It’s easy to take the boat from Hull to Rotterdam. I made this trip on a recent visit to the Netherlands and in this article, I’ll tell you all you need to know about the Hull to Rotterdam ferry.
Key Takeaway: There is one overnight sailing each day on the P&O Hull to Rotterdam which takes 12 hours and 30 minutes. A ticket costs from £158 ($204) for a foot passenger including cabin. Click here to book with Direct Ferries.
Reaching the Netherlands by ferry is one of the best ways to arrive and offers fantastic coastal views of England and Holland and is a lot less hassle than flying. This is the way I always travel when coming to and from the UK.
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How To Take the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
It’s easy to catch a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam with one overnight sailing per day taking twelve and a half hours. You can travel both as a foot passenger or with a vehicle on the P&P Hull to Rotterdam ferry.
There’s lots to see and do in Rotterdam itself, and it’s only an hour by train or car from Amsterdam. If you’re looking to hire a car for your Netherlands trip, I recommend our partners at Discover Cars. Click here for prices.
Why Take the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry?
- Enjoy a leisurely trip without the stress of flying
- Cheap – tickets from just £158 ($204)
- Amazing views of the North Sea
- Discover Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most fun cities
- Arrive close to the centre of Rotterdam
There are many reasons to visit the vibrant city of Rotterdam from museums to art galleries and pleasant parks. I’ve been visiting for over 10 years and was there last year before taking the ferry back to England.
There’s is plenty to do onboard from lounging on the sun deck to enjoying dinner or drinks in one of the many bars and restaurants. There is also a casino, cinema, live music and a children’s entertainment area onboard.
Hull to Rotterdam Ferry Cost
The Hull to Rotterdam ferry cost is very reasonable considering the price includes a bed in a two-berth cabin. You’ll find it’s often cheaper than flying with tickets starting at £158 for a foot passenger if booked in advance.
- Foot Passenger: £158 ($204)
- Bicycle: +£4 ($5.15)
- Motorcycle: +£61 ($79)
- Small car (e.g. Skoda Fabia): +£150 ($194)
You can also upgrade to premium or four and five-berth cabins for an extra fee when booking. A priority boarding pass can be bought for £12.
Breakfast is £11.50 and dinner £20.50 or you can add both for £29 ($37.50).
Hull to Rotterdam Ferry Timetable
|Ship||Departs Hull||Arrives Rotterdam||Duration|
|Pride of Rotterdam||20:30||09:30||12h30m|
|Pride of Hull||20:30||08:30||11h30m|
How to buy tickets for the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
You can purchase tickets at the port in Hull, however, as the route sells out it’s best to book in advance and this can be done online through companies like Direct Ferries.
Prices start from as little as £158 one-way for a foot passenger. Prices increase in summer and around holiday periods. Use the widget below to get a quote today or click here to find out more.
How to Get to the Hull Ferry Terminal
Address: Hull Ferry Terminal, King George Dock, Hedon Rd, Hull HU9 5PS. Click here for directions.
Check-In Time: closes 90 minutes before departure
Phone: +44 (0)871 6646 464 and +44 (0)1304 448 888
If travelling to Hull by car take the M62 or A63 into Hull city centre and follow signs for King George’s Dock (Terminal 1).
If arriving by train a taxi to the port takes around 15 minutes and costs around £10. There are also regular buses from Paragon Interchange to the Port with a single ticket costing just £2.
There is parking at the port which costs £10 for 24 hours.
About the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry
There are two ferries that operate on the route from Hull to Rotterdam; Pride of Hull and Pride of Rotterdam. These sister ships were built in 1999 and are among the largest in Europe.
These ferries can carry up to 1,360 people and 250 cars (and 400 freight vehicles).
Facilities on Board
- Coffee shop
- Lounge bar
- Sundeck bar
- Children’s play area
- Tax-free shop
Food and Drink
There are multiple places to get food and drink on board the P and O Hull to Rotterdam ferry. There is a cafeteria-style restaurant serving hot meals, and a coffee shop selling sandwiches and other snacks.
Expect to pay £15 to £20 for a meal, and around £5 for a sandwich. When booking you can choose the breakfast and dinner package for a combined £29.
At present there is no WiFi on the Hull to Rotterdam ferries. Phone data will work close to the British and Dutch coast but not out at sea.
Arriving at Rotterdam Ferry Port
Getting to Rotterdam
There is a convenient metro station located right outside the port building and I’ve used this on many occasions. The line takes you right to the city centre and the journey time is 20 minutes.
You can also take the line 115 bus which takes around 50 minutes and costs €4.
Getting to Amsterdam
You can book a coach transfer directly with P & O and the journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 90 minutes. You can also take the metro from outside the terminal building to Rotterdam and change trains for Amsterdam (under two hours).
Things to do in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a large city in South Holland with plenty to see and do. The city centre is packed with interesting Dutch architecture and lots of wonderful streetside cafes. There is a small canal running through the centre and lots of parks and green spaces.
Here are some of the top things to do in Rotterdam:
- Cross the Erasmusbrug Bridge
- Climb the Euromast for stunning city views
- Wander through pleasant Delfshaven
- Visit the Trompenburg Arboretum
- See what’s on display at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Where to Stay in Rotterdam
Here are a few places to stay in Rotterdam whatever your budget:
Mid-range: Hotel Breitner. A modern 3-star hotel within walking distance of the city centre and central station. Singles and doubles with en-suite bathroom, free Wi-Fi and an optional breakfast. Click here to find out more.
Luxury: Rotterdam Marriot Hotel. I stayed at the 5-star Rotterdam Marriot on my last visit t the city (I know, slumming it right) and was pleased with the central location and tastefully decorated modern room. The buffet breakfast was excellent too. Click here for more info.
FAQs About the Hull Rotterdam Ferry
There is still a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam that departs Hull at 20:30 every day.
The ferry from Hull to Rotterdam takes 12 hours and 30 minutes.
There are two ferries that make the crossing from Hull to Rotterdam, the Pride of Hull and the Pride of Rotterdam.
The Hull to Rotterdam ferry prices are £158 for a foot passenger, +£4 for a bicycle, +£61 for a motorcycle and +£150 for a car. These prices include a bed in a two-berth cabin.
Now you know how to take the Hull Rotterdam ferry, one of the easiest and most fun ways to travel between England and the Netherlands.
Avoid the hassle and stress of flying and arrive refreshed at your destination after a good night’s sleep. Click here to book your ticket today or use the form below to get a quote.
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About the author:
Steve Rohan is a writer from Essex, England. He has travelled to over 60 countries, lived in China and Hong Kong, and is now living the digital nomad life on the road.
Steve prefers “slow travel” and has covered much of Europe and Asia by train, bus and boat.
Where I am now: Yerevan, Armenia 🇦🇲