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Ferry to Denmark from UK

How to travel by ferry to Denmark

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p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: £140.00
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dover-calais ferry operators

Dover Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 35 times per day
From: £31.00
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stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: £65.00
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dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
17 hours
Once per day
From: £48.00

Getting to Denmark

Regrettably, no direct transportation options are available from the UK to Denmark. The most convenient way to reach Denmark would be to take a ferry from the UK to the Netherlands or France and then proceed to Denmark by driving.

To get started, we recommend reviewing the ferry routes map below.

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UK-Denmark ferry route map

The ferries from Newcastle and Hull are night sailings. You can book Harwich-Hook of Holland as a night cruise and a day cruise. 

Puttgarden-Rodby, the crossing at the top right of the map is useful for tourists to Copenhagen.

Timetables, availability, and compare prices

Our online booking module makes it easy to find and book your desired ferry crossing to Holland or France. All you have to do is enter your departure port, destination, and travel dates. The system will show you the best routes and possible alternatives. You can then choose the ferry that best suits your needs and budget. Have a great trip to Denmark!

When you arrive in the Netherlands or Northern France, you need to drive to Denmark. We listed the total travel time you'll need when traveling to the border of Denmark. Driving from the border of Denmark to Kopenhagen is 3 hours and 15 minutes. 

When you travel from France or Netherlands to Kopenhagen, some ferries can bring you from North Germany to Rodby; this is the best route if you want to reach Kopenhagen fast and as cheaply as possible. You'll be avoiding many expensive toll roads/bridges.

Step 1: Get a Ferry to Holland or France first!

To get to Denmark by ferry and car, you should book a ferry to The Netherlands or France first. 

There are five ferry options to consider. When you depart from the south or centre of England, you can book a ferry from Dover or Harwich.

Hull and Newcastle are the best choices when departing from the north of England.

Popular
dover-calais ferry operators

Dover Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 35 times per day
From: £31.00

Dover-Dunkirk

UK ⇔ France
2 Hours
Up to 8 times per day
From: £69.00
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stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: £65.00
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p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: £140.00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
17 hours
Once per day
From: £48.00

Step 2: Get to Denmark

From Amsterdam or Rotterdam, it takes roughly 7 hours to drive to the border between Germany and Denmark. 

If you have to be on the island of Zealand (Sjælland), you can book the ferry Puttgarden-Rodby. The alternative to this crossing is Rostock-Gedser, but it is a little further to drive and is therefore much less interesting.

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Puttgarden-Rødby

The Puttgarden-Rodby connection, operated by Scandlines, offers the quickest crossing between Denmark and Germany, with a ferry ride lasting just 45 minutes.

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Rostock-Gedser

If you’re looking for a swift and scenic way to sail from Germany to Denmark, hop on board the Scandlines ferry from Rostock to Gedser. In just two hours, you’ll glide across the Baltic Sea and arrive at your destination, ready to explore the wonders of Scandinavia.

From: £115.00
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Recap of all options to Denmark

Below you can see how all this more or less looks when you want to travel from Scotland / Liverpool, London towards Denmark. It takes you in total 12 to 20 hours to get your car into Denmark when you leave from the UK.

ferry to denmark

Frequently Asked Questions

Although no direct ferries are available from the UK to Denmark, it is relatively simple to travel via Holland. Previously, there was a Harwich-Esbjerg ferry and also the freight route Immingham-Gothenburg allowed passengers to travel.

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4 Comments
  1. Hello – did there used to be a ferry that went from Scotland to Denmark? we have heard rumours but don't know if it ever existed. A real shame if it's no longer around!

  2. How long has the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam been going? I never knew there was a connection. It is such a shame there is only one a day; this is really good for people in the North West of England.

    • Hi William,

      There are actually two ships on the route (KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS), crossing each other, but because of the distance there are indeed not much departures per day. The route started February 2011.

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