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Crossing the North Sea for Free: The Dutch Flyer

Crossing the North Sea for Free: The Dutch Flyer

Travel from England to Holland for free? Now, that sounds too good to be true. But those with an appetite for rail and ferry travel really can cruise the North Sea for nothing. To Harwich for the Hook Consider the facts. From London or East Anglia, the obvious rail-sea route to the Netherlands is via » Read more

New Ferry Links for Summer 2013: Malta, Scotland and Russia

New Ferry Links for Summer 2013: Malta, Scotland and Russia

In our article last week here on EuroCheapo, we explored how ferry routes allow for a little creative island hopping around the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean. This week, we take a look at a handful of new ferry services around Europe for summer 2013. New link to Malta International ferry routes to and » Read more

Valencia to Barcelona by Ferry (via Mallorca and Menorca)

Valencia to Barcelona by Ferry (via Mallorca and Menorca)

Each Saturday evening, the Albayzin leaves the Spanish port of Valencia for the overnight voyage to Palma, capital of the island of Mallorca. On the Sunday she continues by day from Palma to Maó, the principal port on Menorca. That latter stretch (shown as a solid green line on our map) skirts the south coast » Read more

Traveling by Ferry in Europe: Down to the seas again

Traveling by Ferry in Europe: Down to the seas again

There’s a wonderful poem by John Masefield — called “Cargoes” — which captures the appeal of travel by boat. It recalls quinqueremes from Nineveh, stately Spanish galleons and dirty British coasters. The chances are that your European itinerary does not involve travel by quinqueremes, galleons or coasters. But do make time for a boat journey » Read more

From Britain to the Continent: North Sea Ferries

From Britain to the Continent: North Sea Ferries

Last week, we looked at ferry services that make the short hop over the Strait of Dover, linking the English ports of Dover and Ramsgate with nearby France and Belgium. These are great options if you are based in southeast England, bound for the near-continent and do not fancy the prospect of a longer ferry » Read more

England to France by Ferry: A few short routes

England to France by Ferry: A few short routes

Barely 20 miles separate England from France across the Strait of Dover. And though the Channel Tunnel now takes a lot of traffic that might hitherto have gone by sea, there are still plenty of ships anxious to berth in Dover – which remains Europe’s busiest ferry port. This week, we’ll take a look at ferries » Read more

European Ferries: 4 interesting new options for 2011

European Ferries: 4 interesting new options for 2011

Europe’s ferry schedules are famously fluid, and it’s often devilishly hard to keep pace with new route developments. Here is our choice of a quartet of interesting ferry options for spring and summer 2011. 1. St. Peter Line to Russia The news last week that over 60 ships were trapped in thick ice in the » Read more

Trip Planning: The dangers that lurk behind new ferry and air routes

Trip Planning: The dangers that lurk behind new ferry and air routes

Travelling around Europe, we are so often struck how the start dates advertised by new transportation operators are all too frequently hopelessly optimistic. On the whole, Europe’s rail companies are pretty good when it comes to sticking exactly to what they say in their pre-launch publicity. But airlines and ferries much less so, for the » Read more

Genoa and Venice by Boat: Europe’s port cities

Genoa and Venice by Boat: Europe’s port cities

Arriving at one of Europe’s great port cities other than by boat is a travel no-no. The planners who oversaw the growth of great ports such as Cádiz or Constanta, Venice or Genoa assumed that visitors, be they friend or foe, would naturally arrive by sea. Yet so many travellers today, in their pursuit of » Read more

Europe by Boat: Budget cruises and ferries

Europe by Boat: Budget cruises and ferries

For chilling out in the middle of a long Europe trip, just take a boat. The Baltic, Black Sea, North Sea, and the Mediterranean are all criss-crossed by regular scheduled routes, with ships varying from chic cruise ferries to humble boats that carry tourists, locals, livestock and the mail. A day or two on board » Read more

Stockholm-Riga by Sea: Cheap Trips With Tallink-Silja

Baltic cruiseferry giant Tallink-Silja is currently offering one-way overnight ferry rides from Stockholm to Riga for as little as SEK100 (€10.90; $14.80)! Ferries depart from Stockholm’s Frihamnen terminal, which can easily be reached and lord knows how many banana cocktails—later, the mammoth cruiseferry pulls into Riga’s Juras Pasazieru Stacija (Sea Passenger Terminal), less than one » Read more

Vienna-Bratislava by Boat

Last Sunday the Twin City Line opened up for business after a long winter slumber. The ship connects the capital cities of Vienna and Bratislava via the Danube River three times a day. The journey takes about 75 minutes and the Twin City boats can accommodate up to 102 passengers. The liner is not only » Read more

River Cruises, the BT Way

River Cruises, the BT Way

We finally got around to taking a look at our April issue of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. Our favorite item therein? Well, thanks for asking. We found Marilyn Holstein’s “Gently Down the Stream” suggestive, even inspiring. Holstein’s article is essentially a narrative of her river cruise journey from Nürnberg to Budapest. We have to confess » Read more