Nobina 5683, Glommen, Falkenberg.
A remaining vehicle in the old livery, turns at Glommen.

Falkenberg will probaby make most people think about miles upon miles of sandy beaches, and cabins close to the former. There is also a city, and (some) buses in it. Falkenberg has 41.000 citizens with all suburbs and surrounding villages included. Any real metropolitan area to speak about is lacking, as the cities in Halland are spaced at some intervalles, and are more equal in size. Thus it is not possible to point out any one as a main city in this state. Though Halmstad is the capital, an biggest city in the small state of Halland.

Skrea beach, Falkenberg.
Skrea beach, just before the rain.

Falkenberg is situated in a mostly flat agricultural district. The coast is almost devoid of islands, that are so plentiful further north along the west coast. The northern cliffs already gave way to sand in the vicinity of Varberg. Varberg is the northern neighbour, and Halmstad the southern, regarding nearby cities, each some 40 km away.

industry in Falkenberg

Landing och Landia i Falkenberg.
Falkenberg harbour in 2002: Landing and Landia.

Gekås is by far the company with most name recognition. It is synonymous with Ullared, a small village to the northeast. The department store has developed incrementally, and is now covering some 5 acres (25.000 m2). It has 6 000 shopping carts and 62 check outs! Ullared is some 40km away by bus 555/ 556/ 557, and actually a little closer to Varberg (bus 651), so this is an adventure in its own right. Closer to Falkenberg is Slöinge, about 15 km to the south. The mill Berte Qvarn, is Swedens oldest family owned company, founded in 1569. In the 1960:s also an icecream maker was added to the portfolio: Sia glass (Slöinge Industri Aktiebolag). You will encounter stores selling Sia at many locations around Sweden. Falcon beer is today a brand owned by Danish brewer Carlsberg, and the same goes for the local brewery. It started as Falkenberg bryggeri AB in 1896, and adopted the English name Falcon in 1955. You will find the beer nationwide.

Falkenberg scenes

Tullbron, Falkenberg.
Tullbron (toll bridge) exacted a fee for passage between 1761-1914.

The river flowing through Falkenberg is called Ätran. It is making a cameo in the verse that school children had to remember in the old days. It goes something like "We will eat, and you shall cook for us". The names of the rivers of Halland is hidden in the Swedish version, while all likeness goes lost in translation.

Ätran, Falkenberg.
Upstream Ätran, next to Fajansbron.

During this stroll I thought that the river was really majestic for a while. It invoked in my mind a fantasy of Falkenberg as a city of a million or so people. The river would be lined with skyscrapers, something that seems to befitt this broad waterway.

Vallarnas friluftsteater, Falkenberg.
This open air theatre hosts the popular farces by Stefan & Krister every summer since 1996.

The official slogan of Falkenberg is (in translation) "Find it here". Either way there is a lot of things to be found. Personally i rarely regret visiting a place, and so i have found my visits to Falkenberg rewarding. Most of the time i only find it a pity that i haven't visiting this or that place more often.

Ågatan, Falkenberg.
Tasteful townhouses along Ågatan. Close to Stortorget.
Storgatan, Falkenberg.
Main street in the old town.
Skrea, Falkenberg.
Footpath in Skrea, May 2002. Bus route 1, and some walking.
Glommen, Falkenberg.
Glommen, a corner of the harbour. Route 7, last stop.
Skrea sand, Falkenberg.
Skrea sand with pier leading to Skreaholm. Route 1.

Falkenberg routes

Falkenberg route map.
A little crude, but worse still is the public route map.

My own map shows the present routes, aswell as the former alignments, to give you an idea of the developments. Hourly services at all routes, except for the northern part of route 2 (bihourly), were the norm at the time of my first visit. Today's number 1 and 7 sports a halfhourly headway, and 10 even runs quarterly in the peak, while 3 is the same. The southern section of the old 2 is now 501, but only operates a few times daily, so it doesn't appear on this map. The same goes for 552, that is a complement to 7, covering the lost parts of 4. The eastern part of 4 is not replaced by anything else than a regional route, to which passengers are directed now.

Nobina 6922, Falkenberg station.
These buses are the most common in Falkenberg.

This link is for the official map of Falkenberg. The file should open in a new browser window. Print it out, and carry it with you when riding the buses. If it doesn't stay at this link, then try the site of the state transit company in the links section.

Nobina 6923, Falkenberg station.
You should know that buses often display 15 before the route number; 1510 in this picture.

As you may realise by my map, it was the move of the railway, that fostered the need for a new rather frequent service connecting it with downtown. That probably also inspired a boost for some other services. I still want more, and maybe we could get it by travelling to Falkenberg more often! Landskrona went from 30 minute services, all the way to 6 minutes as a result of their relocation of the station. Well, also a commitment to invest in better transit. Landskrona even got trolley-buses as a part of the package, and a quadrupled transit usage too.

Falkenberg bus tickets

Nobina 4208, Falkenberg.
A bus outside the old station in 2002. The regional bus station - still in use - is slightly visible in the background.

If you are making a daytrip from some other city along the Swedish westcoast, Göteborg or somewhere south from that point, you can purchase tickets in a TVM. Make sure to use a refillable plastic transit pass from either Halland, Skåne, Kronoberg or Blekinge, if you have one. Then you can transfer to Falkenberg city buses at no further cost. To tell the truth you can even ride at will for hours on end, as the transfer time is very generous. When that is over, the ticket machine (a silvery box by the driver) will subtract the local fare automatically and seamlessly. It is only when going back again, that you need to enter the destination in a TVM at the station. No transfer rebate is given this time.

Nobina 5025 and 4484, Falkenberg.
Some older vehicles along the fence to the railway.

Tickets cannot be purchased with cash from the busdriver anywhere in Halland, but creditcards are accepted. Tickets for one fare zone costs SEK 20 with a creditcard, or SEK 16 with the above mentioned RESEKORT. The name differs between each state of issue. Jo-Jo is e.g. the name in nearby Skåne (Scania).

Falkenberg vehicles

Mercedes is the rule, but with a little luck a Volvo can still be seen. The livery is the same as is universally used by Halland state transit company.

Nobina 7117, Falkenberg.
The situation today: Mercedes at route 1 in downtown Falkenberg.
Nobina 2993 and 3275 among others, Falkenberg.
Some buses by the depot in 2002. This is near the bus station.

How to get to Falkenberg

NYa stationen, Falkenberg.
The new station on the outskirts of the city. Tröingeborg is the name of the hill, formerly operated by route 4.

If you are coming to Sweden by ferry or air in Göteborg, the railway will take you further south to Falkenberg in about one hour. The trains are running at even intervalls, and every hour for most of the day, and even halfhourly in the peak. Those same trains connect from the south with Helsingborg, with frequent ferries from Denmark. Helsingborg is for this reason even the biggest port on earth in passenger count, according to Time magazine. Even further south is Malmö, and via one of Europes longest bridges, Copenhagen in Denmark. The first stop on Danish soil is catering for the major airport Kastrup, so it is not even needed to go downtown in Copenhagen.

Copse, Falkenberg.
Copse in Hansagård, shaped by the wind. The sea is at right...

Falkenberg is also right next to the European highway number 6, between Norway and southern Sweden. Connections to the hinterlands are in all respects sparse. All the main arteries definitely follows he coast.

Falkenberg links

A collection of other sites with information about Falkenberg, transportation, and accomodation. The destination window for these links is the same browser window. The new page will in other words replace the current site Busspojken.

Falkenberg city

Tourist information in 10 languages

Halland tourism

STF hostels, Swedish tourist association

Nobina (the transit undertaker)

Halland state transit company (trilingual)

Swedish national railways

Private search register with information about buses

Halland newspaper

Gekås megastore in Ullared

Sia glass (ice cream)

Berte qvarn

Site featuring water towers, city by city

Morups tånge, Falkenberg.
Morups tånge lighthouse, visible from glommen.

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