Amsterdam Ferry Routes from UK Newcastle, Hull Harwich

Amsterdam Ferry Routes Ferries Crossings to Europe

DFDS Seaways operate the only direct ferries to Amsterdam, departing from Newcastle in the north east of England. Some other routes might be better suited to travellers from other regions. Amsterdam is a little too far for day trips, but is hugely popular when it comes to short city breaks and as a starting point for longer holidays, and any visit to the Netherlands' most culturally diverse and interesting city will probably involve a short sea voyage.

Here are the services on offer:

Newcastle to Amsterdam departing from the Newcastle's International Ferry Terminal, two of DFDS Seaways' vessels provide 15 hour overnight crossings every day to the port of Ijmuiden near Amsterdam. Getting to Newcastle's port by car is easy from the city centre follow signs for the coast and when nearing the Tyne Tunnel follow signs for ferries and the Royal Quays. From the north and south follow the A19 to the Tyne Tunnel. Signs at the northern approach roundabout will direct you to the terminal. Trains on the east coast line connect to Newcastle's Central Station, and a coach service connects to the ferry terminal several hours before each departure. DFDS also provides a coach service at the other end of your voyage, taking passengers to the centre of Amsterdam.

Harwich to Hook of Holland Stena Line operate four departures every day from the Essex port to this important Dutch port near Rotterdam. The high speed HSS catamaran takes just three hours 40 minutes to make the trip departing twice a day. The larger superferry makes one six hour crossing in the daytime and one overnight, also every day. Road connections to Harwich are good from the M25 and London take the A12 to Colchester then take the A120 signposted to Harwich. From the midlands take the A14 to Ipswich and join the A12 South to Colchester. At Colchester join the A120 to Harwich. Signposts from the A120 will take you to Harwich International Port. Trains depart regularly from London Liverpool St. to Harwich meeting the ferries at the terminal. Likewise at Hook of Holland an express train service to Amsterdam departs from the ferry terminal.

Amsterdam Ferry Port

Hull to Rotterdam travellers from the midlands may want to use PO's eleven hour overnight service to the Netherlands' other major city before transferring to Amsterdam. To get to Hull's ferry terminal by car follow the M62 or Humber Bridge and A63 to Hull city centre then follow signs to King George Dock and Ferries. The national rail network connects to Hull Paragon Train Station, and a coach link leaves every day to the ferry terminal. Rotterdam's ferry port is located 37km from the city centre, but coach links will take you to the city's central station for onward travel to Amsterdam. By car follow the N15 towards the city centre but cross the river northwards at the Benelux tunnel. Follow signs for the A13 which leads to Amsterdam.

Some travel packages will include all your travel connections including ferries to Amsterdam, but it's maybe just as easy to do it yourself. The Newcastle and Harwich routes will get you there most directly, but either way travelling to Amsterdam by car, rail and ferry is a piece of cake.