Getting there & away
Nor-Way Bussekspress runs five times daily, Monday to Friday, to/from Hellesylt (Nkr149, 2½ hours) with three services continuing to Stryn (Nkr235, 3¾ hours). There’s also one express bus daily to/from Bergen (Nkr580, 9¼ hours), three to/from Trondheim (Nkr500, 7½ hours) via Molde (Nkr131, 2¼ hours) and both a day and night run to/from Oslo (Nkr790, 10 hours). Local buses run to/from Åndalsnes (Nkr200, 2¼ hours, twice daily).
An express boat speeds down the coast daily to Bergen (8½ hours). Hurtigruten coastal ferries arrive/depart at 8.45am/6.45pm northbound and depart at 12.45am southbound. On its northbound run, there’s a popular detour, mid-April to mid-September, via Geiranger – hence the large gap between arrival and departure times.
From Ålesund’s airport (70 11 48 00), SAS has three daily flights serving Bergen, two to/from Trondheim and up to eight to/from Oslo. It also has two direct flights weekly between Ålesund and London (Gatwick).