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Ferry to Germany from UK

Most booked ferries to Germany from the UK

Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
2 times per day
From: 49,00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
15h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 56,00

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 147,00
Popular
dover-calais ferry operators

Dover-Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times p/day
From: 36,00

Travel to Germany by ferry from the UK

A lot of people are searching for a direct ferry connection from the UK to Germany. Unfortunately, there are no direct ferries from the UK to Germany which means you have to travel via the ferry connections between the UK and the Netherlands and/or the ferry connections between France and the UK and then drive along to Germany by car or train. 
 
On this page, information is gathered for travelers seeking more guidance when making this trip. And to get a bit of an overview you can take a look at the ferry map with the current routes between the UK and Germany.

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Map with all ferry routes to Germany from the UK

There are several ways to travel to Germany. There is no direct ferry connection between the UK and Germany so you either have to travel via the Netherlands (Holland) or via France (Calais-Dover) from there on you can travel further by either car or train.

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Travel tip: Book early

The prices for the ferries rise sharply as the boats fill up. Especially during peak season, the ferries and parking decks fill up quickly. Therefore, book far in advance and avoid high costs.

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

To get to Germany you can travel via France (Dover to Dunkirk or Calais) or you can travel to the Netherlands and then you can drive from there to Germany and your place of destination.

From the UK there are several ferries leaving. From the Northern parts of the UK or Scotland, you could opt for the ferry between Newcastle and IJmuiden (Amsterdam). A bit lower when you are traveling from central UK you could choose the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. Then there is the option to take the ferry more to the South, from Harwich to Hook of Holland (close to Rotterdam).

Via France you could travel via Dover to either Dunkirk or Calais, both these French ports are within a 30-minute drive from each other. From there you can drive along to Germany.

These are the 5 ferry options you can 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. 

UK ⇔ Germany

Popular
dover-calais ferry operators

Dover-Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times p/day
From: 36,00

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 147,00
Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
2 times per day
From: 49,00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
15h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 56,00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Dover-Dunkirk

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

Step 2: Get to Germany from the ferry ports

From Amsterdam or Rotterdam, it takes roughly 2 hours to drive to the border between the Netherlands and Germany. Depending on where you need to be this can be a short trip.

Traveling via Dover to Dunkirk or Calais? Then the drive is a bit longer. In about 4 hours you can be at the border area of Maastricht – Aachen. 

Frequent Asked Questions: ferry to Germany from UK

No, there are no direct ferry routes from the UK to Germany. You have several options but the most convenient ones are to travel first to the Netherlands or France and to continue your trip to Germany from there on.

The shortest crossing is Dover-Calais with just 1 hour and 30 minutes of crossing time. But what the fastest route to Germany from the UK is, depends a lot on where you live/depart. When you depart from Northern England or Scotland to Germany the most logical option is probably Newcastle-Amsterdam (IJmuiden). When you live more in the center of the UK then Hull-Rotterdam or Harwich-Hoek van Holland seem logical ferry crossings. If you're living in the south you could also opt for the crossings via Dover and then drive towards Germany from there.

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