Take the train and ferry to Holland
Visit our detailed itinerary below for our guide on what it's like to travel on the Dutch Flyer.
You can travel on a short break, spend a few days seeing Holland or set off deep into Europe for longer. It's up to you.
From just £45 for day sailings and £75 for overnight sailings. The earlier you book, the cheaper the price....note: it can be cheaper to buy meals when booking.
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Travelling from Liverpool Street, take a connecting train to Harwich International. The morning service leaves London at 06.38 and arrives in Harwich at 8.09, ready for the 9.00 am departure. In the evening it leaves at 19.32 to arrive at Harwich in time for the 23.15 sailing (Or take any service up to the 19.32).
You can also travel from any station in the Greater Anglia region.
It's a commuter train that runs out into the Essex countryside and along the banks of the River Stour. The train feels a bit like a school trip as it's packed with people going on holiday, surrounded by their luggage. As the train glides into Harwich International, which is right next to the ferry terminal, it passes the enormous superferry that now operates on the Harwich to Hook of Holland route.
It's a simple task to step off the train, head up to the departure terminal and check-in. MORE ON HARWICH INTERNATIONAL.
At the check-in desk you will be given your cabin key ( a cabin is obligatory on the night sailing and available at half price on day sailings), any meal vouchers and your onward Dutch rail ticket. The ferry is just a short walk from the terminal through a covered gangway.
Days 1 - 2
Take the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. The ferries are brand new superferries and so are very comfortable to travel on.
The ferry docks at the Hook of Holland and disembarkation is simple and efficient. Again the terminal is right next to the simple 2 line station at Hook of Holland.
The ferry docks at the Hook of Holland and disembarkation is simple and efficient. Again the terminal is right next to the simple 2 line station at Hook of Holland. From Hook of Holland take the 30 minute journey on a local train into Rotterdam.
The platform you use is as you step out of the ferry terminal. If you've taken the overnight ferry the morning train fills with commuters on their way into Rotterdam. Rotterdam Centraal is a modern, newly refurbished station and is very easy to get around. You'll arrive on platform 1.
Days 2 - 3
You can stay as long as you like, from just a few hours to forever...Rotterdam is a great city and it's also easy to find your onward connections to other cities such as Den Haag, Utrecht or Amsterdam or even the rest if Europe.
When you're ready to come home the return journey is just as simple. Just make sure that you leave enough time to get back to the Hook of Holland. If you're coming from another city you'll probably have to change at Rotterdam Centraal.
The 9292 website is great for planning your journey in Holland.
Check-in is the same as on the way out, except that you'll already have your UK rail tickets.
Once you've disembarked catch the early morning train from Harwich back to London. The train leaves from the platform next to the terminal. You travel along the banks of the River Stour and often see the big skies that inspired Constable to paint in the area. The train fills up the closer it gets to London with people on their way to work. But, by 9am you're back ready to go wherever you choose.
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