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How to get to Arendal

If you want to come to Arendal from abroad you can either fly to Kjevik Airport Kristiansand, Torp Airport Sandefjord or Gardermoen Airport Oslo. There is also the possiblity to take a ferry from Denmark.

At arrival in Norway you can take a bus or drive your own car along the E18. Even the train, Sørlandsbanen, brings you to the Arendal region from either Oslo or Kristiansand.

Merdø, Arendal
Merdø, Arendal.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visitsorlandet
Ride your bike in Arendal
Ride your bike almost anywhere in Southern Norway.
Photo: Ann-Kristin R. Jørgensen
Boat in front of Lille Torungen lighthouse
Torungen, Arendal.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Sørlandet and Color Line at Kristiansand
Color Line, Southern Norway.
Photo: Christina F. Sæthre

Distances and estimated driving times by car (bus can take longer)

From                   Distance to Arendal, km Time
Grimstad 20 21 min.
Tvedestrand 26 25 min.
Vegårshei 40 40 min.
Lillesand 40 40 min.
Lyngør 44 45 min.
Risør 49 46 min.
Åmli 62 60 min.
Kristiansand 66 50 min.
Kragerø 76 1 hour 10 min.
Oslo 225 3 hours 40 min.
Langesund 100 1 hour 30 min.
Larvik 129 1 hour 50 min.
Torp Airport Sandefjord 148 2 hours


By plane

Kristiansand Airport Kjevik
Kristiansand Airport Kjevik lies 66 kilometres from Arendal. The Airport Coach takes you to/from the airport and Arendal. From Arendal there are buses to Tvedestrand, Risør, Åmli and Vegårshei.

Sandefjord Airport Torp 
Take a taxi from Torp Airport Sandefjord to the bus stop Fokserød by the E18, where there are a bus connections with either Lavprisekspressen or Vy express to Arendal.

Arendal is located about 150 kilometres from Sandefjord Airport Torp. Risør and Tvedestrand are located by the coast, and have bus connections from the E18 and down to the coast.

By ferry

The coastal ferry route 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 ferry departures from Denmark to Langesund and Larvik, which are situated 100 and 129 kilometers east of Arendal.

By train

Vy offers several train departures between Oslo / Arendal / Kristiansand every day. 

By bus

Vy express (Kristiansand and Oslo)
There are departures to and from Oslo/Kristiansand many times a day with VY190. The bus stops by the E18, and there are bus connections from this main road down to Risør, Tvedestrand and Arendal town centres. Tickets can be bought on the bus or at Vy/

Agder Kollektivtrafikk
For bus transport in the county of Agder (Sørlandet), check

NOR-WAY Bussekspress
Nor-Way Bussekspress operates busses with departures between Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger. 

There are several departures to and from Oslo/Kristiansand each day. Arendal is about 260 kms west The bus stops by E18, and you can take a taxi down to Risør, Tvedestrand and Arendal town centres.

Tickets can be bought on the bus or online. For information about Konkurrenten in English, please send an email to

By car

Arendal is reachable from the road E18. From Oslo you drive southwest towards Kristiansand. From Kristiansand you drive east. Check the distances in the table above.

There are exits from E18 to most towns and villages -Arendal, Risør and Tvedestrand. To drive to Åmli, exit at Fianesvingen (20 kilometres east of Arendal) and follow rv. 415 to Åmli. To drive to Vegårshei, exit E18 at Fianesvingen, and follow rv. 415 and then rv. 414 to Vegårshei.

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