Sea Travel: ferries and shipping

Information on ferries and shipping lines from the UK.
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Living on an island it is easy to assume that the logical way to get to other countries is to fly. However it is amazing how easy it is to get to other countries without resorting to the airlines.

There is some question about the efficiency of ferries and cruise ships in respect of C02 emissions and pollution (see our section on Cruise Liners) but the advantage of ferries is that they can be combined with other forms of transport -train or bus -to make the trip much more efficient overall.

Clearly there are the obvious cross channel connections -to France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Spain and of course Ireland. It is possible to get to destinations further afield by sea or by combining train and sea travel, any more distant locations can be accessible this way, for example Sweden, Norway and the Balkan states -Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Britain is also well blessed with many interesting island destinations and ferries are possible to Isle of Man, Isle of wight. the Channel Islands as well as Scottish Islands and the Faroes or even Iceland.


Ferry Operators:

  • Agoudimos -Greek ferry company running routes to Italy, Albania and the Greek Islands.
  • Blue Star Ferries -serves the Dodecanese Islands (Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Astipalea, Symi, Tilos, Nissiros, Lipsi and Kastelorizo) and the Cyclades.
  • Brittany Ferries -service between Ireland, UK, France and Spain.
  • Caledonian MacBrayne, Hebridean and Clyde Ferries -service to Arran, Barra, Coll, Colonsay, Harris, Islay, Lewis, Mull, North Uist, Skye, South Uist and Tiree.
  • Color Line -Norway's largest cruise ferry line, operating between Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
  • Condor Ferries -Linking the UK, Channel Islands and Western France. Daily sailings from Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth.
  • DFDS Seaways -routes from Harwich and Newcastle to Holland and Scandinavia.
  • Emeraude Lines -between France and the Channel Isles.
  • Eurotunnel -the other way to cross the channel!.
  • Fjord Line -routes between Newcastle and Norway.
  • Freight Ferries -send your freight by sea to destinations in Europe and North Africa.
  • Hurtigruten Line -voyages to remote, beautiful and dramatic coastlines from the far north of Norway to the distant south of Antarctica.
  • Hellenic Mediterranean Line -covers Corfu, Brindisi, Igoumenitsa, Patras, Paxi, Zakynthos and Cefallonia.
  • Hellenic Seaways -runs in the Aegean, serving the Mainland of Greece, the Greek Islands and Crete
  • Hoverspeed -high-speed car ferries, the fastest sea crossings from England to France and Belgium.
  • Irish Ferries -operate between Dublin and Holyhead, Rosllare to Pembroke, Cherbourg and Roscoff.
  • Isle of Sark Shipping -operating between Guernsey and Sark.
  • John O'Groats to Orkney Ferry -service from John O' Groats in the Far North of Scotland to Orkney.
  • Minoan Lines -Greek line running between Italy, Corfu and Greece.
  • Norfolk Line -Dover to Dunkerque
  • Northlink Ferries serving the Orkney & Shetland Islands.
  • Orkney Ferries -mainland to the Orkneys
  • P&O Ferries -cross Channel Ferries between France, Spain and UK
  • Red Funnel -Isle of Wight ferries.
  • Sea France -Dover to calais ferries.
  • Skye Ferry - Glenelg to Kylerhea.
  • Smyril Line -routes between Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland, Denmark and Norway.
  • Stena Line -frequent, fast and conventional ferry services to and from the UK and Ireland, Holland and within Scandinavia for cars, coaches and foot passengers.
  • Superfast Ferries -running from Rosyth to Zeebrugge as well as routes between Italy, Corfu and Greece.
  • Tallink -from its headquarters in Tallinn to Helsinki, Rodstock and Stockholm.
  • Tirrenia Line -formerly Adriatica -routes from Italy to Sardinia, Sicily and Albania.
  • Venezia Lines -ferries from Venice to destinations in the Adriatic -southern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania.
  • Viking Line -ferries from Finland to Sweden and Estonia.
  • Virtu Ferries -high speed car and passenger ferries between Malta and Sicily.
  • Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries -Cross Solent Ferry.
 
 


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