Travel With Your Bike – Newcastle To Holland

With so many cycling routes across Europe, it’s the perfect holiday for any budding or experienced cyclist. 

Cycling is also a lifestyle in Holland, with 57% of the Dutch choosing to cycle every day. This makes the country one of the most accessible destinations for British cyclists, with a number of fantastic routes as well as easy access into Germany, Belgium and beyond. 

  • Take your bike to Holland and beyond
  • Price includes carriage of you, your bicycle & en suite cabin
  • Daily, overnight sailings
​​​​​If you’d prefer to take your car or other vehicle and attach your bikes to your vehicle, no problem. Book your crossing here.​

​Travelling with more than 1 bike or as a group?

Call our groups team on 0871 522 9933​ or request a quote​. Bookings for 10+ bikes save 10%.

Boarding and disembarking

Boarding and disembarking​

It’s easy to take your bike ​onboard our ferries, although for convenience and safety there are a few things cyclists need to know. When you arrive, check-in at the vehicle check-in booths.

Depending on the number of cyclists, you will most likely be loaded together in one large group but if there aren’t many then you may board among the cars. If it’s raining, we’ll try to get cyclists onboard first. 

You will then have to lash your bicycle using the lashes provided onboard. You can either secure the bicycle to the floor, or you may be instructed to attach it to a wall or railing.

When disembarking, onboard stewards will instruct you how to disembark down the ramp when it is safe to do so and when there is no other traffic. When boarding and disembarking, you should dismount and walk for safety reasons.

Cycling from port

Cycling from port

Once you disembark from our ferry at our IJmuiden port, you’ll be able to quickly get back on the road and start cycling to your destination, wherever that may be. And of course, Holland is the most bike-friendly country in the world, so the road network, towns and cities either have dedicated cycleways or well-marked cycle lanes.   ​ 

From the port in IJmuiden you can cycle to Amsterdam in around 2 hours. The Dutch capital is itself a fantastic cycling destination, with thousands of cyclists taking to the streets every day, as well as parks such as Vondelpark and Amstelpark to explore too.

Alternatively, The Hague and Rotterdam are 3 and 4 hours’ cycle away respectively, with routes taking you along the coast, past sand dunes and other beautiful coastal views. Or if you prefer, you can cycle to Haarlem railway station and take your bike on the train to destinations across Europe.

For more inspiration for cycling routes, read our guide to cycling in Holland​ and cycling in Europe pages.

The open road

The open road 

When you cross the North Sea with your bike, you’re opening up the whole continent to be explored. Holland is a cyclist’s paradise, with long stretches of flat, open road to explore and discover, plus some of the best cycling infrastructure in Europe. Germany, Belgium and France are also wonderful countries for cyclists. Discover stunning scenery, quaint towns and quiet villages or mighty cities, and everything else that the continent has to offer.

​Our IJmuiden port is in an excellent location, not far from major tourist destinations, and also very close to Haarlem railway station, should you wish to catch a train with your bike and get a headstart on your adventure.

Onboard experience

Onboard experience

The ships on our route from Newcastle-Holland are packed full of facilities and amenities to ensure your journey is as much fun as the time you’ll spend in your destination. Hit the shops, watch a movie in the cinema or rest your legs and grab a drink in any of our bars and catch live music in our club. We also have 2 restaurants, including an international all-you-can-eat buffet, Explorers Kitchen, and an à la carte restaurant offering delicious seasonal menus. There’s also a breakfast buffet served in Explorers Kitchen so you can fuel up for the day ahead Add meals when you book to save compared to onboard prices.

We have a range of en suite cabins on our ships and you can select your preferred cabin type when you book.​

Recommended cycling routes

These 2 routes, recommended by Richard Pearce and​ are perfect for anybody sailing between the UK and Holland.

IJmuiden – Haarlem – Amsterdam – Alkmaar

A leisurely 2-day cycling route which takes you past old fishing ports, sand dunes, through Amsterdam and more, this loop is approximately 75 miles long. Begin by cycling south to Haarlem (route LF1), before heading west to Amsterdam (on route LF20) and then up to Alkmaar via the Markermeer (routes LF21 and LF15). Finally head back down the coast to IJmuiden (routes LF7 and LF1).

IJmuiden – Driehuis - Santpoort-Noord - Oud-Velsen

This loop will take you from the port right back to it, but on your way you’ll pass large open parks and pathways as well as historic monuments, forts, castles and more. You’ll begin by heading through east through IJmuiden, then south to Driehuis and Santpoort-Noord, then north to Oud-Velsen before heading back to port.

For more cycling route recommendations, check out our Cycling in Holland​ page.

Cycling distances

​Zuid-Kennemerland Nationaal Park Alkmaar Amsterdam​ Scheveningen​ ​Rotterdam​
​From IJmuiden​9 miles​17 miles20 miles​40 miles​50 miles​


Prices are subject to availability. Prices shown are based on Sunday to Thursday departures in January to March & October to December. Credit card & telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions​ apply.​


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as Europe's and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator in the 2015 World Travel Awards. We've won these awards for 5 years running.​