Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, offers daily ferries from Kiel/Germany to Göteborg/Sweden. They depart at 7 p.m. and arrive at 9 a.m. It is a perfect way to get to Sweden if you want to avoid driving the long stretch through Denmark and across the several bridges. It includes a bed in one of the cabins, typically four bed cabins. I was lucky that the ferry wasn’t full, so I had the cabin all to myself. I was impressed by the logistics of the whole loading process. They started to let us drive on the ferry at 3 p.m., the last car raced up the ramp at 6:45 p.m. but 15 minutes later, all ramps were up and we left Kiel’s harbour. There is a lot of entertainment on the ferry but I am afraid to be not the best to describe all the amenities because I was out on deck almost all the time before I went to sleep. They wake up the passengers with announcements starting at 7 a.m., it is loud enough that no one will miss to get up. There is a big duty free shop on the ferry which is opened already 2 hours before the ferry leaves the port. It also has enough options to have dinner or a snack in the evening and of course a bar with several drinks to sample.
Prices for the crossing vary with the time of year and the day. My passage was on July 19, 2009 (in the middle of season) and I paid 250 € for the normal size car (without trailer) and me which was appropriate, given the time and driving hassle it saved me.
Kiel itself has an excellent logistics for the ferry passengers as well. The ferries for Sweden leave… haha, from Schwedenkai, which is at the northern side of the harbour. The ones for Norway leave, you guessede it, from Norwegenkai at the harbour south.
Stena Line (unfortunately it seems to be only available in German and Swedish for the ferries between both countries).
The other ferry I used was with TT Line, from Trelleborg (near Malmö) to Travemünde (Germany). I had planned to take a day ferry (leave at 9 am and arrive at 5 pm), but because I arrived ahead my schedule, I thought I could try and get on the next night ferry. The ticket office is located directly in the harbour building and I got my night ticket for the ferry which left at 10 p.m., but had to pay the difference amount (which was normal). I could go on the ferry at 7:30 p.m. It was a bit different compared to Kiel and Stena Line, but then three different lines leave from Trelleborg’s harbour. I got a number for the road track I had to follow and only minutes later we could board the ship. My cabin was a bit more luxurious than the one on Stena Line and again I had the four bed cabin all for myself. As for Stena Line, there is a lot of entertainment for the passengers. It seemed that the ferry I took was specialised on entertainment for kids. The ferry called Peter Pan and they had a lot of pirates running around and making jokes for the kids. Also TT Line has an announcement long before the ferry arrives. The breakfast (10 Euro) is excellent, buffet style.
Prices for the crossing vary with the time of year and the day. My passage was on August 7, 2009 (maybe end of season) and I paid 280 € for the normal size car (without trailer) and me.
Stena Line has the better organised “get on” procedure and bigger duty free shop but seemed to be a bit chaotic in the service of meals and breakfast. TT-Line has more luxorious cabins and excellent organised service. But this might have been a question of the ship crew or maybe the one had a good or a bad day. I would use both of them at any time. I can’t compare any of the entertainment, because my entertainment was outside on the decks, watching sunset, sunrise and the water.
Ferry port Kiel, Germany, on Google Maps,
Ferry port Göteborg, Sweden, on Google Maps ,
Ferry port Trelleborg, Sweden, on Google Maps ,
Ferry port Travemünde, Germany, on Google Maps .
© Ingrid D., October 2009 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
Kungsör is not a very big city, around 5000 inhabitants and the train and bus station is very important for them. Kungsör you find between Eskilstuna and Örebro, and between there you use the train. If you want to go to other places like Köping and smaller places around Kungsör you must use the bus, and the bus station is there too.
Stockholm is located on the southeastern coast of Sweden on the mouth of Lake Mälaren where the lake meets the Baltic Sea. Strategically Stockholm is located on 14 islands with lots of waterways. Approximately 30% of the total area of Stockholm is made up of waterways. Thus it is also known as Venice of the North by some travellers.
Visitors can experience picturesque Stockholm from the waterways. This is the experience you will never forget! Several cruise operators operate boat tours from Nybroviken near Nybroplan such as the hop-on-hop-off boat, the Djurgården and the Fjäderholmsexpressen etc. An inexpensive way to travel by boats to Skansen and Gröna Lund at Djurgården is by boats operated by Djurgården 4 which were constructed in the late 19th century. You can travel free of charge if you purchase Stockholm Card.
Travelling around Sweden by Train seems to be the most efficient way to do. There are good connections between cities and towns and if you are lucky you can get good deals too.
If you are planning on taking the train it is better to check the routes, timetables as well as book and pay for your trip beforehand. You can do that on their official website:
I was just in Malmo for the first time and it's a nice city but not sure about more than a day either. What I found out though is that with a ticket on the Oresundstag train you can travel within 3 hours before and 3 hours after your departure time so one option is to go straight to Copenhagen then on your way to Stockholm hop off in Malmo, spend some hours then continue on.
Probably a good idea to double check on the rule with the train agents just in case.
I knew that Scandinavian people love to use bicycles, and that Stockolm and Oslo have a program called city-bikes, a solution for sharing bicycles.
I don't know if that program covers any other city in Sweden, but the large amount of bicycles seen everywhere, without any lock or any other kind of protection makes me believe that the cities that we visited do have something alike.
A matter to check if we go there again!
Cruise around the main island of Trossö by M/s Spättan is a very popular boat cruise provided by Affärsverken in the archipelago of Karkskrona, only approximately 80 kilometer south of Kalmar in southeastern Sweden. M/s Spättan can accommodate up to 50 paying passengers with a Swedish and English speaking tourist guide explaning the various interesting attractions around the island and the archipelago.
The boat is approximately 14 meter long and four meter wide and cruising at the speed of around eight knots. The fare for this cruise is SEK 75.00 per adult and SEK 35.00 for children and takes approximately one hour to complete the journey. Own food and drinks are allowed to be consumed on the boat. We certainly had a wonderful time in Karlskrona. You may e-mail to the following address for more information about this cruise and/or other transportation by boats around the beautiful archipelago of Karlskrona:- email@example.com
As you probably already know Sweden has a highly efficient rail network;always on time,cleaning everywhere..pratically the opposite of my sunny Country!
Here you can buy the ticket on the train with a little
extra amount,but in my opinion it's better buy it before..
I have found tickets not so expensive(except for
the"X2000").Locals told me that,in case of heavy snowing,trains may be blocked and it could be better
to take buses...for example if you must to take a plane
for coming beck to your Country.
A curiosity:I have noticed that trains in Sweden are
higher that in other Countries...obiouvsly, it is
easy to see men REALLY high!
Skavsta airport is the swedish air platform for Ryanair company.
Bus departure about 15/30 mn after the plane's arrival
Tickets to buy in the air terminal (automatic cash) : return ticket : 199 sek (about 21,5 euros)
Trip time to City terminalen (bus station in the center of Stockholm) : about 1h20 mn (with one stop)
To get back to Skavsta airport from City terminalen : bus departure about 3 hours before your plane's departure. Look closely to the screens to get to the right gate in City terminalen.
Now that there is the magnificent Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen you can drive. There is a fee, so if you will do it regularly, you might want to look into discount passes at the website below.
The trains from Copenhagen also use the Öresund Bridge and there are regular commuter trains across to Malmö (via Copenhagen airport) and fast trains to Stockholm a few times a day. www.sj.se
The same can be said for the buses. www.eurolines.com are the biggest from the continent to Sweden via Copenhagen, but there are also www.safflebussen.se and the Danish Grahundbus which can take you first from Berlin to Copenhagen and then Copenhagen to Malmö: http://www.graahundbus.dk/
You can also still take the car (or just yourself of course) on the ferries across from Denmark if you fancy the nostalgic way (or are on a budget as you can sometimes get good deals) north of Copenhagen (Elsinore/Helsingør) with www.scandlines.se or http://www.hhferries.dk/
From northern Jutland (Frederikshavn) in Denmark, Stena Line runs ferries to Gothenburg. www.stenaline.se
DFDS Scandinavian Seaways runs a ferry from Oslo to Helsingborg if driving seems too boring (but this is quite expensive - more of a cruise) and the same company also runs the ferries from Newcastle to Gothenburg. http://www.dfdsseaways.com/
There are also ferry crossings from Germany (Travemünde and Rostock) and Poland (mainly Gdansk) straight to various southern ports such as Ystad, Trelleborg and Karlskrona with the following:
You can get to Stockholm by ferry from Gdansk (see Polferries above), and of course from Finland (Helsinki, Åbo/Turkku, Vaasa and Åland islands) with http://www.silja.com
All very cheap if you are a foot passenger.
And from Tallinn and Riga, there are www.tallink.se and http://www.rigasealine.lv/en/index.asp
If you have the time and want a memorable trip over, take a ferry! There are many ones from all directions, such as Finland, Poland, Denmark, England, Norway, Latvia, etc. Many of these ferries are known as real partyboats, like the one from Finland. It doesn't cost that much either and there might be duty free shopping onboard, yippie!
There are many ways to get to Sweden but to fly is the easiest way.
*However, airport security presumably is good, in previous case a passenger to Ryan Air flight carrying a gun stopped before boarding, the flight were delayed half a day but that stupid passenger never been charged in anything, not even for delaying the flight.
Well, in Sweden I guess it is not a crime to try hijacking a plain, you probably committed a crime only if you succeeded.
Here at the trainstation you have everything you need for travelling. You can find exchange offices for currencies, fast food places, shops, restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops. Outside you find the taxi to the left. It is not far away from Cityterminalen at all, where the buses go to Arlanda airport for example and all other buses within Sweden and to foreign countries.
There is frequent and inexpensive ferry service between Malmö and Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as several German ports. None of the trips between Malmö and Copenhagen takes too long, and a visit to Sweden makes for a pleasant day trip. However, with the recent opening of the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, the ferry business has declined substantially.
Uppsala Central Station (Uppsala Resecentrum) has history which dates back to the second half of the 19th century. A new central station building has just recently been completed and opened to the public in April 2010. The new station building is located just south of the old station building with a new bronze sculpture erected in front of the east entrance.
The new Uppsala Resecentrum has been under construction since 2005 and will be fully completed in December 2011. There will be five new platforms when it is fully completed. The tunnel for pedestrians and bicycles has been completed and opened to the public since April 2010. The new Central Station has modern and sophisticated facilities and amenities with numerous shops and restaurants for the convenience of passengers.
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