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Transport systems in the Bergen area

Being set around seven mountains gives Bergen lots of good views and scenery, but also makes for congested roads. Tunnels have helped, but sea transport is still important here, with a network of fast boats carrying people in and out of the city.

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Road system

The E39 runs north-south from the south coast up to Trondheim. The E16 runs east through Flam to Oslo, and RV 7 runs through Hardanger east to Oslo, a little further south. A growing network of bridges and tunnels makes road traffic easier, but it can still be slow going.

Car ferries

There are still car ferries in the area, but are being replaced by bridges and tunnels all the time. International ferries from England, Denmark, and other places stop here.  This is also the south terminal of the famous Norwegian Coastal voyage, or "Hurtig-ruter" to the north coast and Russian border. Popular with tourists, but also a vital freight and car-carrying link.

Fast boats

There is a good network of various types and size of fast boat throughout the area.  People commute to work on them and children take them to and from school.


There is a railway line east from Bergen over to Oslo, through the mountains.
The Flam railway is a famous branch line from this main line - part of the "Norway in a nutshell" trip.

Bus and coach services

Local bus services are timed to meet at least some of the ferries.  Longer-distance services link towns within the area, and beyond.


Bergen (Flesland) airport is about 30 minutes away to the south west of central Bergen.

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