Visit Stavanger - Best of Stavanger

Stavanger, Norway is the third largest metropolitan area in Norway that was founded in 1125 with the building of the Stavanger cathedral. However, historians argue that traces of settlement go as far back as the 9th century.

For the longest time, its most important industries had been shipping, ship-building and fish canning until 1969 when oil was first discovered in the North Sea. That is when the city truly burgeoned into the economic powerhouse that it is today. It is now come to be called the “oil capital”.

Stavanger is an extremely popular tourist destination especially during the summer thanks to its mild and pleasant climate and its beautiful and spectacular fjords. This has made the Stavanger port one of Europe’s fastest growing ports for cruise ships. The city is historically and culturally rich and this shows in the boom of Stavanger tourism industry. It boasts of several museums including the famous Norwegian Petroleum Museum—the only museum of its kind in all of Europe.

Although it is one of the largest cities in Norway, Stavanger has managed to retain an inexplicable old world, small town charm. Old Stavanger, which is above the western shore of its harbour, with its wooden houses and narrow, cobblestoned streets will transport you back in time.

If you’re looking to visit a delightful city with the perfect balance of old and new, and some breath-taking views and wonders, Stavanger is a great destination.

Stavanger Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Stavanger tips for your visit

  • A small amount of precipitation is near constant. Keep your umbrellas handy.
  • If you take Bus line number 9 from the airport to the city, remember that only one piece of luggage is allowed.
  • If you are travelling by train, make sure you reserve it in advance as reservations are obligatory on long distance routes.
  • Instead of buying singular bus tickets, you should go for a day’s or three day’s bus pass. It will be much cheaper.
  • The airport shuttle is a little expensive. Take a taxi instead if you’re going outside of the city. Women should avoid taking a taxi alone.
  • If you are travelling by taxi, expect a 25 per cent surcharge in the evening, night or on Saturdays. The surcharge is 45 per cent on Sundays.
  • Check the weather before visiting any fjords. Sometimes it’s foggy.
  • Be careful while visiting the downtown area on weekends during the night as you might come across some intoxicated people.

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Stavanger Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Stavanger

  • Stavanger Audio Tour
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  • Save 10% Stavanger Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
    Stavanger Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour3 Reviews

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  • Stavager to Trolltunga - The scenic ride
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    With a 24-hour City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus ticket, you can explore the stunning city of Stavanger at your own leisure...

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Facts and Stats for Stavanger*

  • Pollution Statistics in Stavanger

    Know the pollution level of Stavanger before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.67 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 23.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 9.72 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 26.67 (Low)
  • Stavanger: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Stavanger for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Stavanger.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.21 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25.52 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 23.96 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 20.31 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.6 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 38.54 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.32 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65.63 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 27.6 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.31 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 32.29 (Low)
  • Living in Stavanger - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Stavanger is 189.94 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 71.46 (High)
    • Climate Index 79.99 (High)
    • Pollution Index 20.08 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.81 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 107.52 (High)
    • Health Care Index 66 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.33 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.54 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Stavanger

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Stavanger

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 55.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 104.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 99.51 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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