Kristiansand is fairly flat and compact, and many visitors choose to navigate the downtown area by foot. City buses operate throughout the city, with lines going east, west, and north throughout the day (although they are less frequent in the evenings and on weekends). There is a night bus service on Fridays and Saturdays. Taxis are available but rather expensive. If travelling frequently into the suburbs and out of town, hiring a car is the best option.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.
The official currency is the Norwegian Krone (NOK), divided into 100 ore. Larger establishments accept major credit cards. Use of credit cards is widespread, with Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club being the most common. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and major post offices, as well as many hotels and travel agents, although for poorer rates. ATMs are available in all towns and cities.
The international access code for Norway is +47. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.
112 (Police); 113 (Ambulance); 110 (Fire).
Local buses are available to central Kristiansand. The airport express, Agder Flyekspress, also offers a shuttle to Arendal and Grimstad.
Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt have car hire facilities at Kristiansand Airport.
Agder Taxis and Taxi Sør offer fixed-price rides to and from the airport.
The airport features shops, several bars and restaurants, a conference centre, bank, lost and found, a duty free shop, disabled services, and a tax refund desk.
Short-term parking (P1) is located in front of the terminal and costs NOK 40 per hour. P2 offers rates of NOK 60 per hour and NOK 250 per day, and is within walking distance of the terminal. P3 has hourly rates of NOK 40, daily rates of NOK 210, and weekly rates of NOK 630. The cheapest long-term parking is located in P5, and costs NOK 410 for a week with days in addition to full weeks at NOK 60 per day.
Kristiansand provides free wifi for two hour sessions, on the AIRPORT network.