Sørlandet is easy to reach, located at the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland. You can travel to the area by car, bus, plane, train or ferry.
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 below 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 Sørlandet: from Flekkefjord to Risør is just a little over 200 kilometres.
Sørlandet has its own airport, Kristiansand Airport Kjevik, located about 10 kilometres from Kristiansand. You can arrive at Kjevik 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 and Amsterdam. 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).
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 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 Setesdalen.
Local buses between towns make it possible to use public transportation throughout your holiday in Southern Norway. Local bus information is available on tel 177 - when in Sørlandet.
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