Ultimate vacation feeling
Way back, there were more than a hundred ferries in Zeeland. For many people they were the only link available between their island and the rest of the Netherlands. Nowadays most have become obsolete thanks to a network of dams, bridges and tunnels which have unlocked our islands.
A handful of ferries still ply their routes, to transfer cyclists and pedestrians to the other side. Otherwise it would take hours to reach the other side passing through the ‘mainland’. Furthermore, a crossing on a ferry engenders an ultimate vacation feeling. With these bike ferries, you can avoid some long, straight and windy routes.
In earlier days
Some of the ferries still sailing today date from the early 20th century. Then they fulfilled twin roles als a ferry and a cargo boat. Now they cross-cross the province, transporting you from, for example, Noord-Beveland to Sint Philipsland, from Zeeuws-Vlaanderen to Walcheren or from Zuid-Beveland to Tholen.
Planning a route
You can plot your own route between the ferries’ starting points, based on the cycle route network (fietsroutenetwerk), and even creating a multi-day routing. You’d do well to use the 'De gids van de Zeeuwse pontjes' which contains all sorts of information about ferry schedules, prices and contact details.
Do check out the wind forecast before setting out on your route. Some ferries are withdrawn from service if the wind is (too) strong, so do check out wind directions. If you’re planning to cross over a dam or a bridge, be sure to have the wind in your back. Makes quite a difference if you don’t need to cycle into the headwind.