Frequently Asked Question(s)
Why can’t I make a car reservation Långnäs-Galtby, Osnäs-Hummelvik or vice versa without making an overnight stop?
Our ferries are intended for the inhabitants of the archipelago communities, and thus the ferries are fairly small and their dimensions are according to the needs of the population of the islands. Since the ferries are financed with tax revenue we do not compete with the privately-owned shipping companies. We do not make reservations for trips from one end of the route to the other in one day because that would mainly favour the communities on the main island of Åland.
Do I need to reserve a place for my motorcycle, my bike, or if I’m travelling without a vehicle?
We make reservations for one motorcycle or more and bikes if you have a group of two or more. Especially during high season it is a good idea to make a reservation. We do not book passengers travelling without a vehicle unless it is a group of 20 or more people.
We already made a car reservation, but we forgot to mention we have a caravan too. Is this important?
Yes. We only make reservations for 17 meters in total for camping cars/cars and caravan per trip. When making the reservation, you should state type of vehicle, length of vehicle, whether you’re transporting goods on a roof-rack or a trailer etc. Since the ferries are fairly small, there might not be room for your vehicle if you forgot to mention what kind of vehicle you have. Prices are according to the type of vehicle, not to the length of the vehicle.
When and how can I reserve a place on the ferries?
You can reserve a place for your vehicle by calling Ålandstrafiken during office hours. You can also fax or e-mail your reservation to us. If you do, please list one or more alternatives to your choice of departure. We handle fax and e-mail reservations during office hours. We need the registration number of the vehicle, as the ferry crew checks your reservation from the reservation list according to the plate number.
How do I pay my bus ticket?
You can only pay with cash, in euro or Swedish crowns.
How far in advance should one make a reservation?
Make the reservation in time, at least one month in advance. If you’re planning a trip in July, you should make your reservation at least two months in advance. If you’re planning to travel during Midsummer weekend, it’s a good idea to make the reservation 4-6 months in advance. Remember to reserve your return ticket as well, especially in July the ferries can be full for two-three weeks in a row. It’s easier to try to make changes to an existing reservation than to make a new one at the very last minute in July.
I want to make a car reservation from Turku to Mariehamn today, is that possible?
We make reservations for the ferries departing from Galtby, Korpo or Osnäs (Vuosnainen), Kustavi on the Finnish mainland. Galtby is about 75 km from Turku, you take the road to Pargas (Parainen) and travel via Nagu to Korpo. Calculate a minimum of 2 hours time to get from Turku to Galtby by car. In order to get to Osnäs harbour, you drive to Kustavi and take the Vartsala cable ferry. Please observe that the cable ferry has its' own timetable and one should calculate a minimum of 1,5 h from Turku to Osnäs. We make reservations between Osnäs and Hummelvik (in the community of Vårdö appr. 50 km from Mariehamn) and Galtby-Långnäs (in the community of Lumparland appr. 30 km from Mariehamn) if you make an overnight stop in an intermediate harbour.
What do you mean by “intermediate harbour”?
By intermediate harbour we mean an island between the end harbours Galtby and Osnäs on the Finnish mainland and Långnäs, Hummelvik and Svinö on the Åland Islands. The communities on the main island are not considered intermediate harbours.
I want to make a reservation from Långnäs to Överö and vice versa and from Degerby to Svinö and vice versa, is this possible?
No, we don’t make reservations between Långnäs and Överö since the Föglö line between Svinö and Degerby operates about once an hour. We also do not make reservations for the Föglö line, since the ferry M/S Skarven has departures almost hourly. One should, however, be at the harbour about 15 minutes before departure. The trip between Svinö and Degerby takes 30 minutes.
Does a trip on your ferries cost anything?
Yes, you pay a fee for your vehicle when travelling to/from an end harbour (Hummelvik, Långnäs, Svinö, Osnäs, Galtby). Travel between the intermediate harbours is free of charge.
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