Marinas and guest service
A first trip on the canal is exciting, you probably do not know what awaits you after the next bend. A bridge, a lock or a long straight? It is part of the allure.
However, it can feel safe for you to know the next stop for the night, or bunkering.
The Göta Canal has 21 marinas, which are included in your ticket price. All Göta Canal marinas are drop-in; i.e. slips cannot be reserved. Limited slips available.
While travelling the Göta Canal, you have access to: 5 days per marina along your route,
full guest service (toilet, shower, laundry room), shore power, drinking water, septic tank or slop sink waste disposal, tourist information etc.
You will also find jetties free of charge where you can stay overnight and beyond that several guest and natural harbors in lake Vättern where the fee is very modest. Vadstena and “Stenbryggan” (the Stone Bridge) in Karlsborg are two examples.
Below are our recommended marinas. Look out for our bases where you begin or end your trip, as well as the ports we recommend for overnight and bunkering.
Our journey here goes from east to west, but if you are going the opposite way you have as much to pick our tips on ports.
Söderköping – GÖTA KANAL CHARTER BASE
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Forgot to stock anything? A few steps to the grocery store with generous opening hours. You and the weather choose whether you will stay here or in the next marina Berg on the other side of lake Roxen.
Downstairs the Carl Johan’s locks you will find 10 berths with shore power, water, toilet and showers.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Natural stop for overnight, see Route. Five minutes walk to the grocery store.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Option for accommodation in Berg. Walking distance to restaurants in Berg and especially the Cloetta factory sales of candy of the highest quality.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Here’s how likely your second night, or next to last if you are traveling eastbound. Outstanding service center and close to both restaurants and grocery stores.
Göta Kanal Charter rekommenderar: If you find reason not to stay in Borensberg on your westbound trip, or if you go eastbound, decides that it is enough for downward lockage in Borenshult, this marina a quiet and nice break for rest and overnight.
Göta Kanal Charter rekommenderar: Ett alternativ för dig som inte hinner eller inte vill ta den sista sträckan fram till Motala, eller om du går ostvart, tycker att du vill ha en lugnare omgivning.
Motala harbor – GÖTA KANAL CHARTER BASE
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: A natural stop whatever you go west or east. Lots to do, lots to see. Shopping, food, liquor, attractions of all kinds. In the South Harbour, a one nautical mil from Motala harbor you find fuel and LPG. From Motala Harbour paid our rent Return Trip Motala – Söderköping / Kinda Canal – Motala.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Do not miss Vadstena out on your journey along the canal. It is perhaps here you should put your two-day peak.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Karlsborg are often well attended. There are options if it is crowded in the Göta Canal marina. Carlsborgs Segelsällskap (CSS) marina inside the bridge with electricity, barbecue, toilets, showers, bike loan, etc. for 180 SEK / night, and “Stenbryggan” (Stone Pier’s marina) with 40 berths outside the bridge in lake Vättern with shore power, toilets, showers and proximity to Karlsborg Fortress, charge SEK 100 / night. “Stenbryggan” is recommended for those going east in pre-order season because you have to pass the bridge before closing for the night.
Göta Kanal Charter rekommenderar: A place that many passes without stopping, which is a pity because Forsvik has so much to offer also beyond “Forsviks Bruk” and the paddle steamer. Forsviks Mat & Café (Food & Café), Kanalbutiken 5 Knop and new this year – Sail In Shop below the lock with maritime products, ice cream, etc.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Perfect for a lunch stop after or before the journey across Lake Viken.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: For those who do not need to stock up, Vassbacken can be a nice alternative to Töreboda. Family friendly.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: For those who want a bit more peace and quiet, an additional option to Töreboda. You have access to a sauna for a small fee.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: On the way to the east, towards Söderköping, a good place to complete bunkering.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Nice mooring with fresh service facilities.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: One of the most child-friendly guest harbors.
Göta Kanal Charter recommend: Did you forget buying something in Sjötorp? Here is a chance to supplement supply in the village shop or finish the day at the guesthouse Åsgårdens excellent restaurant, or visit the nearby pizzeria.
Sjötorp – GÖTA KANAL CHARTER BASE
Marina in Sjötorp in the boatyard basin above lock 3 and the basin between locks 1 and 2/3.
22 berths, 34 electrical sockets.
Marina facilities: Drinking water, toilet, shower, laundry facilities, septic tank emptying.
Fuel on quay: Diesel-tank, self-pay with Visa or MasterCard with PIN. Please note: Maestro card is not accepted.
Canal Museum, Tourist Information, café, bicycle rental.
Gota Kanal Charter recommend: Here you start or end your trip arranged by the Gota Kanal Charter you have chosen a one way trip or a round trip starting from Sjötorp. A cozy community with a shop, fish sales, food and cafes, summer shopping needs. Here are some municipal free parking spaces for those who have not ordered bilförflyttning.