Amsterdam Ferry Guide
The ferry to amsterdam is a convenient, fun and environmentally friendly way of traveling. Especially if flying is your alternative. There is 1 direct ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam but there are many more options to get there!
On this page we help you to find the best ferry to travel to Amsterdam with all extra info you need. How do you get from the terminals to Amsterdam for example?
Let's first have a look at all crossings on the map with ferry routes. Later we look at the travel duration of all options.
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Map with all ferry routes to Amsterdam
The ferry map gives a good impression on how you can get to Amsterdam from different parts of the UK. How efficient you journey will be depends on where you depart from and how you travel to and from the harbours. Do you choose a car or public transport or both?
You don't need a car in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you don't really need a car. But if you are planning to see more from the Netherlands, it might be handy to bring one. However, we think that most can travel without a car. Public transport is pretty good in The Netherlands and the country is small. A train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam only takes 41 minutes. So you can drive to the departure port and leave your car there.
Consider the Eurostar
Do you live in or around London? Then also consider the direct Eurostar. We don't like to say it (as a ferry website), but this is a very good connection.
Keep om reading if you want more details on the crossings and train!
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Ferry to Amsterdam duration
Calais – Dover is the shortest and most ‘functional' crossing. The three ferries that sail during the night offer much more entertainment and you save on an extra overnight stay in Amsterdam.
The shuttle is the train for cars that drives through the Channel tunnel. It is a more expensive alternative to the ferry but it has an one hour time advantage compared to the calais-dover ferry. You can check the prices here.
When you compare the travel times for foot passengers, you can see that bringing your car often has only a limited time advantage. This is mainly due to the transfer busses that take you directly to the center of Amsterdam. You almost always have to park a car on the edge of the city and then continue with public transport.
The Eurostar is the fastest and greenest connection for those who can easily travel to London St Pancras. The prices for this train, which by the way cannot accommodate cars, are usually quite attractive.
We go into more detail about the ferry routes:
Depending on whether you easily get to Newcastle, this is a very good crossing. Honestly, people from Scotland or the North of England should not look any further. But f you depart somewhere between Leeds and Birmingham, the ferry from Hull might also be nice.
The ferry that catches the eye the most is the Newcastle-Amsterdam connection. Actually, we should say Newcastle-IJmuiden, because that's where this boat moors.
You board a so called mini-cruise. Don't expect too much luxury or culinary delights, but there is a lot to do on board: bars, restaurants, a nightclub and other entertainment. It is not the fastest connection, since you sail for a bit over 15 hours. But you can sleep in your own cabin though, which is not very expensive compared to some other ferries.
The big plus is that this ferry arrives in IJmuiden which is pretty close to Amsterdam. From here you can choose one of the following transportation methods:
- DFDS bus – €8,-
DFDS has a transfer from the harbour to Amsterdam. This is the most convenient option if you don't have a car. The bus stops near Amsterdam central station from where you can get on a tram to you accommodation. Book this bus connection in advance!
- Public transport – 1h 20 mins.
Bus 358 brings you to Haarlem Railway Station. From here you can buy a ticket to Amsterdam Sloterdijk or Amsterdam Central station.
- Taxi – €60 or more
A Taxi is always possible but relatively expensive
- Car – 40 minutes
Hull-Rotterdam is an ideal crossing for people living in, for example: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield. Hull is quite easy to reach and also the connection from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is pretty ok. By car, it is roughly a 1,5 hour drive.
- P&O ferries transfer bus 1,5 hours+
You can book a transfer bus to both Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Book this in advance with P&O! Please note that there is no public transport from and to the terminal.
The bus departs at 08:30 (Mon-Fri) and 09.45 (Sat-Sun). It stops in Amsterdam near the Central Station (De Ruijterkade 151). You will be picked up for your return journey from the same location at 17:00.
- Taxi to Amsterdam – €150 or more
A Taxi is possible but relatively expensive
- Car – 1,5 hours
Harwich-Hook of Holland
Hook of Holland is 53 miles or 85 km away from Amsterdam. If you go by car, this ferry is great. However, the public transport connection from the ferry harbor to Amsterdam is not super. There are a lot of choices to make and it takes at least 1,5 hours to get to Amsterdam. Most of the times this will be more though.
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.
- Public transport – 5 to 6 hours
Public transport from Calais is possible but far from ideal because you have to switch 3 times. In Lille, you can board the high speed train to Amsterdam. From Dunkirk it is not possible to travel with public transport since the ferry is not suitable for foot passengers.
- Car – 4 hours 30 mins.
To Amsterdam with the ferry and your own car
Amsterdam is known for its bikes and not really a car-friendly city. You can easily drive through it by car, but due to the high parking rates of €7.50 per hour, parking in the city is very discouraged. So if your accommodation does not have parking, you may need to reconsider going by car. Also useful to know: old diesels are not allowed in the city center.
Luckily it is not impossible to take the car with you. There are large parking spaces on the outskirts of the city where your car can stand for a maximum of 96 hours with a favorable rate. (From here you can easily travel to the center of Amsterdam).
On the map you find some P+R parkings. These are suitable for longer parking. More information can be found on Amsterdam's website.
- Monday to Friday before 10.00: €8 for the first 24 hours. Thereafter €1 per 24 hours.
- Monday to Friday after 10.00, in the weekends and during official holidays: €1 per 24 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Only one ferry sails to Amsterdam. This is the DFDS ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Strictly speaking it's not Amsterdam, but we consider IJmuiden close enough.
Two other ferry companies sail to Holland from England. These are P&O ferries, Stenaline. Amsterdam can be reached within 2 hours from these ports.
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 the England and Amsterdam. Stenaline offers a very affordable Ferry & Train ticket of €51 per person for a single journey (or £49) with this ticket you can travel for free by train to Greater Anglia train stations in England.