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The history of the ferry connection between Glückstadt and Wischhafen begins over 100 years ago. Then as now, it is one of the most important and most frequently used river Elbe crossings and saves a distance of up to 120 km via Hamburg.

The crossing also offers a good connection for the supply service to the North Sea islands and seaside resorts in the large surrounding area. The fastest connection between Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony is ensured with 4 modern ships. They transport people, bicycles, cars, camper, buses and trucks, including heavy loads, with departures in the high season of every 20 minutes.

The FRS Elbfähre has been acquired by FRS in October 2020 and transports more than 600,000 vehicles per year. We are very happy that Mrs. Both-Walberg and the two other shareholding families gave their trust towards FRS and are looking to develop this line further.


One of the most frequently used river Elbe crossings


  • All year round reliable connection between Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein via the river Elbe
  • Up to every 20 minutes departures
  • Capacity for cars, buses, trucks, oversize vehicles and passengers
  • Martin Elsen Two of the Elbferries passing each other.
  • Martin Elsen The vessel "Glückstadt" at the pier.
  • Martin Elsen The Elbferry MS "Glückstadt" on the water.
  • FRS The vessel "Ernst Sturm" from the side on the water.
  • The vessel "Wilhelm Krooss", connecting Glückstadt and Wischhafen.
  • The vessel "Wilhelm Krooss" on the water.