Cheap Ferry to Ostend Port

Ostend Port is located in the largest city on the coast of Belgium and has long been one of the oldest and most historic ports providing ferry service between continental Europe and the United Kingdom. Both the port and city are more than 1,000 years old, and the area is considered one of the most popular holiday getaways in Belgium.

Passenger ferries first sailed between Ostend port and the port of Dover in southern England in 1846, a route which has only recently been discontinued. Today, the only ferry route connecting the United Kingdom with Belgium is between Ostend and Ramsgate.

Transeuropa Ferries began its ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend in July 2004, which is restricted to car ferry passengers. Between two and four ferry crossings happen each day, and each crossing lasts between four and five hours. Many consider the crossing between Ostend Port and Ramsgate as a more affordable alternative to other ferry crossings between Great Britain and the rest of Europe.

Gardenia, Larkspur, Oleander, Primrose, and Eurovoyager are the five ferries which currently sail between Ramsgate and Ostend Port. Passengers may watch movies, sample cognac or wine, enjoy a meal at a fine restaurant, or reserve a quiet cabin aboard any of these five vessels.

Ostend Port is completely wheelchair accessible and conveniently located next to the city’s train station. The train station includes a tourist information centre, bar, post office, duty free shop, facilities to exchange currency, and a room where ferry passengers may store their luggage. Toilets and telephones are placed just outside the terminal.

Ostend Port is also just a short distance away from most of the city’s major tourist attractions. Ferry passengers are recommended to visit Ostend’s North Sea Museum and many fine museums, as well as relax at one of the city’s many tranquil beach resorts.

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