Sadly the Ramsgate to Ostend ferry is no longer operational. It’s such a shame as it was a great option for many travellers from the south east of England heading for Belgium.

Alternatives

The only other ferry from England to Belgium in operation now is the Hull to Zeebrugge with P&O Ferries. There are around 6 crossings per week, with journey times of 14.5 hours.

But we assume that if you were hee to find the ferry from Ramsgate, you must be based in southern England, and most likely the South East. In which case getting to Hull doesn’t really make sense, especially when you have one of the world’s busiest ferry ports at Dover just a few miles along the Kent coast from Ramsgate.

Ferries from Dover go to either Calais or Dunkirk. Both are a good option for crossing the English Channel. But if Ostend, Belgium or further east on the European mainland is to be your final destination, perhaps the Dover to Dunkirk route just about edges it in being the best alternative to the Ramsgate to Ostend ferry crossing. Dover to Dunkirk is operated by DFDS and crossings take around 2 hours. Dunkirk lies around 33 miles or 40 minutes’ drive away from Ostend. So all in all, the Dover to Dunkirk route is a pretty good alternative to have.

Alternative Ferry Routes

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
 
Dover to Calais23 per day1.5 hoursP&OP & O Ferries
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Dover to CalaisUp to 8 per day1.5 hoursMy Ferry LinkMy
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Dover to Calais10 per day1.5 hoursDFDSDFDS Seaways
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Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
 
Dover to Dunkirk12 per day2 hoursDFDSDFDS Seaways
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Bring Back the Ostend Ferry!

It’s sad to see much loved ferry routes fall by the wayside. It always seems to be the more unusual, more characterful routes that go. We would love to bring back the Ostend ferry. It was always so wonderful to see Ramsgate port being used for commercial passenger travel. So calling any ferry operators out there: bring back our Ramsgate – Ostend ferry!

About the Old Ramsgate to Ostend Ferry

Ferry crossings to Ostend offer a good alternative for anyone wanting to get to Belgium who is based in the south of England. Rather than travel up to Hull to get the ferry (to Zeebrugge), you can get along the south coast to Ramsgate in Kent. This route also offers a good alternative to anyone wanting to avoid the very busy crossings from Dover, and it’s especially useful if your eventual destination is further east than Calais or Dunkirk, both of which sail out of the nearby Port of Dover.

Details

Crossing
Frequency
Journey Time
Operator
 
Ramsgate to OstendUp to 3 per day4.5 hoursTransEuropa

FAQs

Do I need to book a cabin?
No. The crossing is only 4.5 hours and doesn’t travel through the night.

Which ferry company runs the Ramsgate to Ostend route?
TransEuropa is the company that run the ferries. Although this is currently their only route in UK, they are well known and popular amongst many travellers who have used their service, and have been operating this route since 1998.

How far is Ostend from Calais?
Calais is about 60 miles from Ostend. Ostend is further east along the North Sea coast, so well placed as an alternative, especially if you are heading or staying east of the Calais region.

Moving on from Ostend

Once you’ve completed your tour of Ostend and possibly the wider West Flanders area, it’s quite easy to drive on to other European cities. For example, the beautiful and historic city of Gent is 39 miles away, and the bustling capital of Europe, Brussels, is only 73 miles away. Further afield, you could venture into the Netherlands, since Amsterdam is 172 miles away, or onward into Germany, although the capital Berlin is longer 457 miles away. But it’s a great drive across 3 European countries – just make sure you have plenty of time.