Transport systems in North
of Stavanger - Haugesund, Hardanger and Ryfylke
and mountains don't just make something interesting to look at in
this area - they fundamentally limit and control what transport
systems are possible here. Not so long ago, people would be
more likely to have a boat than a car!
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The E39 runs north-south close
to the coast, with RV 13 taking the scenic route through the Ryfylke
to Roldal, then Odda, Hardanger and Voss. East-west the only
two routes are the E134 Haugesund to Oslo and RV 7 from Bergen
through Hardanger, across the northern edge of Hardangervidda to Geilo,
Hallingdal and Oslo beyond. These routes depend on ferries bridges
and tunnels to get past the fjord and mountain barriers.
There are many car ferries
in the area. Those along the E39 normally run throughout the
day and night, but many others shut down through the night.
There is a good network of
various types and size of fast boat throughout the area. People
commute to work on them and children take them to and from school.
There is no railway in this
area - the Bergen-Oslo line is further north, the Stavanger - Kristiansand
- Oslo line is further south.
Bus and coach services
Local bus services are timed
to meet at least some of the ferries. Longer-distance services
link towns within the area, and beyond.
Haugesund (Karmoy) airport
is on the island of Karmoy, about 20 minutes drive from Haugesund.
Stord airport is small,
with small planes to Oslo, on the island of Stord.
Stavanger (Sola) airport is to the south of this area, and Bergen
(Flesland) airport is to the north-west.