Majestic, Maritime and Mellow

The city centre of Karlskrona is uniquely situated in the middle of an archipelago, 6 km from the mainland. This gives a unique, spacious sense to the city - and breathtaking views. Karlskrona is an exciting encounter with Sweden’s naval history. In 1680, King Carl XI ordered the construction of the city as Sweden’s naval base, due to its location. The naval presence has ensured distinctive architectural qualities, and UNESCO has named Karlskrona a World Heritage City. Despite its militant past, Karlskrona is a peaceful town, with an open and friendly atmosphere. Gunpowder towers and fortifications make a splendid backdrop, mixing with yellow ferries, white sails and even submarines visible in the waters around the city.

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Useful information



Distance from pier to city center

City commercial port: 700 m
Ferry terminal Verkö, quay 12 km
Karlskrona City Port is located in central Karlskrona with shopping, dining and all the attractions at easy walking distance.
300m from pier or tender landing

Transportation to/from airport

30 km - approx 25 min by taxi


Swedish krona SEK

Transport to/from city center

From pier: 3-5 minutes’ walk From Ferry terminal: 15 minutes by bus from downtown

City Card

Not available

Downloadable map

Not available

Port information

Berthing policy: Information available here

Karlskrona City and Commercial Port

Max LOA: 140 m Max depth: 7,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger and traffic Restrictions: 130 m loa and depth 7,3 m Clean pier before arrival + maintenance during the day: Available Learn more
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Verkö, quay 1

Max LOA: 240 m Max depth: 9 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger and Ro-pax Restrictions: 240 m loa and 9 m depth Clean pier before arrival + maintenance during the day: Available Learn more

Port Reception Facilities

Handelshamnen city terminal

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 1 more than 20 m3/hourDirect downstream to municipal facilities: 1 approx 20 m3/hourMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): no Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Karlskrona City Port  SEK 2,80 / GT  At anchor SEK  1,45 / GT ISPS   (for both port/anchor) SEK 1,85 / GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

SEK 13,40 / GT

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Personal welcome

Dressed in 18th century clothes, guards/soldiers and civilians greet our guests on the pier. A salute is fired from a canon if approved by ship.

Musical welcome

On request

Free local food samples

On request

Cruise guest national flags

On request

Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays

Some shops are open Sundays

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Free city maps

Yes, a wide range of maps

Independent guest reception and help

We offer all cruise lines set up a hospitality desk on board with our personnel. Staff on pier provides information and brochures/maps

Mailbox available
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

Signs and maps

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

Tourist information on pier

Free Wi-Fi in port

Free Wi-Fi with login in the city centre.

Destination collaboration
Authorized guides

All guides are authorized World Heritage City guides

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest

We have an ongoing education of local businesses and partners

Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility

One cruise call at the time allows for a high level of flexibility

Destination video available for Cruise Lines

Several destination videos are available for unrestricted use

Free shuttle available

Mini-train serves as shuttle service to/from the city centre

City centre within 1 km from pier

City center 300 meters away from quay

Publicly regulated taxis
Hop on/hop off services in port area

Allowed, but not yet present as a service

Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city

Yes, right in the city centre, in the middle of the archipelago

Direct flights to USA

Copenhagen Airport is the closest to us

Airport less than one hour drive from port

Copenhagen Airport is located 2,5 hours from the destination

Selected attractions

Naval Museum (National)

A look inside the Swedish naval history with a real time submarine, underwater observation tunnel, and a full scale gun-deck of 18th century ship.

The Admirality Church and Rosenbom

An impressive wooden church dated back to 1685. Outside the church stands the statue of the local legend "Old Man Rosenbom"

Blekinge Museum and Grevagården

Local history. Exhibitions about the history of the county, Blekinge coastal culture, and 18th century Blekinge. Just next to the museum you find the world heritage building Grevagården where you can enjoy coffee in the baroque garden.

Exciting extras

Karlskrona – by Sea

A classic 1-hour sightseeing boat tour of the World Heritage City.

Icecream and a great View

Relish on local ice cream, as you enjoy the view out over the archipelago from a double-decker bus.

Nostalgia Car Museum/ Porcelain Museum

Two small, family-owned museums under one roof. Visit local history and sweet nostalgia.Visit a somewhat odd blend that hits the spot.

The Holy Trinity Church

Stunning church ceiling, dating back to the 18th century.


14 Nov 2018
14 Nov 2018
Events in Karlskrona
Place: Karlskrona
Category: Other
On the link you can find all kinds of different events. They all take place over the course of the year in Karlskrona municipality.

Varied Shore Excurions


Kungsholm Fortress
This fortress has guarded the entrance to Karlskrona for more than 300 years. A spectacular tour out in the archipelago, where you get to experience the fort's exotic garden and stunning circular harbour. This is a great opportunity to see Karlskrona from its best side, seaside!
Old Naval Shipyard
This is located inside the actual naval base. Unique naval history, 300 meter long wooden Ropery from 1690, real ropemakers show you their skills.
Karlskrona City Tour
The Great Square, picturesque Stumholmen, Björkholmen and Brändaholm, the Old Naval Shipyard, a view of Karlskrona and the archipelago from its highest point, Bryggareberget.
Historical Kristianopel
Venture into the spectacularly scenic countryside in southeastern Sweden and explore the country’s first renaissance town Kristianopel. Kristianopel, which was previously a danish town, was founded almost a century before Karlskrona. In its earliest years the town served as a remote frontier fortress for the Danes. The frontier were frequently under attack by the Swedes in a long power struggle between the countries.


Cold War Experience
A close encounter with a real cold war submarine at the impressive new Naval Museum in combination with an exciting tour of underground civil defense quarters and railway tunnels.


The Municipalty of Karlskrona
Terje Pedersen
Head of Tourism
The Municipalty of Karlskrona
Liliann Bjerström