International Student Blog

Getting here August 2016

It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to make post on getting into the Sentrum (city center) from the airport upon arrival. Of course, links and information may change semester to semester, so I want to make sure you new students feel comfortable about your arrival! It is only natural to want to know what to expect when moving to a brand new city. Not to worry, it is totally doable! Velkommen til Bergen!

imageDon’t wander the streets of Bergen, lost… read this blog, or ask a stranger for directions, they tend to speak excellent English. Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

OMG, I’m coming to Bergen! Now, how the hell do I get into town?

This is an excellent question. Of course you want to be sure to:

But if you want a quick overview on getting here from the airport, here it is:

1. Get here on a plane.

This part is up to you; you’re so on top of it, you probably already have your ticket!

On your way out of the airport, you may want to grab some cash at an ATM, and maybe even buy a little something (yes, it will seem overpriced) so you can have some change (10 kr increments) for a luggage locker later.

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2. Get your luggage and get yourself on a Flybussen

Flybussen. It’s the airport bus.

A) There are generally several Flybusser (airport buses) lined up at the airport as you walk out of ‘Arrivals’, get on in the one on the right-hand side (it’s going into the Sentrum). You can always ask if you’re not sure which one to get on!

B) Have luggage? You’re gonna wanna get off at Busstasjonen (the bus station). The buss station shares space with a small mall called Bergen Storsenter, and therefore the Flybussen stop is called Bergen Storsenter.

C) Let the driver know what stop you want (Bergen Busstasjon/Bergen Storsenter- or just the central bus station) and (s)he will tell you when you’ve arrived there.

 

 

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You can buy your Flybussen ticket on the bus (but you may need cash or a credit card with a chip and a pin code), or you can buy your Flybussen ticket ahead of time online and print it or have it on your phone.

Flybussen runs regularly, but you can micromanage your schedule here:

Timetable for Flybussen

When you’re on the Flybussen sites above the following may be helpful:
City: Bergen
Route: Bergen Sentrum – Bergen Lufthaven
Direction: From Airport
Bus stop: Bergen Storsenter

 

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Screenshot from mobile site for http://www.flybussen.no/en

 

Got data? Download the ‘Flybussen Bergen billett’ App from the iTunes AppStore or Google play and buy your ticket on your phone! Remember to wait till right before you board to activate the ticket. (Flybussen also has Wifi onboard, but I wouldn’t rely on it for activating your ticket).

 

3. Drop your luggage at Busstasjonen (the bus station)

Ok, the bus driver told you to get out. You are now abandoned on a street corner next to a large yellow building, what now?

25_1638088406_xlFlybussen drops you off on the side of Storsenter (near the yellow cab in this photo). Image: http://www.thoneiendom.no/Naringseiendom/Kontor/fleksible-og-flotte-kontorlokaler-i-bergen-storsenter-til-leie/

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Some views of Storsenter and its garage so you know what to expect. Photos: stand Hiestand

 

imageSome views of where the Flybussen lets you out at Storsenter/the Bus Station. Photo: Stand Hiestand

A) Enter the Storsenter (the shopping center that’s attached to the bus station), get on in there!

imageWe looked around at the exterior where you’ll get dropped by Flybussen. Here’s the side entrance to the Storsenter again (top), you can enter here (bottom left is the view as the sliding doors open), taking a left (at the shopping woman poster shown in the bottom left photo), you’ll find the corridor pictured (bottom right), this leads into the mall. Photos: Stand Hiestand

B) Buy something to get change if you haven’t already – or see if they can break your Norwegian cash (NOK, or kroner, or kr) at the information desk. There are many stores including fast food restaurants, a coffee shop, and a couple grocery stores inside the Storsenter.

imageMall interior (top), view towards the hallway where the lockers are (bottom left), a couple folks walking towards the lockers (bottom right). Photos: Stand Hiestand

imageHead past the Burger King to seek out the Information Desk. Photo: Stand Hiestand

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Information Desk within Storsenter! Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

C) Put your luggage in the lockers that are down the long hallway that extends from the main entrance of Storsenter (main entrance pictured below). Keep in mind the lockers may not be able to accommodate very oversized luggage.

 

imageA couple of views of the lockers (top) and the hallway in which they live (bottom) within the Bus Station/Storsenter. Photos: Stand Hiestand

 

4. Walk to the Student Center/SiB Housing Desk

It’s only a 10 minute walk, but be warned, this walk is up a pretty sizable hill, it is likely you will not want to be overburdened with luggage to carry (see Step #3).

The image below shows the UiB’s instructions for getting from Storsenter to the Student Centre. If you’d rather have a slightly longer but maybe just slightly less hilly version, you could walk this way.

 

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Image: http://www.uib.no/sites/w3.uib.no/files/attachments/directions_to_the_student_centre_and_housing_reception_h2014.pdf

 

Once you arrive at the Student Centre, the SiB Student Housing Desk is straight in front of you as you walk inside. You’ll probably have to take a number and wait to talk to a representative.

If you are journeying in to grab keys for your new student housing, remember these important details:

SiB’s Student Housing Desk is located in the Student Centre (Parkveien 1). If you have specific questions about student housing you can get their contact information here.

Student Centre Address:
Parkveien 1
5007 Bergen

The Student Housing desk for SiB is open the following extended hours in August.
  • Monday the 1st of August: 08-20
  • Tuesday the 2nd of August: 08 – 15.30
  • Wednesday the 3rd of August: 08 – 15.30
  • Thursday the 4th of August: 08 – 15.30
  • Friday the 5th of August: 08-20
  • Saturday the 6th of August: 14-20
  • Sunday the 7th of August: 14-20
  • Monday the 8th of August: 08-20
  • Tuesday the 9th of August: 08-20
  • Wednesday the 10th of August: 08-20
  • Thursday the 11th of August: 08-20
  • Friday the 12th of August: 08-20
  • Saturday the 13th of August: 14-20
  • Sunday the 14th of August: 14-20
  • From the 15th of August: Normal open hours
If you’re arriving late on the 9th or 10th of August:

There is key assistance at Fantoft itself for residents at Fantoft and Alrek from 21-01 (9pm to 1am) on those dates.

 

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 Student Centre. Image: http://wushu.no/2011/10/

 

5. Head to your new home

Are you at Fantoft? You’re probably at Fantoft. Check out the directions to Fantoft here (be warned the Bybane price has gone up since these were written, it is now kr 36 for a single ticket). If you happen to be at the Alrek student housing instead, click here for instructions. Remember, if you’re not clear on how to get to your new student housing, ask at the SiB desk!

Make sure to read the UiB Arrivals Page thoroughly for information that may apply to arriving late, the evenings of August 9th and 10th when there is key assistance at Fantoft, important dates for you know know about, and information about getting around town.

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Living in Fantoft? There is a lake nearby for strolls, runs, and reflections. Photo: Stand Hiestand

 

Curious to see the Student Centre and some of the faculties of UiB before you arrive? Take a look in this video made by UiB:

 


Welcome to UiB! Are you a new student coming to Bergen in August who wants advice about student life? Ask me questions by commenting below!

5 comments for “Getting here August 2016

  1. Nina
    4. August 2016 at 20:19

    Hey there, which lake is in that picture? It looks nice for a run from Fantoft. 🙂

    • Stand Hiestand
      4. August 2016 at 20:54

      Hi there, thanks for your question 🙂
      That is Tveitevannet, very close to Fantoft! Hope you enjoy it on your runs!

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