Convenient connection to Rostock Ferry Port by bus shuttle to be established on 1st of May 2011 Successful test run in August 2010

From 1st of May 2011 onwards a bus shuttle will link Rostock Central Station and City Centre directly with the Ferry Port in about thirty minutes. The bus time table is adjusted to ferry arrivals and departures between Rostock and Gedser. But not only travellers on this passage will benefit from this convenient service. It might be also attractive for those travelling from Rostock to Trelleborg or Gdynia. Apart from tourists and short-term visitors the new offer might be also of interest for business man and commuters, working in Denmark or at the port of Rostock.

Current situation is quite inconvenient for foot passengers. There are several possebilities to get from Rostock City Centre and Central Station to the ferry terminal. However, all existing offers have disadvantages or rather entry barriers. Neither the offers are coordinated with departure or arrival times of the ferries nor a direct service is given. At the moment changes between transport means are needed or passangers have to walk a couple of hundred meters to reach the terminal. INTERFACE aims to overcome these short comings by the new bus shuttle. To the delight of customers: "This connection is considerably overdue. I would be very glad if such a connection could be established in future. Thus would also raise Rostocks attractiveness" - says Christopher Zimmermann (44), business traveller from Rostock.

On the initiative of both mayors Roland Methling (Rostock) and John Brædder (Guldborgsund) four test runs were already carried out in August. Hanseatic City of Rostock and Guldborgsund Municipality jointly developed with public transport operators, Scandlines, Zoo Rostock and Medieval Centre Nyköbing a special offer including bus transfer, ferry passage and entrance to respective local attraction. More than 350 people from Danish and German side took the opportunity to visit their neighbour for one day. For some of them it is the first time that they are in Rostock.

But before the regular bus shuttle start its operation Movia and VVW, public transport operators, and Scandlines will get together to agree upon cross-border combination ticket. So as customers get the opportunity to purchase public transport tickets together with their ferry ticket. New developed offers will be then promoted together with attractive tourism and event packages by a marketing Campaign.

Improvements already made on Danish side and the establishment of bus shuttle and combination tickets are crucial steps towards improved conditions for foot passenger travelling cross-border without car.