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Ferry to the United Kingdom

Most booked ferries to and from the UK

Popular
dover-calais ferry operators

Dover-Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times p/day
From: 36,00
Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

UK ⇔ Holland
6h 30 mins.
2 times per day
From: 49,00
Fast Ferry
stena line irish ferries

Holyhead-Dublin

Wales ⇔ Ireland
2h 15 mins.
10 times per day
From: 36,00

Portsmouth-Santander

England ⇔ Spain
28h 30 mins
2 times per week
From: 273,00

Travel to the UK by ferry

If you want to travel to The UK by ferry, there are many options to choose from. Whether you're traveling from Ireland or from the European mainland, we're here to help you find the right connection.

The ferry to the UK is a pleasant way to travel. You can travel with your own vehicle and there is a lot to do on board the ferry. Even on the shorter crossings, you will never be bored. However, it really is a party on the longer crossings on ferries that are equipped with facilities that you also find on a cruise.

In total, you will find many different ferries which travel to England. Find all routes on the ferry map.

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Map with all ferry routes to the UK

Map with all ferry services to the UK + other relevant crossings.

If you are traveling from mainland Europe to the UK, most people will opt for a crossing from France or the Netherlands. There is also a ferry from Spain, but this usually serves as a return trip for Brits who go on holiday to the Iberian Peninsula. There are of course also many crossings from Ireland.

To see the bigger picture of all ferry connections to the UK, it is useful to use this interactive UK ferry map. From here you can click through to the relevant crossing

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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 France to the UK

There are many ferries between England and France. you can make the shortest crossing over the Channel. Yet the boats that go to England from Brittany and Normandy are also very popular

France ⇔ UK

Popular
dover-calais ferry operators

Dover-Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times p/day
From: 36,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
8 hours
2 times per week
From: 51,00

Newhaven-Dieppe

UK ⇔ France
4 Hours
3 times per day
From: 39,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
7 times per week
From: 100,00
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Ferry from The Netherlands to the UK

If you want to travel to England from the north of Europe, you will quickly end up with the ferries that depart from the Netherlands. Certainly, for the Dutch themselves, these are ideal connections and on the boats, you will of course also find many British people who travel back and forth.

Holland ⇔ UK

Popular
stenaline ferry

Harwich Hook of Holland

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

Newcastle-Amsterdam

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

Hull-Rotterdam

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

Traveling and Staying in the United Kingdom

There are a lot of ferries going to and from the United Kingdom. This way you can travel comfortably to England, Scotland and Wales.

The UK is a versatile island with a rich culture and nature. So you can enjoy busy London, visit a Liverpool football match or just enjoy a peaceful walk through the Scottish landscapes. What you look for is up to you, the ferry will take you there!

towerbridge london

Famous tower bridge in London

Traveling around the UK on arrival by ferry is easy. Most terminals have excellent roads and public transport is often a very good option. For example, you can book tickets with various ferry companies that also include our train ticket. So you can leave the car at the right of the departure port. These tickets are often very affordable.

landscape Scotland

Landscape Scotland

Frequently Asked Questions

The ferry companies that you see most often when you book a ferry to the UK are DFDS, P&O, Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries. 

The cheapest way to get there by ferry is to book far in advance and compare multiple crossings. The shorter the crossing, the cheaper it usually is. Skip the ferries with a cabin and travel on unpopular times and days. 

If you're only thinking about the cost to get there by ferry: you can book tickets from France to the UK for a little over €50,-. Traveling from Holland is a bit more expensive, but if you choose Stenaline, you can have a pretty good price for the Hook of Holland-Harwich crossing. 

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

If this is 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.

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