"Most cruises that go to Norway..." Ålesund Transportation Tip by gardesque
Ålesund Transportation: 12 reviews and 10 photos
Most cruises that go to Norway also go to Ålesund. Especially if they are also going to Geiranger, which is not that far away. A popular way of travelling is by taking the <a href=http://www.hurtigruten.no>Coastal Steamer</a> from Bergen.
You can also take the train from Oslo, but unfortunately, the railway stops in Åndalsnes. From Åndalsnes, it's a 2 hr bus rude to get to Ålesund. There is also the <a href=http://www.nor-way.no>night express bus</a> that will take you all the way to Ålesund from Gardermoen International Airport in Oslo over night.
If you still prefer to fly in, Ålesund's airport is called Vigra, and the airport code is AES. From there, you can either take the airport bus to Ålesund. This trip will take you through TWO underwater tunnels.
Ålesund is a relatively small town. If you stay downtown, you'll have just about everything within walking distance. But if you wish to go a little farther than that, such as making a trip to the college, or Sunnmøre Coast Museum, you can always catch a bus.
Given the age of the city, some streets can be very narrow, and a lot of streets go only one way. There's also not that many public parking spots downtown, and what is there usually have parking meters, or you need a special parking ticket available from a nearby machine. However, after 5pm and during weekends, it's free parking. Just don't park in areas that are marked 'sone' (zone) - these are for local residents. Obviously, if you're staying at a hotel, the hotel will always have a parking spot for you.
Bottom line - Ålesund is a pedestrian friendly city. And it's well worth it to just walk around anyway, in order to take it all in.
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