Kristiansand is situated by the sea at the southern tip of Norway, 322 km southwest of Oslo.

Travel by plane

Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik is the main airport for Kristiansand, and it is situated just outside the city centre. It is a relatively small airport, but offers direct connections to these following international hubs: Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Gdansk and Alicante. 

It is also possible to fly to one of the following airports, and then continue by train or bus to Kristiansand:
Torp Airport, Sandefjord (208 km away)
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (367 km away)
Stavanger Airport, Sola (232 km away)

We recommend flying with our partner Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, flying to 46 domestic and international destinations. They have direct flights to Kristiansand from London and Copenhagen.

Explore Norway with Widerøe: Unlimited flights in Norway up to two weeks for only NOK 3460-4680.

Travel by train

The Sorland Railway runs from Oslo via Kristiansand to Stavanger, and has four daily departures.

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Travel by ferry

Why not cross the ocean to Kristiansand? There are ferries going from Hirtshals in the very north of Denmark.

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Color Line

Travel by bus

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Travel by car

You can easily go by car to Kristiansand. Just remember if you are not living on the Scandinavian peninsula, you would either have to cross the Øresund-bridge from Copenhagen to Malmø, Sweden, or bring your car with the ferry departing from Hirtshals in Denmark.

Be aware that parking in Kristiansand may be expensive.


We recommend that you order the festival meal package offered by our festival hotel, the Clarion Ernst Hotel. You will get lunch and dinner for NOK 250,- a day. You can order the meal package when you book your room - see Sleep! You could also buy the festival meal package, even if you stay at another hotel. Lunch (NOK 125) and dinner (NOK125) can be bought at the hotel reception (at latest 10:00 the same day).

Kristiansand offers a rich variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. You will find anything you crave, but of course we think you should try the Scandinavian cuisine while visiting us!

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Be aware that Norway is an expensive country. Especially prices on alcohol and tobacco are high. We recommend that you bring your taxfree quota when entering the country.


Our festival hotel, the Clarion Ernst Hotel, is about to be fully booked. They might have some rooms available, especially towards the weekend. The festival prices still apply, as long as you refer to #Artistic Gathering when booking. You may use the festival meal deal at the hotel, even if you stay elsewhere. Meal tickets may be bought at the hotel reception desk.

We have got new low price offers from Dronningen Hotell and Åros Feriesenter. Please check further down for more info!

The Clarion Ernst Hotel offer includes:

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch + coffe
  • Dinner

Per person/day in single room: NOK 1045,-
Per person/day in double room: NOK 699,-
Per person/day in triple room: NOK 625,-
Per person/day in quadruple room: NOK 582,-

Prices without lunch and dinner:
Single room: NOK 795,-
Double room: NOK 895,- (NOK 447,50 per person, if two)

When booking your stay, please refer to #Artistic Gathering or the booking number 1039GR008983. Please address your booking to or phone +47 38 12 86 01.

The Clarion Ernst Hotel is situated in the city center, only a 5 minutes walk from the Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall.

If you are willing to stay outside the city center (15-20 minutes by bus), you should take advantage of the very reasonable offer from Åros Feriesenter. Here you can stay in an apartment or cabin for 2-4 people for only NOK 1050 (€ 108) per night per unit. You have to pay an additional NOK 120 (€ 12) for bed linen. The resort is placed by the beach, and has its own pool. The apartments and cabins have 2 separate bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and TV. Please refer to ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering when booking your stay at

Åros Feriesenter is beautifully located by the sea. There are buses going to and from Kristiansand twice each hour.

Hotel Dronningen is situated next door to the Nordic Venue, and offers accommodation for low prices for AAG2019 delegates:
- Singel room + breakfast NOK 745 (€75) per night.
- Double room + breakfast NOK 945 (€95) per night.
- Triple room + breakfast NOK 1145 (€115) per night.
Please refer to #ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering when booking your stay:

Hotel Dronningen has large rooms overlooking the city and the fjord. You see the Nordic Venue, Teateret, right across the street.

Kristiansand is a touristic city with lots of accommodation options, and there are many different hotels, motels, B&Bs, camping sites etc. to choose among. Check out Visit Norway or airbnb.