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Ostend (Oostende in Dutch) is a Belgian city situated in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, Flanders. Transeuropa and LD Lines work in cooperation to provide ferries from Ostend to Ramsgate, which you can book easily and cheaply here at AFerry
Ferries to and from Ostend
LD Lines ferries and TransEuropa Ferries both have modern fleets with a wide range of on board facilities. On an LD Lines ship you will find a variety of bars and restaurants as well as a business lounge equipped with wireless internet. Their ships also offer private cabins and low cost reclining airline style seats.
TransEuropa Ferries have six ships, all furnished to the highest standards. On board, you will find an a la carte style restaurant as well as a simple bistro. You can also book a cabin if you want to sleep or just want a more relaxing crossing.
Ostend port facilities
Ostend is a modern port with the full range of facilities you would expect.
Getting to Ostend
If coming from Brussels, take the E40 motorway going south and follow signs for the ferry port. There is also a regular bus connection between Ostend and Brussels, as well as direct trains to locations across Brussels and Northern France.
Ostend on the Belgian coast is well known for its long beaches and famous promenade. In the summer you might think you are in the southern Spain rather than northern Europe. Here you'll find great cycles paths, a plethora of cafes and bars and restaurants. The city dates from the middle ages when it was no more than a village. Sights worth visiting include Fort Napoleon and St Petrus and St Paulus Church. >
Port of Oostende, Slijkensesteenweg, 2 8400 Oostende, 2 8400 , Belgium
03 Apr 2013Spotlessly clean everywhere - staff very helpful
We were well looked after by very cheerful staff. Though the old ferry on our out bound route was looking a little tired it was spotlessly clean everywhere. The newer ferry on our return journey was also spotless and the staff very helpful.
Review by Michael Clarke
16 Mar 2013Ferry was cancelled one week beforehand
Received a phone call a week before my crossing to advise me that my 7.00am sailing had been cancelled. I asked when the next available ferry was, and was informed that it was 6.30pm that night. I wouldn't have got into Ostend until midnight, effectively wasting my first days holiday. I cancelled the booking and was told that I would recive a fully refund. I then booked another ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, saving £40.00. I got into Ostend at lunchtime, with no problems with the other ferry operator.
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06 Mar 2013Ramsgate to Ostend Feb12 for Bruges trip
A bizarre experience. About 30 passengers including lorry drivers in a boat that must carry more like 1,000. Went over on the older boat which seemed unchanged since the 1970s. It apparently breaks down often. Back of the old Pride of Calais. Only limited food and coffee etc available, but staff keen to please. Easy and cheap, and plenty of space. 4 hour and a bit journey which was fine. Half an hour to Bruges, which is lovely.
Review by Roy from London and Ramsgate
27 Feb 2013Dont take this ferry!!!
There are very minimal facilities on this ferry!! All the cafes, shops and entertainment areas are closed down and ripped out! There is a restaurant upstairs that smelt so awful we couldnt sit in it and there was very limited food options. There is one bar open that serves the most awful cup of tea and some other drinks. No entertainment at all, just some out of date newspapers!! the ceiling was hanging down at one end of the boat and the whole journey was freezing cold, we sat with coats and hats on!
Review by Gillian Miles
30 Jan 2013Relaxed trip
A pleasant and different experience from the giants of the channel.
Review by Anon