Sandnes train-station is located on the Jærbanen railroad . Both local and express trains stop at Sandnes.
Bus no 9 and the Airport Express goes from Sola Airport Stavanger to Sandnes. Bus no 9 is usually cheaper than the Airport express and might make you eligible for a small discount on any connection train ride when you show the conductor your bus ticket.
There are buses going inside and outside of the county limits. Local buses are all organized by the Kolumbus organization.
All of downtown are within walking distance. Bicycles can be borrowed for free at the bus terminal during office hours. The local government has invested heavily in bike paths -these are usually paved with a red material and can either be right next to the pedestrians' pavement or on the opposite side of the road.
All the local taxis use the meter. It may be slightly cheaper to show up at the bus terminal to get one than to call them and have them shop up at the hotel that may be meters away.
All new commercial buildings have to be wheelchair accessible.
Safe bicycle paths will take you to the Rogaland Arboretum the country's largest covering 60 hectares. So far, 13.000 trees and bushes of 1.300 different species have been planted. An idyllic oasis of roads and paths with a rich animal and bird-life. For art enthusiasts, Sandnes Kunstforening (Sandnes Art Association) has an indoor and outdoor summer exhibition in the park at Skeianetunet. It is situated on the outskirts of Sandveparken, a gem for ramblers and cyclists. Under the green countryside lies clay, a raw material which has created traditions in Sandnes.
Visit the Pottery and Brick Works Museum. Ten minutes south along the E18 is Kongeparken with its figure of Gulliver measuring 85 metres in length. Did you know that Kongeparken has Norway's longest summer bobsleigh run? And whilst we're on the subject of records, Norway's largest shopping centre, Kvadrat, is also situated in Sandnes.
THE BICYCLE TOWN In 1892, two brothers, Jakob and Lars Øglænd, decided to produce the new means of transport of the day: the Velocipede. Many bicycles have been produced over the years, and if you would like to study development over the past 100 years, you can visit Jonas Øglænd Bedriftsmuseum. Or, for a reasonable price, you can rent a bicycle and go exploring on your own. Few towns are as bicycle friendly as Sandnes.
SANDNES CULTURE CENTER The first of January 2000 is the date when Sandnes received its millennium gift: the new Culture Center that we all had been waiting for. It's an experience you shouldn't miss! Great acoustics, dance, music and theatre make for thrilling cultural events. Watch for events announced in the media or on the Internet. Monthly schedules are available from Sandnes Cultural and Tourist Information.
ROGALAND ARBORETUM Rogaland Arboretum is a lush park area with more than 1400 different trees and bushes from a number of countries. The Arboretum is an excellent area for walks - in any weather and during all seasons - for people of all ages, in particular for those that take a special interest in plants. With its 150 acres, this is Norway's largest arboretum. Open year round. Signposted.
SOMA FARM Visit a Norwegian farm. Help feed the animals or ride the tractor around the farm. Soma Gård has mostly Norwegian farm animals, and the barn has plenty of soft hay for tumbling. Open Sundays from May to September. Opening hours: 10:00-17:30. Admission fee.
KROSSENS HAVREMØLLE MUSEUM Oats are part of the North Sea cultural heritage! The museum is a national, industrial cultural monument and showcase oat processing and the significance of the oat mill to the region and nation. The mill is an industrial museum on fascinating premises. The museum is located in downtown Sandnes and has its own cafe.
SANDNESMUSEET Brickworks and potteries have left their mark on Sandnes for more than 200 years. The pottery and brickworks museum showcases the clay´s path from the ground to finished product. In addition, you get an introduction to the significance of Sandnes´industrial development with woodworking trades, prefabricated houses and furniture.
ØGLANDMUSEET The significance of the Øgland Family for more than 125 years is showcased by the company museum's trade, ready-made clothing and bicycle exhibition. Øglaendmuseet is unique in Norway because of its collection of bicycles and motorcycles produced in Norway during the past 90 years.
FIGGJOMUSEET The Figgjo Faience Factory's company museum demonstrates techniques and the development and manufacture of ceramics, faience and porcelain. Here you can find familiar and beloved patterns from the past. The factory outlet and museum are located in Figgjo.
MELSHEI Perhaps the best location in Sandnes for outdoor life. Plenty of opportunities for training and skiing on the lighted trail. Well suited for baby carriages and wheelchairs. There is also an extensive network of smaller trails.
BRÅSTEINSVATNET LAKE Excellent swimming by the HV cabin in Bråstein. The area is equipped with benches and toilets. Ample parking. Swimming dock and raft.
EDLANDSVATNET LAKE Sandy beach, dock, large grassy area for sunbathing. Not far from downtown [Ålgård].
EIKENESET BY OLTEDALSVATNET LAKE Area off Oltedalsvatnet lake surrounded by an oak forest. Good picnic and swimming area with parking and toilets.
HOGSTADVIKA Suited for disabled persons. Toilet and parking. Camping area for caravan members. Several lakes with good swimming areas. Route 13 at Lutsivannet lake.
HOLMAVIKA Nice sandy beach at the Gandsfjord off Route 317 to Dale. Benches and tables. Toilet facilities and large parking area.
THE BEACHES OF JÆREN
Solastranden, Ølberg, Vigdel, Hellestø, Borestranda, Orre, Brusand and Revtangen beaches. As exotic as the Riviera, although usually a bit colder, but marvellous during calm or stormy weather. Sunbathing, swimming, wind surfing, wave surfing and miles and miles of white sandy beaches.
FISHING Excellent fishing lakes/rivers: We have the lakes Stokkelandsvatnet, Bråsteinsvatnet and Lutsivatnet, as well as the river Figgjoriver to mention but a few.
FISHING You do not need a fishing license to fish in the sea as long as you stay at least a 100 meters away from estuaries, and you do not need to go far in Sandnes to find a spot where you can use a fishing rod. Fishing is excellent along the entire Gandsfjord. Ask the locals for advice and you will get a good fish tale thrown in for good measure. Not all fish you catch are safe to eat.
Anyone older than 16 fishing for salmon, sea trout or freshwater fish, must purchase a fishing license each year. You are allowed to fish in the various lakes and rivers either by buying a fishing license or by making agreements directly with the property owners. It is not always easy to determine whom to contact, but inquire at the Sandnes Tourist Board and we will assist you to the best of our ability.
Kvadrat mall is one of the largest in Europe.
Sandnes has several restaurants with both local and international cuisine.
Sandnes has several hotels, inns and a camping/caravan site.