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If you are looking for a fun way to reach the Netherlands from the UK, then taking the Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry is a great option.
The ferry to Holland from the UK takes seven hours and costs from as little as £53 if booked in advance. All of the Netherlands is easily reachable from the Hook of Holland port, making it the perfect way to arrive for your trip.
This is also the perfect option for those on a road trip around Europe as you can bring your car onto the boat. In this article, we will discover all there is to know about travelling from Harwich to Hook of Holland.
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Is there a Ferry from UK to Holland?
Yes, Stena Line has two daily sailings from Harwich to Hook of Holland. There is a day sailing and an overnight crossing.
How Long is the Ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland?
The day crossing takes seven hours and the overnight crossing, eight hours.
About the Route
The ferry to Hook of Holland leaves Harwich International Port and makes its way north up the Suffolk coast before crossing the North Sea. The boat arrives in Hook of Holland, approximately 20km from the Hague and 30km from Rotterdam.
Why take the Ferry to Holland from UK?
- Enjoy a leisurely trip without the stress of flying
- Cheap – tickets from just €53.00
- Plenty of on-board entertainment
- Amsterdam is less than two hours by train
The Netherlands is a great destination for travellers. From historic Amsterdam with its canals and coffee shops to the hip streets of Rotterdam, this northern European country has something for everyone
Given the Netherlands’s flat topography, it is the perfect place for cycling and attracts cyclists from all over Europe. And what better way of reaching there with your bicycle than by ferry?
Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry Time
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Hook of Holland to Harwich Ferry Time
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Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry Prices
The cost of a ticket for the Harwich Hook of Holland Ferry starts at €53.00 for a foot passenger if booked up to a week in advance. Tickets for the overnight sailing start at €110.00 and include a single inside cabin.
|Ticket & Seating||Price in Euros|
|Foot Passenger (daytime)||€53.00|
|Foot Passenger (overnight)||€110.00|
|1 berth cabin||€21.00|
|2 berth deluxe cabin||€24.00|
|4 berth cabin (inside)||€42.00|
|Small car (eg. fiat punto)||€91.00|
About the Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry
The vessels each have 12 decks, 538 cabins and room for 1,376 passengers and 230 cars.
Facilities on Board
- Free wifi throughout the vessel
- Sun decks
- Cafeteria/coffee bar
- Children’s play area
- Conference room
- Tax-free shops
- Amusement Arcade
- Casino (roulette, poker & slot machines)
How to buy tickets for the Harwich to Holland Ferry
You can purchase tickets at the ports in Harwich and Hook of Holland. However, as the route sells out very fast, it’s best to book in advance and this can be done online through companies like Direct Ferries.
Prices start from as little as €53 one-way for a foot passenger. Prices increase in summer and around holiday periods.
How to get to the Harwich Ferry Terminal
Harwich International Port is easily reachable by train from London and takes just over one hour. The train stops directly at the port.
Address: Harwich International Port, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4SX
Port Operating Hours
Harwich International Port operates 24 hours a day.
First boarding for the daytime sailing commences at approximately 7:45 am. For the overnight sailing, the first boarding commences at approximately 8:30 pm.
Boarding closes 45 minutes before departure.
Facilities at the port
- Currency Exchange
- Free WIFI
- Tourist Information
- Vending Machines
- Toilets/Baby Changing Facilities
Arrival at Hook of Holland Port
Hook of Holland Port is located 30km from Rotterdam and 85km from Amsterdam making it easy to explore the Netherlands.
- Hoek van Holland to Rotterdam – take the metro direct from the port to the centre of the city. The journey is just 34 minutes and costs €4.00.
- Hoek van Holland to Amsterdam – take the metro to Rotterdam as above, and change for an intercity train to Amsterdam (1h9m).
Things to do in Holland
The Netherlands (for Holland only refers to two provinces) is a fantastic destination in northern Europe. The home of clogs, windmills and tulips is packed with colourful architecture, canals and sweeping countryside.
Most tourists head to Amsterdam, however there is so much more to the country. Arnhem, Rotterdam and Utrecht all offer bags of culture and history.
The country has plenty of stretches of sandy beach perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Here are some of the top things to do in the country:
- Explore Amsterdam
- See the windmills at Kinderdijk
- Visit beautiful Maastrichtht
- Swim in the Frisian Lakes
- Check out Rotterdam’s thriving art scene
Looking for a place to stay in Rotterdam? Check out our top recommendations:
Budget: King Kong Hostel
Dorms from €25 per night. Central location.
Mid-range: Holiday Inn Rotterdam
I stayed here in July 2022. Great location next to the station, large, clean rooms, and a decent continental breakfast included. Doubles from €84.
Luxury: Rotterdam Marriot
Centrally located 5* hotel. Doubles starting at €130.
Don’t Delay, Book Today!
So, now you know everything about taking the ferry to Holland from UK, what are you waiting for? Book your ticket now with Direct Ferries!
About the author: Steve Rohan, originally from England, has lived in China for over six years. He has lived in the frozen city of Harbin, the ancient capital of Luoyang, the tropical paradise of Sanya and Hong Kong.
He has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, mostly by train, and has written about his travels for this blog as well as self-publishing his first book, Siberian Odyssey.