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Stavanger, Norway, has good access to most major European hubs - Photo: Avinor/Region Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway, has good access to most major European hubs Photo: Avinor/Region Stavanger

Transport to Stavanger

Direct flights from many cities in Europe make it easy to visit Stavanger. You can travel by train, bus or express boat from other Norwegian cities.


By plane

Stavanger is only two hours from London and 90 minutes from Copenhagen. There are direct flights to and from 37 destinations in Norway and abroad from Stavanger Airport Sola. In fact the Stavanger Region has Norway's second largest airport when it comes to international flights.

There are direct flights to and from Copenhagen, London, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Billund, Gothenburg, Rome and Paris to mention a few.

The airport bus

A shuttle bus takes you to and from the airport and the town centre of Stavanger. It departs every 20 minutes and travel time is approximately half an hour. The airport bus stops at several hotels in the city centre, as well as at the main bus/train station and boat terminal. There are also car rental companies at the airport should you wish to drive.

By train

If you would prefer to take the train, the line from Oslo to Stavanger offers a spectacularly scenic eight-hour journey. For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

By ferry and express boat

The express boats (Flaggruten) have two daily departures between Stavanger and Bergen. The approximate travel time is four-and-a-half hours. Other ferry companies that operates in Stavanger are Color Line and Fjordline.

Express bus

Nor-Way Bussekpress has several daily departures from Bergen, Oslo and Kristiansand to Stavanger. The approximate travel time from Bergen is five hours, from Kristiansand fours hours and from Oslo 10 hours. There are also good connections by bus to and from Haugesund.

By car

It is also easy to reach the Stavanger Region by car. The following roads lead to the region: the North Sea Road, highway E39, the scenic Suleskarvegen and the Fjord Road.

  • Distance Oslo - Stavanger: 497 kilometres
  • Distance Bergen - Stavanger: 220 kilometres
  • Distance Kristiansand - Stavanger: 233 kilometres
Last updated:  2013-11-06

About Stavanger

Key facts about Stavanger

Stavanger is one of Norway’s larger cities with over 127,000 inhabitants. Stavanger Airport Sola is a 15-minute drive from the city centre.


Stavanger is the centre of the Norwegian oil, gas and energy industry. The city has 10,000 conference chairs and the world’s highest pulpit.



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