Ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland (Rotterdam)

Ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland (Rotterdam)

The Harwich to the Hook of Holland ferry route is operated by Stena Line and is the shortest UK to Holland passenger ferry crossing. The Hook of Holland is located just 30 minutes from the centre of Rotterdam. You can choose from two sailings, one overnight and one during the day.

Harwich to Hook of Holland

Car & 4 passengers from £117
2 sailings per day       Sailing time: 7 hours       Foot passengers from £40

There’s never been a better time to visit Holland because you can take your car from Harwich to the Hook of Holland for under £60! As well as visiting Rotterdam the Harwich Holland ferry is ideal for getting to Amsterdam and other Dutch cities. Amsterdam is just a one hour and twenty drive away and both Rotterdam and Amsterdam can be reached easily by rail from the railway station next to the port.

The Harwich  to Hook of Holland crossing duration is just 6 hours 15 minutes, which makes it the shortest crossing from the UK to Holland. Sailings currently depart Harwich at 9am (10am Sundays) and 11.15pm and arrive in Holland at 4.45pm and 7.45am  local time. The return journeys depart the Hook of Holland at 2.30pm and 10.30pm(9.30pm Saturdays & Sundays) and arrive back in the UK 8pm and 6.30am local time.

Onboard the Stena line ferry you’ll find many services aimed to provide you with entertainment whether you’re travelling by day or by night. There are two restaurants on-board, choose from the Metropolitan restaurant or Food City restaurant where you’ll be sure to find something to suit all ages and tastes. You can also have a drink in one of the two bars or catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in the on-board cinema or even take advantage of a range of discounts and savings when you purchase goods at the Stena shop. Plus there is also free wifi available throughout the ship, so you can just find a place relax and catch up on some email, social networking, play games or dare we say it some work while you sail from the UK to Holland.

Alternatively, you’re able to upgrade to the exclusive Stena Plus Lounge, where this area is a designated “quiet zone”, where you’ll enjoy complimentary beverages and newspapers.

If you are travelling on one of the overnight sailings then you’ll need include a cabin for your trip, in recent years Stena Line has improved cabins to suit singles, couples and families. All cabins have en suite facilities and new high quality mattresses ensuring you’ll enjoy a great night’s sleep.

Stena Line offers a high quality ferry service, so you can travel to Holland in style. There is no need to go through the hassle of the traffic on the UK to France routes and the extra time driving through France, Stena Line offers the quickest direct route to Holland and you’ll be able to relax whilst the ship does all the work.

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The ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland is one of the most historic routes between Britain and Northern Europe, formerly owned by the Dutch Royal Family before being bought by Stena Line in 1988.

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32 thoughts on “Ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland (Rotterdam)

    1. Hi Carole

      This will depend on the ferry route and operator you are taking. But yes, some ferries offer dog friendly cabins. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Kevin

      To book a coach you would have to speak to Stena Line directly. Their new bookings phone number is 03447 707 070. I’m sorry we cannot be of more help.

  1. Hi there my friend has already booked a sailing with you and now i have decided to go with him .. he have already booked so can you tell me my extra cost to stay with him in car or do i have to get out to do the foot passenger thing.. thanks phil

    1. Hi Phil

      You have two options to consider here: The cost of amending your booking versus booking in as a new foot passenger.

      You can easily amend or cancel your booking online at any time prior to your departure by clicking on the “Login or Manage Booking” link located at the top right of the site and following the instructions. (An amendment fee may be applicable depending on the fare type you have chosen and any difference in fare which may apply to the changes being made will be charged.) This will give you the new price.

      You can then compare this to the cost of going on as a foot passenger yourself. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Anthony

      A moped would be classed as a motorcycle. (a motorcycle is simply any two-wheeled motor vehicle, regardless of design, regardless of engine size). I hope this helps.

    1. Hi David

      Unfortunately Stena Line do not allow you to return to either your car or onboard kennels during crossing to visit your dog. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. I am collecting a puppy from Germany and the breeder is happy to deliver to Rotterdam, can use the ferry? The pup will have all relevant papers, rabies jab, blood test, wormed etc. I will be travelling as a foot passenger

    1. Hi Keith

      As long as you have all the correct documentation for travel and an appropriate dog crate (if required) then this will not be an issue at all. Please bear in mind your dog will have to be booked on in advance. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Richard

      Here are the differences:

      Economy Fares: Our lowest fare, a good choice if your travel plans are fixed. Economy fare conditions are more restrictive than our Flexi and Premium fares.
      Flexi Fares: Our Flexi fare, offers you an attractive fare with greater flexibility should your plans change.
      Premium Fares: Our Premium fare offers you the most favorable conditions, greater flexibility, Stena Plus lounge access and other benefits.

      I hope this helps.

  3. I want to travel to Holland Via harwich to the hook of Holland over night with a pet dog where does the dog stay if it is in the vehicle can I stay with it or at least visit the dog or if I have cabin can the dog stay with me.

    1. Hi J

      So you can choose to leave your dog in your vehicle or in the onboard kennels. Unfortunately this route does not have cabins which they allow dogs into. If your dog remains in your vehicle, you will not be allowed to visit it during the duration of the sailing, this is for health and safety reasons. If you choose the leave your dog in the kennels, you are allowed to visit it, just speak to the member of staff at the Guest Service Desk. You are also able to watch your dog on the “Pet Channel” if you choose to take a cabin for the night. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Ray

      So you can choose to leave your dog in your vehicle or in the onboard kennels. Unfortunately this route does not have cabins which they allow dogs into. If your dog remains in your vehicle, you will not be allowed to visit it during the duration of the sailing, this is for health and safety reasons. If you choose the leave your dog in the kennels, you are allowed to visit it, just speak to the member of staff at the Guest Service Desk. You are also able to watch your dog on the “Pet Channel” if you choose to take a cabin for the night. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Victor

      Yes you can use your Tesco Vouchers to book this crossing. To book online you must start the booking process at the following page – http://www.stenaline.co.uk/tesco. If booking online using a Clubcard voucher code, please enter your voucher number in the payment step of the booking. I hope this helps.

  4. can I take my dog in my car on the hook of Holland ferry crossing? or go to Europe from Harwich with my dog on another route?

    1. Hi Tracey

      Yes, dogs are permitted on the Harwich to Hook of Holland route. As for other routes elsewhere in Europe i would need more details of where you would like to go to say whether or not dogs are permitted on the route or not. I hope this helps.

  5. hi there if your ferry leaves harwich at say 11pm youve booked a cabin , what is the earliest you can actually get on the ferry please

  6. looking to travel from harwich to hook of holland (berlin final destination) overnight in sept/oct, car + 3 passenger + overnight cabin, how much? many thanks.

  7. Hi, how do i get a sailing from Harwich to hook of h
    Holland late august to mid sept using Tesco vouchers please?

    1. Hi Ian – It’s cheapest to travel midweek, book in advance and not avoid the summer months. I can see there are no £59 fares available in the next few months, but there is plenty of £65 & £71 fares. If you can wait until September you can easily travel for £59.

      The £59 rate is for a car and driver, so any additional passengers will also increase the price.

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