Rail Sail to Holland - Video
Introducing the Rail Sail ticket - a combined train + ferry ticket from the UK to Holland. Here's our short video on what it's like taking the Rail and Sail ticket all the way to Amsterdam:
(Video produced by Seth Reynolds, copyright Greentraveller Limited)
What is the Rail Sail Ticket?
The Rail Sail to Holland - also known as the ‘Dutchflyer’ - is a combined train and ferry ticket from London Liverpool Street (or any National Express East Anglia station, such as Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich) to Harwich International port from where you can catch either the morning or overnight Stena Line ferry service to the Hook of Holland and take any onward train to any station in Holland.
As you'll see in our video (above), Harwich International Rail Station is immediately adjacent to the port, so it is a quick transfer from the train platform to the ferry check-in.
The 9am ferry from Harwich arrives at Hook of Holland at 4.30pm the same day. The overnight service departs Harwich at 11.45pm and arrives at Hook of Holland at 7.45am the following morning.
For those taking the train either side of the ferry journey (continuing on to Amsterdam, for example), the presenter in our video (Maria Glauser) took the 8.45pm train from Liverpool Street station and arrived in Amsterdam at 10am the following morning.
From £35 daytime one-way and from £57 overnight one-way.
What's it like on board the ferry?
Watch our video! (see above). The ferry has sleeper cabins, terrace deck, bars, restaurants (buffet and a la carte), cinema, internet room, conference room, games rooms, kids play area... even a massage chair ('wellness area'). And the rooms in the 'Comfort Class' the more like a hotel than a traditional ferry cabin.
Onward travel from the Hook of Holland port
Conveniently just outside the port’s terminal building is the Hook Van Holland Haven Train Station from where it is under an hour by train to Rotterdam and The Hague and about 1 hour 30 minutes to Amsterdam. With the Rail Sail 'Dutch Flyer' ticket, onward travel is included to any rail station in the Netherlands.
How do I book the combined train and ferry ticket to Holland?
You can book both the train and ferry ticket by following this link to Stenaline's reservation's system: Book a Rail Sail Ticket to Holland.
For more information on booking a Rail Sail Ticket to Holland, see our detailed page: Greentraveller's Guide to Sail Rail To Holland.
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Bookings for rail and sail packages to Holland have risen by 23 per cent this year and there has been a 39 per cent annual growth in dutchflyer traffic year-on-year. Posted by Richard Hammond.
There's also a detailed guide to the Rail Sail ticket on the wonderfully informative seat61.com.
Here's another video, courtesy of Stena Line, celebrating the launch of "the greenest ferry in the world" in May: