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Getting Around in Bergen

Here’s another post brought to you courtesy of one of our friendly commentors. It is an answer to another great question from a future student who asked about transportation in and around Bergen. Thanks again to everyone who is taking the time to ask questions related to student life. Please, keep asking your student life questions by commenting below!

 

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Skyss

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.

 

Student Discount

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.

App

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.

Bus

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).

 

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Images: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1188777&page=5 (image on left), http://www.visitnorway.com/no/product/?pid=106723 (right)

Ferries

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.

 

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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.

There are many stops going from in town in Bergen to the airport, so you may have one close to where you live. For example, if you’re staying at Fantoft, once you are settled in (and don’t have to come into town to pick up keys from SiB), you might prefer to take the Bybane to Lagunen and take the Flybuss from there (alternately, I hear there’s a way to take the Skyss buses alone, which is great if you have a season pass, but I’ve never figured out how to do it).

 

Stops from the Sentrum to the Airport (Lufthavn)
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bryggen
  • Torget/Lidohjørnet
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Norge
  • Bergen busstasjon, perr. N
  • Fjøsangerveien v/ Solheim kapell
  • Fjøsangerveien/Minde Alle
  • Grønnestølsbakken
  • Fjøsanger miljølokk
  • Hop v/ motorveien
  • Lagunen
  • Rådal
  • Håvardstun
  • Sandsliskiftet
  • Kokstadskiftet
  • Bergen lufthavn
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Funicular/Cable Car

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.

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Image: http://ulriken643.no/ulriksbanen-2/?lang=en

Ikea Gratisbus

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!

9 comments for “Getting Around in Bergen

  1. Alyssa
    3. July 2015 at 22:52

    Hi! Great post! I’m curious about the Bergen Railway. It’s my understanding this may not be the cheapest travel, but what locations can you travel to on the railway to tour more of the country? Is this trip reasonable for a a weekend, or does it require more time?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      7. July 2015 at 16:14

      Hei hei,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. You have a great question, and I’d like to take some time to look into it for you and write a blog post about it, wait for it coming up late this week or maybe next week!

      • Alyssa
        8. July 2015 at 05:01

        Thank you! I’ve heard the scenery is beautiful. I’ll keep checking back for it! 🙂

        • Stand Hiestand
          8. July 2015 at 15:45

          Indeed the Norwegian landscape is gorgeous! I hope to get something posted for you soon, thanks for your patience! 😀

  2. Doreen
    5. July 2015 at 11:47

    Hello,
    I will be staying at fantoft and my classes will be at the faculty of Medicine and dentistry. If I apply for the student travel card, will it apply to both the train and bus from fantoft to the faculty? Or will it apply only to one route?

    • Stand Hiestand
      7. July 2015 at 16:09

      The Skyss cards and app are applicable for both Bybanen and Skyss buses in the city!

  3. djemila
    1. August 2015 at 09:16

    Hi, I was wondering if you know about any Facebook page or something for OUTGOING erasmus looking to rent their own room here in bergen to some INCOMING erasmus ( that means me ).
    Thank you in advance!!

    • Stand Hiestand
      2. August 2015 at 12:31

      Hey there, while I don’t know of anything specifically for Eramus students, you might check on Alrek’s and Fantoft’s pages, sometimes there are open rooms listed. You might also contact the International Admissions Team, SiB, or check out my blog on finding housing, “Home away from home” for more ideas or for renting on your own. I wish you the best of luck!

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