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Ferry crossings

Ferry to Scandinavia from the UK


Sadly, the DFDS Harwich to Esbjerg ferry route closed in September 2014. However, whilst we may no longer offer a direct UK to Denmark ferry, we still provide a variety of convenient routes from the UK and Ireland to mainland Europe, serving as your gateway to Scandinavia.

Our extensive network includes daily sailings between Copenhagen and Oslo, and crossings from Kiel to Klaipeda and Karlshamn.

With DFDS, our comprehensive routes ensure your journey from the UK to Scandinavia by ferry is not only possible, but also enjoyable and effortless.

Excellent onboard facilities

Daily crossings

Travel with your vehicle

Unlimited luggage

    Overnight crossings available

    4 routes connecting the UK to Europe

    Plan your perfect multi-route ferry trip from the UK to Scandinavia

Couple onboard Dover-France ferry



Newcastle to Amsterdam

Our overnight crossings from Newcastle to IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, operate daily and offer a seamless way to bring your car with you as you journey to Europe and onwards to Scandinavia, and the freedom to explore at your own pace upon arrival.

Once onboard, your journey is anything but ordinary. We have a myriad of amenities to keep you entertained throughout the crossing. Enjoy a drink or two at our bars, dance the night away at our club, savour diverse and delicious meals at our restaurants, or catch the latest blockbuster at our onboard cinema. It's not just a crossing; it's a mini holiday in itself!

Upon arrival at our port in IJmuiden, you're ideally positioned to continue your journey to Scandinavia. A 6 ½ hours’ drive through the picturesque landscapes of northern Germany will bring you to Denmark. This route offers an easy and scenic transition from the urban charm of Amsterdam to the natural beauty of Scandinavia.

Our routes

Onboard experience

Meal onboard UK - France
Duty Free onboard Côte d'Opale
Premium Lounge UK - France
Couple on deck UK - France

UK - France

With up to 54 daily sailings between Dover and our ports in Dunkirk and Calais, and 4 daily sailings on our alternative route to France from Newhaven to Dieppe, travelling from the south of England to the continent has never been more convenient. Our crossings are swift - just 100 minutes to Calais, 2 hours to Dunkirk or 4 hours to Dieppe, and offer a wealth of onboard amenities to keep you entertained. Enjoy our restaurants, bars, shop, and children’s play areas as you sail across the Channel. Upon arrival in Dunkirk or Calais, you're just approximately 9 hours’ drive away from Denmark, through scenic Belgium, Holland, and Germany, or 11 hours’ drive from Dieppe.

Looking for an effortless European city break? Explore the convenient package holidays available on our Channel routes. These packages not only offer a thrilling journey but also simplify your travel plans by bundling your accommodation and transport into one, meaning you can book it all in just a few clicks.


Championing the Seas!  

We're elated to announce that DFDS has once again retained its title as Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the 2024 World Travel Awards.

This accolade wouldn’t have been possible without you, our loyal passengers. Thank you for recognising the hard work of our exceptional team members who are dedicated to ensuring each voyage is as exceptional as the next.

Your ongoing support is the anchor to our success.

Couple on deck onboard minicuise

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