Bookings for the new ferry line, which will connect Sassnitz on the island of Rügen with Ystad in southern Sweden in just 2.5 hours from 17 September 2020 on, are now very welcome. Bookings are possible for crossings with the high-speed catamaran “Skane Jet” between 17th September and 1st November.

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The catamaran Skane Jet has in the last years sailed for Fjord Line between northern Denmark and southern Norway, connecting the two countries in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. From september 2020, it will now serve Sassnitz (Germany) and Ystad (Sweden) and will be the fastest connection between the two countries (Press picture: FRS)

The ferry connection between the German island of Rügen and Sweden, historically known as the “Königslinie” (German for “King’s Line”), can look back on more than 100 years of history.

The name originates from the German emperor and Swedish king who attended the festive route opening ceremony in 1897. When the previous operator withdrew from the service this year due to the Corona crisis, the end of the traditional ferry line was imminent.

We are delighted to announce that FRS will reopen the ferry service from ferry port Sassnitz in September 2020. We believe in the touristic value of this line and will enhance the service for the passengers by introducing the fastest connection between the European mainland and Sweden,  says Götz Becker, CEO of FRS.

FRS will be setting new standards in terms of travel time: the high-speed ferry takes only 2 hours and 30 minutes to cover the distance between Germany and Sweden. This almost halves the previous travel time! Compared to conventional ferry lines in the region the time advantage is even greater. 

– Thanks to the fast ferry, we are able to offer two daily departures per port. What is new is that Ystad will be served instead of Trelleborg, explains Moritz Bruns, Managing Director of the new FRS line. 

Find the website for “Königslinie” (Kings Line) HERE

– The attractive tourist destination Ystad as well as the reduced travel time open up completely new possibilities such as day trips or weekend trips“.

The catamaran ferry provides two passenger decks with space for about 700 persons on board. The vehicle deck can accommodate up to 210 cars but also provides space for mobile homes and busses.

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A large on-board shop and a varied gastronomic offer complement the journey. The maximum speed of the catamaran is 44 knots. However, FRS will not operate at such speed records. 

– We have developed an environmentally optimized operating profile for this line. We will run the ferry in the most fuel-efficient mode and still offer passengers the fastest ferry connection between Germany and Sweden with a journey time of only 2.5 hours, explains the Managing Director of the new FRS ferry connection.

– Thanks to our many years of experience and the excellent cooperation with politics as well as the involved ports we have succeeded in developing a concept to maintain and continue the line within a very short time, says Götz Becker. 

– The cities and regions on both sides will benefit from the line touristically as well as economically.” 

FRS is investing about 15 million euros in the new service. Operations are scheduled to start on Mid-September.