If you’re visiting Norway chances are you want to get from Bergen to Stavanger. They are two of the most popular destinations in Norway. However, what is the best way to get between the two cities?
An obvious choice is flying. Norwegian Air flies direct flights. Expect to pay at least $55 to fly between the two cities, and that is if you happen to fly on the right date. Otherwise you will pay considerably more.
The flight is less than an hour, but you do have to factor in travel time, and costs, to and from the airports.
You can take the train, but I don’t know if you want to take the train. When I checked, it was 1149 NOK (over $140). There is no direct train. You have to take a train to Oslo and then take another train from Oslo to Stavanger. The entire journey takes over 16 hours. You have to really like trains to do this.
My vote is for taking a ferry. Fjordline runs a ferry service from Bergen to Stavanger. The terminal in Bergen is the Hurtigruten Terminal and is within 15 minutes of the Bryggen area of Bergen.
The cost is 200 NOK for the ferry and 100 NOK for a bus from the terminal to central Stavanger. The total cost of 300 NOK (about $36) is cheaper than either flying or taking the train.
The 5.5 hour journey is not only more comfortable but more scenic.
Check out the extra room you have compared to a plane or train.
You can even sit in very uncomfortable chairs out on the spacious deck if you want.
The ferry leaves Bergen at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at the Stavanger Terminal by 7:00 p.m. with the bus bringing you to central Stavanger before 7:45 p.m.
Tip: on the fjordline website, make sure you find the price in NOK and not euros. When I first looked to book, the price came to €25, when I changed it to NOK, the price was 200 NOK, cheaper than the €25 I first saw.
If you want to do the reverse – Stavanger to Bergen, the ferry leaves Stavanger at 7:00 a.m. and arrives in Bergen about 12:30 p.m.
Take the ferry from Bergen to Stavanger. You are in Norway. You will enjoy your mini cruise much more than being crammed into a hollow metal tube or on a train for 16 hours.
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