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Hook of Holland

Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland or De Hoek) is a town on the western edge of the Netherlands, situated on the North Sea coast. 

The town has two railway stations, Hoek van Holland Strand, and Hoek van Holland Haven. The stations connect the town with Rotterdam, with trains running every half an hour during the day. The town is known primarily for its role as a port, with a ferry terminal operated by Stena Line offering services to/from the United Kingdom. A local ferry operator also uses the port for services to the Port of Rotterdam.

How to get to Hook of Holland from
Route 1:

This route is particularly popular with people wishing to travel to/from ferries at Hook of Holland. It is part of the DutchFlyer service which links the United Kingdom to the Netherlands.

The journey is either made onboard NS InterCity trains or NS Sprinter services, depending on the exact journey, and where you change trains. Trains between Amsterdam and Rotterdam / Schiedam are generally InterCity, whilst Rotterdam / Schiedam to Hook of Holland are generally Sprinter trains.

Route 2:

If you are travelling between the Edinburgh (or elsewhere in the north east of the UK) and Amsterdam, there is a great alternative to flying which involves just three trains and a ferry. The journey between London and Edinburgh takes between four and five hours, with services running fairly frequently (see the East Coast Mainline website for precise timings). The London - Amsterdam (Dutch Flyer) service takes around 14 hours, and you can choose whether to travel overnight or by day.

Route 3:

The Dutch Flyer service, operated in partnership between Stena Line, National Express East Anglia and Holland's NS railway, is a city-to-city service combining rail and ferry routes to link London and Amsterdam in around 14 hours. Travelling overnight is the best option, although not the cheapest (as purchasing a cabin is mandatory), as you maximise your time at your destination. 

Each day, there are two Dutch Flyer services in either direction. When travelling from Amsterdam, you need to change trains at Schiedam. When travelling from London on the Sunday evening or Saturday morning service, passengers need to change train at Manningtree to reach Harwich.

London to Amsterdam on the Dutch Flyer:

 StopMonday - FridaySaturdaySunday
TrainLondon Liverpool St06.3818.2006.3819.00b07.55b19.02
Harwich Intnl.08.1020.0108.0920.2209.2520.48
FerryHarwich Intnl.09.0023.1509.0023.1510.0023.15
Hook of Holland16.4507.4516.4507.4518.0007.45
TrainHook of Holland17.3708.3717.3708.3718.5508.37
Schiedam C.18.0309.0318.0309.0319.2109.03
Schiedam C.18.1609.1618.1609.1619.2709.16

a = Change trains at Schiedam for Amsterdam
b = Change trains at Manningtree for Harwich

Amsterdam to London on the Dutch Flyer:

 Schiedam C.12.4520.1512.4520.1512.4520.15
 Schiedam C.13.1820.4813.1820.4813.1820.48
 Hook of Holland13.4221.1213.4221.1213.4221.12
FerryHook of Holland14.3022.1514.3022.0014.3022.00
 Harwich Intnl.20.0006.3020.0006.3020.0006.30
TrainHarwich Intnl.20.4507.1520.4507.2020.3507.15
 London Liverpool St.22.1408.5422.1408.5921.5908.54

a: Change trains at Schiedam for Hook of Holland


Route 4:

When travelling between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on Stena Line, you have the choice of travelling either during the day or during the night. If travelling at night, stated fares include a private cabin.

The sailing takes around 6hrs 45mins, but you must remember to allow 45mins check-in time.

If you are travelling on an overnight sailing between Harwich and Hook of Holland, you must pay for a cabin. All cabins are private, with both inside and outside cabins available (outside basically means that the cabin has a window - these are more expensive).

All cabins on board the Stena Line ferry have en-suite bathroom facilities, flat screen televisions, free WiFi access, towels and toiletries and a bureau. If you opt for a more luxurious cabin (Comfort and Captain's Class), you will get tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary minibar (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks).