Travelling with your Bicycle

There’s nothing quite like exploring a new country on two wheels! Travelling with a bike from England to Belgium gives you so much freedom to explore the country and beyond.

 

Belgium is home to some of Europe’s best cycling tours, such as the Peace Cycle Route which leads you around Ypres where you can explore historic battlefields like Flanders Fields, the Concrete Canvas Tour which leads you through the artistic hub of Ghent.

 

Or feel free to wander the beautiful cities of Bruges, Antwerp, and Brussels at your leisure.
 
The possibilities are endless.
Travelling by ferry with a bike rack

There’s nothing quite like exploring a new country on two wheels!

Travelling with a bike from England to Belgium gives you so much freedom to explore the country and beyond.

Belgium is home to some of Europe’s best cycling tours, such as the Peace Cycle Route which leads you around Ypres where you can explore historic battlefields like Flanders Fields, the Concrete Canvas Tour which leads you through the artistic hub of Ghent.

Or feel free to wander the beautiful cities of Bruges, Antwerp, and Brussels at your leisure.

The possibilities are endless.  

If you’re bringing your bikes with a car, make sure that you remember to include any attached racks or boxes in the height and length of your vehicle when making your booking.

Before boarding the ferry, please make sure that everything is securely fastened – we wouldn’t want any damage to come to your (or anyone else’s) property, especially as the North Sea crossing is a long journey and the sea can get rough!

You may want to consider buying a bicycle rack that attaches to the back of your vehicle, making it easier to check everything is safe and secure before the journey.

Another thing to make sure is that you disable your car alarm before making your way from your vehicle to the passenger deck.

The movement of the ferry can set alarms off, which wouldn’t be good to wake up to in the middle of the night!

If you are travelling without a vehicle you must board the ferry at the same time as regular foot passengers, via Terminal 1.

Once onboard, you must make sure that your bike is safely put away below deck where the vehicles are stowed.

Once everything is secure you may follow the vehicles up the ramp on foot.

Top tip: bicycles count as vehicles, so make sure you’ve thought of this in advance when making your booking.

Remember – only one bicycle is allowed per booking.

Make sure you get to the Port of Hull with plenty of time to spare – we recommend arriving 90 minutes before the ship is scheduled to depart to prevent any hold-ups, as the ferry terminal can get busy.

Make sure you bring with you:

  • Reflective clothing
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Portable phone charger

You may also want to read up on European cycling laws, as you could get fined for something that is legal in the UK.

It is also a good idea to make a note of places to stop and rest along your journey route and let your accommodation know in advance when you are planning to arrive.

Travelling by ferry with a bike rack