Cuxhaven - Brunsbüttel: New Elbe ferry starts in March


The new Elbe ferry from Cuxhaven to Brunsbüttel will start service in March. Photo: Elbferry GmbH / Tor Arne Aasen, Samferdselsfoto)

From March 2021 there will be a ferry connection between Cuxhaven and Brunsbüttel again. The ferry “Greenferry I” with its home port in Cuxhaven then starts its journeys on the Elbe. For Cuxhaven vacationers, another day's destination for bike tours, sightseeing and shopping trips can be easily reached by boat across the Elbe. The ferry can also be used for a quick journey from Schleswig-Holstein.

In addition to the fast connection between Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, which also includes car transport, the ferry crossing Cuxhaven - Brunsbüttel is also intended to convey a feeling of sea travel. The ferry, built in 2007, has various decks with enough space to sniff the sea air. There is also a panorama restaurant with over 500 indoor and outdoor seats and an on-board shop on board.

The ship, which was called “Fanafjord” in Norway, will sail six times a day and every three hours. According to the timetable, it starts at 5 a.m. in Brunsbüttel and docks for the last time in Cuxhaven at 21.30 p.m. The crossing takes 60 minutes each.

The “Greenferry I” double-ended ferry, built in 2007, is 130 m long, almost 20 m wide and is operated with liquefied natural gas. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is gaining ground as a fuel in the shipping industry. In addition to the truck deck for freight traffic, the ferry has space for around 150 cars. A total of 600 people can be transported.

The ferry terminal in Cuxhaven. Photo: Henze

With managing director Heinrich Ahlers at the helm, Elbferry GmbH & Co. KG, based in Brunsbüttel, was able to secure a suitable ferry after lengthy negotiations to set the course for the resumption of ferry operations. The shipping company Strahlmann and MTB New Energy are also on board the company as shareholders.

Further information: Tickets can be booked at or by calling +49 4852 83 60 150. For last-minute travelers, tickets will also be available on site in Cuxhaven am Steubenhöft and in the service building in Brunsbüttel.

The editors of used the ferry connection regularly in previous years. Photo: Henze

A passage for drivers with a car costs between 25 and 28 euros per route. Adults pay 11 euros for a one-way trip, 18 euros for a return trip, children from 7 to 14 years 8 or 12 euros. A surcharge of 4 euros per route is due for taking a bicycle with you. If you just want to enjoy the boat trip and stay on board on the outward and return journey, you can book a “mini cruise” at a price of 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for children.

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