The ferry from Harlingen to Vlieland is operated by Rederij Doeksen. There are ferries going up and down all year round but in high season there are more departures to choose from. You can make the crossing to Vlieland with the regular ferry service or with the fast ferry.
Ferry to Vlieland
The Harlingen-Vlieland ferry brings you to a car-free destination. This means you cannot take your motorised vehicles to the island. However, there are services on the island that will bring your luggage from the boat to your destination on the island. Please ask your accommodation host for information, or make reservations in advance. Bicycles can be booked in advance, but are also available on arrival.
Tickets can be purchased at the window in Vlieland, but you are recommended to do so in advance. You can reserve your tickets easily online or by telephone. Contact information is listed here.
Timetable Harlingen – Vlieland
The timetable between Harlingen and Vlieland is somewhat complex and contains many exceptions. There is in any case during the whole week a boat in the morning, afternoon and evening:
Ferry to Vlieland
- Morning 09:05
- Afternoon: 14:05
- Evening: 19:05
Ferry to Harlingen
- Morning 06:50
- Afternoon: 11:50
- Evening: 16:50
In addition, there are various extra options on busier days. You can find these best in the booking module of Rederij Doeksen.
Departure, sailing time & arrival
It is recommended to be at the port of Harlingen or Vlieland at least 30 minutes before departure.
Wadden promenade 5
8861 NT Harlingen
The regular ferry service takes 95 minutes, the express service sails from Harlingen to Vlieland in 45 minutes.
The ferry service arrives in the village of Oost-Vlieland. Depending on the destination, you can continue your journey on foot, by bicycle, by bus or by taxi. On the island there are also services that bring the luggage to the desired location. You can inquire about this with your accommodation provider or book it in advance.
Bicycles are also best reserved in advance. Zeelen bicycle rental is located at the harbor. But you can also go to other bicycle rental companies on the island. They often put the bikes ready for you in the port.
Costs ferry Harlingen – Vlieland
Prices Vlieland crossing (retour)
|Type ticket||Peak season||Low season|
|Child 0 t/m 4||free (you need te ticket)||free (you need te ticket)|
|Child 4 t/m 11||€14,92||€14,42|
|12 t/m 64||€29,98||€28,96|
Fast service Vlieland prices (retour)
|Child 0 t/m 3||€15,30|
|Child 4 t/m 11 jaar||€29,72|
|12 t/m 64 jaar||€44,26|
Vlieland is a smaller island without motorised traffic, which lends it a special holiday feeling. The authentic little town of Oost-Vlieland is small and cosy. The island also has a small area with holiday homes, and Stortemelk is a campsite. Besides that, the island consists of dunes, beaches and nature. These attributes mean Vlieland is a peaceful island, immanently suited for cycling and hiking.
The town of Oost-Vlieland is not very large, but absolutely bubbles with island nostalgia. Beautiful ancient houses, a little church, and a dune 40 meters tall topped by a lighthouse complete the picture.
Vlieland may not be large, but there is plenty to do, even on a longer visit. The Wadden Sea with its famous sand banks where boats and seals rest at low tide. The North Sea coast has fabulous beaches, and is a wonderful place to take a refreshing dip in the sea. Vliehors is in the southwest. It is 24 square kilometres of very wide beach comprising both a nature reserve and military training ground. Vliehors is also home to the more than 100 year old reddingshuisje (drowning victims’ refuge). Take the Vliehors Express to reach this fun destination. With a little bit of luck, you will see a few seals along the way.