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The ferry crosses the Hjørundfjord in Norway several times per day - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Destination Ålesund & Sunnmøre
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The ferry crosses the Hjørundfjord in Norway several times per day Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Destination Ålesund & Sunnmøre

Getting to Ålesund and Sunnmøre and Around

Ålesund and Sunnmøre is easy to get to by air, land and sea. Ålesund is the regional traffic hub with connections to the whole Sunnmøre region.

By air

A 20-minute drive from Ålesund center, you will find Ålesund Airport Vigra. Domestic air connections are good, with direct flights to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. 

International flights have increased in the last years, and currently there are direct routes to and from Amsterdam, London, Alicante, Copenhagen and Riga with good connections to/from other international destinations.

SAS, KLM, Norwegian and airBaltic are the airlines operating regular traffic to/from Ålesund Airport Vigra.

The airport has good bus connections to and from Ålesund center, the traffic hub Moa, and to the speedboat terminal at Valderøy.

There are also good connections from Ørsta-Volda Airport Hovden near Volda near Volda, to/from most Norwegian towns and cities.

By train

The railway station in the region is at Åndalsnes, 74 miles from Ålesund, with bus connection to/from Ålesund several times daily. Travelling time between Oslo and Åndalsnes is five hours and 30 minutes. The bus from Åndalsnes to Ålesund takes two hours and 30 minutes. For timetables and booking please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) and Nettbuss.

By bus

Express bus services with Nor-Way Bussekspress run throughout the region, with good connections to/from Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

TimEkspressen goes regularly between Volda, Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund.

Travel time from Ålesund to Kristiansund  is three hours. Ålesund to Volda is two hours.

For timetables and booking please contact Nor-Way Bussexpress and Nettbuss.

By boat

Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Express)
Many people describe Hurtigruten as "the world's most beautiful voyage". Hurtigruten calls daily at Ålesund and Torvik on both the northbound and southbound voyages. The northbound service also makes the Ålesund - Geiranger - Ålesund roundtrip daily from April to September.

Express boats and ferries
Express boats and ferries sail up and down the coast, in sheltered waters and across open seas, to towns and villages, and small and large islands. They provide perfect logistics for a holiday of island hopping, or an itinerary entirely of your own choosing. Be warned, there may be queues in the summer months. For the most popular ferries you are wise to start queueing early.

For more information about ferry and boat timetables, please contact Fjord1 and Norled

By car

Driving in the regions of Ålesund and Sunnmøre can be a rewarding scenic experience. And the journeys from Bergen and Trondheim include some beautiful ferry crossings.

  • Oslo - Ålesund 323 miles (8 hours), take the E6 to Dombås, then continue on the E136 via Ørskog and Skodje to Ålesund.
  • Trondheim - Ålesund 177 miles (5 hours), take the E39 heading south.
  • Bergen - Ålesund 229 miles (6 hours), there are several exciting routes to choose from, including the coastal road E39. An alternative is to take the E39 to Byrkjelo, then rv. 60 via Olden and Stryn to Ålesund.

Further information

Information about road and traffic conditions throughout Norway - call 175 whilst in Norway, and +47 23 23 78 63 from abroad.

Timetable information for buses, ferries, expressboats and airport buses - call 177 whilst in Norway, and +47 71 58 78 00 from abroad.

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Last updated:  2013-09-10
Several international flights go to and from Ålesund Airport Vigra in Norway - Photo: Air Baltic
Several international flights go to and from Ålesund Airport Vigra in Norway
Ålesund is a regular port of call for Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) - Photo: Hurtigruten
Ålesund is a regular port of call for Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage)

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The ferry crosses the Hjørundfjord in Norway several times per day - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Destination Ålesund & Sunnmøre

Getting to Ålesund and Sunnmøre and Around

Ålesund and Sunnmøre is easy to get to by air, land and sea. Ålesund is the regional traffic hub with connections to the whole Sunnmøre region.

Getting to Ålesund and Sunnmøre and Around

Source: Visitnorway

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