Stavanger Airport sits 11km away of its city centre in the neighbouring region of Sola. It is one of Norway’s top three airports given the magnitude of passenger and air traffic experienced by the airport. Initially inaugurated in 1937, ownership over the regulation of Stavanger Airport once even fell into the hands of the Germans during the Second World War, though it has since been returned to the Norwegians. Today, the airport functions from a main passenger terminal, but also manages an exclusive terminal for incoming and outgoing helicopter charters. The main terminal is segregated into domestic and international operations so as to facilitate easier management. Passengers on layovers at Stavanger Airport will never harbor a moment of boredom given the endless array of amenities offered. These include the likes of dining choices from fast food chains to dine-in restaurants, retail options from basic convenience stores to Duty Free shopping, conference and meeting rooms, Rica Airport Hotel for tired passengers, lost and found services, banking facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi for up to two hours. Covering domestic, regional, and international destinations, some cities that Stavanger Airport connects with includes Oslo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and London.
How to get around within
With ample transportation choices, passengers landing at Stavanger Airport can get easy access into the heart of the city. One option is to take the airport shuttle. Departing regularly three times every hour on normal days, the airport shuttle will get you into the heart of Stavanger in just under half an hour. Another service that offers the same route is Bus line 9, which provides a more affordable but also slower option. However with this selection, passengers must take note that only a single piece of baggage is allowed on board; and return trips to the airport are pretty confusing as not all services will end up at the airport proper. Within Stavanger, buses are the mainstay of commutation as it provides an inexpensive mode of exploration enhanced by its extensive coverage of the city grounds.
Alternatively, passengers preferring a private and convenient mode of connection into the city centre can always hop into a cab from Stavanger Airport. Just a 20 minutes’ drive from the airport, passengers are granted a comfortable trip downtown. In Stavanger itself, taxis are usually found in abundance unless it’s the weekend. Stavanger taxis are generally expensive due to the high meter rates and additional surcharges at different times of the day, so unless it is absolutely necessary, try to avoid taking a taxi.
What to see & do
A charming little Norwegian city that dates all the way back to 1125, Stavanger is most known for being the oil capital of its country. Situated right next to the South West coast, tourists flocking into Stavanger not only fly in through its airport, but also sail in through its port. Passengers on a long transit should definitely make plans to explore the city for it has so much to offer. Beautiful houses are aplenty here, as Stavanger continues to embrace historical residential areas made up of mostly detached houses each with their own characteristics. Within the city, top attractions include the Stavanger Petroleum Museum, where visitors are granted an all-encompassing lesson on the city’s top produce; as well as the well preserved Stavanger Cathedral which still looks just as majestic as it would back in its prime days. Closer to the airport, visitors will be able to find the Flyhistorisk Museum. Spend an intimate time here with the actual aviation displays and get to know all about the city’s flying history. Do note that the museum is not opened everyday so check in advance should you plan to pay the Flyhistorisk Museum a visit.
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