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The old commercial centre of Bergen
 

Practical info Bergen, Norway

Getting around the city

Bergen has an efficient bus and night bus network, though service to the city's outskirts can be erratic. A free bus service operates during the day from Monday to Saturday, looping around the city centre. However, central Bergen is easy to negotiate on foot, with plenty of attractions within walking distance. Metered taxis are plentiful and can be hailed at one of the many taxi ranks or ordered by phone, but are expensive. The city also has an extensive ferry system, which tends to be less tourist-orientated than the express catamaran service, and visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the fjords. Driving in Bergen can be somewhat confusing, and drivers must pay a toll every time they enter the city so it becomes expensive. Nevertheless, car rental agencies are available.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

Currency

The official currency is the Norwegian Krone (NOK), divided into 100 ore. Larger establishments accept major credit cards. Use of credit cards is widespread, with Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club being the most common. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and major post offices, as well as many hotels and travel agents, although for poorer rates. ATMs are available in all towns and cities.

Communication

The international access code for Norway is +47. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

Emergency number

112 (Police); 113 (Ambulance); 110 (Fire).

Travel documents and health

Everything about travel documents

Everything about health and KLM Health Services

Public holidays

Climate

Bergen Flesland Airport

www.avinor.no

Getting to the city

The Bergen Light Rail and an airport bus service the city centre. There are also boats to a number of locations from Flesland Pier, connected to the airport by a shuttle bus.

Car rental

Car rental companies in Bergen Airport include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, and Hertz.

Airport taxi's

There is a taxi stand near the main entrance to the terminal building. A taxi ride into Bergen takes approximately 20 minutes.

Facilities

There is a selection of shops, bars, and restaurants at the airport. Other facilities include a bureau de change, ATMs, left luggage, duty-free shopping, child facilities, tourist information, and business facilities with fax and internet access. Disabled facilities are good.

Parking

There's ample parking space available at Bergen Airport. Online booking is important, whether it's making use of the indoor parking close to the terminal or long stay bays.

Internet

Free wifi is available in two-hour increments.