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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 Belgium

DFDS SeawaysThe daily ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam, can provide an ideal and convenient gateway to Belgium, particularly when travelling from the north of England and Scotland. DFDS Seaways sail every day from the port in North Shields, just outside of Newcastle to Holland where you arrive in the early morning the following day, ready for the short onward journey to Belgium.

Although it is possible to take the ferry from Scotland to Zebrugge in Belgium, the crossing leaving from Rosyth is not daily and has an extended journey time, so the short drive to Newcastle and onward journey from Amsterdam to Belgium can be beneficial and more convenient. The A1 from Edinburgh and A69 from Glasgow all connect with Newcastle within a couple of hours.

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The added driving time from the North to other UK ports and the time from Zebrugge to other Belgian cities means it is possible to save both time and fuel costs by travelling on the Newcastle to Amsterdam crossing and travelling onto Belgium.

Gateway to Europe
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Many of the major Belgian cities are within easy reach of Holland, mostly within around 3 hours drive, with excellent road links and driving conditions through Holland and Belgium. Because so many of the major towns and cities are within close proximity of one another, it is possible to take in a number of cities within a few days.

Although it is small in size, Belgium is packed with wonderful historic cities and culture – as well as being famed for its quality beer and chocolate. But Belgium has much more beyond chocolate and beer, with major cities such as Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp all attracting huge numbers of visitors every year. There is also a fabulous coastline along the north edge of the country, and there is a large market for holidays in Belgium, particularly at parks from Center Parcs and Sunparks.

The major Belgian cities are packed with fine architecture, with many of its finest buildings listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, including the famous Grand Place in Brussels and throughout the country you will see evidence of the many Gothic churches. In recent years, Belgium has begun to be more welcoming of modern architecture, particularly in the EU quarter of Brussels home to the European Union and its associated large glass buildings.

Many visitors are also attracted to Ypres, which was along the front line between German and Allied troops during WWI and is now the site of a battlefield tour, where visitors can take in the memorials, churches, trenches and peace park.

Belgium is of course renowned for its beer, and a visit to Belgium will demonstrate that it goes much further beyond Stella Artois and other household names. September is a great time to visit Brussels as this is when the famous Brussels Beer Festival is held. Drinking a beer in Belgium is almost an event in itself, almost exclusively sold in bottles, many bars have an array of hundreds of beers each with their own glass designed to enhance the experience.

Country
City
Distance (Miles)
Distance (KM)
Driving Time
Belgium
Antwerp
110 miles
178 km
1h 51m
Belgium
Brussels
143 miles
230 km
2h 25m
Belgium
Ghent
149 miles
239 km
2h 25m
Belgium
Liege
163 miles
262 km
2h 40m
Belgium
Zeebrugge
172 miles
277 km
2h 55m
Belgium
Bruges
179 miles
287 km
2h 55m
Belgium
Ostend
186 miles
300 km
2h 55m
Belgium
Ypres
193 miles
311 km
3h 5m

Visitors with a sweet tooth won’t be able to escape from the aroma of chocolate through the cobbled streets of virtually every Belgian city. The choice of different chocolates is vast, with pralines the real speciality of Belgian producers. Whilst they aren’t cheap, you get what you pay for in the quality, with each chocolate placed in a ‘ballotin’ (small box).

You can book a one way ferry crossing from Newcastle to Holland from £139 when booking with a car plus two passengers with DFDS Seaways. This includes the cost of a standard inside cabin for your crossing, though you can select different grades of cabin when you make your booking; Seaways Inside cabin, Seaview cabin or upgrade to Commodore or Commodore De Luxe/Commodore Plus. Each cabin grade carries a different price rate.

The DFDS Seaways cruise ferries are designed to ensure that your journey from Newcastle to Belgium is as enjoyable as the rest of your break.

Onboard, DFDS Seaways modern cruise ferries you will find a selection of restaurants and cafe’s where you can eat from a la carte or steakhouse menus, a buffet or a snack. There are also a number of bars and a club with live entertainment throughout your journey, including gameshows, quizzes, music and cabaret shows.

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You can also relax in the onboard cinema, or if you fancy a flutter there are also casino tables onboard too, whilst the onboard shops offer some excellent savings on alcohol, tobacco and cosmetics.

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
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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.