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Bergen’s public transit system is through Skyss (pronounced “shiss”) which encompasses many ways to travel including bus, Bybanen (the light rail), and ferries. The webpage for Skyss offers travel planners and timetables.
Skysskortet (The Skyss Card)
You can buy a skysskort online or head to the Skyss office in person at Bystasjonen (The Bus Station), A card can be registered (have your name attached) or unregistered. Read more about the skysskort here.
Students up to age 32 receive a discount of 40% on season tickets (tickets which last for 7, 30, or 180 days). You do want to make sure you have your student ID on you when you ride public transit, as occasionally Skyss security will come by and ask you to show your ticket; if you have a student ticket they will ask to see your valid student ID. Read about other discounts here.
You can also get Skyss Apps for your phone, which allows you to buy a ticket on the go or plan your travels, you can even buy a 7 or 30 day season ticket on the App with a student discount.
Bybanen (The Light Rail)
For students staying at Fantoft, the Bybane is going to become a daily friend. Bybanen, the city light rail, stretches from Lagunen to the Sentrum. Most students staying at Fantoft and commuting to the Sentrum for classes will quickly become familiar with jumping on the Bybane at Fantoft and riding it to its last/first stop (Byparken). Helpful to remember that the doors, once closed, generally will not reopen for you on Bybanen. So if you miss the door as you try to get on, you’re not getting on that Bybane. Do not fear, though! The Bybane does run very regularly, especially at peak travel hours. The exception to the door closing rule is at Byparken, where the conductor has to change positions to turn the Bybane around and there may be a delay before it leaves the stop. Take a look at Bybanen’s schedule here.
If you’re a student studying within the faculty of medicine and dentistry, you may become more familiar with the bus (route 3 in combination with the Bybane to Sletten from Fantoft, or routes 2 or 3 from the Sentrum).
Images: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1188777&page=5 (image on left), http://www.visitnorway.com/no/product/?pid=106723 (right)
What with all the fjords, there is also an extensive ferry system both for foot-passengers and cars. Take a peek at where the ferries travel at this link.
Nattbilletter (Night Tickets)
For those students living at Fantoft or near the Bybane or Bus lines who need to blow off steam and get into town for dancing, drinks, or other social delights, it’s important to remember that Skyss transit does run late on Fridays and Saturdays (or, more accurately, early early Saturday and Sunday mornings); but it will cost you. You have to buy a separate individual fare called nattbillett (night ticket). It’s price is higher and no discounts apply, so even if you have a season pass, you still have to buy the nattbillett (but apparently you can use your skysskort when you do so, I believe this is only to load it onto the card – if you know better, comment below). The nightbillett price applies to any time marked with an ‘N’ on the Bybane schedule. Read more about night departures here.
Other forms of transit
These less commonly used forms of public transit are also worth noting:
Flybussen (The Airport Bus)
Hopefully, you remember the Flybuss well from my post about getting into Bergen from the airport. It’s the bus that goes to and from the airport. Definitely keep its information on hand for any traveling adventures, visits home, or just your exit after your studies are complete.
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bryggen
- Radisson Blu Hotel Norge
- Bergen busstasjon, perr. N
- Fjøsangerveien v/ Solheim kapell
- Fjøsangerveien/Minde Alle
- Fjøsanger miljølokk
- Hop v/ motorveien
- Bergen lufthavn
Not a hiker? If you’re willing to foot the bill, you can still experience a couple of the mountains in Bergen, Ulriken and Fløyen. Ulriken has a cable car (Ulriksbanen), and Fløyen a funicular (Fløibanen), which whisk you to the tops of each of these mountains for spectacular views.
And of course, another quick mention must be made of Ikea’s Gratis Buss, which takes you from the city (and in the beginning of Fall semester also direct from Fantoft) out to Ikea for free. You can read more about Ikea and its bus at my previous blog, Nesting in Bergen.
Naturally you can also always walk or bicycle, as long as you don’t mind the hills and potentially long strolls in the rain. Did I miss anything? Let me know by commenting below!