From the town centre on Vetrlidsallmenningen Fløibanen funicular takes you directly to the top of mount Fløien, 320 meters above sea level. Visiting Fløyen is one of the most popular among Bergen’s many things to do during a day. The top station of the funicular offers a wonderful view of the town centre and the fjord. The 850 meters trip is a 5–8 minutes ride, while you ascend above town, watching the town centre from a bird’s perspective. The panorama extends itself gradually, until you can see the the North Sea in the distance.
A little more about the funicular
The Fløibanen funicular has three stations on the way up, offering the opportunity to jump on and off, doing part of the journey on foot. It was opened in 1918, and the cars have been replaced three times—the last time in 2002, when the whole funicular was subject to a thorough overhaul.
Floibanen funicular is loved by both locals and tourists, and is one of the most popular attractions of Bergen. If the ticket line seems long, consider the option to walk to the top, or to one of the stops further up the hill (see our page Fløyen by foot).
Fløien has a nice restaurant on the top, and a whole web of walking routes into the woods and further into the Bergen mountains for some nice hiking, and downhill to the town centre. During summer, some of the lakes are nice for bathing and canoeing, espescially Skomakerdiket. Please observe signposts prohibiting bathing in many lakes that supply drinking water for the town.
Visit Fløibanen’s website for timetables.