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Cycle to Amsterdam

If you’ve been bitten by the cycling bug and fancy taking your love of cycling to the next level then why not try cycling to Amsterdam for your next short break or summer holiday.

With the overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam, getting on your bike and cycling to one the most bike friendly cities in Europe has never been easier. Regardless of where you live in the UK, cycling to Amsterdam via the DFDS Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry is a great idea. Enjoy an overnight crossing in a comfy cabin and arrive refreshed in Amsterdam.

  • Prices starts at just £76 for 2 bicycles and 2 people

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Cycle to Amsterdam

Depending on where you may be starting from in the UK and how long you want your cycling holiday to last for will probably decide your route and how long you will be staying in Amsterdam.

Live near to Newcastle? – If you live in the north east of England or you may even be planning to get train into the region, then you could choose to cycle a little in the UK and spend most of your  time in Amsterdam and more likely exploring rest of Holland by bike. Holland as well being culturally a cycle friendly country is also very flat making it physically a very cycle friendly country.

Don’t stay that close to Newcastle? Well there are other ferries to Europe you could take that may well be closer if you don’t want to cycle too much in the UK. However for  the really  keen cyclists out there, a few hundred miles to cycle in the UK is probably not going to be that much of boundary.

The great thing about the the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry is that it is an overnight ferry, meaning it’s one less night accommodation you need arrange and you can relax and sleep through the one part of the journey you can’t do on your bike. The ferry leaves around 5PM from Newcastle, giving you plenty of time to relax, get a good meal on board before getting a good night rest in one of the en-suite cabins – you’ll arrive in Holland at 8am refreshed and ready to tackle another great on the saddle.

Newcastle to Amsterdam Mini Cruise – 40% Off

Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise

To celebrate National Ferry Fortnight (2nd to 16th March), DFDS are offering up to 40% savings on all Newcastle Amsterdam mini cruises. Book by 20th March to save on a relaxing mini cruise break to Amsterdam, Holland’s amazing capital city.

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If you’ve never tried a DFDS Mini Cruise then why not give a 2 night cruise to Amsterdam a try. From just £47 per person you can enjoy two nights on board a DFDS cruise ferry and a day to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam. You can even extend your break in Amsterdam by adding a hotel to enjoying even longer stay in Amsterdam.

Newcastle Amsterdam MinicruiseIncluded in the price for all mini cruises

  • 2 nights on-board in en suite cabin
  • Coach transfers to Amsterdam city centre
  • Live entertainment on board, as well as access to many restaurants, bars, a cinema and activities for children.

The best thing about a mini cruise is that your short holiday begins as soon as you board the ferry in Newcastle. The alternative 2 night break to Amsterdam would see you travel by plane which includes all the fun of getting to the airport, long security checks, 2 hours on a cramped flight, baggage claim, getting to your hotel, paying for your hotel and then having to it all again on the way back home. With a DFDS seaways mini cruise you can get down to relaxing as soon as you board.

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We all look forward to a relaxing break from the stresses of everyday life and this Spring is the perfect time to try a mini cruise to Holland.

You can save up to 40% on one of the many mini cruise breaks to Amsterdam sailing from Newcastle this spring.

2 for 1 Mini Cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam

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Buy one ticket for a mini cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam and get the other one on the house from DFDS.

Right now on selected dates up to & including March, DFDS are offering a 2 for 1 price on their 2 night mini cruise to Amsterdam, departing from Newcastle. You and your partner can enjoy a 2 night cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam from just £79.

Just book by 28 February for half price trips to Amsterdam to enjoy this vibrant and exciting European capital for less.

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amsterdam-bikeFor your £79 you’ll get 2 nights on-board the DFDS ferry to Amsterdam in an en suite cabin for 2 (4 berth cabins for families also available). When you arrive in Amsterdam you’ll get a free coach transfer to take you into the city centre. You will also have the option of taking advantage of the complimentary coach sightseeing tour. Whilst on-board the ship, you can enjoy the live entertainment, shop or maybe dine in one of the many on-board restaurants.

Our top tip – you can pre book your food before travelling, which works out over 25% cheaper than the on-board price. You can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the 7 seas restaurant or maybe a romantic 3 Course a la carte meal at the Blue Riband Restaurant, whatever you choose, your sure to enjoy yourself.

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With a 2 night mini cruise, the focus is very much on the cruise side of the trip, you will spend much of your 2 days away relaxing on-board sailing to and from Holland, you will get to spend about 5 hours in Amsterdam. However if you do want to spend more time in Amsterdam you can add a hotel stay and extend your cruise break to 3 or more days. If you are interested in a longer cruise break, just visit the cruise and hotel section and you’ll also benefit here with the 2 for 1 mini cruise offer, with you saving up to 35% the total cost of a regular cruise and hotel package.

Sail with DFDS Seaways

DFDS SeawaysThe DFDS Ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam connects the North-East of England with the north of Holland. It departs daily from Newcastle on an overnight service to Amsterdam.

  • Car plus 4 passengers from £154
  • 2 Bicycles plus 2 passengers from £76
  • Foot Passengers from £18 per person

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Taking a ferry to Holland is a convenient and relaxing way to travel. Departing from Newcastle at 5pm (UK time), you can then relax and enjoy the great on board facilities available on the DFDS Ship including bars, restaurants, cafes and cinemas as you cruise overnight, arriving in Amsterdam (IJmuiden) in Holland at 09:30 (CET – Amsterdam Time).

The Ferry docks in Ijmuiden at the Holland end, which is just outside Amsterdam and DFDS run buses into Amsterdam centre, which takes about 30 minutes.

If you want  to take your car to Europe, then you can use this daily ferry to Holland, sailing overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam. After a relaxing overnight crossing, you have the freedom of the open road. Head directly into Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, or go off the beaten track and explore the rest of Holland and beyond with your car. With the convenience of taking your own vehicle and no baggage restrictions, taking a ferry to Holland is the relaxing, stress-free way to reach Europe.

  • Car plus 2 passengers from £140
  • Car plus 4 passengers from £154
  • Motorcycle plus 2 passengers from £100
  • Car, Caravan plus 2 passengers from £100

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The ferry departing from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) back to Newcastle departs Holland at 5.30pm (CET – Amsterdam Time), arriving in England at 9am (UK time) the following day.

The Newcastle to Amsterdam Route is covered by two ships the m.s. King of Scandinavia and the m.s. Princess of Norway. The King of Scandinavia can accommodate over 1,500 people and the Princess of Norway can accommodate over 1,350 people. Both have a excellent wide range of things to see and do on board, with numerous bars, restaurants and shops. Both underwent extensive renovation in 2006 and are a perfect place to relax and unwind on board one of DFDS’s ‘floating hotels’.

Pet Friendly Holidays

Molly can go her holidays too
Molly can go her holidays too!

We would all love to take our pet on holiday, but it’s not always possible. Budget airlines generally don’t take any pets on-board and the airlines that do allow pets to travel, will require you to check them into the cargo hold, which can be expensive as well as distressing to your pet.

That’s where a ferry holiday with DFDS comes in, their pet travel scheme on their Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route allows you to take your pet on-board. You can leave your pet in your car or caravan overnight as the ferry cruises to Amsterdam, whilst you relax and get some sleep in your en suite cabin.

If your taking your dog with you on holiday, they can also stay in your car, but also have the option of using the on-board kennels that  provide a relaxing and stress free way to transport your dog overseas. They will provide maximum comfort to ensure that your dogs travel is as stress free as possible. You can bring your dogs favourite toys, food and blanket.

Dogs, cats and ferrets are welcome to travel under the Defra PETS Pet Travel Scheme. You will need to sort this out before you travel and can take a few months to get sorted if you have not started the application process yet.  Before traveling you should check with DFDS if their any further requirements for travel of your pet.

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Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils and chinchillas can currently allowed to move between EU countries (including the UK) and into the EU from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican with no requirements with regard to rabies.

When leaving your pet in the car you should make sure they will be comfortable for the whole journey. They should have access to enough ventilation,  food and water to see them through the whole journey.

Ferries from Newcastle to Europe

DFDS SeawaysYou can take the ferry from Newcastle to Holland, providing easy access to the rest of northern Europe when you sail with DFDS Seaways. By sailing from Newcastle to Europe, you can save yourself on extra miles of driving and the cost of fuel that comes with this, when you continue your onward journey to nearby France, Belgium, Germany or Poland.

If you live in the North of England or Scotland, rather than travelling all the way to the south of England for a ferry from Dover, you can save both the time of an extended journey and fuel costs by taking a short drive to Newcastle for a ferry to Holland. Particularly with the rising cost of fuel in the UK, this is a more cost effective way of travelling to Europe by ferry.

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Gateway to Europe
Gateway to Europe
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DFDS Seaways operates a daily sailing between Newcastle and Holland, with two modern cruise ferries sailing overnight to the port of Ijmuiden near Amsterdam. The journey lasts around 15 hours, departing at around 5pm each evening, arriving in Ijmuiden at around 9.30am (CET) the following morning.

With the ferry crossing from Newcastle being overnight, you have time to relax and enjoy a good nights sleep in your en-suite cabin before continuing your onward journey the following day. If you are travelling with your car, this means there is less risk of driving whilst tired and will make the journey all the more enjoyable – particularly as northern Europe is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside.

Amsterdam provides an ideal gateway to the rest of northern Europe, with Germany, Belgium, France and Poland all within easy reach, with good quality road and motorway links throughout northern Europe, as well as reliable and affordable rail networks throughout Europe too.

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Taking the ferry from Newcastle to Holland, is an ideal way to travel to northern Europe and can save you money too, without then long journey from Scotland or the north of England to Dover.

Approximate driving distances to major European cities from Amsterdam, Holland:

Country
City
Distance (Miles)
Distance (KM)
Driving Time
Holland
Rotterdam
49 miles
78 km
1h 0m
Belgium
Brussels
143 miles
230 km
2h 25m
Germany
Cologne
178 miles
286 km
2h 45m
Belgium
Bruges
179 miles
287 km
2h 55m
France
Lille
190 miles
306 km
3h 5m
France
Paris
328 miles
527 km
5h 5m
Germany
Berlin
426 miles
685 km
6h 30m
Poland
Sczecin
519 miles
836 km
7h 55m
Poland
Krakow
772 miles
1243 km
11h 40m

Ferries from Newcastle to Germany

DFDS SeawaysAs there is no direct ferry crossing from the UK to Germany, the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route operated by DFDS Seaways is an ideal alternative to take the ferry to Germany. Having previously operated crossings from Harwich in the south east of England to Cuxhaven near Hamburg, DFDS closed this route in 2005, so there is no direct passenger ferry from the UK to Germany.

Germany, and many of it’s major towns and cities are within a comfortable few hours drive of Amsterdam, so the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry crossing is the ideal alternative, particularly as it sails every day from the port in North Shields, on the north east coast.

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Germany is a popular destination, and its popularity has continued to grow in recent years, for both short city breaks and for longer holidays too, offering excellent value for money. It is a country made up of many different regions, each with their own identity and charm. Aside from its major cities, Germany is also home to some of Europe’s finest unspoilt countryside and taking the ferry to Germany gives you the ideal opportunity to hit the open road and enjoy the scenery.

After arriving into Amsterdam, crossing over the border into Germany will take you into the rural region of Munsterland, where you will see manor houses and baroque palaces dotted through picturesque villages and countryside.

Gateway to Europe
Gateway to Europe (click to enlarge)

A country with a rich history and culture, Germany is a country which offers something for everyone. For the outdoors type, the Black Forest with its fairytale like castles and the mountainous Alpine areas of Bavaria are a great choice if you’re looking for an outdoors holiday or break to Germany, where you will find all sorts of activities from walking, sailing and skiing. These breaks are also particularly popular with groups and school trips travelling to Germany.

A country with a rich heritage and culture, there are many places throughout Germany that will provide an insight into the past, including the famous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Cologne’s Cathedral, which along with the Rhine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Germany is also famed, and attracts a large number of visitors to, its many festivals and events throughout the year, most notably the Oktoberfest Beer festival in Munich (which has now also extended into events throughout Germany), and the numerous Christmas markets, where towns come to life with lights, colour and stalls selling gifts, food and drink.

The ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways takes around 16 hours, departing from Newcastle at 5pm and arriving in Ijmuiden early the next morning.

The ferry crossing to Holland is part of your holiday or break, with a whole variety of activities and entertainment to make your journey as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Onboard you’ll find a choice of restaurants and cafe’s serving a la carte, steakhouse, buffet and snack menus. It’s recommended that you book your meals in advance as this will save you money from the onboard prices.

After a meal, you’ll find a selection of bars and a club all serving a choice of beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks and coffee’s. There is also an onboard cinema and casino tables, whilst if you’re travelling with kids there is a ‘Kidz Club’ with activities and facilities for your children to enjoy the crossing too.

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Because the crossing is overnight, you will also be given your own en-suite cabin so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep before arriving in Holland and continuing your journey to Germany the next day. Cabins are available in 2 and 4 berth, and grades vary from standard Seaways Inside cabin, Seawview cabin and Commodore, Commodore De Luxe/Commodore Plus cabins.

A ferry crossing from Newcastle to Germany, via Amsterdam in Holland with DFDS Seaways will cost from £139 one way travelling with a car and two passengers in a standard cabin. Prices are flexible, and generally the earlier in advance you book the better chance of getting the lowest price available. There are also often ferry crossing discounts and offers available, so check the DFDS Seaways website for the latest ferry crossing offers.

Country
City
Distance (Miles)
Distance (KM)
Driving Time
Germany
Cologne
178 miles
286 km
2h 45m
Germany
Hamelin
229 miles
368 km
3h 40m
Germany
Bermen
239 miles
385 km
3h 45m
Germany
Hamburg
305 miles
491 km
4h 40m
Germany
Stuttgart
398 miles
640 km
6h 0m
Germany
Berlin
426 miles
685 km
6h 30m
Germany
Munich
527 miles
848 km
7h 45m

The DFDS Seaways website also has a handy fuel calculator, so you can estimate the cost of your fuel for the journey, simply by entering your journey distance.

As with much of northern Europe, Germany is served by a reliable high speed rail network, so if you prefer to travel on foot you can connect to major German cities from Holland by rail.

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DFDS Seaways has exclusive rail ticket offers from DB Bahn, so you can book your ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam and a connecting rail ticket to Germany (and elsewhere in Europe) from £19. This is a fast and affordable way to travel through Europe in comfort, a foot passenger price based on 2 sharing with DFDS Seaways is available from £88pp based on 2 sharing a cabin and this also includes transfers from Ijmuiden port to Amsterdam city centre where you can get your train connection.