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  • Ine Vandenwyngaert

Bergen, Norway: A Complete Travel Guide

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

The city of Bergen is located along the southwestern coast of Norway. Surrounded by mountains and fjords, it’s a haven for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. But as a UNESCO World Heritage City and European City of Culture, Bergen also combines history, culture, and an interesting urban life. This charming city might have a small-town feel, but it has tons of entertaining activities to offer. In this travel guide, we highlight how to get to Bergen, everything you need to know before going, where to eat and drink, where to stay, and the best things to do.

Check out our video on Bergen to get a sense of what it's like there!

How to get to Bergen

Get to Bergen by plane

Bergen is the pefect destination to start your journey around Norway. This is because there is an international airport with direct flight to major cities within Europe, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and many more. Find the best flight deals via Skyscanner!

There are few options to get from the Bergen Airport to downtown. The first option is by city tram or “bybanen”. It departs directly underneath the airport and takes you directly to the heart of Bergen in about 50 mins. This is maybe not the fastest option, but most definitely the cheapest (only 39 NOK) AND you get to see the surrounding area for free. The second option is Flybussen, which takes you downtown in about 20-25minutes. Finally, you can take a taxi which takes about as long as Flybussen. The prices to the airport are fixed and taxi companies follow these rules. Prices start from 450 NOK.

Get to Bergen by ferry

Alternatively, you can also arrive by ferry or cruise, which is a beautiful journey. The Fjord Lines ferry that takes you from both Stavanger (Norway) and Hirtshals (Denmark) to Bergen. The ferry docks within easy walking distance of the city center!

Get to Bergen by train

If you are flying into Oslo, it's also possible to come to Bergen by train. The Bergen Railway between Bergen and Oslo has been awarded one of the most beautiful train rides in the world and is an experience in itself. The train ride takes you over the rugged Hardangervidda mountain plateau! It also allows you to make some stops along the way. Make sure to make a detour to the idyllic fjord village of Flåm from Myrdal Station along the Bergen Railway.

Get to Bergen by car

Finally, if you have your own car or you're renting one, you can easily drive to Bergen along the scenic fjords, waterfalls, mountains, and coast. Get the best deals on rental cars here!

Bergen Maps

We created a custom map of all the places we mention in this article. Simply click on a destination to get directions there for yourself!

Important things to know before you go to Bergen

Bergen weather

Bergen is not known for its pleasant weather. In fact, it's considered one of the rainiest cities in all of Europe. It does rain quite often and can be a bit chilly, even in summer. You can have all seasons in one day even if the day starts out with clear blue skies. So remember to bring proper clothing and a rain jacket. You can check the Bergen weather forecast here.

Best time to travel

The best time to travel to Bergen is during the summer. You can enjoy long days with the sun setting as late as midnight! Even though very unstable, the daily temperature generally hovers around 19°C and may even reach 25°C on hot days. It is also the best time to go hiking in the mountains in the area as there won't be any snow anymore.

Cost & currency

Bergen (and Norway in general) is expensive. It's one of the most expensive places to travel to in the world. Especially the cost of food, drinks (alcohol prices are extremely high!), accommodations, and tours. A beer in a bar often costs over $10 USD and a typical meal comes in around $30 USD. The best way to save money is to get a place that has a kitchen so you can cook your own meals. The Norwegian currency is the Krone, and it is quite strong. That said, you don't need to bring cash. Every place accepts credit and debit cards. During our 4 weeks trip around Norway, we didn't get out cash once. We literally didn't need it, not even to pay for the ferry!

Safety in Bergen

Bergen is a wealthy and safe city with very low crime rates. You won't see any homelessness in the streets, which makes it very pleasant and comfortable to walk around. We felt 100% safe in Bergen! Just as with any city in the world, you should always be aware of pickpockets. Especially protect your belongings in the busy, touristic areas like Bryggen or the Fish Market.

Where to stay in Bergen

It's best to stay in the city center of Bergen as most of the touristic highlights can be found here. A few recommendations are: