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Seamless Travel? Greater Anglia – Stena Line – RET – Dutch Railways

Three times this year I have travelled rail/sea/rail on the Harwich – Hoek van Holland route. When I most recently disembarked from the night ferry at Hoek van Holland, I found a queue of a dozen people in front of the ticket vending machine. The couple at the front...

The ease of travelling to France by train

By Trevor Garrod For over two decades I have organised group visits by train to the Continent, using the services of an AERA member, and had one such group booked to go to Montpellier in May 2020. Obviously the visit had to be postponed more than once, but almost all...

Return to Stena

It was April 1st when I made my first trip on the Harwich – Hoek van Holland ferry since 2020. Because of other commitments I found it convenient to stay the night in a hotel in Dovercourt and use the day sailing, coming back to England on the night sailing April...


Read the latest tips about Crossing Paris, Deutsche Bahn’s recovery efforts and the situation for foot passengers on ferries.