If you want to arrive quickly by car, the best option is to follow the E18 from Oslo, or E39 from Stavanger. You may also choose to follow the scenic old coastal roads if you have more time.
The table shows distances between destinations, whether you are coming from Oslo or Stavanger. You can see that it is not far between cities or towns in Southern Norway: from Flekkefjord to Risør is just a little over 200 kilometres.
|From Oslo to:||Distance:||From Stavanger to:||Distance:|
|Risør||234 km||Risør||363 km|
|Tvedestrand||238 km||Tvedestrand||340 km|
|Arendal||259 km||Arendal||319 km|
|Grimstad||276 km||Grimstad||300 km|
|Kristiansand||325 km||Kristiansand||250 km|
|Mandal||367 km||Mandal||208 km|
|Lyngdal||399 km||Lyngdal||179 km|
|Farsund||415 km||Farsund||190 km|
|Flekkefjord||446 km||Flekkefjord||128 km|
|Sirdal||372 km||Sirdal||122 km|
|Bortelid||368 km||Bortelid||228 km|
|Hovden||286 km||Hovden||225 km|
The coastal ferry routes to Southern Norway starts at Hirtshals in Denmark and ends in Kristiansand. The Color Line "Superspeed" ferry only takes three hours and 30 minutes. This route has two departures daily. In summer the Fjord Line ferry "Master Cat" takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are also several departures from Denmark to Langesund and Larvik.
Kristiansand Airport Kjevik is located 10 kilometers from Kristiansand city centre. You can arrive at Kjevik Airport by plane from major Norway cities. SAS, Widerøe and Norwegian have arrivals from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. There are direct international arrivals from Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Gdansk. You will find four car rental firms based at Kristiansand Airport Kjevik.
There is also a train following the coast, with many arrivals and numerous train stations to stop at along the way. For booking and timetables, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).
There are also numerous daily buses departing from Stavanger and Oslo heading for Sørlandet. The bus routes follow the coastline, where coastal towns are natural places to stop. There are also express buses heading towards Setesdal.
Local buses between towns make it possible to use public transportation throughout your holiday in Southern Norway. Local bus information is available on akt.no.