Stavanger is the fourth largest city and the third largest metropolitan area in Norway through conurbation with neighbouring Sandnes.
Stavanger’s core is to a large degree 18th– and 19th-century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city’s cultural heritage by its 145 000 inhabitants. This has caused the town center and inner city to retain in a small-town character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses.
A walk through the city, and especially through the old town, will give you a unique insight into the rich history of Stavanger.
How to get to Stavanger?
Stavanger Lufthavn (SVG) is one of Norway’s largest international airports with more than 60 departures to destinations in and outside of Norway each day. The airport is located just 30 minutes away from the city centre and is easily accessible by the airport shuttle bus service, Flybussen.
Go Ahead Nordic has two trains running from Oslo Central Station to Stavanger Station every day. The day journey is 8 hours long, while the overnight journey has a duration of 9 hours. The station in Stavanger located in the city centre.
NOR-WAY Bus has several departures each day from Bergen, Kristiansand and Oslo to Stavanger bus station. The journey time is approximately 5 hours from Bergen, 4 hours from Kristiansand and 10 hours from Oslo.
Fjordline and Color Line have running direct ferry routes from Denmark to Norway. Fjordlines route is from Hirtshals to Stavanger, while Color Line travels from Hirtshals to Kristiansand, four hours away from Stavanger. The ferry ride to Stavanger takes 11 hours and the ride to Kristiansand takes 3 hours.
The European highway route E39 passes through Stavanger, making it easy to arrive by car. The journey from Oslo city centre takes 7,5 hours. Norwegian roads have tolls that is applicable to all cars, rental cars included. There are plenty of parking spaces in Stavanger.