The ferry route between Kalundborg and Aarhus have been closed down in October 2013. There is no longer any ferry connection between Kalundborg and Aarhus. Alternatives could be The Great Link Bridge between Zealand and Funen or the ferry route between Odden and Aarhus. The description below dates back to, when the ferry was still operating.
The Kalundborg-Aarhus ferry is the classic connection by ferry between Zealand and Jutland. The ferry on the Kalundborg-Aarhus route is the combined freight and passenger ferry MF Kattegat (on the photo below). Crossing time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
The route between Kalundborg and Aarhus was taken over by Kattegat Ruten in 2011, when Mols-Linien stopped operating the route. There are up to three daily departures from Kalundborg to Aarhus, Monday through Friday – see the specific departure times below.
When choosing Kattegat Ruten, the crossing time is a little longer, than the similar crossing time by competing Mols-Linien, which operates the ferry route from Odden to Aarhus. But when including the transport time by car from Copenhagen to Aarhus, the total travel time getting from Copenhagen to Aarhus is about the same. The fares for cars and walking passengers at Kattegat Ruten is often a bit lower, than the similar standard fares at Mols-Linien.
Kattegat Ruten operated a fast ferry during the summer of 2012, Dolphin Jet. But because of tight restrictions to the speed of the ferry in Kalundborg Fjord, Dolphin Jet was taken out of operation in the middle af August 2012. At the moment MF Kattegat is the only ferry on the route.
Departures from Kalundborg Monday through Friday (MF Kattegat):
02.00, 10.15 and 18.00 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Saturday departures from Kalundborg (MF Kattegat):
08.00 and 15.00 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Sunday departures from Kalundborg (MF Kattegat):
18.00 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Address on Kattegat Ruten’s terminal in Kalundborg:
Østre Havnevej 6
Departures from Aarhus Monday through Friday (MF Kattegat):
06.00, 14.00 and 22.00 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Saturday departures from Aarhus (MF Kattegat):
11.30 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Sunday departures from Aarhus (MF Kattegat):
12.00 and 22.00 (Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes)
Address on Kattegat Ruten’s terminal in Aarhus:
Dalergade 2, PierIII
8000 Aarhus C
Facts on Kalundborg-Aarhus ferry:
Ferry Company: Kattegat Ruten
Crossing time: 2 hours 40 minutes (MF Kattegat)
Meeting time before departure: 15 minutes
By Henrik Lange, Highways-Denmark.com
Photo: Kattegat Ruten