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Please note that this list of ferry operators in the United Kingdom is not conclusive. Please check with individual operators for routes and timetables.

This table is for routes to/from the United Kingdom to destinations in Europe.

United Kingdom   Operators
Cairnryan Belfast Stena Line
Cairnryan Larne
Dover Calais, France DFDS Seaways

Dover Dunkirk, France DFDS Seaways
Fishguard Rosslare, Ireland Stena Line
Harwich Esberg, Denmark DFDS Seaways
Harwich Hook of Holland Stena Line
Heysham Isle of Man Steampacket Company
Holyhead Dublin, Ireland Stena Line
Holyhead Dun Laoghaire Stena Line
Hull Rotterdam  
Hull Zeebrugge
Liverpool Belfast Stena Line
Liverpool Dublin  
Liverpool Isle of Man Steampacket Company
Newcastle Amsterdam DFDS Seaways
Newhaven Dieppe, France Transmanche Ferries
DFDS Seaways
Poole Cherbourg, France Brittany Ferries
Poole Saint Malo Condor Ferries
Portsmouth Bilbao, Spain Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth Caen, France Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth Cherbourg, France Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth Fishbourne, Isle of Wight Wight Link
Portsmouth Le Havre, France Brittany Ferries
DFDS Seaways
LD Lines
Portsmouth Ryde, Isle of Wight Wight Link
Portsmouth Santander, Spain Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth St Malo, France Brittany Ferries
Plymouth Roscoff, France Brittany Ferries
Plymouth Santander Brittany Ferries
Plymouth St Malo, France Brittany Ferries
Ramsgate Ostend, Belgium Transeuropa Ferries
Troon Larne
Weymouth St Malo, France Condor Ferries

Taking a motorcycle on board a ferry is often very reasonable, many ferry operators, charge any pillion as a foot passenger, and a separate fee for bike and rider.

Travelling by ferry can be a relaxing break on your journey, you are likely to need to check in around 45 minutes prior to departure.

The motorcycle parking bays are usually at the sides of the ship. There are usually special anchoring points. You will be asked to put your bike in gear.

The loaders will likely provide foam or padding to place underneath any securing ropes. Heavy duty cargo straps or ratchet straps are generally used to secure your bike in place.

Be careful riding on and off board. If the decks are wet, they can be slippery and your motorcycle will likely be carrying a lot of extra weight. So take your time and don't feel under any pressure to get off quicker than you feel is safe to do so.

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