Travelling With a Motorbike by Ferry
If you're an adventurous traveller looking to explore Europe on your trusty motorcycle, taking a DFDS ferry is a practical and convenient option. By choosing this mode of transportation, you'll enjoy the freedom of the open road while on your own two wheels, whether that be a traditional motorcycle or an electric motorbike. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to discover stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures along the way on your motorcycle holidays.
DFDS operates four ferry routes from the UK to Europe, with ports in Amsterdam, Calais, Dunkirk, Dieppe and Rosslare, meaning you’ll have a choice of arrival ports, which are all situated close to excellent destinations for your onward journey. Whether you’re looking to spend a few days exploring Northern France, or travel further afield and take on a scenic ride of the Amalfi Coast, read our motorbike travel guide to make your journey as seamless as possible. Find out our top tips about travel insurance, breakdown cover, driving permits, and rules for driving in Europe.
Travel Essentials for your Motorbike Adventure
Before embarking on your motorbike adventure, make sure you have all the necessary essentials. Safety gear, such as a motorbike helmet, protective clothing, and sturdy boots, is non-negotiable. Additionally, carry a basic toolkit and spare parts in case of any unforeseen mechanical issues. Don't forget to pack valid insurance documents, your driving license, and any necessary permits for the countries you plan to visit.
Ferry Travel with Your Motorbike
Booking your ferry ticket with DFDS is simple. Find your desired route in the drop-down menus above, and simply choose motorbike as your vehicle. We will send you all information via email before you travel with us to make sure you know exactly what to expect. Ensure that you check the dimensions and weight limits for motorcycles on our vehicle information page.
Onboard all our ferries to Europe, DFDS offers secure and designated parking spaces for motorcycles on our ferries. Our friendly staff at the port will help to answer any questions you may have, and staff will also be on hand to help you board. Look out for the hi-vis DFDS jackets, and they will help you secure your motorbike on our car deck, so that you can enjoy your ferry crossing with complete peace of mind.
Driving in Europe
Driving through Europe offers a great way to experience the continent, but it's essential to be aware of local traffic rules and regulations. Always carry a European highway code, as each country has its own unique requirements. Additionally, familiarise yourself with road signs and speed limits to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Remember to ride defensively and respect the local driving customs.
Check out our handy France driving guide to ensure you’re compliant with French driving laws when disembarking our ferries with your motorbikes in one of our three French ports. This guide also features information and advice regarding travel insurance and driving permits. Be sure to also read our Holland driving guide , Belgium driving guide and German driving guide if you’re planning to visit these countries with your motorbike.
Planning Your Trip
When planning your trip, consider your travel route, accommodation options, and must-visit destinations along the way. Research and map out scenic routes to fully immerse yourself in Europe's beauty. Check out our wide array of travel guides to explore the best destinations that Europe has to offer, as well as the main sights to see, and how best to get there.
Take advantage of online resources and travel forums to gather valuable insights from experienced motorcyclists. Don't forget to include regular breaks in your itinerary to rest, refuel, and appreciate the surroundings. With DFDS, there is no need to worry about complicated check-in processes when travelling with your motorbike. Book your motorbike travel directly with us, and our helpful staff at the port will help to check you in, and onboard staff will help you to secure your motorbike on the ferry so you can relax and enjoy your journey.
All DFDS Ferry Routes
DFDS has one of the largest ferry networks in Europe, with routes operating to Denmark, Norway, mainland Europe and even offers trips to the Baltics, including major cities such as Amsterdam, Calais and Dunkirk. Travel with your car and explore Europe with DFDS.
View all of our available routes here.