28 Apr How to Get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Norway
Hiking Preikestolen is one of the most epic things I have ever done in the history of all my travels. To stand on the edge of a vertical cliff face, with just a sheer drop below me, was scary and incredible at the same time.
I’ve never seen a view quite like it and for me, this is the best thing to do in Norway.
If you have the time to go, you absolutely should do it. When I was trying to get to Preikestolen I found the information available online a little bit confusing, so I thought I’d just quickly write a post to clear things up.
How to Get to Preikestolen
To get to the Pulpit Rock you need to get to Stavanger. I was travelling from Bergen, so I booked a bus with Kystbussen (kystbussen.no) because I wanted to climb the rock the same day and there was a very early morning bus. I actually missed my first bus but waited for the next one and the lovely driver let me on without charging me for another ticket. That would never happen in England! The bus from Bergen to Stavanger actually makes a couple of car ferry crossings, which is quite nice because it breaks up the journey and you can get off and stretch your legs. You get to see a view of the fjords too, so it kind of kills two birds with one stone!
You can also get to Stavanger by train or flying. You can check the trains on the NSB website (www.nsb.no) and search for the cheapest flights on Skyscanner. Internal domestic flights in Norway can actually be pretty affordable, particularly if you book in advance.
Once you get to Stavanger you need to make your way to the ferry terminal. Stavanger is pretty small so I walked from the bus station- it’s about a 15 minute walk- but you could take a taxi. If you’re coming from the airport, there’s a shuttle bus to the ferry terminal.
The ferry takes you to a place called Tau in the south of Ryfylke. I purchased my ferry ticket on-board and it included a combi-bus ticket to get to the Preikestolen starting point. The ticket cost 250 NOK return.
When you get on the ferry there are notices up for tourists about getting to Pulpit Rock and even timetables so you know what time you will need to come back.
The buses are timed to coincide with the ferry arrivals/departures, but from what I’m aware of they only run in peak season from May-September. I hiked to Preikestolen at the end of September and they were still running. Check the Tide Reiser website (www.tidereiser.com) to see timetables (don’t always rely on their accuracy though).
The bus is waiting there as soon as you get off the ferry and doesn’t wait very long! It drops you off in the car park outside the Preikestolen hostel mountain lodge.
That’s it! From there you can commence the hike to Preikestolen. I’ll be writing another post about the experience, with tips and what to wear.
Where to stay
I stayed at the Preikestolen Hostel with Hostelling International, but there’s also a mountain lodge too if you want fancier accommodation. If you stay at the hostel you get to have breakfast in the mountain lodge.
Have you hiked Pulpit Rock? Do you want to hike it? Leave your comments below!