Travel to Sweden by ferry or bridge(s) from Germany
When you want to travel to Sweden, Germany, and Denmark are both pretty good ferry hubs. When you travel from Germany to Sweden by ferry you have roughly 7 ferries to choose from, and you can also drive via Denmark and the Oresundsbridge to Malmö, Sweden if you don't mind being a bit longer in the car.
If you don't want to spend too much time on a boat this is an ideal option, and it's probably the fastest; driving the whole journey. Nonetheless, it doesn't have the comfort of a ferry journey though. When you travel by ferry from for example Kiel to Gothenburg your vacation starts by boarding the ferry.
So in short you can either travel from Sweden to Germany via the following options
- By a direct ferry, for example, Trelleborg Rostock, Malmo Travemunde, Ystad-Sassnitz, Rostock-Stockholm, or Gothenborg – Kiel
- Indirect ferry: from Germany to Denmark and then by car or ferry to Sweden.
- By bridge: traveling from Germany via the Danish highways and then via the Southbridge to Sweden.
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Map with ferry routes to Sweden from Germany
In this map you can easily zoom in and out and figure out the different routes from Germany to Sweden. You can go directly by ferry from Germany to Sweden, you can travel via Denmark and the Sontbridge, or via Denmark and then the ferry.
The crossing to Sweden is possible by car since there are a lot of bridges, and in almost all cases you can bring your car on the ferry. However, in a lot of cases the ferry is the better choice when it comes to comfort and entertainment.
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Option 1: direct ferry to Sweden from Germany
When you leave from Germany most of the departure ports are somewhat close to each other. So it makes the most sense to look at where you have to be in Sweden and what the different options to sail or drive there costs. There is a direct ferry from Kiel to Gothenburg, this is a great option if you enjoy being on a ferry and don't mind spending a night onboard.
There are also ferries departing from Travemunde to Malmo and Trelleborg, if you need to be more in the Southern regions of Sweden. There also was a ferry to Stockholm from Rostock but this ferry is currently on hold.
Onboard the ships is entertainment, restaurants, kids play centers and more to make your trip and enjoyable one.
There is plenty of choice and you can travel to the cities Ystad, Gothenborg, Malmo, Trelleborg directly by ferry to Germany.
Germany ⇔ Sweden
Option 2: Travelling from Germany to Sweden via Denmark
Option 2 is to travel from Germany to Sweden via Denmark. You can choose to travel this route by car from Germany to Denmark first and then from Denmark to Sweden by either bridge (Oresundbridge / Sontbridge) to Sweden or by one of the ferries from Denmark to Sweden.
Sweden ⇔ Denmark
Option 3 Driving to Sweden from Germany (via Denmark)
It is even possible to travel to Sweden from Germany by car via the Great Belt Bridge heading to Copenhagen and then from Copenhagen via the Sontbridge to Malmö (Sontbridge) and then take the ferry from Denmark to Germany. Or you can travel from Puttgarden to Rodby and later take the bridge from Copenhagen to Malmö
Frequent Asked Question ferries to Sweden from Germany
If you travel from Germany or somewhere else in Europe to Sweden than Germany is one of the best ferry hubs for Sweden. From Germany 7 ferries are sailing directly to Sweden. Amongst them the popular connections from Kiel to Gothenburg, Sassnitz to Ystad, Travemunde-Trelleborg and more.
On almost all ferries to Sweden from Germany you can bring your car, if you book well in advance and acquired a spot on the parking deck in your reservation. You can even drive to Sweden from Germany (via Denmark). Then you make the crossing via the Sontbridge which connects Kopenhagen to Malmo.
The ferries leaving from Sassnitz (Northern Germany) and are heading for Ystad and Trelleborg in Southern Sweden are among the quickest connections between the two countries. Via these routes you can be from Germany to Sweden in just 2 hours.