Transport systems in the
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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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.
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.
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.