Polferries is the largest Polish ferry company. It was founded in 1976 as a state-owned company and operated a large route network during the communist era, which extended to England and also included cargo ships. In 1991, the company was transformed into a joint-stock company and henceforth limited itself to connections from Poland to Sweden. In the following years, terminals and ships were modernised and in some cases new ones were acquired, so that the fleet now meets the usual European standards.
Polferries operates two ferry connections: From Gdansk, it calls at the Swedish port of Nynäshamn, which is close to the Swedish capital Stockholm. From the western Polish Baltic port of Swinemünde (Polish: Świnoujście), there is a call at Ystad in the extreme south of Sweden. Due to the proximity of the departure port to the German border, this connection is also attractive for travellers from Germany, as it is one of the shortest ferry connections from Central Europe to Sweden.
Currently Polferries owns five ships; all of them are conventional ships with large capacities for 1000-1500 passengers each. All ships have gastronomic facilities, including at least one restaurant as well as additional catering facilities such as cafés or bars. In addition, there are shops, casinos and sometimes even a disco.
As the crossings are quite long – the shortest crossing from Swindemünde to Ystad takes around six hours, the longest from Gdansk to Nynäshamn a full 18 hours – all ships also have cabins; there is usually cabin space for around half the permitted number of passengers.
The route from Swinoujscie to Ystad is operated once a day in winter and two or three times a day in summer. The route from Gdansk to Nynäshamn is operated once a day all year round (with the exception of a few public holidays).
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