About Stena Line to Holland

From Harwich to the Hook of Holland

Stena Line is the world’s leading ferry company, operating on routes across Europe. From the UK, Stena Line customers can get ferries to Holland, via the Harwich – Hook of Holland route, a historic trade route between Britain and Holland.

Stena Line's history with Holland

Stena Line’s history with Holland stretches back to 1988. The Harwich to Hook of Holland route was historically owned by the Dutch Royal Family; however, Stena Line bought the SMZ Crown Line Holland and incorporated it into Stena Line’s route to Holland in 1988.

In 1990, Stena Line’s acquisition of Sealink British Ferries meant that the company doubled in size, which in turn heralded major changes in the European market. As the world’s largest shipping company Stena Line also acquired a few smaller Dutch shipping companies in the same year.

Over the years Stena Line gradually changed profile – becoming Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Link before re-branding as Stena Line (UK). In 1997 the Stena HSS Discovery was launched, making Stena Line’s Harwich to Hook of Holland as the fastest direct route to Holland from Britain.

In 1998, the merger of P&O and Stena Line saw the new company expand its passenger and freight traffic in Europe. Stena Line became a privately owned company in 2001. Since this time, the Harwich to Hook of Holland route has been Stena Line’s only direct passenger route from the UK to continental Europe.

120th Anniversary


2013 marked the 120th anniversary of the Harwich – Hook of Holland route, following the historic launch of a passenger ferry service aboard The SS Chelmsford  in 1893, which was operated by The Great Eastern Railway taking passengers from London Liverpool Street to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and beyond. 


Stena Line offers the same great travel experience today with its dutchflyer service, offering rail and sail from any Greater Anglia station to any Dutch station from only £55 one way.