If you wish to save on the popular Norway in a Nutshell tour in Norway, taking an ala cart booking is an option you can do. This means instead of outright booking the tour composed of several legs, you book it by individual segments. Doing so not only saves you extra dollars, it also makes your trip more flexible since you can decide how long you can stay in one place and do extra adventure like hiking, biking, picnic, etc.
However, be prepared to take extra time to research on each location to make reasonable judgments.
As you may have known, Norway in a Nutshell is a tour comprising of train, ferry and bus rides using the route (or vice versa)
Oslo – Myrdal – Flam – Gudvangen – Voss – Bergen
From Oslo (or Bergen, depending on where you begin your journey), you take the train to Myrdal. You then transfer to a scenic train ride to Flam, where you catch a ferry ride to view the majestic fjords. A bus will then transport you for a little over an hour to Voss, to conclude the 371-kilometer Bergen line towards its eponymous destination.
For someone who will book the custom Norway in a Nutshell, the only leg that you cannot book online is the bus ride from Gudvangen to Voss. It’s understandble for first timers to feel a bit anxious: is there a bus that will pick me up and arrive in Voss in time for the connecting ride to Bergen? If there is a bus, do I have enough time to catch my scheduled train ride?
Thankfully, Norwegian transport authorities have anticipated this and Norway in a Nutshell as a popular tourism draw is gets its due support. So after your fjord tour concludes in Gudvangen, buses are on standby waiting next to the harbor ready to take you to Voss via highway E16.
Ticket holders of Norway in a Nutshell package are often led to a separate bus while those who have no prior tickets are asked to wait for a separate bus. Just ask tour assistants / bus drivers and they will point you to the right bus towards Voss.
- Adult – NOK 112 (please check if fares have increased)
- Students, Children, Military, Senior Citizens – discounts
Cash payment directly to the driver is preferred although credit card payment is also accepted by other staff.
Duration between Gudvangen to Voss is around 55 minutes to an hour. From Monday to Friday, this bus departs from Gudvangen at 6:20am, 7:15am, 9:45am, 11:40am, 12:00nn, 1:20pm, 1:25pm. 2:50pm, 3:19pm, 3:40pm, 4:35pm, 5:25pm, 6:05pm, and 7:07pm. For Saturdays, there are fewer trips and departure starts at 9:45am and last departure is at 6:05pm. For Sundays, departures start at 9:45am and last departure at 7:54pm.
Buses may take brief stops at intermediate stations in Stalheim, Oppheim and Skulestadmo.
For more details on Gudvangen to Voss bus schedule, please refer to below:
1. Try as much as possible to be the first in line so you’ll take the best seats to view the spectacular downhill ride where roads can get steeps of 1:18. You’ll also view a few waterfalls along the way. As safety precaution, front-seat passengers should buckle up and wear seat belts provided.
2. Travel during summer is best to experience this ride. The roads are well-paved and offer scenic sights of the valley, steep hills and rivers. Travel time from Gudvangen to Voss is less than an hour and a half.
3. Both Gudvangen and Voss don’t have plenty of choices for food so bringing take outs from Flam is a good practice to do. But certainly you can buy something to eat in both Gudvangen and Voss especially during summer.
4. If you happen to have spare time in Voss, take time to enjoy the views of Lake Vangsvatnet which is just a 5-minute walk from the railway station.