Megalist of Baltic Sea Ferry Operators 2024

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Ferries are a convenient and popular transport option in the Baltic Sea region. They come in many different shapes and sizes; from half-hour rides on 50-seater boats, all the way to overnight journeys on boats holding 3000 passengers. We have compiled a list of all the ferry operators in the Baltic Sea, which you can find below. To the best of our knowledge, we have captured all the major ferry operators in the Baltic Sea region. There are undoubtably some smaller operators that slipped though, however we are fairly confident about capturing the majority of the actual passenger volume in the Baltic Sea.

The following list is in no particular order.

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Logo of Finnlines

Finnlines operates three large routes in the Baltic Sea, linking Germany (Lübeck/Travemünde) to Finland (Helsinki), Lübeck/Travemünde to Malmö (Sweden) and Stockholm (Sweden) to Naantali (very near Turku, Finland). They have a larger focus on cargo and those travelling with cars/trucks will find Finnlines very welcoming. Their daily ferry between Lübeck/Travemünde and Helsinki can be a big time and money saver if travelling with a car or a lot of items.


Logo of Viking Line

Viking Line is one of the largest ferry operators in the Baltic Sea. They operate most major routes within the Baltic Sea, with a focus on connecting Scandinavia.


Logo of Tallink Silja

Tallink Silja is perhaps the largest ferry operator in the Baltic Sea. They compete directly with Viking Line on routes, ships, onboards, etc., although they have a few more routes to offer.


Logo of Eckerö Line

Eckerö Line runs a single ship, M/S Finlandia, between Helsinki and Tallinn a few times per day. The ship is actually quite nice, and is often the cheapest last-minute fare for the journey between Helsinki and Tallinn. Note: this is a different company from Eckerö Linjen, although both Eckerö Line and Eckerö Linjen are owned by the same parent company.


Logo of Stena Line

Stena Line offers many ferry routes in the lower part of the Baltic Sea, as well as many ferries in the North Sea. Stena Line offers a lot of ferries, especially between Germany/Poland and Sweden.


Logo of DFDS

DFDS is one of the largest passenger, cargo, and logistics companies in Europe. Their passenger routes on the Baltic Sea are a bit offbeat, but good for those with cars especially who are looking to make a crossing of the Baltic Sea, and to avoid traffic of the larger cities. DFDS has a lot of routes in the North Sea as well, but we haven't included them here.


Logo of TT-Line

TT-Line is a medium-sized ferry operator based in Northern Germany (Lübeck). They generally offer ferries from Poland and Northern Germany to Trelleborg in Sweden.


Logo of Wasaline

Wasaline offers a ferry service between Vaasa in Finland, across the Gulf of Bothnia, to Umeå in Sweden. Their ship, M/S Wasa Express, has space for passengers and cargo loads.


Logo of Unity Line

Unity Line is a Polish ferry company which currently offers ferries between Ystad in Sweden, and Świnoujście in Poland.


  • Ystad to/from Świnoujście

Logo of Polferries

Polferries is another Polish ferry company that connects Poland's northern ports with those in Sweden.


  • Ystad to/from Świnoujście
  • Gdańsk to/from Nynäshamn
  • Świnoujście to Copenhagen via Ystad

Logo of Bornholmnslinjen

Bornholmnslinjen connects ports on the Swedish, Danish, and German mainland to the Danish island of Bornholm.


  • Bornholm to/from Ystad
  • Bornholm to/from Køge
  • Bornholm to/from Sassnitz

Logo of Eckerölinjen

Eckerölinjen operates a single ferry connection between Grisslehamn in Sweden, and Eckerö in the Åland Islands. Not to be confused with Eckerö Line, which operates a route between Helsinki and Tallinn, and is also owned by the same parent company.


Logo of Destination Gotland

Destination Gotland operates a fleet of ferries between the Swedish mainland and Sweden's largest island, Gotland.


  • Oskarshamn to/from Visby
  • Nynäshamn to/from Visby

Logo of Scandlines

A German ferry company linking the north coast of Germany (Rostock and Puttgarden) to Denmark (Gedser and Rødby) with multiple modern and moderately-sized roll-on roll-off passenger ferries.


  • Rostock to/from Gedser
  • Puttgarden to/from Rødby

Logo of Żegluga Gdańska

Żegluga Gdańska operates smaller ferries throughout Northern Poland, as well as into Russian Kaliningrad.


  • Gdynia to/from Bałtyjsk
  • (and more within Poland itself)

Kołobrzeska Żegluga Pasażerska

Kołobrzeska Żegluga Pasażerska offers a year-round small ferry service between Kołobrzeg in North Poland, to Bornholm, the Danish island in the Baltic.


  • Kołobrzeg to/from Bornholm

Logo of connects the mainland of Estonia with two of Estonia's largest islands, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa.


  • Rohuküla to/from Hiiumaa
  • Virtsu to/from Muhu+Saaremaa

Logo of Kihnu Veeteed

Kihnu Veeteed is a domestic ferry operator in Estonia, connecting many of its islands to the mainland. They offer many routes throughout the country, both on the Baltic Sea, and also on Lake Peipus.


  • Tallinn to/from Aegna
  • Laaksaare to/from Piirissaare
  • Munalaid to/from Kihnu
  • Munalaid to/from Manilaid
  • Saaremaa (Triigi) to/from Hiiumaa (Sõru)
  • Rohuküla to/from Vormsi (Sviby)

Logo of Tuule Liinid

Tuule Liinid is another smaller Estonian operator, offering a single route connecting the mainland to Kelnase, a small island near Tallinn.


  • Leppneeme to/from Kelnase

Logo of Saimaa Travel

Saimaa Travel is a Finnish company from Leppävaara offering cruises through the Saimaa canal to Vyborg (Viipuri, Выборг) in Russia. Besides St. Peter Line, they are one of the few companies that can get you on a "Visa Free" cruise to Russia. Once reaching Vyborg, they offer guided connections to Saint Petersburg. They are, however, a seasonal operator.


  • Leppävaara to/from Vyborg (and onwards to Saint Petersburg).

Logo of St. Peter Line

Note: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic St. Peter Line has not been operating. We will update their description when they start to operate again


  • Helsinki to/from Saint Petersburg
  • Saint Petersburg to Tallinn (note: only one direction, every-other week)
  • Tallinn to Stockholm (note: only one direction, every-other week)
  • Stockholm to Helsinki (note: only one direction, every-other week)

Logo of Birka Cruises

Defunct as of July 2020. Operated 21 hour round-trip cruises from Stockholm, with a night on board through the Stockholm Archipelago. Birka also operated some one-off multiple day cruises in the Baltic Sea for special events (e.g. Christmas). Also note that Birka Cruises was/is owned by the same company as Eckerölinjen and Eckerö Line.


  • Stockholm Archipelago (round trip / "cruise")
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