How long does it take?
2018, Göta channel is open from May 2nd to September 30th. During high season, the canal is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. On certain sections there are extended opening hours during certain periods. During the booking season, all the pleasure boats travel in convoys according to a set itinerary, and locks and bridges are kept open according to this.
A Göta Canal trip between Mem and Sjötorp normally takes 6–7 days during the peak season.
During the high season, a trip on the Göta Canal from Mem to Sjötorp, or vice versa, usually takes 6-8 days. If you only travel one or two legs of the journey, you can count on the following timeframe:
Sjötorp - Karlsborg, 1-3 days
Motala - Berg, 1-3 days
Norsholm - Mem, 1-2 days
Some weeks, when many people are on vacation and want to travel the Göta Canal, there may be a lot of traffic, which may create waiting times.
Pre-order season (fixed itinerary)
During the pre-order season all traffic is carried out in convoys according to a set itierary. The journey through the Göta Canal from Sjötorp to Mem, or vice versa, takes 5 days according to the itinerary. If you only travel one or two legs of the journey, the following number of days applies:
Sjötorp - Karlsborg, 2 days
Motala - Berg, 2 days
Norsholm - Mem, 1 day
Göta Canal Express
During the booking season you can also purchase the ticket Göta Canal Express, suitable for those who want to transport their boat quickly through the canal. The entire Göta Canal takes 3 days, and the sections one day each, with the Express ticket.
The locks opening hours
During the booking season all boats travel in convoys according to a set itinerary, and locking and bridge openings are carried out accordingly.
During high season the Göta Canal is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. Please note that last locking must be completed at. 6 PM and before it should also be possible to get to a marina or other night harbor. Therefore, last locking at a specific lock can be significantly earlier.
If you continue on through Sweden to Gothenburg and the west coast, count on 2–3 more days for Lake Vänern and the Trollhätte Canal. Read more about the Trollhätte Canal. Trollhätte Canal
Distances and navigation times:
Note: Navigation times depend on the current traffic situation; you may have to wait during your canal journey.
Read more about waits in the Skipper’s Guide.