Where To Stay In Bergen – Best Neighbourhoods & Budget Breakdown

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, despite this, it’s relatively small. However, it’s still seriously expensive. We flew into Bergen from the US and travelled by train to the capital of Oslo before flying home to the UK. These four days in Norway cost us almost £600.

We’re always determined to never let a budget hold us back from seeing the world. If you’re the same, then deciding where to stay in Bergen is going to be particularly important.

That’s exactly why we’ve developed this in-depth guide breaking down Bergen by region and then sharing the best hotels and hostels by budget in each of these areas.

Best Neighbourhoods In Bergen

There is so much to do packed into every district in the city of Bergen. I’ve therefore decided to break it down by district to show you what they have to offer in the way of interests and accommodation.

Sentrum: If you’re only spending a day or two in Bergen then I’d suggest staying in the centre. Prices may run higher than other neighbourhoods in the city but the close proximity to all the major attractions makes it worthwhile.

Nordnes: Located on the peninsular, Nordnes. This neighbourhood boasts some of the cities best views out over the north sea and can therefore actually cost more than staying in Sentrum.

Arstad: 5km south-east of Sentrum is the Arstad neighbourhood. This area was once independent to Bergen, but today is a popular residential district.

Best Place To Stay In Bergen

Now you’ve likely decided on the district you’d like to stay in during your trip to Bergen, let’s look at the best hotels, hostels, and Airbnb’s within each district.


The centre of Bergen is more compact than other major cities in Scandanavia and filled with incredible things to do. There’s a range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels here, all of which are perfect if you’re only spending a couple of days exploring what the city has to offer.

During our visit to Bergen, we opted to stay in the city centre and booked what we have recommended as the best budget hotel, CityBox. In fact, we loved this hotel brand so much we stayed with them in Oslo too.

CityBox – Best Budget Hotel

CityBox is the budget accommodation we chose during our trip to Bergen. Just 450 yards from Bergen Station, this hotel caters to travellers on a budget with a social area filled with vending machines, a microwave and a nearby convenience store.

Basic rooms and self-service check-in / check out all help to keep the prices here low. However, the place is still super clean, very modern and incredibly practical.

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Grand Hotel Terminus – Best Mid-Range Hotel

This incredible four-star hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and 950 metres from the entrance to the Fløibanen Funicular.

With a complimentary breakfast buffet for all guests and a dedicated Whiskey Bar this hotel is is a solid choice for those looking for a little bit of luxury during a visit to Bergen.

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Opus XVI – Best Luxury Hotel

Housed in a historic building from 1876 is the five-star Opus XVI hotel. Each room inside the hotel has been individually designed and comes with a complimentary Norwegian-style breakfast buffet for guests.

Each of the rooms includes a large seating area, an in-room tablet and bathrooms with under-floor heating and a walk-in rainfall shower.

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KG#12 Penthouse Apartment – Best Airbnb

This two-bedroom penthouse apartment overlooks the “Lille Lungegaardswater” and is just 100 metres from both the train station and the popular Bergen fish market.

The flat boasts a number of luxurious extras including a flatscreen TV with AppleTV and a Nespresso coffee machine.

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Nordnes is the peninsula of Bergen which sticks out from the harbour on the opposite side to Bryggen and Sandviken. Popular with families and working couples, this neighbourhood in Bergen is home to the Aquarium, The Culture House and The Nordnes Park.

As Nordnes is just 1.5km from the centre of Bergen travelling between the two neighbourhoods either by tram or on foot takes just 30 minutes.

Klosterhagen Hotel – Best Budget Hotel

Set on the same grounds as Michael Monastery is the Klosterhagen Hotel. Rooms come with tea and coffee facilities as well as a flat-screen TV with Chromecast.

All guests are served a homemade traditional Norwegian breakfast every morning and staff are on-hand to help arrange city walks and book tickets to major attractions within the city.

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Clarion Hotel Admiral – Best Mid-Range Hotel

Overlooking Vågen Harbour is the popular four-star Clarion Hotel Admiral. The hotel restaurant is one of the best in Bergen. Incorporating a Kitchen & Table concept created by master chef Marcus Samuelsson, based in New York.

The hotel is set inside an early 1900’s building which is located directly across the water from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen. For an extra piece of luxury opt to upgrade to one of the rooms with a balcony.

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Hotel Oleana – Best Luxury Hotel

On the border between Nordnes and Sentrum is the popular four-star hotel, Hotel Oleana. This classic building has recently been refurbished with an elegant and modern design.

Each of the rooms comes with a complimentary breakfast and includes a large desk, walk-in rainfall shower and a number of facilities and amenities.

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Modern studio apartment – Best Airbnb

This modern studio apartment was completely renovated in 2016 and can accommodate up to three guests with two beds.

Located next to the Bergen Aquarium, the apartment benefits from a well-equipped kitchen, fast WiFi and a large TV with AppleTV.

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5km South-East of Bergen’s Sentrum is the Arstad neighbourhood. This area was independent of Bergen until they merged in 1916. Today, the Astad neighbourhood is thriving with students attending the local university, Høgskulen på Vestlandet.

Citybox Danmarksplass – Best Budget Hotel

Another budget hotel by the Citybox company is located in the heart of the Arsad neighbourhood. The rooms here follow the same format and are modern, clean but basic.

The hotel offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, affordable dining in the on-site restaurant as well as a small microwave in the common area located on the ground floor.

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Magic Hotel Solheimsviken – Best Mid-Range Hotel

Located in Danmarksplass Square you’ll find the four-star hotel, Magic Hotel Solheimsviken. This hotel benefits from a rooftop terrace providing guests with incredible views out towards the mountains.

Each room is furnished with designer furnishings and offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a small seating area and a large bathroom with underfloor heating.

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Beautiful Room Close To The City Center Of Bergen – Best Airbnb

This private room inside the host’s apartment is suitable for up to two guests. You’ll have shared access to the bathroom as well as a small catering area where you can make up sandwiches, use a microwave and kettle.

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