Originally Posted by FinlandThumper
I take a ferry to Stockholm and then run straight down to Copenhagen via Helsingborg. The ride takes about 7 hours or so if you don't stop for much. Realistically you could be in N. Germany via Femahrn in a really long day's ride of about 10-12 hours. Depends on your endurance, but when you compare what Finnlines charges to get you from Germany to Helsinki, you'll find you will save a lot of money.
If you pay Finnlines listed prices especially in the high season, yes. Low season, or some special offers, then the direct boat between Germany & Finland may actually get very close to what you pay for a boat to Sweden, fuel for riding through Sweden & Denmark, and boats or bridges to get to mainland Europe from there. And possibly pay to stay somewhere overnight as well. All those do not come cheap either, difference is you pay them with smaller amounts along the way. Plus it is a long and boring ride, especially if you use the main roads in Sweden.
If two people + 1 bike can get on the Finnlines boat in Travemunde for ~ 400 euros, and this includes their own cabin, Iīd most definitely take that, instead of heading towards Sweden, and especially when going home after a long trip in other parts of Europe.