Travel to Stavanger

Flying to Stavanger

Flights to Stavanger from the UK include a range of carriers, including Widerøe, Eastern Airline, SAS and Norwegian. For cheap flights to Stavanger, travel during the winter between November to March. Norway has cold winters and Stavanger’s latitude means that daylight hours are at a premium in the winter months.

Flight times

From London – 2 hours.

Travel by road


When driving in Stavangar, the rules of the road are strict: you drive on the right, with dipped headlights required at all times; seat belts are compulsory for drivers and all passengers. There’s a speed limit of 30kph (18mph) in residential areas and up to100kph (62mph) on motorways. Chains and/or winter tyres are required in winter and many roads, including major roads, are closed before, during and after snow falls.

All EU/EEA driving licences are honoured in Norway, but other nationals will need – or are recommended to have – an International Driver’s Licence. For foreigners, no form of provisional licence is accepted. If you’re bringing your own car, you must have vehicle registration papers, adequate insurance, a first-aid kit, a warning triangle and a green card (available from your insurers or motoring organization). The minimum driving age is 17.

Emergency breakdown service:

NAF (tel: 08505 or 8100 0505); Falck (tel: 02222).


There are several possible driving routes from Oslo to Stavanger, but the most scenic begins with Hwy 40 and the E134. The latter runs through the dales and over the mountains before heading to the west coast, where you turn south to Stavanger along beautiful Highway 13 (‘Fjordvegen' - Fjord Road).

The fastest route is along the E18 to Kristiansand and then the E39. From Bergen and Haugesund, it’s easiest to take the coastal E39 south to Stavanger although the journey involves one ferry crossing.

Driving times:

From Oslo - 10 hours; Kristiansand – 4 hours; Bergen – 5/6 hours.


Norway’s principal bus company, Nor-Way Bussekspress (tel: 815 44 444;, operates the Kystbussen coastal bus between Bergen, Haugesund and Stavanger. It also offers the Sørlandsekspressen (Southern Express bus) between Stavanger, Flekkefjord and Kristiansand, from where there are connections to and from Oslo.

Travel by rail


Stavanger is the last rail station on the Sørlandsbanen (Southern Rail Line), which threads its way across southern Norway, linking the country’s two other main towns, Oslo and Kristiansand.

Stavanger Railway Station is located in the heart of the city centre. There are between four and five services daily in each direction, and the trains are efficient and well-kept. There is no train connection from Stavanger northwards.


NSB (Norwegian Railways) tel: 8150 0888; operates all trains to and from Stavanger.

Journey times:

From Oslo - 8 hours; Kristiansand - 3 hours.

Travel over water


International ferries from Hirtshals in Denmark dock at the international ferry port on the west side of Stavanger’s main harbour.

Local ferries and Hurtigbåt (passenger express boats) mostly use the Fiskepiren terminal on the east side of the city centre. Both terminals are a brief and easy stroll from the main square, Torget.

Ferry services:

Stavanger’s only international ferry service, from Hirtshals in Denmark to Stavanger and Bergen, is run by Fjordline (tel: 51 46 40 99;