Alternative Options for Ferries from Harwich to France

Those of you looking for ferries from Harwich to France will be disappointed to learn there are none. However, with a little bit of creativity, it is possible to get from Harwich to France by land and sea – or even underground – if you don’t want to fly. There are several options available, and the trip is less of a hassle than you might think.

Harwich to France, via Dover

Dover is the closest port to Harwich with ferry services to France. If you want to take your car to France, this is the place to go. Dover is 129 miles from Harwich; a driving time of approximately two and a half hours. The shortest crossing is to Calais, and takes just 90 minutes on PO Ferries, at poferries.com, or SeaFrance, at seafrance.com. Prices start at £30 each way for a standard car and up to nine passengers. The cheapest crossing is to Dunkirk on DFDS Seaways, at norfolkline.com/ferry. Prices for this route start at £25 each way for a car and four people, and the crossing takes two hours. Both ferry services operate around the clock.

Harwich to France, via Holland

Perhaps the most interesting route from Harwich to France is via Holland. Stena Line, at stenaline.co.uk, operates two daily crossings from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. Single fares start at £59 for a car and driver, plus £12 per adult passenger and £6 per child. Crossing time is around seven hours. The city of Lille, near the French-Belgian border is 160 miles from the Hook of Holland, so you could be in France in around two and a half hours’ driving time.

Harwich to France, via London

It may surprise you to discover that travelling via London is actually the most convenient way to get from Harwich to France, especially if you’re not taking a vehicle. Eurostar, at eurostar.com, makes the booking process easy, and the journey is not as complicated as you might expect. One ticket includes your rail, tube, and Eurostar fares, with the total price from £91 return. There are no journeys direct from Harwich Town rail station, but there are hourly departures from Manningtree, just twelve miles away. From Manningtree trains go direct to London Liverpool Street, where you take the Circle Line of the London Underground four stops to King’s Cross St. Pancras. The Eurostar departs from St. Pancras and takes you all the way to France. The total journey time is four to five hours, and the price is the same whether you go to Calais or Paris.

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