The Dutch Flyer ferry tickets
Buying a Dutch Flyer tickets lets you travel by train from Liverpool Street Station to Harwich. It then grants passage aboard a ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland as well as the onward train journey to Amsterdam.
There are two services every day in each direction. One overnight ferry and one daytime ferry. These are provided by the Stena Line super ferries which are the largest ferries of their kind in the world.
The ferries are growing in popularity with people who want to avoid flying in order to reduce their carbon footprint, avoid dealing with airport stress or simply save money by avoiding expensive hotels. For the environmentally conscious, the Dutch Flyer trip uses 80% less CO2 than travelling the same way by plane, a reduction from 69 kg to 13.6 kg of CO2 per passenger.
Luggage, dogs and bicycles on the ferry
Unlike flights, the only luggage restriction on the ferry is how much you can carry. Bags can be as large or as heavy as you want. Luggage is stored in racks on the train and then in your ferry cabin. For those that do not have a cabin, there is a dedicated luggage room on the ferry that will be locked during sailing.
The Dutch Flyer ticket no longer allows passengers to travel with bicycles. However, it is possible to take a bike by purchasing the train and ferry tickets separately. The tickets are almost as cheap and it beats flying where bicycles are forbidden in all circumstances.
There is a special PETS travel scheme that allows you to travel with a dog or a cat for a little extra each way. Dogs are always free from London to Harwich and small dogs and cats that can remain in a container on a passenger’s lap are free for the Dutch portion.