Kristiansand is a beautiful city, especially during the summer, and it has its own airport about 15 kilometres away from the city center. The Kristiansand airport Kjevik is rather small, and mostly have domestic flights, but it might be the easiest way of getting from another city to Kristiansand if you’re in a hurry.
Since the airport is pretty far away from the city center, you will need some kind of transport to get to the city. So let’s take a closer look at both the fastest and the easiest methods of getting from Kristiansand airport to Kristiansand city center.
The quickest and easiest method of getting from Kristiansand airport Kjevik to the city center is by riding a taxi. This costs around 400 NOK. The more affordable option is to ride the public bus “Linje 35 Tveit” for 25 minutes to get to Kristiansand city. This bus only costs around 40 NOK.
Getting from Kristiansand airport by bus
The airport express (Flybussen) used to have a route that operated between Kristiansand airport and the city, but they are currently not operating the line. They claimed to have stopped due to the pandemic, but they also never opened again after restrictions were removed.
This leaves you with only the public transport, and you can ride the bus “Linje 35 Tveit” to get to Kristiansand. This is a good and cheap option, but it takes about half an hour in total, and the bus departures are not timed to fit with flights. In other words, you might have to wait a bit before the next bus arrives to pick you up.
The good part about riding the public bus is that is only costs around 40 NOK for a single ticket.
You can see the bus departures from Kjevik to Kristiansand at this link. It leaves every 30 – 60 minutes during the day, and roughly once ever 1 to 2 hours at evening and night.
You might want to check out Flybussen’s website to see if they have started to operate again. Just go there and type in “Kristiansand” to see if they have departures or not. The price for a ride on Flybussen is 120 NOK per adult, and 90 NOK for children.
Riding a taxi from Kristiansand airport to the city center
There are 3 different taxi companies that operate in the Kristiansand area, and any of these will take you from the airport to the city center. The taxis are usually waiting outside the main exit from the airport whenever a plane arrives, and if not, there’s a sign with a number to call to get one to pick you up.
You can also pre-book a taxi to have it waiting for you when you arrive by getting in touch with either Taxi Sør, Agder Taxi or Ridel before you arrive. Expect to pay around 350 – 400 NOK for the ride, and a little more if it’s in the evening or the middle of the night. Yes, it’s really that expensive to ride a 15 minute taxi ride in Norway..
Drive a personal or rental car from Kristiansand airport Kjevik
You can easily drive from the airport to Kristiansand yourself if you got a personal or rental car. There are several operators that has cars for rent from the airport, and you can either book a rental car in advance or from one of the rental agents (as long as you arrive within business hours).
Both Hertz, Avis and Sixt has outlets at Kjevik. They will typically have some cars ready to go from the airport, but you will save some money and time if you book the rental car online in advance.
To drive from Kristiansand airport Kjevik to the city, just drive along Rv41 south (it will be signs that point towards E18). When you get to E18, head in the westward/southern directions (follow signs towards Kristiansand).
Now just follow E18 for 10 minutes until you get to the city. Total drive should be around 15 minutes from leaving the airport to being in the city center.
Can you walk from Kjevik to Kristiansand?
It’s kind of possible to walk from Kristiansand airport to the city center, but I would not recommend it since it’s a very long walk along the highway. However, if you really want to walk instead of spending 40 NOK for a bus ticket, expect to spend somewhere between 3 and 4 hours for the walk.
Getting from Kjevik airport to Kristiansand Dyrepark
Kristiansand Dyrepark is the biggest zoo in Norway, and the most popular tourist attraction in the city. It’s not far from the airport, but it’s in the opposite direction on E18 compared to heading to the city center. There are plenty of signs for Kristiansand Dyrepark, so it should be very easy to get there.
To get from the airport to Kristiansand Dyrepark by public transport, you need to first get to the city center, then ride the M1 bus line to the zoo. M1 leaves from Kristiansand city center very frequently. There’s no direct way of getting from Kjevik to the zoo by public transport.
Again, taxi is an option, but it will cost around 300 – 350 NOK for the ride.