Hire a boat on the Göta Canal – here you find what’s good to know

Your journey starts in Söderköping or Sjötorp.

Because of that we offer the exclusive rout “one way” we can only inform you about the starting point with one-week notice, this is depending on earlier booked weeks, which might be changes with short notice.

We recommend you to plan for this and if you come the day before your charter, you search for hotels in Linköping, Vadstena or Motala. Time for pick up the boat is Saturday 12-14 (12-2 pm). Time for leaving the boat is Saturday 9-10 am.

If the times not matching your request it might be possible to change for an additional fee. Please let us know in advance so we have a chance to plan for this.

You can book directly on this website by clicking here or by calling +46 70 54 69 169.

When you book a boat, you sign an agreement with us and accept our rental conditions. 30% of the agreed rental amount has to be paid within 5 days after the booking. The full amount has to be paid at the latest 40 days before your journey  begins. Complete rental terms can be found here

Rental period

Unless otherwise stated, the rental period is by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. If you like to know more, please contact us via e-mail boka@kanalcharter.se or by phone.


After booking, you will receive a booking confirmation and payment informations to your registered e-mail address.

Always make sure that you get a booking confirmation and that it’s matching your preferences. If you did not receive a booking confirmation to your e-mail account within 24 hours, please contact us!

Gota Kanal Charter has the ambition to make your trip on the canal a fantastic and memorable experience!

Your trip on the Göta Canal is coming closer. It’s time to order options/extras.

Please fill in the form if you want to book any additional options. All prices includes VAT. Click here to choose options.

Click for the option list in pdf format.

After booking, you have to pay 30% of the rental amount, including the channel fee, within 5 days to confirm the reservation. The easiest way for you to pay is by credit card. Click on the payment link you will receive in your confirmation mail. You can use it later for your final payment as well.




Slussvägen, near by “Sjötorps Upplevelsecenter”


Motala hamn

For those who arrive by car and have booked a return trip we will suggest some parking places, but we can’t guarantee for your car’s safety or possible parking fees. For guests who plan a one-way-trip, we offer, for an additional fee, to transfer your car to the harbor where your journey ends. You can order the car transfer and other options here. Click here to go to the page for options.

Recent airports are Landvetter (Gothenburg), Stockholm Skavsta (Nyköping), Stockholm Arlanda, Linköping City Airport (KLM), and Norrköping

Söderköping is quite easy to reach from the central stations and bus terminals in Linköping and Norrköping. Sjötorp from the train stations in Töreboda, Skövde, or Kristinehamn.
Swebuss Express offers bus transport to Sjötorp.
We also offer transports from and to railway stations and some airports. Please check “Options” on our webpage, or contact us.

If you want to arrive by bus or train, you can find time tables and informations here:


We can arrange transfers from a number of railway stations, airports, and bus terminals for remuneration.

See our options.

Click here for complete rental terms in pdf format.

After booking, a booking confirmation will be send to your registered e-mail address. Make sure that the booking confirmation is in accordance with your wishes. If you have not received a booking confirmation within 4 hours of booking, contact us!


The prepayment of 30% of the total amount has to be paid within 5 days from the booking date. The booking is only confirmed after your first payment!

The final payment, the remaining 70%, and, if booked, the collision damage waiver, has to be paid to Göta Kanal Charter at the latest 40 days before your trip starts. If no collision damage waiver is booked in additional, you have to leave a cash deposit at your arrival, which will be refunded in full after your journey, when the boat is turned in undamaged.

If Göta Kanal Charter has not received the final payment 30 days before your journey starts, the booking for your trip will be canceled and the boat released to another tenant. In this case the prepayment will not be refunded by Göta Channel Charter.

If booking a trip which starts in less than 40 days, the entire amount has to be paid to Göta Kanal Charter within 3 days after the booking date.

Change of reservations

If you like to have parts of your reservation to be changed, for example the renting period or the boat, we charge an additional fee of EUR 40 on your invoice. After your final payment is completed, at the latest 40 days before your journey starts, unfortunately nothing can be changed anymore.

Cancellation Terms

To cancel a boat booking, you have to send an e-mail to boka@kanalcharter.se. Always check that you receive a confirmation of your cancellation within 48 hours.

Until the prepayment is paid, there is no cancellation fee, if you choose to cancel a booked boat.

For a cancellation after the prepayment until 30 days before the journey starts, Göta Kanal Charter will not refund the prepayment, but no other cancellation fee will be charged.

If the booking is canceled earlier than 30 days before the journey starts, the money paid-in for the journey will not be refunded, but no other cancellation fee will be charged in additional. Eventually paid fees for options like for example rent bicycles or collision damage waiver will be refunded.

The only thing you can’t get away from when you hire a boat is the responsibility. You are the one who has to make sure that the boat is handled safely and with good seamanship. You are responsible for your passengers ‘safety and for ensuring, that the boat you steer, and other boats around you, will not get damaged. For this reason we require that you can show that you have some kind of nautical competence and experience. Documented or proven experience counts more for us, than a piece of paper that shows you have taken part in a course. The requirements can differ from boat to boat, and also vary depending on which water the trip takes place on.


As well as the hire sum, Göta Kanal Charter also requires that you pay a deposit in the form of cash or that the sum is paid into the company’s bank account before the hiring period begins. The amount of the deposit varies from boat to boat and is roughly equivalent to the insurance excess in the event of damage. The deposit can be kept, partly or completely, if a damage occurs caused by you. If it is a big damage the deposit is used to pay the insurance excess. Smaller damages to the hull, fittings, equipment, etc. will be valued in accordance with a template or a ‘price list’ drawn up in advance and the equivalent sum is deducted from the deposit before it is paid back.

Our boats are onboard equipped with first aid kits and life vests in common sizes. If you need other sizes, for example for children or in XXL, please inform us as early as possible. We have a small amount of life vests in uncommon sizes as well. Otherwise we recommend to bring your own.
The boats have a GPS plotter as navigation equipment and all necessary paper charts for travelling the canal as well.

The most common route is Sjötorp- Söderköping, or opposite, in 7 or 14 days. You have enough time to wait one or two days if the weather is bad, especially before you cross lake Vättern, the biggest lake on your route, which needs the most attention and accuracy of your whole journey. If you feel insecure don’t hesitate to contact us, we will find a solution.

Nothing is more important for us than your safety!

The Göta Canal stretches between the classic lakeside resort of Sjötorp, located on Sweden’s largest lake, the Vänern and the village of Mem on the east coast, where the canal, separated only by a lock, connects with the Baltic Sea in the narrow sound Slätbaken.
Göta Kanal Charter offers you varied one or more weeks holidays on our own family boats. However, you should have basic nautical knowledge of the handling of boats and navigation, as some skill is required when manoeuvring in ports or in narrow passages of the canal. In addition, the lakes Roxen, boren, Vättern and Viken, located on the canal route, require your navigational skills.

All boats starts and ends in Motala, more information regarding the new routs for season 2022 is coming up here soon.

The Göta Canal is 190.5 km long and overcomes 91.8 metres of altitude with its 58 locks. Even if you only want to travel for a week, you still have enough time to rest in between or to discover the varied leisure activities along the canal. Nevertheless, many of our guests still choose two-week trips, because that offers you really a lot of time to dedicate yourself to the beautiful nature and the many attractions without any hurry.. If you have booked a one-way trip, we can, if you wish, arrange the transport of your vehicle to the end of your canal journey, so that you can start your onward journey comfortably and without any delays. The trips always start and end on Saturdays.

Easy to navigate and relaxing in beautiful nature, so we call the round trip Sjötorp-Karlsborg-Sjötorp – the western route!
On the one hand, you don’t have to worry about vehicle transport, on the other hand, you can make it dependent on the weather forecast whether your trip also includes a trip to Lake Vättern. In any case, you have plenty of time to study intensively  the beauties of Lake Viken and the towns of Lyrestad, Töreboda, Vassbacken and, not to mention, Forsvik, with its historic industrial facilities.

The most eventful part of the Göta Canal, the round trip Söderköping-Motala-Söderköping – the eastern route!
On this tour you can choose to travel the Söderköing-Linköping-Söderköping or Söderköping-Motala-Söderköping route. In any case, on these journeys you will cross the lakes Asplången and Roxen, depending on the route also the lake boren, with the possibility of putting out from Motala also on Lake Vättern. To make it a little easier for you to decide which trip suits you best, we recommend that you read the informations about the Göta Canal. You can order the brochure free of charge from us or from the Göta Canal directly, where the download option is also available:  www.gotakanal.se

We’ve collected information on lockage here. Read our about lockage or see a video on how our locks work.

And don’t worry – of course you can ask our lock keepers for instructions on site!