We booked tickets at an agent in Stockholm. It includes a 1hr bus ride to the ferry pictured which takes about 3 hrs to Gotland. The boat is extremely roomy and comfortable. Make sure you book in advance for the way back as they do fill up. We were lucky to make standby on the return.
The way most people get here is by ferry since then they can bring their car, caravan and so on along on holiday, or all sorts of things should they be locals shopping in mainland Sweden. Gotlanders have a discount on the ferry since they don't have much of a choice if they want to bring their vehicles but the rest of us pay a bit more. The cheapest tickets do not include a seat reservation so there is a bit of a scrum to reach seats in the restaurant area for the 3 hour crossing but this is usually not that much of a problem - should you want to eat, people are used to sharing tables and many also bring their food to their reserved seats. The reserved seats are what I recommend and a popular thing is to book seats in the front lounge where you can see Gotland suddenly appearing at the horizon. The seats are really comfy, a bit like on planes, and if you bring earphones you can listen to the film sometimes shown on board. Otherwise, the information desk will rent you DVD players and Nintendo games to fill up your time. You can also spend it on the sun deck with a beer if the weather is pleasant enough. The ferries go to Visby and leave from either Nynäshamn (an hour south of Stockholm by commuter train) or Oskarshamn further south. Summertime there are also ferries from Grankullavik on the neighbouring island of Öland these days again. The ferry company site below also offer accommodation packages.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
The Fårö car ferry
The island Fårö is located north of Gotland. The best way to get there is by the car ferry leaving from Fårösund.
Daytime the ferry leaves every 30 minute. Check the website for more information.
- Road Trip
To Gotland by boat
With the Destination Gotland ferry you can get to Gotland from Nynäshamn (near Stockholm) and Oskarshamn. The trip takes about 3 hours.
The time table is depending on the season, check their website for the best information.
There are a lot of different ticket prices, with costs from 40 SEK to about 500 SEK depending on the service and discount.
On the boat you can also bring the car, MC or bike.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Silja Opera & Baltic Sea Cruises
Silja Opera-the best way to get from Tallinn to Visby . From mid June until mid August the Silja Opera will take you to Visby! it takes about 13 hours, but dont worry the ferry has a very nice sun deck with a swimming pool and many bars!
Gotland is perfect for going on bicycle, it's flat and there are many small roads and not too much traffic.