Trips

Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) bus from Tau

Stand on top of the legendary Pulpit Rock. It all starts with a bus ticket.
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Two girls lying on a cliff above Preikestolen looking down at a large crowd of people that are walking on the rock itself. In the background you see Lysefjorden and the surrounding rock landscape.

Overview

Explore Pulpit Rock at your leisure
  • Season
    29. March - 30. Sept.
  • Departure point
    Tau
  • Duration
    0.5 h

Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most popular hiking routes. This rock formation will have you standing on a breathtaking mountain plateau that sits 604 metres above Lysefjord. Hiking to Pulpit Rock is an experience like no other, and it starts with a bus ticket. 

Our one-way bus ticket runs from the village of Tau to Preikestolhytta, the starting point of your hiking trip. Once we’ve got you from A to B, you’re free to explore Pulpit Rock and the surrounding area of Ryfylke. It’s such an amazing place, visitors become enchanted by the stunning scenery and choose to spend a few days in the area. Who can blame them! That’s why we offer one-way bus tickets from Preikestolhytta to Tau, so you can make the return journey when you’ve finished making memories. You’re free to explore at your own pace! 

Our bus transfer from Tau to Preikestolhytta will drop you at Preikestolen car park. If you’re staying in Stavanger, you can catch the ferry from Stavanger to Tau. Once you arrive at the car park,  it’s an unguided climb to the top of Pulpit Rock.

Tau to Pulpit Rock Itinerary

Bus transfer from Tau to Pulpit Rock 

There are various departures from Tau to Pulpit Rock.  Which is good because we’ll have one to suit your plans! The transfer takes around 30 minutes. Here are the departure times of the first and last bus to Pulpit Rock. 

08:20- First bus departs from Tau (Everyday except Saturday) 

09:05- First bus departs from Tau (Saturday only) 

18.05- Last bus departs from Tau (Everyday except Sunday) 

16:25- Last bus departs from Tau (Sunday only)

Bus transfer from Pulpit Rock to Tau

Finished exploring? Then hop back on the bus to Tau.

08:55- First bus departs from Preikestolhytta (Everyday except Saturday)

09:40- First bus departs from Preikestolhytta (Saturday only)

18:35- Last bus departs from Preikestolhytta (Monday to Friday) 

18:45- Last bus departs from Preikestolhytta (Saturday only)

18:00- Last bus departs from Preikestolhytta (Sunday only)

Hiking to Pulpit Rock

Distance: 4 miles (6 KM)

Difficulty: Moderate 

Time: 3-4 hours

It’s an unguided walk to the top of Preikestolen but we want to give you a little more information. That way, you’ll know what to expect. It’s a good hike that’s very well signposted, so you shouldn’t get lost but the terrain is a little bit tricky in places. The paths can be narrow and there are some steep sections that you’ll need to take your time with. Don’t worry though, the ascent to the top is well worth the effort. It’s a travel experience that’s out of this world! 

Prices and departures

Prices

From Tau


From Preikestolhytta



Quoted prices apply to online bookings. An additional charge may apply on trips where purchasing on site is available.

Departures

From Tau


You can choose to travel in either direction, from Tau to Preikestolhytta or from Preikestolhytta to Tau. 

You receive an open ticket and can choose the departure which best suits you. 

Please see timetable.

From Preikestolhytta


You can choose to travel in either direction, from Tau to Preikestolhytta or from Preikestolhytta to Tau. 

You receive an open ticket and can choose the departure which best suits you. 

Please see timetable.


Map

Highlights

Sights on the trip

  • Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

    Visit the most famous mountain plateau in Norway. Towering over Lysefjord, this spectacular hiking route meanders past small lakes, glaciers and Norwegian nature at its finest. The moderate climb offers photo opportunities that will take your breath away. There’s also that indescribable feeling you get when you peer over the edge. 

    A view of Preikestolen from the side. You see the rock formation towering over the Lysefjord. In the fjord a boat is making a circular turn. On top of the rock many people are busy taking pictures and looking at the view.
  • Lysefjord

     Located in the Ryfylke area of southwestern Norway, Lysefjord is a 42km fjord with a magnificent landscape. Shaped by glaciers and distinctive mountain ranges, lightly coloured granite rock towers nearly 3000 ft above sea level. Fairly straight and distinctly narrow in its appearance,  Lysefjord is different compared to other fjords in the area. Many visitors say that it’s their favourite of all the fjords. There’s certainly something mystical about Lysefjord.  

    A girl with blond hair, pink head band and a blue hiking jacket having eye contact with her golden colored dog at Preikestolen. Between the two you see the Lysefjord and the rock landscape that surrounds the area.
  • Ryfylkeheiane

    Preikestolen lies in the southernmost part of the Ryfylkeheiane mountains. The area consists of high mountain plateaus with steep drops down to the fjords, along with peaks, hills, lakes and bogs. There is a well-developed network of paths here, along with many tourist cabins. The area is also important for the production of electricity. 

    Hikers are walking in the rocky forrest terrain towards Preikestolen. In the foreground is a tree and a water that reflects the hiking terrain.

Practical information

Top Tips and Advice

Facilities at Tau

  • Cashpoint (Coop)
  • Supermarket

Facilities at Preikestolhytta

Preikestolen Mountain Lodge is conveniently situated at the start of the hike up to Pulpit Rock. It provides key facilities to hikers at the beginning and end of their adventures. It also offers lots of activities onsite such as fishing, hunting and kayaking. If you’re staying in the area for a few days you might want to try some of the activities on offer here. The facilities on site include:

  • Toilets 
  • Restaurant 
  • Gift shop 
  • Grocery shop
  • Additional shops, restaurant and cafes in Jørpeland

Please note that there are no toilet facilities during the hike to Pulpit Rock. 

What to wear

No matter what time of year you go hiking in Norway you need to be well prepared. It goes without saying that you must dress appropriately on your hiking trip to Pulpit Rock. Here are the basic essentials:

  • Hiking shoes (the rocky terrain can be slippery)
  • Lightweight jacket and trousers that are waterproof and windproof
  • Additional layers (fleece, socks etc.) 
  • Hat, scarf & gloves (weather dependent)
  • Backpack to carry your food and drink

Check the weather before you set off as you this will determine what else you might like to bring along. For example, if you’re lucky enough to be walking on a sunny day make sure you pack that sunscreen! 

Remember, bad weather conditions add risk to your hike. If you find that the weather turns against you during your walk, consider turning back.  

Where to eat

While Preikestolen Mountain Lodge has a lovely restaurant and cafe for you to enjoy pre and post-hike, it’s important that you bring your own food and drink for the walk. The hike takes roughly 4-6 but that’s dependent on a whole host of things such as fitness level and weather conditions. So, it’s up to you make sure you are well fed and watered during this time.   

Additional Information

If you’re staying in Stavanger there is a ferry transfer that will take you straight to Tau and back again when you’re ready! However, you’ll need to book this separately.

Last but not least, make sure that camera of yours is fully charged and ready to go! You’re about to see something that is truly amazing and you need to capture the moment.

This tour is operated by Tide. If you have any questions, please contact Tide's customer service desk at [email protected] or phone +4755238700. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.