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    The Norwegian city of Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway. The city is located in southwest Norway and was officially founded in 1125. Stavanger’s old town is primarily made up of 18th century wooden houses, which are protected under the city’s cultural heritage banner. The city’s population boomed due to the local oil industry, with the city being known as the Oil Capital of Norway.

    Being a central hub for oil within Norway, has attracted numerous international companies who have set up offices and installations. Stavanger hosts the annual Offshore Northern Seas exhibition which attractions people from all over the globe. Getting around the city with a car hire from Stavanger is the best option, especially during this event. Auto Europe can provide great deals from a large selection of vehicles. Being in the industry for over 60 years, we have partnered with local and international car hire suppliers to provide you with exceptional deals. Check out our customers' car hire reviews in Stavanger.

    How is the traffic in Stavanger?

    Stavanger can become congested during rush hour and holiday periods. It is therefore recommended to use public transport during these periods. Central city roads tend to be more jammed, especially along the harbour and old town. Certain junctions outside key places can become heavily congested, for example local roads around the airport. In general though motorways flow well and are perfect for when you rent a car in Stavanger.

    It is also important to note that during the winter months snowfall can have a major impact on local traffic levels and driving conditions. Some mountainous roads may even be closed during this period due to risk of avalanches. Driving style in general is easy and many drivers are disciplined.

    Where can I park my car hire in Stavanger?

    It is advised to set off early if you are looking for parking in the city centre. Parking is available but as Stavanger is formed of many compact roads, it can become busy. On street parking is very difficult to find, and in many places you are limited to just parking for a maximum of 15 minutes. Also look out for street signs before parking your car hire from Stavanger as these signs will inform you of any restrictions. Read our additional general rules and regulations for more information

    Traffic wardens are common, and authorities have been known to chase up fines, even if you are a tourist. Away from the city centre isn’t much better. On street parking is normally for residents only. There are parking garages available throughout the city and some streets allow for free parking once the shops are closed.

    Stavanger Airport

    Stavanger Airport is located in the county of Rogaland, Norway, and serves the city of Stavanger. The airport itself is in the Sola municipality, 7 miles southwest of Stavanger. Being the third largest Norwegian airport, it is serves the Norwegian Royal Air Force, a helicopter corps – for transporting workers to nearby offshore oil rigs – and handles civilian airlines.

    Stavanger Airport (SVG)
    Address: Avinor, Stavanger Lufthaven, Sola, Postboks 150, 2061 Gardermoen, Norway
    Phone: +47 67 03 10 00

    What to do in Stavanger

    Stavanger city and its adjoining landscape is awash of things to see and do. From hiking in the rocky hills, to spending a day by the city’s harbour, you’re sure to find the perfect get away. The city is an architectural gem within itself, with vibrant restaurants and bars. For nature lovers, the local area does not disappoint. With up to five lakes to explore and plenty of coastline to wander along, the clean fresh air will most definitely clear your mind.

    • Valbergtarnet: This old tower looks over the city and is a great viewpoint across Stavanger harbour and the old town. An architectural gem in its own right, this tower was built in 1850 and used as a watch tower for city guards and fire spotters. At the tower you will also find some historical fire fighting equipment and a café to unwind in before continuing on your journey.

    • Stavanger Museum: Located in the centre of town, Stavanger Museum is the perfect place to learn a little about this Norwegian city. With numerous displays, this museum encourages you to discover the every day life of a city dweller. An exploratory journey of local wildlife is also provided. You will find a snowy owl, a stuffed bear and plenty of information on the local bird life. There is an area dedicated to Norwegian explorers and a café should you get hungry.

    • Old Stavanger: A guided tour of the old town is a must. With an informative tour guide you will wind your way through some picturesque alleys and discover the deep history behind this wonderful city. The centre of town is primarily wooden in construction, with buildings dating back to the 18th and early 19th century. You’ll discover some great restaurants, and bars along the harbour.

    • Norwegian Petroleum Museum: Being the oil capital of Norway, it is only fitting that you take some time and visit the Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. The exhibits focus on how oil is discovered and exploited. With plenty of models, interactive exhibits and film, you’ll easily submerge yourself in the off-shore oil industry and learn all about the impact this sector has on the local community.

    • Kjerag: If you’re looking to escape the city and lose yourself in the local landscape, then consider spending a day in Kjerag. As a hiking adventure you can’t get any better – walk through mountainous regions, across huge boulders and rocky surfaces. The hike is around 13 kms and takes around 8 hours to complete. The walk can be challenging at times, so we would advise you be in good health before commencing.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Stavanger

    Due to Stavanger’s western location on the Norwegian coast, the best day trips available are by boat. With plenty of caves, lagoons and islands to explore, you can easily spend the whole day. If you have a car rental from Stavanger, then in just under 5 hours you can be in the city if Bergen. Alternatively, heading eastwards and in just 7 hours you’ll reach Norway’s capital city Oslo. This journey will also take you along coastal roads. In just under 8 hours you will reach Sweden – another great Scandinavian country to explore.

    Beach Day Trip

    Heading to the beach in Norway isn’t on everyone’s list of things to do, but if you do decide to venture to the shoreline, you’ll find some beautiful sandy beaches to unwind in. Bore beach is 3 km long and ideal for surfing due to its great waves. Hellesto beach is also a great spot for surfers, but also for divers due to its lagoon. Other beaches of note include the Godalen Badeplass, Revtangen Beach and Sande Beach.

    Stavanger Shore Excursion

    Lasting around 3 hours, the Stavanger Shore Excursion is the perfect day trip to explore the wild side of the region. From majestic waterfalls and eerie caves to great scenery, you’ll find something for all nature lovers. The tour is conducted by boat, which takes you to Lysefjord to view the famous Pulpil Rock. Find out about the legend of Vagabond’s Cave and drink some fresh water in the Hengjane falls.

    Island Hopping by boat

    For an excellent day out consider some island hopping. The Norwegian western coastline is awash with fjords, caves and small islands. The tour starts in Stavanger, where you’ll board a traditional 1940s Norwegian fishing trawler and set sail to numerous local islands. On board you’ll get a chance to meet the crew and visit the trawlers engine room. Food and drink is included in the price, bur wrap up warm especially during the winter months.

    Geographic Information & History

    Much of the city is situated less than 66 feet above sea level, with its highest point being 456 feet. The city has sprung up on both sides of the hollow, with the shoreline providing rich fertile land. Locally you’ll also find five lakes and three fjords – all of which strengthen Stavanger’s connection to the sea. The sea borders the city to the west, to the east is a flat area of marshland and sand, whilst Ogna River is located just South. The local landscape is made up mostly of rocks and hills. Climate wise, the city is mainly wet with temperatures over 10ºc. During winter, temperatures can drop below zero.

    Traces of settlements can be found as far back as the Ice Age, although it is widely believed that Stavanger emerged in the 9th century, later becoming an important market town in 1100. The town was mainly a church administered region until protestant reformation, which saw its decline in influence. In 1838 Stavanger formed a municipality and from here on end slowly merged all the adjacent area until 1953. In 1969 the city experienced a boom driven by the oil industry and became the on-shore side of the Norwegian oil industry.

    How to get around Stavanger

    Stavanger has an efficient integrated public transport network. This makes getting around town easy and affordable. However, by hiring a car in Stavanger will allow you to move around town with minimum effort and without having to adhere to local timetables.


    The local bus network is administered by Kolumbus, whilst Boreal Transport is in charge of the operational side. Buses will take you all over Stavanger City, urban districts and the county of Rogaland. The Express bus service is run by NOR-WAY Bussekspress and Lavprisekspressen, with routes to Oslo, Bergen, Haugesund and Kristiansand.


    Near Stavanger you will be able to catch a ferry to Hirtshals, Denmark, and local ferries to Tau and Kvitsoy. In addition, local ferries provide links along the Norwegian coast, villages and islands. Ferries are modern and are a great way to unwind and view Norway from the sea.


    Stavanger Central station was opened in 1878 and has two routes operating out of it. The southern line has routes to Oslo, Kristiansand and Drammen. The train line to Oslo takes around seven hours. The other train route travels the West Country towards Egersund. On this stretch of track, you will find up to 19 local train stops along the way, with local trains operating.


    The Stavanger taxi service provides taxis all-year round. Taxis are cream in colour and come in various sizes, including ones suitable for wheelchair users. The service is metered but we would advise that you speak to the driver before setting off to ascertain how costly your journey could be.

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