How To Get From Stavanger Airport Sola To The City Center

Stavanger airport Sola is the biggest airport in the region, and serves millions of visitors yearly. This busy airport is located about 15 kilometres away from the main city center of Stavanger, so you will need to find a method of transportation to get from Stavanger airport Sola to the city.

Let’s take a closer look at what your options are when it comes to getting from the airport to Stavanger city center.

The most common method of getting from Stavanger airport to Stavanger city center is to ride Flybussen (the airport express). This leaves from the airport every 20 minutes, and cost 149 NOK for a single adult. Other options are to ride a taxi (around 350 NOK), or a local bus line (40 NOK, but takes much longer).

Stavanger airport Sola
Stavanger airport Sola. Photo by Jarle Vines / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Getting to Stavanger by using the Flybussen (airport express)

The fastest and often easiest method of getting between Stavanger airport Sola and Stavanger city center is to ride the airport express, called Flybussen in Norwegian. This is a shuttle bus that operates between the airport and city center, and it’s very fast and easy to use.

The airport express leaves from just outside the main exit from Sola airport every 20 minutes during the daytime, and a bit more infrequent during the night. It’s by far the most convenient method of getting to the city center.

It’s easy to get to the right place. Just board the bus, then ride it for 20 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) until you are in the middle of Stavanger. You can either book tickets online in advance, or buy them when you board the bus.

The price is around 150 NOK for adults, and 115 NOK for children or students. The airport express stops at quite a few different places, and it takes you directly to the most common areas and hotels in Stavanger.

Flybussen in Bergen
Flybussen / the airport express. PS. the photo is from Bergen, but it looks very much the same in Stavanger. Photo: JoachimKohlerBremen / CC BY-SA 4.0.

There used to be a public bus line that could take you from Stavanger airport Sola to the city center, but this has since changed. This means that Flybussen is the only bus line that takes you between the two destinations.

However, if you’re going to Sandnes, you can ride bus route 42 from the airport to Sandnes. You could also change buses there to get to Stavanger, but that is probably going to take quite a while in total. The positive side to using this longer route is that it’s a bit cheaper, and expect to pay around 40 NOK for a single ticket for an adult.

Ride a taxi to Stavanger

It’s possible to ride the 15 kilometres ride between Stavanger airport and the city center by using a taxi if you want to, and there are usually a few taxis waiting outside the main exit from the airport.

It’s worth noting that taxis in Norway are considered very expensive. Expect to pay between 350 and 450 NOK during the day, and 500 – 650 NOK during the night for getting between Stavanger and Stavanger airport Sola. While this might seem a bit expensive, you will actually save some money if you are 3 adults travelling together compared to buying single tickets to the airport express.

The taxis use about 15 – 20 minutes to get to the city, again depending on traffic.

Even though taxis are often a bit more expensive, it might be a good option if you want to get directly to a certain address or hotel that is a bit away from the main bus stops that Flybussen uses.

Car rentals at Stavanger airport Sola

Stavanger airport Sola is pretty big, and as you can expect, there are plenty of car rental agencies there. Some of the agencies that operates there are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.

You can either book a rental car in advance from any of these agencies, or rent one directly from their agency in the arrival hall on the airport premise. This requires you to arrive during regular business hours, and can take a little while, so I advise you to book in advance if you are able to.

Driving to Stavanger is pretty easy, and takes around 15 to 20 minutes. Start by going north-east on Rv509, then change to E39 (north) when you get to. Just follow this road until you get to Stavanger, and you’re all done.

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