Harwich International Ferry Port (HWH) is one of the UK's leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
Harwich stands on a narrow peninsula, with its streets following the grid system laid down in the Middle Ages. There are antique shops, numerous inns and a number of excellent restaurants that have made the town a popular scene for dining out. There are several museums to visit, many of a maritime theme, and a carefully planned heritage trail adds lot of interest to this pleasant town.
The decision by Stena Line to introduce the HSS 1500 fast ferry on to the Harwich-Hook of Holland route in 1997 prompted a £12 million redevelopment project at the port, which included provision of a dedicated berth and linkspan for the Stena Discovery and major shoreside improvements.
How to get to Harwich Ferry Port
Harwich Ferry Port by Car
From the South: Leave the M25 at junction 28 and follow the A12 (north) signposted Chelmsford and Colchester. At Colchester (Ardleigh Interchange) turn off the A12 onto the A120 following signs for Harwich.
The road becomes single carriageway at Horsley Cross roundabout. Proceed for 6 miles until you reach Ramsey Hill Roundabout. Follow signs for Harwich International Port.
Proceed for another 2 miles until you reach the roundabout - in the middle of the map below. As shown, go straight over this roundabout, and then go Left at the next roundabout, passing Safeways super market on your right hand side, then go over the next two roundabouts, past the freight yards on your right.
Pass the Shell Petrol station on your left and proceed straight over into the roundabout to the check in lanes.
From the North: It is easiest to use the A14 to Ipswich. At Ipswich join the A12 (south) towards Colchester. At Colchester join the A120 and follow as above.
Harwich Ferry Port by Rail
Trains run from London Liverpool Street station to Harwich International. Local rail services arrive at the terminal building, where an escalator will take you directly to the check in point. For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Harwich page.
For more information and booking, please visit our trains to Harwich page.
Harwich Ferry Port by Coach
There is a frequent National Express service to Harwich.
For more information and booking, please visit our coaches to Harwich page
Harwich Ferry Port Parking
There are well sign posted short and long term parking facilities at the entrance to the ferry port. Parking charges are from £6 a day.
Harwich Ferry Port Accommodation
We can also arrange hotels in Harwich and many cities and destinations throughout Europe. For more information and booking please visit our Harwich accommodation page.