4 Awesome Places To Visit By Ferry From The UK

I’m going to be travelling by ferry to Amsterdam next month, and it has inspired me to look a little deeper into the different places you can visit in Europe by boat from the UK.

The first thing about travelling by ferry from the UK that grabbed me was the price.  It’s definitely a cost effective way of getting to France, Holland, Belgium or Germany especially for families.  Not only are ticket prices reasonable, but you also save on other holiday costs like car hire and baggage allowance.

Normandy Castle

If you don’t enjoy flying or would rather avoid stressful airport lounges taking the ferry might tick lots of other boxes for you too.  The check in time is only 45 minutes and when you are onboard the ferry you are free to leave your car and enjoy the onboard bars, restaurants and relaxing sea views.  You can also take your dog if you don’t want to leave them behind.

Dover to Dunkirk Ferry

Crossing time: 2 hours

Prices from £39 per person

Up to 24 sailings per day


Taking the ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkirk provides easy access to France and other European destinations. It can also make for an excellent day trip to the historic town itself, which is an incredibly popular destination with British tourists.

Dunkirk was the famous evacuation site during World War II and is the perfect destination for tourists interested in how this and other events like it in the local area shaped the future of Europe.  A visit to Dunkirk brings together scenic sandy beaches and historic attractions like the Dunkirk War Museum to make for an incredibly memorable experience.

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Dover to Calais Ferry

Crossing time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Prices from £39 per person

Up to 30 sailings per day


Calais is a famous beach resort in Northern France and is the quickest and easiest destination to get to from the UK.  It’s been incredibly popular with British tourists for shopping for many years.  Many empty cars visit Calais and come back with excellent local produce and cheap wine and beer.

If you prefer your shopping to be more about luxury, Calais is also an excellent place to visit to pick up the latest trends at great prices from Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein  and many more.

Make sure you don’t leave Calais without a spot of sightseeing though.  The Lighthouse provides the perfect viewing point over the city and on a clear sky day you might even catch glimpse of the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Newhaven to Dieppe Ferry

Crossing time: 4 hours

Prices from £49 per person

Up to 21 sailings per week

Castle Dieppe

The ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe is the easiest way to access the stunning Normandy coast line. Dieppe is a famous fishing town and holiday destination surrounded by impressive and beautiful limestone cliffs.

The town’s harbour is an interesting place to watch the world go by before taking a stroll along the mile long promenade.  You will have trouble deciding which restaurants to visit, but I can assure you that the locally caught fresh fish will be a complete delight.

Dieppe is the perfect port for visiting Paris.  You can arrive in Paris in just over two hours either by train or car, lending itself to the ideal day trip to the capital.  If you want to explore the local attractions, then Château Mussée is a must with it’s impressive sculptures and views over the town from the cliffs.

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Newcastle to Amsterdam Ferry

Crossing time: overnight

Prices from £64 per person

Sailings 7 days per week


Start your holiday in Newcastle by joining the overnight ferry to Amsterdam with DFDS.  You can board the ferry from 2pm and enjoy the onboard bars, restaurants, cinema and casino.  After an evening packed with entertainment get a good night’s rest in one of the cosy cabins knowing you will wake up a short distance from central Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is the perfect city to explore on foot, with it’s subdued nature and extensive canal network.  Taking a canal cruise is a great way to learn about the city’s history and enjoy it’s splendid architecture.  It has a vast array of museums and attractions to chose from, or if you prefer something a little more quirky why not visit the cat boat along Singel canal or take an eye opening stroll around the Red Light District.

It takes just 30 minutes to reach central Amsterdam from the port, or an hour to get to Rotterdam.  If you are travelling further a field for a road trip then Bruges and Brussels are around 3 hours from the ferry.

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4 Awesome places to visit be ferry from the UK. Visiting Europe by ferry is an excellent option for travellers and can be the perfect start to a day trip or a European road trip. Find out more about taking the ferry to Calais, Dunkirk, Dieppe and Amsterdam here


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Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids who is keen to pursue her passion for travel despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. Sidrah Ahmed
    October 6, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Amazing i love these places they look perfect for a family day out

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    October 8, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Didn’t know there was a Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry
    Wouldn’t mind trying this one

  3. October 9, 2017 / 3:44 am

    It’s such an easy and fun way to travel with kids

  4. Monica Gilbert
    October 9, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I’ve not taken a ferry in the UK, but I used ferries while living in Japan. They are a nice way to travel, and I’d like to try some of these trips.

  5. October 9, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Having travelled by ferry to the Isles of Scilly this summer, we would definitely do it again! It’s cost effective and a really pleasant journey!

  6. October 12, 2017 / 4:05 am

    I love ferries – first went on one at school to Belgium- would absolutely love to visit Amsterdam
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  7. October 12, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Fabulous this is food for thought as i Love a ferry ride i dont know what it is but it really relaxes me ready for the explore at the other side

  8. October 12, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    We are planning to explore Dunkirk at some point and take the ferry. Have done UK to Amsterdam and really enjoyed that. These are some great ideas

    Laura x

  9. Taslyn Russell
    October 13, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I would have loved to do something like this but my husband cant swim and he would feel too nervous. Loved your post!

  10. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 4, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    I didn’t realise you could get a ferry to all these places, the price isn’t bad either xx

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