Ferry to The Netherlands
Most booked ferries to and from The Netherlands
Your guide to 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 also book a ferry to Holland continue their journey to, for example, Germany or Scandinavia.
Holland here we come!
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Map with all ferry routes to The Netherlands
There are three direct ferry services from the UK that take you to different places in The Netherlands. You can also travel from Norway to Holland.
- Harwich to Hook of Holland – 6.5 hours
- Rotterdam to Hull – 12 hours
- Newcastle to Amsterdam – 16 hours, 45 mins
- Kristiansand to Eemshaven – 18 hours
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.
Ferry from Norway to The Netherlands
Er gaat sinds kort een overtocht tussen Noorwegen en Nederland. Deze boot brengt je van Kristiansand naar Eemshaven.
Norway ⇔ The Netherlands
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.
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:
Cities and regions
Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Maastricht and the Wadden Islands.
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.