Flights & getting there
Faaborg is a very scenic 28km drive west of Svendborg (Rte 44). It's 42km south of Odense on Rte 43.
The little M/S Lillebjørn passenger ferry to Bjørnø takes 17 minutes each way.
For Ærø, use the Ærøfærgerne car ferries to Søby (one hour), departing at 5.10am (weekdays only), 11.40am and 5pm. For most of the year the return fare is 80/40/166kr per adult/child/car, but between late June and mid-August you'll pay 138/69/296kr. Bicycles cost 29kr at any time. You can use the return section of the ticket on alternative services to Fynshav or Svendborg but with a car, reservations are virtually essential: book a week or more ahead in summer. Pedestrians can generally buy tickets on board without fuss.
Ø-Færgen car ferries operate triangular routes to the small islands of Lyø and Avernakø, five to eight times daily. Tickets are valid for a return trip including stops on one or both islands (overnight stop allowed). In midsummer, foot or cycle passengers can also use the Sea Hawk to island-hop onward from Avernakø via Drejø and Skarø (with a few hours in each) to reach Svendborg the same evening using the same ticket.
Faaborg’s bus station is near the harbour. To Odense, bus 141 (60kr, one hour) runs once or twice hourly; rarer bus 111 takes 95 minutes. To Svendborg (52kr, one hour), Nyborg-bound bus 931 leaves approximately hourly. Bus 920 via Egeskov Slot (42kr, 26 minutes) eventually heads to Kerteminde (80kr, 2¼ hours) but it's quicker to go via Odense and change.
Car & Motorcycle
If you're driving to Germany, the 50-minute AlsFærgen ferry (www.faergen.dk) from Bøjden to Fynshav saves a long detour via Middelfart. June to August it operates every hour (7am to 7pm; car and passengers 297kr). In low season it departs every second (odd-numbered) hour with prices dropping to 214kr.