Driving in Stavanger

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Stavanger.

1. Understanding the Driving Conditions

Driving in Stavanger, like most of Norway, is generally safe and straightforward. The roads are well-maintained and signage is clear. However, the weather can be unpredictable, especially in winter, so it’s important to be prepared for sudden changes. Also, be aware that there are many tunnels and bridges in and around Stavanger, so you should be comfortable driving in these conditions.

2. Choosing the Right Car

Most people in Norway drive compact cars, which are suitable for the narrow and winding roads. However, if you plan to drive in rural areas or during winter, a 4×4 might be a better option. Keep in mind that cars are expensive in Norway due to high import taxes.

3. Parking in Stavanger

Finding parking in Stavanger can be challenging, especially in the city center. Most parking spaces are metered and can be quite expensive. However, there are also some free parking spaces available, especially in residential areas. It’s important to read the parking signs carefully to avoid fines.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Norway with an international driving license for up to three months. After that, you will need to obtain a Norwegian driving license. Note that some countries have reciprocal agreements with Norway, allowing you to exchange your foreign license for a Norwegian one without taking a driving test.

5. Obtaining a Norwegian Driving License

If you need to obtain a Norwegian driving license, you will need to pass a theory test and a practical driving test. The process can be lengthy and expensive, so it’s recommended to start as soon as possible. You can take driving lessons in English, but the theory test is usually in Norwegian, so you might need to learn some basic Norwegian.

6. Driving Etiquette

Norwegians generally follow the rules of the road and expect others to do the same. Speed limits are strictly enforced, and fines can be hefty. Also, remember to always give way to pedestrians and cyclists, as they have the right of way in most situations.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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