Reaching Amsterdam from Dover in 4 ways
We have to be honest with you here: there is no direct ferry connection from Dover to Amsterdam. However, from Dover you can reach Amsterdam in multiple ways:
- The ferries from Dover to Dunkirk and/or Calais and eventually the car (5 hours) or train (6 hours) to Amsterdam.
- The train from Dover (Folkestone) all the way to Amsterdam.
- The ferry from Harwich (a 3-hour drive from Dover) to Hook of Holland (Stena Line) and then take the 1.15-hour Transfer Coach to Amsterdam.
- Take the ferry from Hull to Amsterdam or from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
These routes are listed in the following image:
On the interactive map below you can also see the interactive ferry routes and alternative routes, in this way, you can make your booking if you know which one suits you most.
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Dover-Calais / Dover-Dunkirk
The shortest crossings from the UK to the European continent can be found in the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel. This crossing is ideal for people that want to travel by car to Amsterdam and live in the south of England.
You can book these crossings with three ferry companies:
P&O Ferries, Irish Ferries, or DFDS. All can be booked and compared through Directferries.co.uk.
Public transport to Amsterdam from Dover
Public transport from Calais is possible but far from ideal because you have to switch 3 times if you want to go to Amsterdam. In Lille, you can board the high-speed train to Amsterdam. From Dunkirk, it is not possible to travel by public transport since the ferry is not suitable for foot passengers.
With the car to Amsterdam from Calais/Dunkirk
A trip that would take about 5 hours, more info: from Dover to Calais.
Frequently Asked Questions
As mentioned there are 4 options, we would simply cross the channel and then drive by car to Amsterdam.
The best crossing totally depends on where you travel from in the UK. Overall we would say that both Newcastle-IJmuiden and Harwich – Hook of holland are popular choices.
On average, the Harwich-Hook of Holland crossing is the cheapest crossing between Dover and Amsterdam. Stenaline offers a very affordable Ferry & Train ticket.