Cycling in Holland

Why not take you bike to Holland onboard one of our Ferries?

Couple cycling with the sun going down in the background.
What Holland has to offer on two wheels

From a two-day loop to a grand tour, Holland is very advanced when it comes to cycling holidays.

There are 26 LF(Landelijke Fietsroutes) long distance routes that stretch throughout the country. The Netherlands manageable size and relatively flat terrain makes it perfectly suited for a cycling holiday so you can cover plenty of ground and tick off your must-see destinations with relative ease. Why not organise a trip for the whole family or ride an epic tour taking in a number of the LF-routes for a group of your cycle friends?

ANWB (The Royal Dutch Touring Club) produce a 1:100,000 map of the Netherlands showing all LF-routes which is very useful when planning a tour. They show you the most beautiful places in the Netherlands and are especially suitable for multi-day cycling trips. It costs €24.95 in all good travel book stores.

You can hire a bike at many railway stations if you want to avoid hassle and leave your bike at home. Rental companies or the tourist information office will also be able to suggest some good local paths.

Cycle lane with the bicycle symbol and some arrows on a tarmac track.
Boarding our Ferries as a Cyclist

It's possible to travel to The Netherlands with your bicycle onboard our ferries.

  • When travelling with your bike, you're required to check-in at the car check-in point and then cycle onto the vessel with the passenger vehicles
  • If you need to pick up your ticket prior to check-in, please allow additional time to get to and from the terminal building
  • Once onboard you will be shown where to park and secure your bike on the car deck
  • On arrival at the Hook of Holland, you will disembark with the passenger vehicles
  • Before you leave the port, you will be required to show your passport at the Hook of Holland Port Security Office
  • Make sure to switch your lights on when cycling in hours of twilight or darkness

Rail & Sail | Dutch Flyer Tickets
Unfortunately, we cannot include your bicycle for all parts of your Rail & Sail journey therefore, we are unable to include bicycles as part of this product. However, it is possible for us sell you a ticket for your bicycle for the ferry journey only when you arrive at Harwich International Port. It's your responsibility to ensure that you have valid cycle tickets when travelling on other services of our rail partners in the UK and in The Netherlands.

Please visit the following websites for more information; Greater Anglia Trains, RET metro and NS Rail.

Line of bicycles at a train station in Holland.
Historic Dutch City Route

If you happen to have a spare 5 days and you're feeling a little adventurous, then maybe you'd like to try to ride the Dutch historic city tour!

The start and finish of this beautiful cycle route is in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam and then winds its way along tree lined canals, taking in the historic cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Dordrecht and Utrecht.

You'll need to average approximately 30 - 40 kilometres a day to complete the full loop. Accommodation can be pre-booked or arranged as you travel along the route.

Guy Mountain Biking on a trail in Holland.
Something Different

When you think of The Netherlands, you wouldn't think that it is a mountain biking holiday destination due to the fact that it's Holland fairly flat but, believe it or not, there are a number of areas where you will find some awesome trails.

Some of the best trails are in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug region starting near the town of Zeist and Amerongen in the Utrecht National Park. The 44 km MTB long route that combines the routes Amerongen, Hoge Ginkel and Leersum will certainly get the blood pumping.

To ride certain trails, you'll need a pass which costs €7.50, available at the following retailers (verkooppunten)