Sleeping in Airports

Bergen Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Bergen Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

No 24 hrs shops anymore and no security anymore but a lot more noise and more people wandering around at night. -a traveller (August 2023)

BGO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bergen Airport.

What to Expect

Bergen Airport (code: BGO) has a modern, mid-size, two-level terminal. While described as exceptionally busy, the terminal only hosts a dozen or so shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, none of which offers 24-hour service. WiFi is available to help pass the time, and there are reportedly plenty of power outlets to charge mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Bergen Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of Fredrik / 21Jan2018)

Sleeping in Bergen Airport

According to a reader, travellers are now asked to show their boarding pass to be allowed in the terminal at night. The Airside area is only accessible when security checks open around 4.00 AM, so you will have to spend the night Landside. The airport is described as crowded, meaning that getting a nice place to sleep may be quite tough. Try to arrive early if you can.

Locations & Seating

Our readers reported a few nice places where you may manage to get some rest. Some sofas with window views were spotted behind some of the terminal’s stores. Sunbeds fixed in a half-reclined position as well as comfortable seats in the arrivals area were also spotted in the terminal. A café with sofas was also spotted on the ground floor, but several people reported that security doesn’t allow travellers to sleep there at night.

For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is connected to the airport, and a few others are nearby. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, scroll down to explore more in our Bergen Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The terminal is closed at night, with security checks opening at 4:00AM and closing after the last arrival. Travellers with a valid ticket/travel documents are permitted to stay in the terminal overnight. The airport’s official website suggests calling the Driftssentralen for access if the doors are closed. The telephone number can be found on the entrance doors.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Bergen Airport:

  • Clarion Hotel Bergen Airport – This hotel is connected to the terminal by covered walkway. Day rooms are available. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport – 2 minute walk from the airport.  No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Scandic Flesland Airport – 4 minute walk to the new terminal. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bergen Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge you can enter by paying at the door.

  • Bergen Lounge  – Location: Airside. Hours: Sunday-Friday: 5:00AM – 7:30PM, Saturday: 5:00AM – 6:30PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (NOK 400 Adult/NOK 140 Children ages 4-12).

See also: Bergen Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

The airport has drinking fountains on both the Landside and the Airside. Locations: International Departure, Gate 11 • Domestic Departure, Gate 17.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules. However, none of this seems to be open 24/7 at the time of our February 2024 update. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide. Dining options include:

  • Landside: Points • The Pizza Baker •
  • Airside: BIT • Joe & The Juice • Rabbagast • Yo!

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Not available. If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

Mobile Charging

One of our readers reported charging outlets by almost every seat in the gate areas. (January 2018).

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones; however, a reader tells us: “There are nine reclining benches across from gate B15 which are nice for sleeping”. (August 2022)

Showers

Not available. If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bergen Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT” network and select “Free”. You will need to enter your email address. Access is provided for 4 hours but you can log in again for more free time or pay for a faster service.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Nordea Bank, are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside: Arrivals area, 1st Floor • Airside: Departure/Arrival Hall, 2nd Floor.

Baby Care Facilities – A Nursing Room is located in the domestic depatrure area opposite the “Aera” shop. Another 2 Nursing rooms are available in the international area. Location: Airside, next to gate number D32 and E27. Diaper changing stations are available in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms.

Children’s Play Area – A few play areas are provided if your children need to burn off some energy before boarding. Location: Airside, across from Gate B20 and D32 • International Departure, between “Upper Crust and “Point Kiosk”.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside to passengers departing and arriving on international flights. Additionally you will find these shopping options:

  • Domestic Airside: Travel Value • Aera clothing • ARK book shop • Elkjøp.
  • International Airside: Duty Free • North • Point.
  • Landside: Duty Free.

Police – Location: 2nd Floor, Landside.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Tax Refund – If you live outside Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, you can claim a refund for the taxes you paid on purchases in Norway. The refund is 6.5 – 8.5% of the purchase price for food purchases and 12- 19% on other purchases. Approximately 4000 Global Blue or Tax Free Worldwide affiliated stores offer tax refund on departure.

  • Refunds through Global Blue are handled at ARK Bookstore. Location: Airside, Domestic Departures. Hours: 06:45AM – 08:00PM (Sun – Fri) 06:45AM – 06:00PM (Sat)
  • Refunds through Planet are handled at the North shop. Location: Departure Hall. 05:00AM – 07:30PM (Sun – Fri).
Airlines
Bergen airport is served by the following airlines: Air Baltic • Air France • Atlantic Airways • Danish Air Transport • Finnair • Iberia Airlines • Icelandair • Jet2.com • KLM • Loganair • Lübeck Air • Lufthansa • Norwegian• SAS • Swiss • Widerøe • WizzAir.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Bergen Airport provides a few connections to the bus system (the stops are just outside the terminal). Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you to the centre of Bergen or you need to get to the Flesland docks, the airport provides several options. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Bergen Airport website. Some routes provide timetables on monitors within the airport.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Light Rail

There is a light rail service between Byparken and Bergen Airport. Tickets can be purchased using the “Skyss billett” app, at the Light Rail stop, or at the ticket machine in the baggage claim area (credit cards will be accepted). For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Bergen Airport website.

Ride Sharing

Uber is operating throughout Bergen. A ride from Bergen airport to the city center will cost about NOK 635.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the taxi stand in front of the main entrance. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. A one-way journey between the BGO airport and the city center takes about 20 minutes.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Reviews are mixed about the airport temperature. Some report that it is quite chilly, while others say that temperatures are warm. Arrive prepared, just in case. It’s better to have a blanket than to need one later on. Even a hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets colder.
  • Lighting – A few travellers have reported that airport lights are dimmed past midnight. Despite this, it’s better to come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – A reader reported the presence of a loud floor-cleaning machine operating at night. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help if you’re trying to sleep overnight.

Safety & Security

While some of our readers reported the presence of security staff, others said that police are no longer patrolling the area at night. Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

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Last updated: 2024-02-19

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