For tourists on short stay, the small ferry Beffen might be a handy way of crossing Vågen from the Bryggen side to Nordnes, which is has done for more than a century. The small ferry leaves for the other side every 10 minutes during office hours, taking locals and tourists across.
The name Beffen is a popular version of the original acronym BEF which means Bergen Electric Ferry Company. For many years, Beffen was a diesel ferry, but in 2015 a new Beffen was introduced. True to the meaning of her name Beffen is now once again runs on clean electric, renewable energy. She is a cheap, reliable and time-saving helperacross the Vågen who adds a bit of a maritime feel to your visit.
Another option for ferry transport is for people travelling between the Fish Market (town centre) and Tollbodkaien on Nordnes—which typically includes guests to the Bergen Aquarium. This boat—MF Vågen is in operation during the tourist high season.
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