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Harwich International Port Limited
Parkeston, Harwich, Essex,
CO12 4SR, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1255 242000
Fax: +44 (0)1255 241400


Easy access: excellent links via the A12 to London and the A14 to the Midlands and North

Enviable rail links, with station adjacent to the passenger terminal

Three ferry berths

Ro-pax ferries up to 200 metres regularly handled

Overhead walkways linking passenger terminal to ferries

Fenced and guarded restricted areas, compliant with the ISPS Code

Easy-to-understand, well-signed road layout and streamlined check-in system eases the stress for drivers

Approximately 1 million passengers pass through Harwich International Port every year, travelling on ferry services to the Netherlands.

The port remains one of the UK's most important passenger ferry terminals, and this success has been boosted by the recent introduction of state-of-the-art vessels on to all services.

Two Superferries, "Stena Britannica" and "Stena Hollandica" operate on the Harwich - Hook of Holland route as a result of an investment of over £375 million by Stena Line.

The new Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica Superferries offer 30% more capacity and exciting new facilities for passengers and cars, giving travellers even more space to unwind. Each Superferry has 5.5km of car deck space, can carry 230 cars, 300 freight vehicles and offers 1,376 beds on board in 538 cabins.

The two Superferries are identical in every way and both ships feature, two bars, two restaurants, shop, bureau de change, Stena Plus lounge, internet room, meeting room, casino, news room & magazine lounge, cinema, Curious George children’s area, gaming area, Barista coffee bar, sundeck bar and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship. 
Crossings take just over six hours with a day and overnight sailing.

A unique passenger walkway/boarding bridge has been purpose designed and built to meet the needs of the Stena vessels and is part of a £4.5 million investment.

Harwich has a long tradition of regular passenger links with Europe, and works hard to maintain its reputation for a high-quality, personal service.

A separate entrance for passenger vehicles has been designated to create a direct route to the check-in booths for cars and ensure that the 'port experience' is simple and stress-free for travellers.  A shop, vending facilities and food outlet are available at the car check-in area.

For passengers arriving by train or coach, or intending to leave their car at the port, a very short walk takes them to the newly refurbished, air-conditioned passenger terminal.

Inside the terminal there is ample seating together with ferry operators' reception desks, and passengers can take advantage of a restaurant, amusements, gift shop, exchange bureau, internet cafe, information point and cash machine.

Baggage services include airport-style check in and reclaim carousels. A covered walkway connects the terminal directy with all the passenger berths.  All this ensures a fast, efficient and comfortable experience for the traveller.

For passengers arriving into Harwich, some exciting visitor destinations are close by.  Visit Constable Country to view the landscape that inspired John Constable, Colchester (Britain's oldest recorded town), and Saffron Walden.  The UK's premier destinations such as London and Cambridge are also within easy reach.

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