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Harwich - Hook of Holland (Stena Line Ferry)

Sea

The Journey

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).


Stena Line Ferries

Stena Line is an international ferry operator, covering three main geographical areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea. The company operates 18 routes in Europe, with a total of 35 ships, including high speed ferries.

The company, in partnership with rail operators, now offers Rail & Sail fares, which give passengers the opportunity to purchase discounted ferry and train tickets to destinations across Europe.

On certain routes, Stena Line offer cabins in addition to traditional seating. All cabins are en-suite, and provide passengers with a comfortable and relaxing environment in which to travel.

A range of cabin options are available, including:

  • 1 bed en-suites;
  • 2 bed en-suites;
  • 4 bed en-suites; 
  • 4 person private lounges; and
  • 2 person private lounges.

En-suite rooms offer passengers a comfortable bed, along with en-suite facilities which include a toilet, sink and shower. Towels and shower gel is provided, along with a desk area. Rooms larger than 1 bed all benefit from an outside window.

Private lounges offer passengers luxury leather seating, a flat screen 3D TV, Playstation 3 Console and games, as well as coffee making facilities. A fridge is also available, along with an en-suite bathroom and free wifi.

Internet Access

Free WiFi is available for passengers on all Stena Line routes. The connection is not particularly fast however, so streaming content is not permitted.

Entertainment

Most of the Stena Line fleet offer passengers the opportunity to watch free movies whilst on-board. Some ships operate a cinema, which charges passengers an entrance fee of £5.50 per adult, and £4 for children less than 12 years of age.

Some ships offer passengers arcade games, whilst television screens are positioned around the decks.

Food & Drink

All Stena Line services offer some form of refreshment service. Larger ships operate a full restaurant, offering a range of hot food and drinks. Passengers travelling in the Stena Plus Lounge benefit from waiter service and a premium menu. Some ships also offer coffee shops and bar areas.

Timetable

These timetables apply for those wishing to purchase a Dutch Flyer ticket, but also those wishing to purchase a standard ferry crossing ticket. You must check in at least 45 minutes before departure.

Boarding for day sailings takes place around one hour before departure Monday-Friday, and around one and a half hours before departure on weekends. For night sailings, boarding begins around two hours before departure.

Route   Route   
 Mon-SatSunMon-Sun Mon-SunSat-SunMon-Fri
Harwich09.0010.0023.15Hook of Holland14.3021.3022.30
Hook of Holland16.4518.0007.45Harwich20.0006.3006.30

During the London 2012 Olympics, Stena Line are operating a revised timetable. This sees the evening sailing from Harwich depart at 00.00, arriving at 07.45, and the evening sailing from Hook of Holland departing as normal, but arriving one hour earlier, at 05.30.

There are no sailings on 24th and 25th December.

Price

You can use this route either as a standard car/bicycle/passenger ferry, or as part of a rail and sail Dutch Flyer journey.

Standard ferry prices will vary depending on when you make your booking, number of cars/passengers etc. If you are a foot passenger, the cost of crossing is pretty close to the cost of a Rail & Sail ticket, so if you hadn't consider it, look into the Dutch Flyer service.

Ticket TypePrice (one-way)
Foot Passenger (Adult)£34
Foot Passenger (Child: 4-15)£17
Foot Passenger (Infant: 0-3)Free
Bicycle and Rider (Adult)£38
Bicycle and Rider (Child: 4-15)£19
Car and Driver (up to 6m long)from £59
Additional Vehicle Passenger (Adult)£12
Additional Vehicle Passenger (Child: 4-15)£6
Additional Vehicle Passenger (Infant: 0-3)Free
Motorcycle / Scooter and Driverfrom £35
Van and Driver (up to 6m long)from £74
Caravan (up to 8m long, excluding car)£44 (day sailing), £88 (night sailing)
Motorhome / Minibus (up to 6m long)from £74

Pets may travel on Stena Line sailings. They must remain in your vehicle or in a kennel (pre-booked). An additional fee of £15 is payable per pet.

The price of a cabin starts from £14.50 for day sailings, and from £29 for overnight sailings. Access to the Stena Plus Lounge is available for £13 (for day sailings only).

Rail pass holders may be eligible for a 30% reduction on standard fares. Advance reservation is compulsory.

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