møhlenpris. From the city centre, take the light rail towards the airport and get down at the stop called Florida.
Do also checkout our detailed guide on the must see places to visit in Bergen.
The city center of Bergen is small enough to be tackled on foot by people of any fitness level. From the central bus station at Festplassen you can walk over to the fish market in about 10 minutes.
If your destination is outside of the city center like Ulriken, the airport or the aquarium, it makes sense to use the public transport system. Like most European cities, Bergen has an excellent public transport system. The light-rail connects the city center to the airport, stopping at various stops during its 45 minutes trip.
For reaching all other destinations in and around the town you can use the extensive bus network. The central bus terminal is in Festplassen. From here you can catch buses going in every direction. A single ride ticket within the Bergen municipality(this covers most places you are likely to go by bus) costs 37NOK and is valid for 90 minutes.
The easiest way to buy the ticket is from the Skyss Billet app. We strongly recommend using this app to ease getting around with public transport in Bergen. The same ticket is valid in buses as well as light-rail within the stipulated time limit.
Other attractions in the area
If you have a day to spare during your trip, the “Norway in a nutshell” tour takes you on a round-trip from Bergen via Voss, Gudvangen, Flåm, and Myrdal. You get to have a glimpse of the Fjords, the famed Bergen railway and Flam railway all in one day.
Book your tickets here: https://www.norwaynutshell.com
Other things worth knowing
Weather: It rains in Bergen almost two thirds of all days every year. Be prepared for rainy weather or else you will be disappointed.
Paying for things: Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Bergen. You can spare the effort of going to the ATM to get cash as even small kiosks accept cards.