About DFDS DFDS was founded in 1866, when C. F. Tietgen merged the three biggest Danish steamship companies of the day. From its inception, DFDS has been part of Denmark’s industrial and maritime history. Since 1866, DFDS has been involved in domestic as well as international trade, transporting both freight and passengers. DFDS’ international activities started in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, followed later by the Mediterranean. Towards the end of the 19th century, routes were also established to the USA and South America. Land-based transport and logistics also became a part of DFDS’ business activities as freight transport by land began to grow and, in the 1960s, the company introduced a door-to-door concept for freight.
About Stena LineStena Line operates six routes from the United Kingdom - five to Ireland and one to The Netherlands. It also operates many more around the world which do not concern us here.UK RoutesLiverpool to BelfastOperated by Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey, there are two sailings per day taking 8 hours.Cairnryan to BelfastOperated by Stena Superfast V11 and Stena Superfast V111, there are twelve sailings per day taking 2 hours 15 minutesHolyhead to Dublin PortOperated by Stena Adventurer and Stena Nordica, there are four sailings per day taking 3 hours 15 minutesHolyhead to Dun LaoghaireOperated by Stena HSS Fastcraft, this is a seasonal service until 9 September. There is just one sailing per day taking 2 hours 20 minutesCairnryan to BelfastOperated by Stena Europe, there are two sailings per day taking 3 hours 30 minutes.Harwich to The Hook of HollandOperated by Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica Superferries, there are two sailings per day taking 6 hours 45 minutes.
About P&O FerriesP&O Ferries boasts the largest fleet of ships offering a wide range of services and facilities, the most comprehensive route network and the most frequent passenger and freight services to the Continent.
UK RoutesDover to CalaisOperated by Spirit of France, Sptrit of Britain, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Canterbury and Pride of Kent, there are up to 23 sailings per day taking 1 hour 30 minutes.Hull to ZebruggeOperated by Pride of Bruges and Pride of York, there is one overnight sailing per day taking approximately 24 hours.Hull to RotterdamOperated by Pride of Hull and Pride of Rotterdam, there is one overnight sailing per day taking approximately 23 hours.Liverpool to DublinOperated by Norbay, Norbank and European Endeavour, there are up to 3 sailings per day taking approximately 8 hours.Cairnryan to LarneOperated by European Causeway, European Highlander and Express, there are nine sailings per day taking 2 hours.Troon to LarneOperated by European Causeway and European Highlander, there are two sailings per day from March until October, taking 2 hours 15 minutes.
UK RoutesDover to CalaisUp to ten sailings per day taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Timetable HEREDover to DunkirkUp twelve sailings per day taking 2 hours. Timetable HERENewhaven to DieppeTwo sailings per day taking 4 hours. Timetable HERENewcastle to AmsterdamOne overnight sailing per day taking 16 hours 30 minutes. Timetable HERE