"The Key to the North" - Getting to Scandinavia via Germany

Germany possesses countless routes which can be utilised in order to reach Scandinavia, making it an ideal springboard if you intend to travel anywhere in the nordic regions. Regardless of whether you are trying to reach Sweden, Norway or even Finland, with Freightlink you are already on the right track!

Kiel to Gothenburg

Stena Line offers a crossing from the port of Kiel in Germany to the port of Gothenburg in Sweden with a crossing time of 15 hours. However, there is only one departure per day at 18:45 and the tickets themselves are booked for a specific time and date. As with virtually all of the routes offered by Stena Line there is a no-show as well as late-cancellation fee of £38. Drivers receive a berth in a shared cabin and can also enjoy access to a shared drivers lounge. From Kiel there are also departures to Klaipeda in Lithuania as well as to Oslo in Norway.

Puttgarden to Helsingborg

This route is unique as it contains two ferry tickets in one. The first is for the route Puttgarden – Rodby and then the second is for the ferry route between Helsingborg and Helsingor. The tickets themselves are valid for 24 hours on the day they are booked for. Both routes offer a large amount of departures per day enabling you to plan your deliveries accordingly. The route is operated by Scandlines and as part of their new initiative for 2017 they have introduced a new Hybrid ferry on this route. The initiative aims to provide “more frequency of departures, more capacity as well as environmental sustainability.”

There is also the option of travelling from Puttgarden to Malmo. This route is unique in that in addition to a ferry ticket there is also a ticket for the Oresund Bridge. When you make a booking for this route you will receive a “transit ticket” consisting of two booking reference numbers. As with the Puttgarden to Helsingborg route, the ticket is valid for one day.

Rostock portRostock to Gedser

This is another popular choice for people wanting to travel to Denmark and Scandinavia. The route itself takes just two hours and with up to 10 departures per day it enables you to choose from a wide variety of sailing times depending on your requirements. The route is operated by Scandlines and the ticket itself is booked to a specific time and date.

From Rostock there are a number of other routes which are available in order to reach Scandinavia: e.g. Rostock to Hanko and Helsinki in Finland. There is also Rostock to Malmo, Trelleborg and Helsingborg.

Sassnitz to Trelleborg

The port of Sassnitz is located in the North eastern part of Germany and is itself the port with the shortest overall distance to Scandinavia. There are three daily departures from Sassnitz to the port of Trelleborg, operated by Stena Line. As with many of the routes operated by Stena Line there is a no-show & late cancellation charge of £38. The crossing itself takes 4 hours and drivers receive a berth in a shared cabin, as well as complimentary meals on-board the vessel.

The port of Sassnitz offers the following facilities:

  • Bordershop
  • A bistro
  • Parking facilities

Travemuende to Helsinki

The Port of Travemuende offers a number of departures not only to Scandinavia but also to Eastern Europe as well. It also has Germany's oldest lighthouse on the baltic coast dating back to 1539! The crossing from Travemuende to Helsinki itself takes approximately 30 hours, and drivers are expected to be at the port a minimum of 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. There is only one 1 departure per day at 03:00 in the morning. Drivers are provided with a berth in a shared cabin, as well as complimentary meals on-board. Finnlines is the operator for this route and they service this route through the use of three identical vessels: The Finnstar, Finnmaid and Finnlady. Each vessel provides a very high quality of service and even offers gyms and saunas on-board!

The port also offers many other routes including Liepaja and Ventspils. There is also the Travemuende to Malmo route. This crossing takes approximately 9 hours and drivers have to be at the port at least 1 hour before the scheduled departure time. Tickets are booked for a specific time and date.

If you or your company have any requirements or contracts to Scandinavia, please do not hesitate to call and speak with our customer services team who will be more than happy to assist you.

28 March 2017

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