Karlskrona, archaic spelling Carlskrona, (population approx. 35,000; greater Karlskrona approx. 60,000) was originally established as a naval base in 1680, during the reign of King Carl XI, after whom the town is named (Karlskrona: King's Crown). The town continues to host a naval base and is the largest city in the county of Blekinge.

The Karlskrona Lighthouse

The town centre lies 5 km south from the mainland on the island Trossö. The old shipyard, the naval base's oldest constructions and the three churches located on Trossö are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Get in

Trains run from Copenhagen, Malmö, Kristianstad and other stations from the west and from Stockholm, Göteborg, Emmaboda and other stations in the north.

Karlskrona-Ronneby Airport is approximately 30km from Karlskrona centrum. Blekingetrafiken (+46 455-569 00 ) operates an airport bus (Flygbussen) between Karlskrona and Ronneby airport, which is convenient and cost effective. It leaves Karlskrona 80 minutes before the take-off times of flights to Arlanda and Bromma. The bus stops at several places in central Karlskrona, at the Hospital/Bergåsa, at Nättraby E22, at Hjortahammar junction and at Listerby. The bus costs around 95SEK for adults and 45SEK for children.

Long distance buses are available from Stockholm and Malmö.

Ferries run three times daily from Gdynia, Poland.

Get around

There is a large local/regional bus network connecting Karlskrona Centrum with other regional locations. Bus fares are typically 20SEK for adults. There are also boats/ferries to many islands within the archipelago, and it is possible to cruise around the archipelago for between 1.5 and 3 hours in the summer months.

Time tables and info at [www.affarsverken.se/English/Transport-by-boat/]

Bus fares (1 zone):

Adult - 20kr

Youth (>19y) - 15kr


The front of the maritime museum
Sweden's First Submarine
The diving board at the 'beach' on Stumholmen
A view over Brändaholm from Saltö
Kronan, The road linking the centrum bus stop to the pedestrian mall






Go next

Day Trip to Aspö

Take the large yellow Aspö ferry from Karlskrona Harbour (near the bridge to Stumholmen) to Aspo (30 min) and spend the day enjoying the rugged island beaches, tiny shops and old military fort.

The ring road around Aspö is about 6km long and, in addition to the beaches and fort, Aspö also hosts a small yacht club and a number of summer cottages. Amenities are rather sparse even in the busiest summer months, when there are only a few basic places to eat and stay. In the winter months (i.e. outside the June to August period), the only place to buy things is the local ICA supermarket and most (if not all) other things will be closed.

The ferry is officially part of the Swedish road system and so is free for vehicles, bicycles and foot passengers in both directions.

The main road into Aspö

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