Planning a Trip
By Plane -- Kristiansand Airport lies at Kjevik, 16km (10 miles) east of the city center. SAS Scandinavian Airlines Norge (tel. 05400; calls from within Norway only) flies from Oslo to Kristiansand. An airport bus runs between Kjevik and the heart of Kristiansand.
By Train -- Anywhere from three to six trains link Oslo and Kristiansand daily, taking 4 1/2 hours, with a one-way ticket costing NOK601 ($120/£60). Call tel. 81-50-08-88 for more information or visit www.nsb.no.
By Bus -- Nor-Way Buss Ekspress buses (tel. 81-54-44-44; www.nor-way.no) travel down from Oslo in 5 1/2 hours, with a one-way ticket costing NOK320 ($64/£32). Buses run two to four times daily.
By Ferry -- International ferries link Kristiansand to Hirtshals in the northern reaches of Denmark's Jutland peninsula. Ferries run three to four times daily, depending on the time of year, with the sea voyage taking 4 hours. Color Line (tel. 22-94-44-00; www.colorline.com) operates these ferries. This is the shortest ferry link between Norway and Denmark. Depending on the time of year, fares can range from NOK350 to NOK650 ($70-$130/£35-£65). The highest fares are charged on weekends from mid-June to mid-August.
By Car -- From our last stopover at Arendal, the E18 continues southwest in Kristiansand.
For help, go to Destinasjon Sørlandet, Rådhusgata 6 (tel. 38-12-13-14; www.sorlandet.com), which also distributes bus, train, and ferry schedules. Open June 18 to August 12 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday noon to 6pm. Otherwise, hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Municipal buses go through the center taking you from point to point at a ticket cost of NOK15 ($3/£1.50) per ride. Contact the tourist office for information.