​Cycling in Holland

Holland is one of the flattest nations in the world, and as such is perfect for cycling! The Netherlands has a cycle path network of over 12,000 miles, with 57% of Dutch choosing to cycle into work in the cities every day.

Cycling in Holland is very safe, with all ages using the cycle paths from school children to pensioners. The Dutch are always very welcoming of fellow cyclists and car drivers are also very considerate due to many of them being cyclists themselves! This makes Holland the perfect place to enjoy a cycling holiday, whether you’re travelling with a friend, a partner or your family.

Travel Newcastle to Holland with your bike

It’s easy to take your bike to Holland on our Newcastle-Amsterdam route. Simply cycle on the ferry in North Shields, store your bike onboard and cycle off at the other end.

We have various products available, depending on how long you want to stay in Holland. On a mini cruise, you’ll get around 6 hours to cycle around the areas close to port or on a cruise & stay break you’ll have 2 days to explore and you can book your own accommodation. Or if you want to stay longer, opt for a ferry crossing with your bike and you can return on any date to suit your plans.

National Park of South Kennemerland

National Park of South Kennemerland

In the dunes of the province of Noord-Holland, between IJmuiden and Zandvoort, lies Zuid-Kennemerland National Park which encompasses an area of 3,800 hectares. Within the park is a network of cycle paths and routes, follow these west and you’ll arrive at a barrier of golden sand dunes that is over a millennium old.

The beach, dunes, stately country house gardens and woodlands are an oasis for nature. Differences in soil type, latitude, climate and groundwater level have produced a wide variety of flora and fauna making it a perfect place for peace and recreation.

The visitor centre, just 45 minutes from the port by bike, is housed in an industrial monument in Overveen. This building, a pump house built in 1898 for the Haarlem Waterworks, has been beautifully restored and is now called ‘Duincentrum De Zandwaaier’.

Google directions from IJmuiden port to the Visitor Centre by bike: http://goo.gl/maps/4JTnG


Located only 1 hour cycle ride from our ferry port in IJmuiden, the historic city of Haarlem is one of our top destinations and is perfect for those seeking a laid back destination.

Haarlem is often dubbed ‘mini Amsterdam’ as despite its smaller size, it boasts just as vast a range of sights and attractions including St Bavo Cathedral and a plethora of shops and bars.

Families will find that a great deal of exciting attractions are ready to be discovered such as Sauna van Egmond, which features swimming pools, a sauna and luxury beauty rooms, and the famous St Bavo Cathedral dating back to the 15th century. All easily accessible from our ferry, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

Google directions from IJmuiden port to Haarlem by bike: http://goo.gl/maps/ZbFwg 


Zandvoort is a thriving coastal resort, approximately 15 miles south of our IJmuiden port. The journey takes you along the scenic coastline which has attracted visitors here for a long time, as well as taking you through the beautiful Kennemerland National Park.

With several kilometres of west facing, wide, clean beach and a nature reserve Zandvoort offers many recreational opportunities.

Not surprisingly, Zandvoort attracts many visitors during the spring and summer months but this is no ordinary, modern resort - Zandvoort also has a fascinating history, having been favoured by many wealthy and even royal visitors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Google directions from IJmuiden port to Zandvoort by bike: http://goo.gl/maps/FZzB4

UtrechtUtrecht - Tour De France!

Utrecht is a classically-Dutch university town with a rich history. A medieval city, the centre is small enough to discover without a car or public transport, but big enough to host modern architecture, trendy shops, museums and more, making it perfect for a cycling trip.

What’s more, with Utrecht having recently hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, what better time is there to take the scenic, 3 hour bike ride from our port in IJmuiden to one of Holland’s most famous cities? You could also test yourself on the same routes as the  professional cyclists on Le Tour.

Google directions from IJmuiden port to Utrecht by bike: https://goo.gl/maps/lpVwj


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