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Never again travel with the Royal Line: Sassnitz-Trelleborg ferry line to be discontinued

Die Fähre Sassnitz-Trelleborg wird den Dienst ab April 2023 wieder aufnehmen. Dazu wechselt die Reederei FRS Baltic den Zielhafen von Ystad auf Trelleborg und wird die alte Königslinie somit neu beleben.

The Sassnitz – Trelleborg ferry is to close permanently. This was decided by the Swedish shipping company Stena Line. There have been too few passengers on the King Line for quite some time. Nevertheless, the closure was not an easy decision for the company.

Due to the Corona crisis, the oldest ferry connection in Europe is currently closed. But even to crisis, operations are not to continue. Overall, too few people travel from Rügen to Sweden. This has resulted in a poor economic situation to route. The Royal Line is not only the oldest ferry connection in Europe, but also the fastest ferry connection from Germany to Sweden.

In four hours from Rügen to southern Sweden

The ferry takes four hours from Sassnitz Mukran to southern Sweden. 111 years ago the first ferry left from this route. But in recent years, only just under 300,000 passengers a year booked a trip. Too little to cover the costs. The ferry Sassnitz is to be transferred to Sweden. Stena Line plans to continue operating the route from Rostock to Trelleborg.

120 employees are affected

on-board staff, staff in the on-board store and employees at the check-in: A total of 120 employees are affected by the closure of the route. Due to the Corona pandemic, they are already on short time. Works council and unions will soon meet to exchange interests.

From Rügen to Sweden: More options

If you still want to travel from Rügen to Sweden, you can to other ferry routes and other alternatives. Alternative ferry routes are, for example, the Stena Line route Rostock-Trelleborg or Travemünde-Malmö with the shipping company Finnlines. But also the Scandlines ferry Rostock-Gedser is an alternative.

There is no direct train connection, but there is a train from Bergen to Rügen to Stockholm Centralstation via Hamburg and Malmö. With transfers, the trip takes about 15 hours.

By car and without a ferry, a trip to Sweden is also possible. We take the A7 to Flensburg and then continue over the Storebelt Bridge and Öresund Bridge to Malmö.

New catamaran fast ferry

Due to the closure of the King’s Line to 111 years, the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is now faced with the Shipping company FRSwhich operates several island ferries in Germany but also ferries to the Canary Islands and other regions worldwide, is in negotiations about a fast ferry that can reach its destination in a maximum of 2 hours and 30 minutes. drive from germany to sweden shall.

FRS to take over new King Line from September 2020

The Flensburg-based shipping company will operate the new Royal Line from Sassnitz to Ystad from September 2020. The catamaran ferry will operate to
ferry connection Sassnitz – Ystad
respectively Ystad – Sassnitz used. In the low season, the fast ferry will shuttle between Germany and Sweden once a day. In the high season then 2 times a day.

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