The Fløibanen is a rail-running cable car for passenger traffic between Bergen city center and the Fløyen viewpoint located at 320 m above sea level. The Fløibanen and Fløyen are an iconic feature of Bergen and at the same time one of Norway’s most visited and largest tourist attractions, which in 2015 had a record of 1,575,503 boardings.
Construction work began in 1914 and the line began regular passenger traffic on 15 January 1918. The length is 850 metres, and the height difference is 300 metres. The one-way trip usually takes five to eight minutes with one of the two modern panoramic carriages Rødhette and Blåmann. You can both roll and walk on board from updated stops.
In the autumn of 2021, conversion to the 5th generation Fløibane started. This is the largest reconstruction in the Fløibanen’s history, where both tracks, machinery and control system were upgraded to the most modern and up-to-date. Each carriage can take 120 passengers. In addition, all stations are now universally designed, which makes the journey more pleasant for all user groups. It is still the counterbalance principle that brings the lanes up and down.
Before the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the number of passengers increased to approx. 2 million boardings per year. The rebuilding was therefore necessary to be able to take off for future visitors, but at the same time the old wagons and machinery were scrapped and worn out after having driven a lot up and down the mountainside in recent years. The new Fløibanen opened on 1 April 2022.
It has never been easier to look out over the world’s most beautiful city – Go take the track!