Tallink to reopen Tallinn-Stockholm ferry route after almost 16 months on 9 July

By Andrew Pentol |

The Tallinn-Stockholm ferry route will initially be operated with just the Baltic Queen vessel (pictured).

AS Tallink Grupp (Tallink Group) is to reopen the Tallinn-Stockholm ferry route on 9 July 2021 after almost 16 months.

Tallinn-Stockholm route vessels Baltic Queen and Victoria were suspended from 14 March due to travel restrictions between Estonia and Sweden as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The route will initially be operated with just the Baltic Queen vessel with departures from Tallinn (18:00) and Stockholm (17:30) every other day. Ticket sales for the Tallinn-Stockholm route open today (15 June).

Ahead of reopening the route to the public on 9 July, the company will operate a special cruise to Stockholm on 7 July. This will give Tallink’s cooperation partners and employees the first opportunity to sail again on the route.

Paavo Nõgene, CEO, Tallink Grupp (pictured below) said: “When we temporarily suspended the Tallinn-Stockholm ferry route on 14 March 2020, severing the crucial regular maritime connection between our two capitals for the first time in decades, we never thought it would take us nearly a year-and-a-half to restore this connection.

“We have done what we could during this time, enabling passengers with cars to travel to Sweden using our cargo vessels on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route, temporarily operating a Tallinn-Stockholm-Riga triangle route with our cruise ferry Victoria I and giving customers the option to travel to Sweden via Finland, where and when possible.

‘NOTHING AS GOOD AS A DIRECT FERRY CONNECTION’

“But nothing has been as good as a direct ferry connection. I am very pleased that the improvement of the pandemic situation and the progress with the vaccinations, has now reached a point where quarantine-free travel between Estonia and Sweden is a reality from 1 July and we are able to meet the popular demand at last and re-start operations on this important route.”

He added: “As we slowly start coming out of the restrictions and will see how the pandemic situation develops in the coming months. Our vessels continue to provide sufficient opportunities for social distancing on board and we will continue with the extremely strict hygiene and disinfecting procedures on board.

“At the same time, we are gearing up to offer our customers the best dining, entertainment, relaxation experiences and unforgettable moments on the Baltic sea as always after the extremely challenging winter and spring. For the last few months, we have received questions from our customers almost daily, asking us on both sides when they will be able to sail to Stockholm or Tallinn again. I am pleased to say this time has now arrived and you are all most welcome on board Baltic Queen.”

Tallink added that the re-opening of the route will once again give people working in Scandinavia the option to travel to work with their cars.

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