Norway is notoriously expensive, and Bergen is no exception. But budget-conscious travelers can still enjoy the best of this beguiling coastal city without spending a small fortune.
Start your day with a cup of espresso and pastries at one of Bergen’s many small cafes scattered throughout the city center. You’ll probably spend close to $10, but you’ll get to experience a bit of Norway’s café culture in the process.
Next, explore the old town on foot, from the Torget, the open-air fish market, to the Bryggen, the colorful, historic wooden warehouses fronting the harbor. Wander the charming, narrow lanes and take in the crooked buildings along Øvregaten Street and its offshoots. Check out the quaint timber houses along Lille Øvregaten, too, just as the city starts to wake up.
Consider purchasing the Bergen Card, which will set you back only $30 for a 24-hour pass. The card gets you discounted or free access to an array of museums and attractions; you’ll be able to visit the Bergen Aquarium, the Bergen Maritime Museum, the Bryggens Museum, the fascinating Leprosy Museum and the open-air Gamle Bergen historic area for free. You can also ride the Fløibanen Funicular (free with the Bergen Pass from October to April), which heads to the summit of Mount Fløyen for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.
Meals are where Bergen gets pretty pricey, but the fish market offers sandwiches and small plates for around $15. Café Opera is another good option for a light meal that will set you back only about $15, too. That leaves you around $40 for dinner, a bit tight, but restaurants like Boha, Bryggeloftet og Stuene and Naboen Restaurant will fit the bill.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.