Getting to Southern Norway and around
Southern Norway (Sørlandet) is easy to reach, located at the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland. Kristiansand is the communications centre in Southern Norway. It has extensive train, bus, ferry and plane links with the rest of Norway and abroad.
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, London and Gdansk. You will find four car rental firms based at Kristiansand Airport Kjevik.
To and from Kristiansand Airport Kjevik
Between Kristiansand and Kjevik the airport bus service consists of the regular bus service on line 35. The bus stop is just outside of the terminal. You will also find bussed to Lillesand, Grimstad, Arendal. Two taxi companies operates at Kristiansand airport, Kjevik. See more information about bus and taxi to and from Kristiansand Kjevik Airport.
The other two big airports in Southern Norway are Torp outside Sandefjord and Stavanger Airport Sola. Both have an extensive schedule of flights from several destinations in Europe. The biggest car rental companies also have offices at both airports.
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.
If you want to arrive to Southern Norway 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.
Take the train following the coast, with numerous train stations to stop at along the way. For booking and timetables, please contact the the railway company.
There are daily buses departing from Stavanger and Oslo heading for Southern Norway. 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 is available on akt.no and make it possible to use public transportation throughout your holiday.
|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|