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Transport systems in the Ryfylke area

Fjords 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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Road system

The roads in this area are confined by mountains and fjords. Although tunnels and bridges continue to be built, travel can seem slow - but also spectacular and quite unlike most of the developed  world.  Some roads are closed throughout the winter, not opening until some time during May.

Car ferries

There is a good network of ferries throughout the Ryfylke - and without them it would not be possible to travel far here.

Fast boats

There is a good network of various types and size of fast boat throughout the Ryfylke.  People commute to work on them and children take them to and from school.


There are no railway services in the Ryfylke. Stavanger is the nearest station.

Bus and coach services

Buses link the various towns and also meet many of the ferries.


Stavanger airport is 1 to 3 hours to the south west
Haugesund (Karmoy) airport is 1 to 3 hours to the west.
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