Alesund Airport Car Rental

Alesund Airport Basics.....

Alesund Airport (AES) or also known as Vigra, is the airport for Alesund and the surrounding region. It's situated on Vigra island and has around 800,000 people pass through each year. It's the ninth ranked airport in Norway and has one designated runway with many airlines flying in and out.

Alesund is a popular seaport in Norway that has been recognized for having a large amount of very unique architecture from the Art Nouveau Era.  The city has a population of 47,000 people and it is one of the most important active fishing harbors in the country as well as the most modern in all of Europe. The region is also known as having a very big furniture industry with some well known manufacturers.  Ship building is also a very big industry mainly because of the the oil industry.
Ålesund Vigra

Car Rental and Driving Guide.....

There are 5 rental agencies represented at the airport, so you have a car to get around and make the most of your travels in Norway. The companies include Avis, Hertz, Budget, Sixt and Europcar.  All of the car rental companies can be found near the baggage claim area of the airport in the arrivals section.

To get to Alesund you will pick up your rental car and head out on Fv137 which turns into Rv658.  You want to follow this road for 6.6 km.  There will be a turn off, but you want to keep on Rv658 going towards Alesund.  Keep left at the fork.  You'll be entering the Valderay Tunnel going under the sea on your way to Alesund for the majority of the 8.4 km.

After you exit the tunnel, you want to make a right, so you can get on E136.  You'll be driving right next to the sea.  Then make a right on Harald Torsviks plass. You'll see a Specsavers Optics on the far side of the street. If you pass this store, you will have missed the street.  Then make a left at the end of the street on Keiser Wilhelms gate. There will be a lot of large buildings and you'll see a Peppi's Pizza straight ahead. This street winds around town.  At this point you are pretty much in the center of town where you can drive around and see the beautiful landscape, architecture and harbors which make this such a majestic place to visit in Norway.
Ålesund Museum

Alesund Airport Amenities.....

It's a very popular medium sized airport that continues to gain popularity. The shopping and dining within the airport is limited as compared to other airports, but it has enough to keep your stay comfortable.  There is a cafe and a kiosk, plus the duty free shops. You can find cold and hot meals, coffee, wine, beer and many personal items that you might need.  The duty free shops are always open and carry many top brand items at the great duty free prices for your convenience.

Hotels Near Alesund Airport.....

At the airport you will have the Flyplasservice right by the main terminal of the airport.  They offer modern accommodations and it is very convenient if you arrive on a late flight or early departure and you want to be as close as possible to the airport.  If this isn't the case, then you will find many great places to stay in Alesund that will make for a great stay including the following hotels below.

Scandic Ålesund - The hotel is situated right on the harbor and is only a short walk to the main part of town. All rooms have a mini bar, free Wi-Fi, hardwood floors and some have excellent views of the harbor.  You will have access to the sauna and there is always a fabulous buffet breakfast offered each morning.  The restaurant specializes in boiled salted cod, but also serves a large menu of international dishes. The bar is very nice for relaxation with a warm fireplace and great sea views.  If you have children, there is a playroom with computer games, toys and movies.  The staff also provides organized activities keep them entertained.  Also you can check out a bike for free and have access to the wonderful city in a more relaxed interactive way.

Radisson Blu Hotel - The Hotel is another popular place to stay being situated in the picturesque Skansenkaia Harbor.  The rooms have either street or ocean views.  Enjoy a suit press, mini bar, work desk and free wireless.  The restaurant is informal and serves both breakfast and lighter meals throughout the day.  Of course there is a bar with great views to settle down and enjoy the day or evening and you can even sit out on the terrace during the summer months.  It's also centrally located to many great places to shop and explore the city.

Alesund Airport Car Rental Attractions.....

Alesund has a lot to offer tourists, because of the beautiful town center and it's close location to major fjords. Other things to see and do in Alesund are the following:

  • The Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium (See Pic. Below)
  • Jugendstilsenteret – A museum with many interesting attractions.
  • The Norwegian Center of Art Nouveau Architecture
  • Norwegian Food Festival.

Honestly however, there aren't many well-populated areas to travel to when landing at the Alesund Airport.  Driving your rental car out of the airport, you will feel like you're in the middle of nowhere at times.  I will say, though, that the beauty of the area more than makes up for the lack of population.  But there are other nearby towns, besides Alesund.  For travelers not going to Alesund, we have compiled a list of various towns and the car rental driving distance it takes to get to them.  These distances are from the airport and are only estimates.  For exact driving distances, we generally recommend that you reserve a GPS when booking your rental car.  

Roald, Norway 3 km
Nordstrand, Norway 7 km
Ellingsøy, Norway 18 km
Ålesund, Norway 18 km
Spjelkavik, Norway 25 km
Atlanterhavsparken-AlseundAquarium P1080388

Types of Vehicles Available at the Alesund Airport.....

Just about all types of vehicles are available at the Alesund Airport.  SUV's, minivans and minibuses, luxury cars and economy cars are all available at the Alesund facility.  Also, many times we will offer snow tires as a free available option for your rental car driving needs in Norway.  Thanks for shopping with Eurocar Rental and we do hope that you enjoy your Alesund Airport Car Rental driving experience!
Source: Alesund Airport Homepage

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