Haugesund

Haraldsgata,the main street
From Haugesund

Haugesund is a city in the region West Norway of Norway. The town offers a much wider range of goods and services than might be expected from a city of its size (approx. 32,000 inhabitants; 42,000 including all suburbs), due to its position as the definite center of its relatively populous region.

Get in

By plane

Haugesund airport (IATA: HAU) is on the island of Karmøy. There are domestic services to Oslo with SAS and Norwegian (in total up to 9 daily departures), and Widerøe to Bergen (up to 2 daily departures). Haugesund also has some international services. Low cost carrier Ryanair have routes from London Stansted (3 times weekly) and Bremen (2 times weekly), and the low cost carrier Wizzair will open a route to Gdańsk (2 times weekly) beginning in April 2012. In addition, Widerøe has a daily route to Copenhagen.

The airport is linked to the city by an airport bus which connects with most departures and arrivals except those in the early morning and late evening. There is a special bus run by Kystbussen which ties in with Ryanair arrival and departure times. Otherwise, car rentals and taxis are available.

By boat

The coastal boat service to Bergen and Stavanger was terminated in 2015 due to lack of passengers. The remaining boat service in Haugesund goes to the islands of Røvær and Feøy, while a passenger and car ferry operates to the island of Utsira.

By car

The main road connection to eastern Norway is via the E134 road over Haukeli; another option is along route 7 across Hardangervidda. Both these roads run across mountainous stretches and are prone to disruptions during the winter. During the winter season, bring food and warm clothing in case you get stranded.

The main north-south road along Norway's west coast is the E39 road that runs past Haugesund to the east, but there are several spurs that lead into the town. Because of fjords, the E39 route features a number of long undersea tunnels, and travelling to Stavanger or to Bergen both require a ferry crossing. Fortunately, the ferries are large and have a reasonably good frequency.

There are numerous parking lots and houses in Haugesund. Most of the parking is metered.

By bus

Nor-Way Bussekspress operate two express bus routes to Haugesund.

Get around

A view of Risøy island and the Risøybru (Risøy Bridge)

The city center of Haugesund is small, and easy to navigate by foot. If you want to travel further out, there is a local bus system. The tourist information is located at Bytunet at the northern end of the main pedestrian street Haraldsgata. They have a wide variety of free tourist brochures and schedules and also sell passes for the city bus system.

The city buses are managed by Kolumbus , the schedules and route diagram of the services are available online. The main routes (lines 1, 2, and 10) run seven days a week, Mondays to Fridays between 6 and midnight, Saturdays from 8 to midnight, and Sundays from around 10-12 to midnight. Other routes have more limited service.

All tickets in the county of Rogaland are zone-based. Haugesund and its surrounding municipalities are in the northern Rogaland zone. Single-tickets within this zone cost NOK 33 for adults, and NOK 17 for children under 16 and seniors 67 and over and allow a change of buses on the same ticket. In addition, there is a smaller "Haugesund zone", that covers Haugesund and the mainland part of Karmøy. Within this zone single tickets cost only NOK 10 with no transfer.

Taxis are operated by Haugesund Taxi (phone: 52 80 80 80) and Haugaland Taxi (phone: 52 81 81 81). Taxi ranks can be found at the Flotmyr bus station and in front of the Vår Frelsers church in the city center. Taxis are rather expensive in Norway and even a short journey may easily cost over NOK 150.

The islands of Røvær, Feøy, and Vibrandsøy can only be accessed by boat . In Haugesund, this route docks just south of the catamaran terminal. The ticket price is NOK 27 to Vibrandsøy, NOK 36 to Feøy, and NOK 45 to Røvær.

While it is possible to explore the city on foot, it may be beneficial to hire a car to see the surrounding area. Car hire is offered by Hertz, Avis and Europcar at the airport and at various locations within the city itself. It can be expensive to rent the car. Petrol (or Bensin as it is called in Norwegian) is also expensive and road tolls must be paid on many roads. As a result, it may be worth renting a car for only part of your trip. For budget option, Rent-a-wreck also have a branch in Haugesund .

See

For thousands of years there have been human activities on Haugalandet, and the region is covered in traces of these people. Visit one of the many exciting, historic destinations!

Do

Cultural Festivals

In August Haugesund hosts the following annual festivals:

Buy

As the main center of the Haugaland region, Haugesund has several shopping opportunities, and you will find everything you need and more.

Eat

There are numerous restaurants on the harbor.

Drink

There are several pubs and clubs in Haugesund. However like the rest of Norway these places only come alive on a weekend and late at night, in many cases after 22-00, most have pretty good live music and cater for all ages, the big drawback is the crippling price of alcohol, $11 dollars for Guinness, $10 for local lagers, and up to $20 for spirit and mixer.The staff are usually very friendly and all speak good English, in fact many staff speak 2-3 languages.

Sleep

There are several hotels in Haugesund. All of them are in the city centre unless otherwise noted

There are also two hostels in the region, but both are located away from the city centre.

Go next

In addition to the two islands which make up part of the city centre (Risøy and Hasseløy), there are numerous islands off the coast of Haugesund which are popular destinations for day excursions, especially during the summer.


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