Only 1 in 20 UK visitors to the Netherlands (2 million in 2015) arrived by ferry, two-thirds by plane.
The number of ferry passengers to and from the UK has declined steadily in the period 1993-2009. The opening of the Eurotunnel in 1994 and the success of low-cost carriers provided more opportunities to travellers to and from the UK.
More ferry traffic in summer periodFerry traffic peaks in summer as many people go on holiday. Forty percent of Dutch ferry passengers travelling to the UK are holidaymakers. Throughout the year, business travellers (nearly 30 percent) and people visiting family and friends (more than 25 percent) cross the Channel by ferry. Last year, ferry operators carried 357 thousand cars across the Channel.
Ferry traffic United Kingdom
In 2015 ferry operators carried more than 21 million individuals from all over Europe to the UK and vice versa. Nearly three-quarters of them travelled between the United Kingdom and France. Just under 1 in 10 sailed to or from a Dutch seaport. In 2015 approximately 250 thousand German citizens travelled by ferry to and from the UK through Dutch seaports.