There is no airport in Varberg except for a small landing strip used by private jets, nearest international airport is in Gothenburg which has flights from most airport hubs in Europe. Ground travel to Varberg by airport bus to Gothenburg and train. Copenhagen airport is an option, connected to Varberg by train, 2½ hours travel time.
Coming by rail, Varberg is along the line between Gothenburg and Copenhagen via Malmö with plenty of departures, every hour during the day and more often during mornings and evenings, named Öresundståg. Travel time from Gothenburg is 40 minutes an three hours from Copenhagen. Tickets for Öresundståg trains can be bought with credit card in machines at the station. They are not sold on board, must be prebought. Connections is also available from Borås with six trains daily, see Hallandstrafiken. There are no direct trains from the capital Stockholm, a change of trains in Gothenburg is necessary, with tickets from SJ.
Highway E6/E20 passes by just outside the city. From Stockholm use roads E4, 40 and 41.
A twice-daily passenger ferry by Stena Line connects Varberg with Grenaa in Denmark.
Cycling is also a popular option with several bicycle paths passing through.
The city center is easily accessible by foot. Other options are bicycle and car. There is a bus network run by Hallandstrafiken.
- Getterön a former island (now connected to the mainland) 2km northwest of Varberg with a bird station and several nice beaches. There is also a beautiful area in the west part.
- Varberg Fortress (Varbergs fästning). An old castle close to the city center. Parts of the castle are open 24/7 while one needs to be in a guided tour to reach other parts.
- Varberg Museum. Located within the fortress contains, among other things the Bocksten Man, a mummified corpse from the 14th century.
- Radio Station Grimeton (10 km east of the city), ☎ +46 340-674190, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The only remaining radio station of the 1920s long wave network is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. During summer months it is possible to visit the Varberg Radio Station at Grimeton, with the machine transmitter used for VLF transmissions on 17.2 kHz. It is the only workable machine transmitter in the world!
Get a spa at Apelviken or just walk around... Varberg also has some of the best wind surfing in Sweden, with a surf centre located in Apelviken. The centre offers rental surf boards and it has a café that's open day time. Next to the center you find the restaurant "Majas vid Havet" [Majas by the Sea] which offers excellent food and wine. They're only open in July, and they put on concerts practically every night of the week.
- Kallbadhuset, Otto Torells gata 7, ☎ +46 340 17396, e-mail: email@example.com. a beautiful wooden bathhouse in the ocean (hence the kall prefix meaning cold) near the city center open all year round. Entrance SEK 65.
- Varbergs Kurort, Nils Kreugers väg 5, ☎ +46 340 629800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of Sweden's most historic health institutions, established in 1902 as a sanatorium. Since the early 1970s Varbergs Kurort have been developed as a premier spa hotel winning several European awards.
Varberg has several different restaurants and bars serving food. It also has a fish shop in the harbour for those wanting to make their own meal. Apelviken, a short taxi ride south of the city, offers a wide range of food, with 4 popular restaurants spread out along the sand strip. "Solviken" attracts mostly customers from the nearby camping. "John's Place" is famous for it's fantastic location - on the beach - and it has a good but pricey Bar-B-Q. "Majas vid Havet" is well known for it's concerts with major Swedish pop groups, their good food and nice atmosphere. Be sure to order their tender ribs. The shooting star is "Olles", a small and very popular outdoor restaurant in the south part of the bay. They serve good food at great value.
- Tre Toppar, Storgatan 2, Träslövsläge, ☎ +46 340 671230, e-mail: email@example.com. Open daily from April to September. One of the biggest ice cream parlous in Sweden, serving up to 60 different varieties of ice cream. Expect to queue!
Varberg has several bars and a good nightlife in the summer. Most bars are open to 2AM on the weekends.
- Cafe Nyfiket, Kungsgatan 20, ☎ +46 340-14714. Cafe and sports bar. Watch soccer while having a kanelbulle and a cup of coffee. Offers a cake buffet in the afternoon.
- Best Western Varbergs Stadshotell, Kungsgatan 24-26, ☎ +46 340-690100, fax: +46 340-690101, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the finest hotels and spas in Sweden, proberly the most high-end you can get in town. Rooms starts at 1195 SEK per night.
- Hotell Gästis, Borgmästaregatan 1, ☎ +46 340-18050, e-mail: email@example.com. A small family-run hotel located in the heart of Varberg, the basement houses the Lenin Baths, a spa establishment made as a replica of a bath in Saint Petersburg often used by Lenin. From 995 SEK per night.
|Routes through Varberg|
|Göteborg ← Kungsbacka ←||N S||→ Falkenberg → Malmö|
|Malmö ← Falkenberg ←||W E||→ Kungsbacka → Göteborg|