What’s the best way to get to Sweden?
The reason for going to Sweden was an easy access to Ystad from Swinoujscie. I believe that if someone wants to spend a few days visiting this country, a ferry trip is almost perfect. First, it is an adventure. Second, you can take your own car, bicycles, and unlimited luggage that can fit in the vehicle. It is also much more comfortable than on a plane. You can easily take a walk, go to a bar, a restaurant, or even a casino. The Swinoujscie-Ystad ferry takes about 8 hours.
We bought return tickets from unityline.pl, and they cost us 180 EUR. The price included:
The bikes are free of charge (we had them on the roof of the car) but after purchasing the ticket we had to call Unity Line to inform them that we’re going to transport bikes, so they can arrange the setting up of the vehicles on board.
We were able to add a sleeping option to our ticket, a cabin. However, the lady on the hotline told us that during the pandemic there are not many people on the ferry. We could save money. We followed this advice, and it was a good tip. Eventually, we slept on public airplane seats, that fold out and are free. We saved about 150 EUR in return tickets by not purchasing the cabin option. We would only sleep there for about 6 hours.
It is also possible to buy tickets with breakfast and a welcome drink, which in our opinion was pointless. At 5 am it is too early for us for a big breakfast, and we bought a drink for a good night’s sleep. After all, it was only 8 hours on board.
Our ferry left the shore from Swinoujscie at 23.00 and arrived to Ystad at 6.30.
On the Skane ferry to Sweden we had a quiet, secluded, and dark place to sleep. On the way back on the Polonia ferry (a different model) there were no longer such comfortable places to sleep. The seats were in a lit place where there was a group of loud people and a security guard told us that it was forbidden to use sleeping bags. However, he pointed us to a place on a different floor where we can lie down and sleep without any problems. We took the sleeping bag to cover ourselves just in case, but it turned out to be a great idea. It was a fantastic night’s sleep.
Unity Line offers a Day Trip to Ystad. Departure from Swinoujscie is at 11 PM, arrival at 6.30 AM. The ferry returns at 1.00 pm. You can complete sightseeing Ystad in about two hours. However, I would recommend staying in Skane a bit longer. By visiting only this town, you won’t see much. The ticket price of 90 EUR per person is worth spending on traveling around Skåne for a little longer. We were there for 5 days.