- M F Koningin Beatrix Stena Line
With more and more of us becoming aware of our carbon footprints, hopping on a plane has become an ethical issue. For city breaks,taking the train and ferry can be a viable alternative.
For a cruise to Holland, Parkeston Quay is your railway station terminus for regular services from London Liverpool Street. From here it’s just a short walk to the Harwich PQ ferry terminal.
Harwich PQ ferry routes to Holland are operated by Stena Line. Their regular crossings to Hook of Holland offer a fast and comfortable service using the world’s largest superferry. Prices are very competitive, with the one-way fare for a driver and car (up to 6 metres in length) being just £59. Foot passengers pay just £34, and if you want to take your bike for a spin on those lovely flat Dutch roads, it is just £4 more.
Crossings take just under 8 hours, but the times passes comfortably if you take the opportunity to investigate the onboard bars, restaurants and shopping facilities. The restaurants offer varied menus and a relaxed atmosphere. Check out what’s showing in the ferry's cinema or take advantage of the free wifi to do some seaborne surfing.
With designated play areas for kids, it makes for a more relaxed travelling experience than cramming aboard a flight and waiting in long lines at airport security.
On arrival at the Hook of Holland, if you haven’t brought the car there are plentiful trains from the Hoek Van Holland Haven station next to the ferry terminal, to take you into Rotterdam, and fast trains onward to The Hague and the delights of Amsterdam.