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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.

Opening hours

For information concerning the construction of the bridge 'Hisingsbron' in Gothenburg. Go to the page about Hisingsbron or Götaälvbron. Sometimes the fairway is closed.

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.

Spring 2021

Extra opening hours for pleasure craft

30 april 06.00 - 22.00 Please note that bridge Hisingsbron will not open at certain times.
1 maj 06.00 - 22.00
2 maj 06.00 - 22.00
14 maj 06.00 - 22.00
15 maj 06.00 - 22.00
16 maj 06.00 - 22.00

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

When you travel on the Trollhätte canal, you can download the app 'Trollhätte Kanal', which gives you important information about rules and regulations, opening hours, fees, bridges and locks that you should know about, when you are traveling on the canal.
In the app there is also a map, where you can also see commercial traffic and pleasure craft that have an AIS transponder activated and are operating the canal right now.
You will also find places to visit, places, accommodation, restaurants and much more near the canal.

The app is available to various Android phones, Iphone and Ipad.

Last updated 2021-04-29