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Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

London - Harwich (Greater Anglia Train)

Rail

The Journey

One of the best ways to reach the Netherlands is by the Dutch Flyer service. This involves catching a ferry from Harwich International. Fortunately, there is a direct train route between London and Harwich, which is timed to coincide with ferry arrivals/departures.

The trains are comfortable, but nothing fancy. Both first and second class seating is available, although there isn't much difference between the two.


Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia is a new rail operator, providing services in London and the East of England. The company took over operations on lines previously run by National Express East Anglia. Greater Anglia is owned by the Dutch rail operator NS.

Greater Anglia run a number of services, primarily to/from London Liverpool Street. Destinations include Stansted Airport (Stansted Express), Southend, Harwich International, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Bury St Edmunds, King's Lynn and Norwich.

Most Greater Anglia services offer both Standard and First Class accommodation. InterCity services between Norwich and London offer a Quiet Zone for passengers wishing to travel without too much noise. These carriages restrict mobile phone usage, and discourage audible electronic devices.

First Class passengers can enjoy more spacious seating, with reclining chairs with their own tables and enhanced legroom. InterCity services will shortly be offering First Class passengers a complimentary refreshment service as part of the ticket price.

There are no restrictions placed on the amount of luggage each passenger may travel with. Luggage arrangements on-board vary between trains, but generally space is available on racks above seats.

Disabled Passengers

Priority seating is available on Greater Anglia trains. These seats are designed to be used by people less able to stand. While anyone can sit in a Priority Seat, they should be vacated at the request of those with disabilities, pregnant women, the elderly, or those travelling with young children.

Expectant Mothers

In addition to the Priority Seating arrangements, expectant mothers in their last eight weeks of pregnancy may receive a free First Class upgrade if there are no seats available in Standard Class. In order to receive this benefit, passengers should either have a season ticket Photocard, or obtain one from a ticket office. Write to Greater Anglia with your Photocard number, journey details and a letter from your employer confirming your last date before maternity leave, or a similar letter from your GP. Greater Anglia will write back confirming the arrangement, and this letter should be presented to any ticket inspector, along with your photocard if you choose to sit in First Class.

Food & Drink

A buffet car is available on InterCity services between Norwich and London, serving a selection of sandwiches, hot and cold snacks, confectionary and hot and cold drinks.

WiFi / Internet

On some services, passengers may take advantage of wirless internet access. This service is available on InterCity routes between Norwich, Ipswich and London. WiFi access is free for First Class passengers, and Standard Class passengers may purchase access for £2.95 per trip, or £19 per month from their web browsers' login screen.

Bicycles

Passengers may transport bicycles free of charge on Greater Anglia routes, although some restrictions are in place. The carriage of bicycles is not permitted on the following services, Monday-Friday (exc. Bank Holidays:

  • Services south of Broxbourne due to arrive at Stratford or London Liverpool Street between 07.45 and 09.45 (except reserved bicycle spaces on InterCity services);
  • Services leaving Stratford or London Liverpool Street between 16.30 and 18.30 (except reserved spaces on InterCity services, and services north of Broxbourne); and
  • Services departing Audley End or Ely towards Cambridge between 07.45 and 08.45.

On InterCity services between London and Norwich, bicycles may be transported, but space must be reserved in advance. Bicycles are stored in the Guard's van, which is locked three minutes before departure from London and Norwich. Reservations can be made by contacting Greater Anglia (0845 600 7245). Reservations should be made at least 24hrs in advance, and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only folded bicycles may be transported on the Stansted Express. Bicycles should be stored in a protective carry case/bag. Reservations are not required.

Travelling with Pets

Passengers may travel with up to two dogs, cats or small domestic animals, as long as they do not occupy a seat. For greater numbers of animals, a supplement is payable, equivalent to have the adult fare for the journey, up to a maximum of £5 single, £10 return.

Timetable

Please note that some services require a change at Manningtree. The services detailed below are the times suitable for Dutch Flyer services. A full timetable, including all stations served and all times of the day is available here.

London to Harwich by Train

StationsMon-FriSatSun
London Liverpool St06.3818.2006.3818.2007.55*19.02*
Colchester07.4319.3007.4319.3008.57*20.12*
Harwich Intnl.08.1020.0108.1020.0109.2520.48

Outside of these times, trains are available hourly from 09.00 (M-F), although nearly all of the services require a change at Manningtree. The last train from London to Harwich (M-F) is at 22.30 (change at Manningtree).

Harwich to London by Train

StationsMon-FriSatSun
Harwich Intnl.07.1520.4507.2020.4507.2020.35
Colchester07.4121.0707.4221.0707.4120.57
London Liverpool St.08.5422.1408.4522.1408.5421.59

 Outside of these times, trains are available hourly from 08.28 (M-F), although nearly all of the services require a change at Manningtree. The last train from Harwich to London (M-F) is at 22.28 (change at Manningtree). 

Price

Fares between London and Harwich International (for ferries), start from £8 each way. In order to access the cheapest fare for this route, book in advance, travel off-peak and if possible use a railcard.

DutchFlyer Rail & Sail Fares

The table below gives details of the lowest fares available for the DutchFlyer service. In order to get these prices, tickets must be bought online, and are subject to availability. Fares must be booked at least seven days in advance. Overnight prices include the cost of a cabin, although the lowest price you are quoted will vary depending on  your cabin requirements. Tickets can be booked in advance from the DutchFlyer website.

SailingSingleReturn
 Harwich to any Dutch StationAny Greater Anglia Station to any Dutch StationHarwich to any Dutch StationAny Greater Anglia Station to any Dutch Station
Daytime£34£39£68£78
Overnight£63£68£126£136

Children (4-15) travel for half the price of the adult fare.

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