Our daily Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry service is a convenient and cost-effective way to travel to Europe from Scotland and allows you to take your car or other vehicle to Europe without having to make the long drive south.

Our port just outside Newcastle is the closest European ferry port to Scotland – just 75 miles from the border. Take the scenic drive from Scotland, drive onboard and relax.  As you sail on our modern passenger cruise ferries enjoy delicious cuisine from a choice of restaurants and the live entertainment before arriving in Holland early the next morning after a good night’s sleep.

  • Daily sailings in both directions, 7 days a week
  • Price includes transport for yourself, your vehicle & en suite cabin​
  • Travel with your vehicle or on foot
  • Easy access to Holland, Germany, Belgium, France & beyond 
​​​​"Taking our car across to Holland was so easy, and such a great way to travel. It meant we could even bring the dog along with us, so the whole family was there! The crossing was very relaxing too.​" The Bainbridges, Edinburgh​

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Travelling with a vehicle


The beauty of travelling by ferry is you can travel with your own vehicle whether it be a car,caravan, motorhome, motorcycle, van or bicycle. You can even travel on foot and take advantage of Europe’s excellent railway network if you prefer. And of course when you take your own vehicle, you can pack as much as you like, and you have the freedom to explore and tour while you’re away.

Gateway to Europe


With a number of top European cities and holiday destinations an easy drive from our port in IJmuiden, our cruise ferry to Holland can significantly reduce your drive both in the UK and abroad and removes the need to drive further south, saving you both time and money for fuel. Whether you’re heading to Holland, German, Belgium, France or further afield, start your holiday the easy way by ferry.



Holland boasts tranquil landscapes dotted with pretty windmills, sophisticated cities and stunning beaches. From IJmuiden Amsterdam is a 40 minute drive, Delft and the Hague are 1 hour away and the gorgeous Texel island is less than 2 hours.

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With the German border only 88 miles from port, our ferry service makes Germany easily accessible. From IJmuiden, Düsseldorf is only 150 miles, the magnificent Rhine Valley is 160 miles, Cologne is 180 miles and Hannover only 250 miles.

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From Amsterdam (IJmuiden) the French border at Lille is only 175 miles, which can be managed in 2½ hours. The Champagne region is around a 5 hour drive and Paris is only 320 miles. Visit and see why France is the most popular tourist destination in the world.

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The Border with Belgium is only 85 miles away, making Belgium one of the easiest countries to access via our Newcastle-Amsterdam service. Brussels is 145 miles, Antwerp 110 miles, and Bruges 180 miles, all on excellent European motorways.

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Arriving in IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, you will have quick and easy access to the European road and rail network, which makes destinations further afield manageable, with Basel in Switzerland less than 500 miles away, and other key European cities significantly closer: including Bonn (193 miles), Cologne (180 miles), Brussels (145 miles) Luxemburg (239 miles) and Frankfurt (290 miles).


Pet travel


You can also travel with your pet onboard our ferries to Holland too (additional fees and terms apply), so the whole family can have a holiday together. You’ll either leave your pet in your vehicle or one of our kennels and you’ll be able to visit your pet during the crossing.

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​​​​​​Prices are subject to availability. Telephone booking fees apply. ​Terms & Conditions apply.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​