Getting there & away
To reach Rostock from Berlin, head north or south out of the city to the A10. Follow it northwest to the A24, which leads straight into the A19 running directly north to Rostock (2½ hours). From Neubrandenburg, take the B104 west to the A19 and turn north (1½ hours).
For a lift, get in touch with the Mitfahrzentrale (194 40; Lohgerberstrasse 1), a ride-sharing agency.
There are ferry services to Denmark, Sweden and Latvia, as well as to Estonia and Finland in summer. Fares are quite complicated depending on the season and the number of people travelling, so the following are provided as rough high-season guides only.
Scandlines (01805-116 688, 673 1217; www.scandlines.de) travels to Gedser, Denmark (walk-on passenger €10, car with passengers from €75, 1¾ hours, six daily), Trelleborg in Sweden (walk-on €24, car from €126, cabins €45 to €85, 5¾ to 7½ hours, three daily) and Ventspils, Latvia (car without passengers from €80, cabin from €270, 26 hours, four weekly).
TT-Line (670 790; www.ttline.de) sails to/from Trelleborg (walk-on €30, car with passengers from €100, 5½ hours, three daily).
Boats depart from the overseas seaport (Überseehafen), which is on the east side of the Warnow; take tram 2 to Dierkower Kreuz, then change for bus 49 to Seehafen. There is an S-Bahn to Seehafen, but it’s a 20-minute walk from the station to the piers.
Rostock’s airport, Rostock-Laage (RLG; 01805-007 737; www.rostock-airport.de), has a sparse number of scheduled services to Cologne-Bonn, Dortmund, Munich and Zürich, plus charter flights to holiday resorts in Crete, Spain, Turkey etc.