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Sailings Up to 2 times per day
Distance 130 km, 81 miles
Destination(s) 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇳🇴 Norway
Operated by Fjord Line
Duration 2h 15 mins.
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On the Hirtshals-Kristiansand route, two shipping companies operate with fairly fast boats. Colorline sails in 3 hours and 15 minutes and Fjordline in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Which one can you choose best?

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Ferry Denmark to Norway: Hirtshals – Kristiansand

The fastest ferry crossing to Norway is the ferry between Hirtshals and Kristiansand. With the new Catamaran Fjord FSTR you can sail from Denmark to Southern Norway in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. This boat departs twice a day from Hirtshals to Kristiansand, so you can catch the boat at 11.45 am and at 6 pm. The car can also be taken on board with this crossing.

The competing shipping company is also fast: Colorline's ‘SuperSpeed' boats go in 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Color Line Super Speed in Kristiansand
Color Line Super Speed in Kristiansand

On this page you will find a lot of information and tips about these ferry services from shipping companies Fjordline and ColorLine

Tickets to Norway from Denmark

Which ferry should you choose?

Since there are two shipping companies that sail exactly the same route, it is interesting to look at the differences in price and speed. Fjordline is on average slightly more expensive than Colorline. But with Fjordline you save at least an hour on the crossing. So it just depends on how busy your travel schedule is and what you have left for a faster crossing.

By booking smart (timely and on less popular days), it is possible to sit on the fast boat for less.

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Fjordline tickets

One of the two ferry options for the crossing from Hirtshals to Kristiansand is with Fjordline

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ColorLine ferry pricing

Tickets can be easily booked online at ColorLine

Timetable Hirtshals to Kristiansand


  • Hirtshals-Kristiansand: 11:45 & 18:00
  • Kristiansand-Hirtshals: 08:30 & 15:00


  • Hirtshals-Kristiansand: 12:15 & 20:45
  • Kristiansand-Hirtshals: 08:00 & 16:30

The ferry run back and forth between Denmark and Norway at regular times.

The ferry leaves daily at 11:45 & 12:15 from Hirtshals to Norway

The crossing from the Denmark to Norway is a good alternative for German, Danish and other European passengers as well. For British passengers it's also anoption You could first travel to the Netherlands by the ferry's to Rotterdam or Amsterdam and travel from there to Hirtshals to make the crossing to Norway.

Route ferry to Norway

In the map below you can see the crossing Hirtshals – Kristiansand

Departure, sailing time & arrival

How long in advance do you have to be present?

  • The Fjordline check-in closes 20 minutes before departure: The shipping company requests/recommends to be present one hour in advance.
  • The Colorline check-in closes 60 minutes before departure

Departure: Hirtshals

Fjordline Nordsøterminalen 📍
Containerkajen 4
9850 Hirtshals

Color Line AS 📍
Fergeterminalen Norgeskajen 2
DK – 9850 Hirtshals

Hirtshals – Kristiansand duration
There are different sailing times. Colorline sails the route in 3 hours and 15 minutes, Fjordline in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Arrival Kristiansand
All ferries come to the same place in Kristiansand harbour. The ferry terminal is right next to the bus terminal and the station. You can continue your journey by train to Stavanger and Oslo.

The ferry arrives at the following address:

Kristiansand Ferry Terminal📍

This crossing to Norway from Denmark is a popular route and a fast way to get to Norway. With 2 hours and 15 minutes it is the fastest ferry crossing from Denmark to Norway. Once on board your vacation will begin.

Hirtshals – Kristiansand ferry costs

Ferry ticket prices are often seasonal and also as the ferry fills up, the prices go up. It is therefore not always easy to compare prices 1 on 1. That is why we sometimes make a trial booking to get a reasonable idea of ​​the costs. However, you get the best cost estimate by comparing the prices between the ferry services yourself in the booking module. For our trial booking we selected a normal car and two adults. We compared tickets in the period May/June. Colorline came out slightly cheaper with this:

  • Colorline costs: €114 – €177
  • Fjordline costs: €147 – €222

About Norway

Norway has a lot to offer: from the Northern lights to the midnight sun and from the Fjords, to the mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and national parks. Next to the various nature experiences Norway also has a lot of vibrant cities where there is a lot to do and see. From Bergen to Oslo, and Tromso to the Lofoten, from roadtrips to culture, Norway is a must see vacation destination. On our blog we will highlight the best places to visit and travel tips in the near future.

Frequent Asked Question

There are a number of questions that are frequently asked for this crossing to Norway

Which ferry company operates the Hirtshals-Kristiansand route?

Currently, this route is operated by 2 ferry companies: Fjordline and ColorLine, ColorLine is a bit cheaper, Fjordline is an hour faster

What are good alternatives for this crossing?

If you're travelling to specifically Kristiansand you can also take the ferry from Eemshaven (in the Netherlands), this is specifically a good route for those living in France, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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