Bergen is the largest city in Western Norway, and is easily accessible from all over the world. There are direct flights from the major transport hubs across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, Milan and Reykjavik, direct to Bergen International Airport Flesland, which is 18 km from the city centre.
Bergen is also Norway’s leading maritime city with more than 350 cruise ships visiting annually. There are direct ferry routes to mainland Europe, and there are good road connections to the rest of Norway and onward to Europe.
Bergen airport Flesland (BGO) is an international airport with more than 5 million travellers each year. At present, there are direct flights to 74 destinations, made up of 55 international and 19 domestic. Bergen has direct flights to the major transportation hubs across Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
The route between Oslo-Bergen is one of the most heavily trafficked in Europe with more than 30 daily flights. There are also direct routes between the biggest cities in Norway and Bergen frequently, and the flight time is approximately 1 hour from Oslo, Stavanger, Sandefjord, Kristiansand and Trondheim. Oslo Airport Gardemoen has direct flights from more than 100 destinations. In clear weather, Bergen and the fjords are wonderful sights from the air – particularly if you fly along the coast. The flight approach to Bergen is internationally acclaimed.
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Bergen Airport Flesland is only 18 km from Bergen, and there are now two highways to the city centre. In 2016 the third stage of the light rail transit line “Bybanen” was completed to the airport, and it is now integrated as part of the new terminal building. Bybanen will have a capacity of 7.500 passengers per hour.
The airport is today served by the Airport Bus, ordinary bus, taxi and boat. The Airport Bus have departure every 15 minutes from 03.50 to 23.00, but the last departure is always done in accordance with the latest arrival that day. The Airport Bus travel both the southern and western route, and the travel time is 25-30 minutes.
Bergen is closely connected by sea to the European continent. Our official partner Fjord Line sails from Denmark (Hirtshals) with daily departures and arrivals, and the ferry docks within walking distance to the city centre and the start/finish area. Modern ferries with state of the art facilities came into service in 2012. Each of them has a capacity of 1.500 passengers, and 400 cars (or 200 camper vans) plus 20 frieght trailers. The ferry visits Stavanger on its journey through to Denmark.
The Port of Bergen can easily handle additional ferries that might be scheduled before and during the championships. The port authority have the experience and competence to facilitate this.
There are also other daily Norwegian ferries that connect with the continent:
- Fjord Line has daily routes to Bergen and Kristiansand from Hirtshals, Denmark.
- Color Line has daily routes to Kristiansand, Oslo and Larvik from Hirtshals,
- Stena Line has daily routes from from Fredrikshavn to Oslo
- DFDS has daily routes from Copenhagen to Oslo.
- Germany: Color Line has daily routes from Kiel to Oslo.
- Sweden: Color Line has frequent departures from Strømstad to Sandefjord.
There are many daily departures with local express boats to Sunnhordland, Rosendal, and Sogn & Fjordane. The express boat from Stavanger takes approximately four hours and has four daily departures. The express boat terminal is placed right next to the fish market in central Bergen.
The Norwegian Coastal Express Hurtigruten has its home in Bergen and one of the fleet’s 11 ships departs Bergen daily, sailing to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. Hurtigruten is acknowledged as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage as it travels up and down the Norwegian coast and fjords. The capacity on the ships is between 691 and 1.000 passengers. The new terminal at Nøstet has provided Hurtigruten with optimal conditions for logistics and good experiences for the passengers and tourists. During the World Championships we can expect to see Hurtigruten as part of the port during one or two of the races. This will surely help to create a special atmosphere for the cyclists and fans.
The northbound voyage by MS Nordnorge from Bergen to Kirkenes was broadcast from 16 to 22 June 2011 and lasted 134 hrs 42 min and 45 sec. This is the longest non-stop live television documentary and a Guinness World Record.
Bergen is the biggest cruise port in Norway and one of the biggest ones in Northern Europe. In 2015 there is a total of 350 cruise calls with more than 500.000 passengers. These numbers are increasing each year, and they are expected to surpass 700.000 by 2016. The Bergen Port is located at the heart of the city, and this gives the tourists a very special feeling and experience. Bergen is The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, and combined World Championships and fjord cruises will be a major feat in the promotion and marketing of the event.
Bergen Railway station is located in central Bergen only 2 minutes from the start/finish area. The nearest neighbour is the bus station and the biggest car park facility in Bergen “Bystasjonen”, hence the location couldn’t be more central. There is a pedestrian bridge leading right to the bus station, car park and shopping mall.
The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) has a well-developed network of tracks stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle. The Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen is one of the most scenic train lines in the world. As Lonely Planet's Tom Hall, who raved about the Bergen Railway in November 2010, said "The Bergen Line is a journey that will live long in my memory. If you haven't done it you can't say for sure that it's not the world's most beautiful train ride". No other train ride between two cities in Europe is at a higher altitude than the one between Oslo and Bergen. Linking Norway's two main cities, this line takes in some dazzling scenery, with the most spectacular stretch being the one over the Hardangervidda, Europe's highest mountainous plateau. Finse, at 1,222 meters above sea level, is the highest point on the line. The Bergen Railway is popular with tourists and commuters alike, and serves a number of ski resorts along the way, so it is just as busy in winter as it is in summer. The total travel time between Oslo and Bergen is approximately seven hours. There are four to five daily departs each with a capacity of around 400 passengers. The total capacity for one day is approximately 1600-2000 passengers. Oslo is the key station in all of eastern and southern Norway, and has also lines to Sweden.
There are also local trains from Myrdal, Voss and Arna. The latter takes only 7 minutes, and will be the means of transportation from that part of the northern region of Bergen.
There are European standards on the main road networks leading into Bergen from Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Trondheim. The distance and travel time from the major cities are as follows:
Oslo: Distance 500 km and travel time approximately 6 hrs 45 min on E16 (via the world’s longest tunnel, Lærdalstunnelen).
Stavanger: Distance 210 km and travel time approximately 3 hrs 45 min on E39.
Kristiansand, Sandefjord, Larvik or Skien: Distance 450 km (From Kristiansand) and travel time approximately 6 hours on E39 (via Stavanger). There are also alternative routes on combined European standard (E134) and county roads that use about the same time if one travels over Haukeligrend.
Trondheim: Distance 650 km and travel time approximately 9 hrs on E16.
From the other cities in Sogn & Fjordane and Møre & Romsdal, there are also good road networks with Bergen.
In Bergen there are highways to the city centre from the different road networks. The city centre and the start/finish area is easily accessible and are properly indicated by road signs.
NOR-WAY bus express have many intercity bus routes to Bergen. Here is a list over the most important:
- East-West express: Daily departs between Lillehammer-Bergen.
- Haukeli express: Daily departs between Oslo-Bergen, and linked with NOR-WAYs express network between Skien and Kristiansand.
- Coast express: Daily departs between Stavanger-Bergen.
- Fjord express: Daily departs between Ålesund-Bergen.
- Fjord express: Daily departs between Trondheim-Bergen.
- Sogn express: Daily departs between Sogndal-Bergen.
Total capacity is 1.000 passengers a day. The terminals are in the bus terminal right next to the railway station.
If it is needed the OC will have extra busses from the biggest cities during the World Championships. This will be done in collaboration with the intercity companies at the time.
Norway is a member of the Schengen cooperation, hence nationals of countries participating in this cooperation may travel freely between the member countries. The same applies to foreign nationals holding a residence permit in one of the member countries, or that have been granted a visitor’s visa (up to 90 days duration) to the Schengen area.
For more information see the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.
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