Ferry across Westerschelde
In our Zeeuws language, we’re for ever talking about the other side (‘de overkant’) and new horizons. On the Westerschelde ferry, you’ll see why – and get there! Whichever other side it is, Vlissingen or Breskens, there’s so much to do, see, bike around and experience.
A stupendous view, the sun warming your face, the wind in your hair. Yes, here the journey is the destination too. It’s one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes but the ferry will take you safely across between all those vessels in just half an hour. Can’t make it any longer. And each crossing is different: the gulls swooping, the sandbanks in the distance and the waves with more colours than a printer’s ink catalogue.
Many cyclists use the ferry as their starting point for a trip around ‘the other side’. There’s room for some 90 of our be-pedalled friends and maps are on sale at the counter to help you on your way. Or you can downloads some routes on the VVV Zeeland App.
Vlissingen is fun
When you cross over here, a real port city will welcome you: Vlissingen. V for vibrant. There’s a busy list of festivals, shops to drop and terraces worth the sit. The wide promenade is renowned for its overwhelming vistas, while at its feet this beach is made for walking, or lying back in the sun. You decide. Or pedal off west, towards Zoutelande or set off east towards Fort Rammekens.
Breskens, on the other side, feels more of a maritime seaside resort, with its large fishing harbour and sailing marina. The Visserijmuseum tells many a tale of its fisherfolk: you’ll get lessons in net weaving, making knots and talking down the auction clock at the fish quay. Raise your head afterwards and the beach stretches for ever all the way to the acclaimed resort of Cadzand. Great for walking on, running along, swimming off, or sunbathing on. The bike path through the dunes is one of the nicest in the province.
The rhythm of the waves
Before coming ashore here, do enjoy the crossing. Wherever you turn, waves. Endlessly spelling Westerschelde.
The Westerschelde Ferry website here lists all schedules: with hourly, or half-hourly sailings.
You can buy single tickets at either terminal, or (cheaper) any variety online, ranging from day returns, multi-crossings or come-as-you-go. An e-ticket (emailed, or on your mobile) is called a ‘b-tag’ referring to its bar code. Rates vary by age, student status and for pedestrians or people with bikes or scooters. You can pre-buy a ticket for a given day, but all departures are boarded on a first-come basis. Bon voyage!