The ferry to Ameland service is provided by Wagenborg Ameland, also known by many as simply Ferry Ameland. Traveling to Ameland is possible with the normal ferry and the fast ferry (express service). The ferry will take you to Ameland within 50 minutes, while the fast ferry will take you to the beautiful island in just 20 minutes. The ferry from Holwerd to Ameland leaves every hour. During the trip you can enjoy the beautiful Wadden Sea and the accompanying nature.
Ferry to Ameland
Ameland is therefore a popular holiday destination for many tourists from home and abroad. Ameland is the perfect place for a nice hike or bike ride. The fourth Wadden island of The Netherlands belongs to the province of Friesland. With the impressive sand dunes and nature reserve Het Oerd, there is more than enough to do on Ameland. It is therefore not surprising that the ferry from Wagenborg makes the crossing to Ameland for thousands of people every year.
Departure times and time table
The ferries from Holwerd to Ameland have departure times of, on average, every hour. In the summer months there are extra departures during busy days. The sailing time is approximately 45 minutes.
Traveling with Wagenborg to Ameland
Your journey to Ameland starts at the Wagenborg Plaza in the terminal in Holwerd. Here you can use various facilities and also check in immediately if you want to travel to Ameland without a vehicle. In the terminal you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, visit a number of boutiques and the Nobeltje Experience Shop. Here you can learn everything about the famous drink from Ameland. The Wagenborg Plaza is open from Monday to Saturday.
Costs and prices
Check the ferry to Ameland rates for more information about the price of a ticket. There are different rates for high and low season.
Reservations and bookings
You can find a ticket machine in the Wagenborg Plaza terminal. Here you can buy a ticket for the ferry to Ameland. However, you can also do this in advance (online) or at the service counter in the terminal. For the fast ferry express service there is a ticket machine where you can pay for your ferry ticket with your debit or credit card.
Parking for the ferry to Ameland
Parking in Holwerd is available at the designated places. This is possible in both the P1 and P2 parking areas. P1 is located right next to the ferry terminal. When it has reached its capacity, you can park your car at P2. Compared to P1, this is a bit further away from the terminal, although there is a shuttle bus that transports you comfortably from the parking area to the ferry terminal.
With the ferry from Holwerd to Ameland. Which vehicles are allowed on the boat?
Bicycles, mopeds and scooters are allowed on the Wagenborg ferries. You can buy a special ticket online or at the service desk in Holwerd. Do you bring your bikes attached on a bike carrier on your car? Then there is no additional fee. Ameland is not a car-free island, which means that your car or vehicle is allowed on board. A reservation for your car is recommended, but not mandatory.
Please note that Wagenborg passenger services only transport cars and vehicles that are accompanied by a driver. Because Ameland is a popular holiday island, RVs, trailers and caravans are also allowed on board. A ticket for a caravan always needs to be reserved in combination with a car ticket. When you make a reservation, you must specify the length of the trailer and the vehicle.
On board facilities
During the 50-minute crossing from the mainland to the island, you can use various facilities. A self-service buffet for a delicious meal or tasty snack is available. Both the ferry and the express service to Ameland are equipped with a coffee machine. In addition, there is free WIFI available. This also applies to the terminal at Holwerd.
Traveling with your dog
Of course there are also various sanitary rooms available on the boat to Ameland. For people with a disability, the ferry service to the island also has special toilets and a lift. A wheelchair can also be arranged in the Holwerd terminal and can be taken on board for free. If you make the crossing from Holwerd to Ameland with WPD, you can take advantage of the free luggage service. On board it is permitted to carry a maximum of 30 kilos of hand luggage (suitcase or backpack).
Ferry from Ameland to Terschelling
Are you visiting Ameland and also want to visit Terschelling? This is possible with the ferry from Ameland to Terschelling.
Ferry from Ameland to Schiermonnikoog
Do you prefer to visit Schiermonnikoog? There is also a ferry from Ameland to Schiermonnikoog service available.
- The costs for the crossing to Ameland are low: a return ticket with the ferry to Ameland is available from € 13.95.
- The Wagenborg timetable has many departure times. On average every hour there is a crossing to Ameland and of course also a crossing back to Holwerd.
- Parking for the ferry to Ameland is available at low rates at the ferry port in Holwerd. Short-term parking is free.
- You can also take the ferry from Ameland to Terschelling or Schiermonnikoog, the neighboring islands.