Dutchflyer: Rail and Sail to Holland

2014-08-07 | Travel Tips | No comments

When I told people I was getting the ferry to Holland with Stena Line most people responded with ‘why don’t you just fly?’ or ‘are you sure you want to sleep in a bunk bed?’ How naïve they were – let me tell you why … The Dutchflyer is the perfect escape route out of London on a Friday after a hard week of work in the City.  Catching the evening train from Liverpool Street Station to Harwich International, passing through the beautiful English countryside, you already start to unwind. On arrival at the port, the Stena Hollandica awaits you.  She is a Superferry and they aren’t kidding, she is super!New Stena Hollandica aerial

On board are all the facilities you could possibly wish for such as a restaurant, bar, cinema and even a casino – and not a bunk bed in sight for me in my ‘Dux’ cabin!

Stena Britannica cabin

After a tasty three course dinner and a wander around the ferry I drifted off to sleep before we had even left the port.  Waking up in the Hook of Holland, I’d had a great night’s sleep and was feeling refreshed and eager to explore.  With a train waiting at the station (and you even get to go on a double decker train … oh, so exciting for us Brits!) Holland really is your oyster if you decided to not travel to the ‘usual suspect’ of Amsterdam. The journey back was just as simple despite engineering works in Holland. Little tip, I’d check at the station about your return journey to avoid any problems.  The Dutchflyer allowed me to have two whole days of exploring and watching the sunset in Holland on the Sunday evening. Knowing I would be waking up back in the UK was the perfect end to a fantastic weekend getaway – you even arrive back at Liverpool Street Station in time for work on Monday!

Everything about this journey was a breeze and there was none of the usual stress of travel. There wasn’t the usual faff of trying to arrange flights around work, I didn’t have to worry about my liquid allowance as I do on planes, the journey itself was so easy, check in was fast and efficient and I found the staff to be exceptionally polite.  The Dutchflyer is the perfect mode of transport for groups, families and couples wanting an easy getaway out of London.Amsterdam at night

Stena Line offers the Harwich to the Hook of Holland ferry service twice a day and you can choose between day and overnight sailings.

 

Laura at LittleTravelBee

@littletravelbee

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