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Practical info Stavanger, Norway

Getting around the city

Public transport in Stavanger consists mainly of a comprehensive bus network that runs from a main terminal in the city centre. Single tickets are available but visitors planning a lot of travel may consider a day pass good value, or even the seven-day pass. Taxis are available but rates are fairly high. Additional charges of up to 45% apply at night and on weekends. Many visitors opt to hire cars as driving in Stavanger is relatively easy for experienced drivers who are familiar with Norway's traffic laws. Luckily, the city centre is fairly compact and many attractions are within walking distance.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the 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.

Emergency number

112 (Police); 113 (Ambulance); 110 (Fire).

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Public holidays


Stavanger Airport, Sola


Getting to the city

There are bus services available to and from both Stavanger and Sandnes, with tickets costing NOK 130 and NOK 105 respectively. A Kolumbus airport bus also travels to and from the airport to surrounding areas for NOK 35. Taxis also operate out of the airport.

Car rental

Car rental agencies represented at the airport include Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, and Avis.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall. The journey to central Stavanger takes roughly 20 minutes.


Facilities at the airport include a lost and found, tax refund desk, a bank and ATMs, luggage storage, an airport hotel, and conference facilities. Disabled assistance is available. There are also a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars.


P4, located in the multi-level parking garage, charges NOK 75 per hour, NOK 320 per day, NOK 990 per week, and NOK 50 per day after one week. P7 and P8 are farthest from the terminal, and charge daily rates of NOK 190 and NOK 125 respectively. Lot P8 is the cheapest for long-term parking, charging NOK 450 for the first week and NOK 30 per day thereafter.


Free wifi is available in two-hour increments.