Ferries to Belgium

Ferries to Belgium

If you’re traveling to Belgium from the UK, then you currently have just one option to sail direct. The last remaining ferry to Belgium, sails from Hull in the North of England to Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Ferries to Belgium

Car & 4 passengers from £230
1 sailings per day       Sailing time: 13 hours       Foot passengers from £39

As well as direct ferries there are number of other options. You could try either a ferry to Holland or a ferry to France and make the short drive over to Belgium. Holland, France and Belgium are all linked with a great motorway network.

The ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge is operated by P&O Ferries, it sails once a day on an overnight crossing which takes just over 13 hours. On board you will have an en-suite cabin, a number of bars, restaurants and entertainment.

Although the ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge is more expensive, the hours of driving it will save if you are traveling anywhere from the north of England or Scotland is probably well worth it. The price is inclusive of your en-suite cabin.

In 2010 DFDS Seaways closed the last remaining Scotland to Belgium crossing, the ferry from Rosyth to Zeebrugge sailed for the last time in December 2010 leaving just two connections between the UK and Belgium.

Then in 2013 the ferry crossing between Ramsgate and Ostend closed. The Belgian firm TransEuropa suspended all sailings after the company went into administration in April 2013, leaving just one daily sailing between the UK & Belgium.

If you lived in the south east of England it was your quickest way to Belgium. There was a total of four daily sailings departing for Ramsgate and the crossing took roughly 4 hours. This route was only for passengers travelling in vehicles, the facilities on-board were limited compared to that on the P&O ship.

3 thoughts on “Ferries to Belgium

  1. Lots more business (=income) if they took foot passengers. Why do I have to have a car to travel on a ferry? Will they take a bike? Electric Bike?

    1. The Ramsgate to Ostend ferry allows just people travelling in cars, motorhomes or motorcycles.

      The Hull Zeebrugge ferry allows foot passengers, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, motorhomes & caravans.

  2. I’ve actually used both ferries and they are so different.

    Whilst the ramsgate ferry is nice enough on-board, it still feels like you are travelling. When I took the Hull Zeebrugge ferry, the crossing was actually a really fun part of the holiday, rather than feeling like you were travelling, I was able to relax, have a nice dinner, a few drinks on board and then a good nights sleep.

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