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Ferry to Belgium from UK

11 Routes, 7 operators and 3 unique maps

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dover-calais ferry operators

Dover Calais Ferries

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times per day
From: 36,00
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p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 164,00
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stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: 76,00
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dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
17 hours
Once per day
From: 56,00

Dover-Dunkirk

UK ⇔ France
2 Hours
Up to 8 times per day
From: 81,00

Travel to Belgium by ferry from the UK

Where in the past there was a direct ferry from the UK to Belgium, this crossing has ceased to exist.[1]Dutch, Nieuwsblad.be: No connection anymore between UK and Belgium  From Hull, there used to be a ferry route to Zeebrugge, close to Bruges in Belgium.

Directly to the maps:

If you want to travel to Belgium by ferry, you have 11 options from 4 . You can either travel by ferry via the Netherlands to Belgium, or you can choose to travel by ferry via France to Belgium. You in fact have the same options as when traveling to Germany or Denmark by ferry.

To sum things up, these are the most logical options to travel to Belgium by ferry:

  1. Dover-Dunkirk (short connection with 2 hours, very close to Belgium)
  2. Dover-Calais (shortest connection with 90 minutes)
  3. Harwich-Hook of Holland (cheap connection, quick to reach Antwerp)
  4. Hull-Rotterdam (also close to Antwerp, ideal route from Northern UK or Scotland)
  5. Newcastle-Amsterdam (Ferry with cruise experience)

To get a detailed overview of the best ferry routes to Belgium, you should look at our ferry maps. These maps include all possible routes to reach Belgium.

Map #1: 11 ferry routes to Belgium

© FerryGoGo.com - Ferry to Belgium Route Map; Last Update: November 2023 v2

© FerryGoGo.com – Ferry to Belgium Route Map; Last Update: November 2023 v2

On this map, you can see all the different routes and the time involved in reaching the Netherlands and or France to get to Belgium. A few interesting things you can spot quite fast:

  • From Rotterdam and Calais, it's the same time to reach Brussels by car (about 2 hours).
  • If you want to reach Antwerp it's better to travel to Rotterdam and/or Hook of Holland.
  • Dunkirk is close to Belgium, which makes it the shortest ride to reach Belgium from the UK indirectly. 

Map #2: Interactive map with routes to France

While the Western routes are not top of the list the eastern routes to France are very interesting to reach Belgium. 

Map #3: Interactive map with the best routes

Belgium is located between the Netherlands and France. The ferries that arrive closest to Belgium are the ferries that land on the Hook of Holland, Rotterdam, Dunkirk, and Calais. 

Calais-Dunkirk as the best option

Our first option would be to ferry to Dunkirk. You'll arrive 15 minutes away from the border of Belgium. The Calais-Dover is a fast connection but can be very busy at peak times in the summer, which you might want to avoid. It's an excellent second option, however. 

The Ferry to Rotterdam is more in the north so that one connects well to Antwerp

Check out our video about the ferry to Belgium

Step 1: Get a ferry to Netherlands or France first

If you want to travel by ferry to Belgium you have to sail to one of the French or Dutch ports first. Depending on where you live in the UK you can choose from where you want to sail to either France or the Netherlands. There are 5 ferry options to consider. When you depart from the south or center of England, you can choose to book a ferry from Dover or Harwich.

Hull and Newcastle are the best choices when departing from the North of England or Scotland.

There are more options to travel to France by ferry, but most of those ferries would not make sense to use if you want to travel to Belgium.

UK ⇔ Netherlands or France and then Belgium

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dover-calais ferry operators

Dover Calais Ferries

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times per day
From: 36,00
Popular
p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 164,00
Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: 76,00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
17 hours
Once per day
From: 56,00

Dover-Dunkirk

UK ⇔ France
2 Hours
Up to 8 times per day
From: 81,00

Step 2: Get to Belgium

From Amsterdam (IJmuiden), it takes a 1 hour and 45 mins drive to Antwerpen in Belgium. From Hook of Holland and Rotterdam, you'll be on the road for about an hour to Antwerpen.

If you're traveling from Dover then the most logical would be Dunkirk if you want to travel to Belgium, you can of course also choose to sail to Calais as the regularity of sailings is higher to Calais. 

From Dunkirk, you can drive to Brugge in about an hour; from Calais, thedrive is roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Frequent Asked Questions: ferry to Belgium

No, not anymore. In the past, you could sail from Hull directly to Zeebrugge but this route was discontinued. It is however easy to travel to Belgium by ferry via the Netherlands or France. Either the routes from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk or from Harwich to Hook of Holland and Hull to Rotterdam are good alternatives.

The shortest crossing is the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk (2 hours ferry + 1-hour drive).

Ferry talk: Share your questions and opinions

Ps. Don't you think Belgium needs a unique ferry route to the UK, being less dependent on The Netherlands and France? (Like the old connection Zeebrugge-Hull?) Let us know!

2 Comments
  1. It's crazy that you can't travel from Zeebrugge anymore. I've read there was supposed to be a deal that in 2023 ferries would ride again from Zeebrugge to Rosyth. But so far I haven't seen this happening yet.

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