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Ferry to the Netherlands from Ireland

Discover the best ferry crossings from Ireland to the Netherlands


France ⇔ Ireland
24 hours
Up to 5 times per week


France ⇔ Ireland
19 Hours
Up to 5 times per week


France ⇔ Ireland
14 Hours
Up to 2 times per week

To the Netherlands from Ireland

Looking for a ferry from Ireland to the Netherlands? There are no direct routes over the Irish Sea and North Sea to the Netherlands, but you can make a crossing to France first and then get to the Netherlands by Public Transport or car? The ferry from Rosslare to Dunkirk brings you the closest.

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Ferries from Ireland to the Netherlands via France

The map with ferry routes provides an overview of the various ways to the Netherlands from Ireland via France. You can leave from Dublin, Cork or Rosslare to France and then to the Netherlands.

Ferry to the Netherlands from Ireland information

Getting to the Netherlands by ferry is an excellent way of travelling to the European continent. As there are no direct routes between Ireland and the Netherlands, the crossing that makes the most sense is the ferry from Ireland to France and then travelling further Northwards to the Netherlands.

These ferries are probably the best routes to the Netherlands:

From both Dublin and Cork, it might be worth the trip to Rosslare, and make the crossing from Rosslare to Dunkirk as this brings you the closest to the Netherlands with the slightest chance of traffic jams.

Best crossing from Ireland to the Netherlands: Rosslare – Dunkirk

In our opinion if you want to travel to the Netherlands by ferry from Ireland the most comfortable and easiest route is the crossing from Rosslare to Dunkirk, as this ferry brings you a lot further up to North France than its alternative routes. From Dunkirk, it's only a 3-hour drive to Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam etcetera.
This ferry is a route of DFDS and takes you in 24 hours from Ireland to Northern France.
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Experience the Dunkirk-Rosslare ferry, connecting France and Ireland. Enjoy an 18-24 hour journey with an overnight crossing. Ideal for tourists who want to skip England and want to travel right away to Ireland from Europe.

Alternatives: Dublin-Cherbourg & Cork-Roscoff

The alternatives that you have are the ferries from Cork to Roscoff and the ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg. On these routes, you'll spend less time on the ferries but more on the roads. Cherbourg to Utrecht is an 8-hour drive, while Roscoff-Utrecht is still a 10.5-hour drive.

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Irish Ferries takes you on this crossing from Cherbourg (Normandy, France) to Dublin (Ireland) in about 19 hours. The ferry sails back and forth between France and Ireland up to 5 times per week and when you book well in advance you can often find a nice discount.
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The Roscoff-Cork ferry takes you from Ireland to French Bretagne (Roscoff) in 14 to 15 hours. This crossing is operated by Brittany Ferries and departs twice a week. It is a night crossing that is often sold out, so book well in advance.

Timetable, availability, and compare prices

Looking for a ferry crossing to the Netherlands? With our online booking module, finding and booking your desired route's never been easier. Simply enter your departure port, destination, and travel dates, and our system will display the best routes and possible alternatives. In the case of the ferry from Ireland to the Netherlands you'll have to look into the ferries to France, and preferrably the ferry to Dunkirk from Rosslare.

You can easily compare prices and schedules to choose the ferry that fits your needs and budget. With hassle-free booking and secure payment options, you can focus on planning your journey and enjoying your trip to the Netherlands. Have a great journey!

Book your ferry ticket early to save money and secure your desired crossing

Booking your ferry tickets as soon as possible is the best way to save money and secure your desired crossing. As more passengers book their spots, the price of ferry tickets increases. By booking early, you can take advantage of lower prices and avoid the disappointment of a fully booked ferry.

Frequently Asked Questions: ferry to the Netherlands from Ireland

There are no direct routes from Ireland to the Netherlands. but the ferry from Rosslare in Ireland to Dunkirk in France is a great route to get to the Netherlands. 

This probably is the ferry to Dunkirk from Rosslare as well, however, the ferry lands in France there is only a 3-hour drive left to Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Dunkirk.

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  1. You can only get to Ireland indirectly as I can read, there was rumor of a new ferry that would go from Rosslare to Zeebrugge, is there any info on that one? That would be a nice one.

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