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Trollhätte canal

The fast and safe transport route for shipping to Lake Vänern.

Trollhätte Canal is 82 km long. 10 km is dug and blasted canal, the rest is a natural fairway in Göta älv. On the route you pass 12 bridges of which 3 are fixed. The level difference of a total of 44 meters is managed by six locks, one at Lilla Edet, four locks at Trollhättan and one at Brinkebergskulle.

The water depth in the fairway is at least 6.3 meters. In the locks, the depth of the threshold is 5.7 meters at the lowest water level.

The locks, despite their age, are of modern construction with electrical / mechanical operation of doors and gates. Double bottoms makes the water distribute evenly over the entire lock, which gives calm water movements during both filling and emptying.

The Swedish Maritime Administration is constantly working to develop the Trollhätte Canal to make the journey on the canal a safe, environmentally friendly and pleasant experience.

Charge for using Trollhätte Channel 2021

Passage of all locks at Trollhätte Canal: 1100 SEK

  • The fee allows for one way travel.
  • Payment for the passage of all locks takes place in Trollhättan at Kanalcentralen.
  • Payment by Credit card.

Nautical information and temporary fairway closures

The fairway under the bridge 'Järnvägsbron' will be closed for all traffic Nov 15, 0600 (LT) - Nov 20, 0600 (LT) NtM 16297
The fairway between lock no. 2 and no. 5 will be closed during two periods
  • Nov 15, 0600 (LT) - Nov 20, 0600 (LT)
  • Nov 29, 0600 (LT) - Dec 6, 0600 (LT).
NtM 16298
New bridge in Trollhättan A new bridge 'Stridsbergsbron' in under construction north of Trollhättan.  NtM 15432
Works in Göteborg The bridge 'Götaälvbron' is being demolished. For more information about temporary fairway closures. Please visit the website Hisingsbron or Götaälvbron.  

Opening hours

Merchant vessels

Merchant vessels operate on the Trollhätte canal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year and allways have priority for passage of locks and bridge openings.

Pleasure craft

Bridges and locks between the lock 'Ström's sluss' in Lilla Edet and the bridge 'Gropbron' in Vänersborg are available for passage by pleasure craft, daily between 09.00 - 19.00 local time.

In the guest harbor Åkersjö Trollhättan, water and electricity are available in the 2021 season between 23/4 and 1/10.
There is also a toilet and shower. An overnight stay is included in the lock fee.

Contact information

For contact with bridges and locks use VHF channel 9.
A service telephone number is available :
+46(0)76-796 18 30
You can call this number for information about locks, bridge openings and possible waiting times.
The telephone line is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00.

The app for Trollhätte canal

The Trollhätte Kanal app is temporarily out of order. Please refer to this web site for information about rules and regulations, opening hours, fees, bridges and locks that you should know about, when you are traveling on the canal.

Last updated 2021-04-29