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Ferry to The Netherlands

Discover the best crossings

Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
2 times per day
Optional
From: 49,00
Popular
holland norway lines

Eemshaven-Kristiansand

Holland ⇔ Norway
18 Hours
3 times per week
Yes
From: 98,00
Popular
dfds seaways ferry

Newcastle-Amsterdam

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

Hull-Rotterdam

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

Get to The Netherlands by ferry

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.

Popular destinations in the Netherlands are of course cities such as Amsterdam and the agglomeration of Rotterdam and The Hague. The Netherlands is not too big, so you can visit several places in a short time.

Many people will also travel further to other countries. To Germany or Nordic countries, for example.

We explain all options and you can use our unique ferry map.

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Map with all ferry routes to The Netherlands

There are 3 direct ferry services from the UK that take you to different places in The Netherlands. You can also travel from Norway to Holland.

We have added 2 more routes on the map. Although these actually arrive in France, they are also very interesting for Brits if they want to travel to Holland.

  • Harwich to Hook of Holland – 6.5 hours
  • Rotterdam to Hull – 12 hours
  • Newcastle to Amsterdam – 15.5 hours
  • Kristiansand to Eemshaven – 18 hours
  • Ferries Dover-France – 1,5/2 hours + 3,5 hour drive to Amsterdam

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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.

Ferry from The UK to Holland

A total of 3 international ferries depart to the Netherlands from England. These are all popular crossings for which it is best to book well in advance. Not only does this save costs, but if you book too late, you run the risk that the car decks are full.

It is also possible to travel through France via The Channel. Here you can find more information about this option.

UK ⇔ Netherlands

Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

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

Newcastle-Amsterdam

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

Hull-Rotterdam

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

Ferry from Norway to The Netherlands

Since 2022, there has also been a crossing between Norway and the Netherlands. This boat takes you from Kristiansand to Eemshaven. Eemshaven is a harbor in the north of The Netherlands. By car it takes roughly 2,5 hours to travel to Amsterdam. 

Norwegians can also choose this ferry to continue their journey to southern Europe. As an indication: Paris is a 7 to 9 hour drive from Eemshaven by car.

This crossing is very popular (especially by travelers traveling back and forth from the Netherlands to Norway) so be on time with your booking.

Norway ⇔ The Netherlands

Popular 1 holland norway lines
From: 98,00
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Travelling and Staying in The Netherlands

When you think of The Netherlands, you would probably think of windmills, cheese, flowers and pretty towns in “the polder'. And ofcourse you have cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

The Netherlands is a modern country formed by a number of larger European rivers and the sea. The Dutch have therefore always had to deal with water management, which is why you see a lot of windmills in the landscape. These were often used to pump water away from lower areas, after which a polder was created.

polder

An old village in The Netherlands with a polder on the left side of the dike

Once you are on your way through the Netherlands by car, you can clearly see the polder landscape. You can even feel it a little. Many highways in the west of The Netherlands do not run completely smoothly because of subsidence and height differences in the soft clay.

The Netherlands is a small country, so its is quite easy to travel around. The four major cities are also very close to each other. When you choose to stay in one, you can also reach the other very well for a day trip. The journey time will not be much more than an hour, both by car and excellent public transport.

Nice things to visit in The Netherlands are:

Bourtange village

Bourtange village in the north of The Netherlands (Groningen)

Cities and regions
Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Maastricht and the Wadden Islands.

Tourist attractions
Volendam, Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, marken, Naarden, Bourtange

Find more on Holland.com

You can also reach Belgium or Germany very quickly from the Dutch ports of arrival.

Frequently Asked Questions: Netherlands

These ferry companies sail to the Netherlands: DFDS and P&O Ferries from the UK and Holland Norway Lines from Norway.

The cheapest ferry directly to the Netherlands is often the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry operated by Stenaline. For travelers from the UK, it can be very cheap to travel via France since the Channel crossings are not as expensive as the bigger ferries to Holland.
When you travel from the Nordics to Holland, it is often cheaper to travel via Denmark or Germany. 

Yes, it is usually possible to take the dog on board the boat to Holland. On the longer crossings, kennels can often be booked or the dog is allowed in the cabin.  There are some formalities. For example, the dog must have an animal passport, a microchip, a timely rabies vaccination and treatment against tapeworm.

If these rules are not followed, there is a risk that the dog, cat or ferret will have to be quarantined for four weeks. More info regarding bringing pets on ferries.

When using the name Holland, the Netherlands is often referred to. Officially, Holland only consists of the provinces of North and South Holland.

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