Press release of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:
Meyer: Sassnitz-Mukran ferry port is an important tourist hub
Schwerin, 18.04.2022 -More comfort for holiday travellers: The Ministry of Transport, DB Fernverkehr, Hanseatische Eisenbahn (HANS), the ferry lines and the port have agreed to offer passengers train connections directly from Bergen on Rügen to the Sassnitz/Mukran ferry terminal. The route will initially be reactivated on a trial basis. During the main arrival and departure days of the coming holiday season, there will be train connections with interregional connections in Bergen auf Rügen on Saturdays.
"Thanks to the ferry lines to Bornholm and Ystad, the ferry port of Sassnitz-Mukran is an important tourist hub in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In order to further expand this position, to offer passengers more comfort and also to guarantee ferry passengers without a car better accessibility to the port, we want to make this offer," said Reinhard Meyer, Minister for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour.
Comfortably by train to the ferry
On all Saturdays between 21.05. and 24.09.2022 as well as on 15. and 22.10.2022, two return journeys will be offered on the route between Bergen auf Rügen and Sassnitz Fährhafen with local trains of the Hanseatic Railway with the newly established line RE 27. In the morning, there is a connection to and from the ferry to Rønne/Bornholm. In the afternoon, there is a connection to the Bornholm ferry (except in the period 02.07.- 06.08.2022) as well as to the ferry to and from Ystad. In Bergen auf Rügen, there are connections to direct long-distance and regional trains to/from Rostock, Hamburg and Berlin, but also e.g. to/from Saxony, Thuringia, Hesse, Bavaria, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. "This gives holidaymakers the opportunity to travel comfortably and in an environmentally friendly way by train to the ships of Bornholm Lines and FRS Baltic from the island of Rügen to the Kingdom of Denmark or Sweden," said Meyer.
Land finances additional trips
The Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm can be reached by ferry in 3:20 to 4:15 hours. The crossing to the southern Swedish town of Ystad takes only 2 hours and 15 minutes from Sassnitz. The additional RE 27 journeys are ordered and financed by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The expected costs are around 40,000 euros. After the end of the season, all parties involved will jointly evaluate the demand for the service and discuss the design of the service for the 2023 season.
Berthold Witting, Managing Director of VMV Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH, emphasises: "The trial operation of the RE 27 is another step towards the mobility revolution and reactivates a popular tourist connection for local transport. In the 2022 season, the ferry port of Sassnitz will once again be accessible by climate-friendly train. I hope that many holidaymakers will take up the offer and travel by train to the popular island of Rügen and on excursions to Denmark or Sweden.
Alexander Kaczmarek, Deutsche Bahn's Group Representative for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, is pleased: "Another building block for environmentally friendly travel! The port, the shipping company and the railway companies have pulled together and VMV has coordinated in the best possible way. The result is a customer-friendly offer.
Dr Ralf Böhme, Managing Director of Hanseatische Eisenbahn GmbH (HANS) emphasises: "The shuttle connections close and complete the gap between the ferries and long-distance and regional transport; for example, the travel chain Scandinavia - Berlin. We are confident that this offer will be very popular.
More information about the train connections
The RE 27 timetable is attached. If you have any questions, please contact Katharina Henkel (Team Leader Public Relations and Marketing VMV) under 0385/59087-14 or firstname.lastname@example.org available.
Background information on VMV Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
The state-owned company is involved in the implementation of the state government's transport policy goals and ensures the provision of transport services in local rail passenger transport (SPNV). Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH was founded in 1995 after the railway reform reorganised the state's responsibilities for regional passenger rail transport. With the Regionalisation Act, responsibility was transferred to the federal states. The VMV is responsible for assuming the duties of planning, organising and financing transport services in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. With the Public Transport Act of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the state regulates the distribution of responsibilities within its borders: While road-based public transport is the responsibility of the municipal authorities, regional passenger transport remains under the administration of the state because of its supra-regional importance.