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Ferry to The Netherlands from UK

Discover the best crossings to Holland from UK

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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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p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: £141.00
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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

Your guide for the England to Holland crossing

The ferry to Holland is a very pleasant way of travelling. Not only are the longer crossings packed with entertainment, it is also very practical to bring your own car.

There are three direct ferry services from the UK that take you to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. You can stay in Holland or continue your journey to Germany or Norway with the new ferry connection. 

Our Current Top 5 Crossings from UK to the Netherlands

  1. Harwich – Hook of Holland: Cheap, Fast and Good Train Connections)
  2. Newcastle – IJmuiden / Amsterdam: Good location to start in the Netherlands; very nice if you travel from the northern part of the UK or Ireland.)
  3. Hull – Rotterdam: Handy if you leave from Sheffield / Leeds area.
  4. Dover – Dunkirk (FR) & Drive to NL: Fast ferry connection and cheap and easy to book. The harbour of Dunkirk is a little closer compared to Dover and also a little bit smaller.
  5. Dover – Calais (FR) & Drive to NL: Very busy route; in peak season, don't take this one and avoid Dover.

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Map with all the ferry routes

The ferry map gives a good impression on how you can get to The Netherlands from different parts of the UK. Your choice also depends on: where you are coming from and where you want to go when arriving in Holland / The Netherlands.

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Timetable, availability, and compare prices

Booking your ferry tickets has never been easier! With our online booking module, you can easily find and book your desired ferry crossing from the UK to the Netherlands in just a few clicks. Simply enter your travel dates and destination, and the system will show you all available options. You can then choose the one that best suits your needs and budget. It’s that simple!

Travel tip: The Harwich ferry is the fastest crossing

The daytime ferry service between Harwich and Hook of Holland (Rotterdam) is the fastest crossing from England to the Netherlands. It takes 6,5 hours. You can also book this as a night cruise, after which you can start your day fresh the next day.

Ferries to The Netherlands from the UK

Travelling from the UK to Holland by ferry or mini cruise is convenient. After boarding you can eat, drink or enjoy a show. You can sleep and wake up in The Netherlands on some routes.

Three ferries sail directly to the Netherlands, depending on where you live in England. These are Newcastle-Amsterdam, Hull-Rotterdam and Harwich-Hook of Holland. The latter is the shortest direct crossing and docks not far from Rotterdam.

Arriving in The Netherlands

When you arrive, you can continue your journey in your car or public transport (check the 9292.nl website for this). Some ferry companies offer a bus to the nearest big city.

UK ⇔ Netherlands

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stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

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

Newcastle-Amsterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
17 hours
Once per day
From: £48.00
Popular
p-o ferries

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: £141.00

Ferries via France to The Netherlands

In addition to direct departure from the UK, travelling to Holland via France is possible. Although you probably have to drive southwards to Dover first, the crossings are a lot shorter. This is certainly a good option for travelers from Southern England and London.

There are three ferry routes across the Channel between France and England. Three shipping companies depart from Dover to Calais, and DFDS operates a ferry between Dover and Dunkirk. This last crossing takes half an hour longer, but the destination port is closer to the Dutch border.

To give an impression of the travel time, this is how long it takes to reach Utrecht. A city in the center of the Country.

  • Duration by car from Dunkirk to Utrecht: ± 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Duration by car from the port of Calais to Utrecht: ± 3 hours 30 minutes

Netherlands ⇔ France ⇔ UK

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Dover Calais

Dover to Calais is the quickest way to cross from the UK to France by ferry. It takes just 90 minutes to cover the 26-mile distance. This route is one of the world's most frequented and crowded crossings. On this page you'll find more information on the ferry companies, the route map, tickets, the timetable, port adresses and more.

2 dfds seaways ferry

Dover-Dunkirk

The DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk sails up to 12 times per day, making it a fairly frequent ferry. This ferry takes you to France or back to the UK in only 2 hours. This makes it one of the shortest return-trips to France, along with the Dover to Calais crossings. Ideal for those wishing to travel between France and England.

Frequently Asked Questions

Three ferry companies sail to Holland from England. These are P&O ferries, Stenaline and DFDS. The ferries from Dover to France are from P&O ferries and DFDS.

If you travel to The Netherlands via the Harwich-Hook of Holland connection, you can choose a daytrip that takes only 6,5 hours. You can also book this ferry as an overnight crossing.

On average, the Harwich-Hook of Holland crossing is the cheapest crossing between the Netherlands and England. 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.

The shortest distance you can travel by ferry between Holland and England is 196 km (122 mile) as the crow flies. This is the crossing Hook of Holland – Harwich.

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