Rotterdam Feature(source)

Traveling from the U.K. to mainland Europe is often quite a strenuous process. We all know that flights and security checks can be quite a pain, and the Eurostar railway system can sometimes be too expensive to fit into your budget.

The P&O Ferries route from Hull to Rotterdam helps to avoid these issues, and can make your transit a breeze. With an overnight journey, leaving from Hull in northeastern England in the evening, you can wake up the next morning at the port in Rotterdam on the coast of the Netherlands- refreshed and ready to go!

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway from England, or just following your next adventure, the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam is the best way to get from the northeast coast of England to mainland Europe.

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  • Getting To and From

Getting to the port in Hull is very easy however you choose to get there, with a regular bus service that travels from the city center to the port for just a few pounds. If you are coming from further away, the train into Hull is also an option, with the short taxi fare to the port costing around ten pounds.

Hull Ferry Port By Rail: Hull Paragon railway station is the nearest train station to the port and is connected to most major towns and cities in the UK. There is a bus that departs at 5:00pm from Hull Paragon railway station to the terminal at King George Dock.

Hull Ferry Port By Bus: Buses depart from the railway station, next to St. Stephen’s shopping center in Hull to the King George Dock at 5:00pm each day.

Parking at Hull Ferry Port: If you have a car, you are able to park in the multi-story carp park located at the Europort.

Helpful Tip: If you are traveling as a passenger on foot, P&O Ferries can assist you in getting a transfer from the Rotterdam port to the heart of Amsterdam.

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  • Onboard Experience

Spending twelve hours on the ship is a genuinely comfortable experience, especially with all the amenities and activities they have to offer.

Amenities: You can choose the upgrade to the Premier Cabin for added comfort! With this upgrade you have the option of choosing which part of the ship you would like to stay. Each Premier cabins have their own bedding, towels and en suite for added convenience.

Shopping & Dining: There are also plenty of facilities for you to use during the trip, from duty paid shopping and a high quality Brasserie restaurant, to an all you can eat buffet and a variety of bars aboard.

Entertainment: Included in the activities offered onboard is the modern movie theater that shows some of the latest movie releases, a The Show Lounge that has great live music and cabaret, and even a casino!

You are guaranteed to find something to keep you entertained during the 12-hour journey!

If you have some extra time to spend in either Hull or Rotterdam, here are some of my top must-sees!


  • Top Things to Do in Hull

There are a lot of sights to see if you are going to be spending time in Hull before heading over to the Netherlands. Stroll by the marina and head for the retro Fruit Market area, or walk along the many art galleries, quirky shops and places to eat that Hull has to offer.

Interested in the history of the area? You can head to the Maritime Museum and learn more about the region and the long tradition of sailing in the area.

If modern and contemporary art is your passion, then a visit to the RED gallery has to be on your list of things to do in the city.

For those who want a more of an adrenaline rush, a speedboat ride out on the Humber, a large estuary area, is inexpensive and a whole lot of fun!


  • Top Things to Do in Rotterdam

Once you arrive in Rotterdam, your instinct will probably be to head straight for Amsterdam, but there are a lot of things to do around Rotterdam!

Exploring the traditional windmills in the area will introduce you to one of the most iconic types of building in the Netherlands. For adrenaline junkies, you can repel and zip line off the Euromast, the highest observation tower in the Netherlands.

If you have time, a trip to Church of St. Lawrence is a memorable experience, particularly when you see pictures of the area after WWII bombing, when the church was the only building left standing in this part of the city.

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.