The railway station in Bergen is protected by regulations
, this beautiful building was made by an architect called Jens Zetlitz Monrad Kielland, it’s very difficult to end up somewhere else than your original destination, as there are only two trains to choose from. The railway stations also has storage locker. The prize is 50NK for 24 hours. So if you want to spend some hours in the city I would strongly recommend it, because it’s hard to navigate suitcases on cobblestones,
I took the night train home from Bergen. The train company offer a blanket (which you are allowed to bring home), earplugs and face mask, and an inflatable pillow
Bergen is at the end of the line from Oslo which takes 6 and half hours. There is some lovely scenery on the way. Timetables on NSB website., or Bahn.de. There is a local train from Bergen to Voss and Mydral.
I recommend that you make arrangements with a travel agency package. All of your arrangements can be taken care off in one call. . We started the trip to Bergen with a train ride from Oslo to Bergen on the Bergenbanen NSB AS
Bergensbanen Bergen - Oslo was celebrating the 100 year anniversary in November 2009. A television team followed train 602 all the way. There is a camera attached in front of the locomotive, and one on each side i a car photographing all the journey. In ate tunnels, (a lot of them), there is clip from the railways history. The hole program is divided in 5 clips on the link i am including. http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/prosjekt/1277
The hole program is lasting 8 hours.
Pay attention on Saturday nights as no train corresponds with Bergen on Saturday nights.
The only night train in Norway on Saturdays (at least at the time I was there) was on the Oslo-Trondheim route.
There's a big locker room, at the entrance there are small lockers, more inside there are bigger ones, also high ones, probably for skis.
There were plenty of free lockers, we put three suitcases in the high locker, there was place for more. The price in July 2007 was 15-25 kr for the smaller lockers, 40 kr for the large ones, for 24 hours.
With our train being late, we kept the locker for almost 24 hours. If the time is past, you have to pay again for a whole day. You're not supposed to keep it longer, but I didn't read how you get your things out if it happens.
Like most of the cities in Europe, also Bergen has this sightseeing train option, but to be honest, even that I did not use it, I rather see it useful here as there is a lot to see and some might get fast tired walking up the hills.
There are train connection to Bergen from Oslo and some other destinations. However, due to its geographic location and the Norwegian mountains, trains are not that developed in Norway and are very expensive.
If you are visiting both Bergen and Olso you get to see alot of the country just by going by train between the two cities.
From the Flesland airport you can take the bus to the city.
The center of Bergen is very concentrated, you'll do fine walking.
If you want to see the attractions outside Bergen use boat, train og bus. The boats give you the best view of course: Webcam on a boat going to and from Bergen!
The train is a great way to travel in Norway. You can get a train direct from the Airport to the city centre of Oslo (Oslo S) and from there to many destinations around Norway.
In this instance I had taken the train from Voss to Bergen (which takes about an hour) - it was part of my 'Norway In A Nutshell' travel route.
I found that the staff on the train are very helpful, especially to people who don't know a word of Norsk besides 'takk'. Also the train lines are along some of the most beautiful and scenic parts of Norway you will see (ie Oslo>Skien or Oslo>Bergen)
For more information see the website below which is in Norsk and English.
This is worth the journey to Norway already: the 7-hour journey from Oslo to Bergen goes past lakes, mountains, the barren interior (pic) and finally the fjords of the west!
There are several trains daily and you can pre-book conveniently over the internet.
The Oslo - Bergen line is a very comfortable ride. Very nice trains, free coffee and tea. Pillows and covers if you need one are available as well.
Our train had a panoramic window. And panoramic the ride surely is!! You cross the roof or Norway, pass the highest railway station, Finse.
If you get out at Myrdal you can take the Flåmbanen if not you just arrive in Bergen.
It is common to make seat reservations in advance, i did so too. I had booked a triangle tour, which included the Norway in a nutshell trip.
I went to Bergen by train from Oslo. It takes about 6 hours, it crosees a range of mountains, then descends into Bergen.
And easy an not so expensive way, and with great sceneries.
The picture shows the highest pint of the train line between Oslo and Berges, Finse, and as you can see it's 1222 metres above sea level.
PS:I'm not none of the two in the picture, I wan inside the warm train taking the shot.
If you are backpacking and have some extra time to take the train from Oslo to Bergen "during the day", you will experience eight hours of great views and landscapes...
You will notice the landscape change from flat and green near Oslo to rocky and snowy ground as the train runs towards the Scandinavian Alps. You will have little time to take pictures of glaciers in Finse... after that, the downhill begins to the fjords along Myrdal and Voss.
A really great train travel... the best I have ever made!
Bergen Train station is an end station. The train goes to Oslo. Between Bergen and Oslo are many interesting sites. The train crosses the "Hardanger Vidda" (see my off the beaten path tip) and follows the valley "Hallingdal" down to Hønefoss and on to Oslo. Hallingdal is known for it's many ski resorts.
There is also the connection to the Flåm-rail that decends steeply down to the Sognefjord and is part of the popular "Norway in a nutshell" tour.