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How do I get to the Preikestolen from Stavanger? car, tour, bus and cruise

Preikestolen Norway, view of the Lyselfjord waters

Wondering how to get to the famous Preikestolen from Stavanger? As you probably know, the Preikestolen hike leads to the incredible site of Pulpit Rock, a striking rock formation that juts out into the deep waters of Lysefjord.

There are several options for reaching the site from Stavanger, the nearest town. In this article, we’ve compiled all the essential information you need to organize your expedition.

Whether you opt for a rental car from Stavanger, an organized tour, or even a bus trip, we’ve got you covered.

Car hire from Stavanger: Flexibility

Renting a car in Stavanger means opting for flexibility, especially when it comes to starting your tour. Wondering why scheduling is so crucial? Well, to get the full Preikestolen experience without the crowds, it’s ideal to leave either very early in the morning, around 6am, or later in the afternoon, around 4pm. We detail all the options in our article Preikestolen: our tips for avoiding the crowds.

Where can I rent a car in Stavanger?

There are several rental options in Stavanger. To compare rental prices, we recommend the RentalCars website, which compares the prices of hundreds of car rental companies to find the best deal. Don’t forget to book in advance, especially in high season when demand is strong.

To give you an idea of the cost, we found a car for €60 a day through Hertz or Sixt, depending on the length of your rental, to be picked up atStavanger airport (14 km away, with shuttle to the center).

Recommended route to the Preikestolen

From Stavanger, you have a northern route via a tunnel and a southern route via a ferry.

➡️Nous recommends taking the route north towards the town of Pau. This route takes you through a long tunnel, for which a charge is made (around €18 for motorhomes and vans, and around €10 for cars).

The advantage, compared with the other route option which runs south and connects the towns of Oales and Oanes by ferry, for a similar price, is that the tunnel is open every day without interruption.

If you want to start your hike as early as possible, you’ll be a bit blocked by the ferry, which doesn’t leave until 6am.

For those driving directly from Oslo, allow around 8 hours by car to reach the Preikestolen.

Parking Preikestolen

There is only one road for the last few kilometers to the starting point of the hike. Unfortunately, there’s no free parking nearby.

The main parking lot, right at the entrance to the hiking trail, can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. It’s open from 6am to 10pm, and it’s important to note that overnight stays are not permitted. Parking costs €22 for a camper or van, and €10 for a car for the whole day.

Experience Organized Tours: Comfort and Discovery

Would you rather avoid the hassle of planning and enjoy a guided experience? Then Stavanger’s organized tours are for you.

The advantage of going with an experienced guide is undeniable. Not only do you avoid the crowds by taking lesser-known paths at times, but you also benefit from invaluable advice on hiking and thehistory of the site. The guide will lead the way, enriching your experience with anecdotes and information about the local flora and fauna.

Don’t forget that these tours can sell out fast, especially in high season, so plan ahead and book early!

Several organized tours are available:

  • Preikestolen sunrise hike with buffet breakfast: we strongly recommend hiring a guide for this evening hike. If you’ve ever hiked at night with headlamps, you know how reassuring the presence of a guide can be on unfamiliar, poorly-lit trails.

Bus from Stavanger: Practical option

This is an option to consider if you’re looking for simplicity. Bus services to the Preikestolen are frequent and well organized, making the journey as easy as possible. If you don’t want to rent a car, this is the ideal option.

The operation is simple: buses depart from Stavanger and take you directly to the starting point of the hike, at parking lot P1. We met them in the parking lot.

In terms of scheduling, the bus leaves at 8am, 9am, 10am or 11am and returns 8 hours later. The price is around €40 per person. It is advisable to check the timetable in advance on the official website.

Preikestolen from the Fjord: Unusual cruise

A final option for getting to the Preikestolen from Stavanger that has been recommended to us by other travelers: a cruise on the Lysefjord to admire the rock from water level. It’s also an excellent option when the hiking trail is difficult to negotiate (November to April).

Excursions are really well organized in Norway, and the many boats and ferries we took were always in very good condition.

There are several cruise options, each offering a different experience. Again, don’t forget to book in advance, especially during the tourist season, as these excursions are very popular.

  • The Lysefjord Panorama Cruise & Preikestolen Discovery, departing from Stavanger, takes you silently aboard an electric boat along the tranquil waters of the fjord, offering breathtaking views of the Preikestolen and other natural wonders of the region. For 3 hours, you’ll be surrounded by impressive cliffs and breathtaking scenery. The company operating the cruise, Rødne Fjord Cruise, has an excellent reputation.
  • A sportier and slightly more expensive option is to set off from Stavanger on a semi-rigid motorboat. This adventure not only offers spectacular views, but also a dose of adrenalin. It’s a more exciting way to discover the fjord and its surroundings, with the freedom to stop at key points for photos or simply to admire the view.

We hope this article has inspired you and given you all the information you need for your exploration of the Preikestolen. Don’t hesitate to explore other wonders of Norway!

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Je m'appelle Floriane, aventurière et passionnée de voyages depuis mon plus jeune âge. J'aime plus que tout partager nos récits et astuces de voyage avec vous. Nous aimons les escapades courtes ainsi que les voyages longs. Ce blog est né après notre Tour du Monde en sac à dos. Nous avons également réalisé un tour d'Europe en famille.

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