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The ferry service sails at least five times a day, apart from Sundays when the earliest boat doesn’t sail. The crossing takes about 45 minutes.
In high season and on busy days there are extra sailings. All sailing times can be found on the Wagenborg ferry service website and on NOS teletext page 723.
Book your e-ticket here.
You can buy your ferry ticket at the harbour office prior to departure. You can pay using cash, pin, or a Euro- or VISA card. There is also a cash machine/ ATM in the harbour office. You can also buy an e-ticket on the ferry company’s website which saves you waiting in the queue on busy days. You can embark straight away with a home-printed ticket.
In recent years you can get to Schiermonnikoog even more quickly. Wagenborg Passenger Services also runs a water taxi service available for call-outs anytime between 6 a.m. and midnight.
The water taxis provide quick crossings (approximately 15 minutes) between Lauwersoog and Schiermonnikoog. In addition, a water taxi can be deployed on demand for quick passage to or from one of the other Dutch or German islands, or for a crossing to or from example Zoutkamp or Oostmahorn.
You can get more information about prices, scheduled departures and vacant seats at www.wadtaxi.nl. You can also call: 0900-WADTAXI or 0900-9238 (€ 0,35 p/m). Foreign customers need to call +31(0)85-4011008.
You can put your hand baggage (up to 30 kilos) in one of the free baggage carts at the boat. Hand baggage only means suitcases, bags, duffel bags and backpacks. Boxes, tools and the like are not included. The baggage carts are first to leave the boat.
If you have more than 30 kilos of luggage, or items other than hand baggage then you need to contact: Transportbedrijf Ridder (tel 0519-531851)
Your may take your bike and / or trailer on board for a fee. For trailers there are special towing dollies (some electric) available on request from the ticket office in the harbour office which can be pushed on board manually. If you want to take a trailer, you should make a telephone reservation in advance, including the number plate of the trailer. No caravans are allowed on Schiermonnikoog.
Elektric baggage transport
If you would rather walk or cycle to your destination from the boat, there is the possibility to have your luggage transported separately to your accommodation. The luggage will be transported by an electrically powered vehicle which is also equipped with solar panels to generate part of its own energy.
To find out more about the possibility of using this unique form of luggage transportation then visit this website: www.elektrischvervoerschiermonnikoog.nl
Arriva runs the bus service on the island. You can get a special island return costing €3.50 for adults and €2.00 for children (11 years or younger), over-65s and dogs. These tickets are available in the bus. You can also buy in the bus an islander ten journey ticket for €12.00 for adults and €7.50 for children, over-65s and dogs. (Prices as of April 2014)
Groups of 20 or more can buy a group ticket from the driver. The cost for this return ticket is €2.50 per adults and € 2.00 per child or over- 65. We recommend that large groups contact Arriva in advance. A network map is available showing all the bus routes on the island. This can be found here:
Contactdetails: (0519) 531360
There are two taxi companies on the island: Taxi Boersma and Taxi Drent (0519-531400) Both companies wait at the dock to meet new arrivals and can be reserved for other routes.
The best way to get around the island is on foot or by bike. You can either bring your own bike with you or hire one after you have arrived. On Schiermonnikoog there are two bicycle companies: Fietsverhuur Soepboer en Fietsenverhuur Schiermonnikoog.
Cycling for nature
By both bike rental companies you can hire a ‘normal’ bike or a ‘green’ one. Green bikes have a € 2,-, surcharge which goes towards a nature conservation project on the island. Cyclists who hire a green bike also get a pennant to make their bike green. Cyclists who bring their own bikes to the island can of course also make their bikes green for € 2,-.
The projects that are funded by this scheme are small scale ones that are too small to be entitled to receive other subsidies.
Travelling with your own vehicle to Lauwersoog? The harbour is on the main road N361, north of Groningen close to the border with Friesland. Visitors coming from the direction of Leeuwarden should follow the route Dokkum/Lauwersoog. Visitors travelling from the direction of Groningen take the ring road towards Winsum and then Lauwersoog.
For a more detailed route visit the route planner at www.routenet.nl.
One of the charms of the island Schiermonnikoog is that the use of cars, motorcycles and mopeds is severely limited. You may not therefore bring your car, motorcycle or moped on the ferry. You can park your vehicle within walking distance of the harbour office in the designated car park. Information about parking is available from Scheepspark (tel. 0519 to 349,139).
Please allow extra time for parking and buying a ticket.
Lauwersoog is easy to reach using public transport. You can take the train to either Leeuwarden or Groningen.
From Leeuwarden take bus line 50 and from Groningen line 163 to Lauwersoog. Both services leave from the respective bus terminal and are timed to fit in with ferry departures (except for line 163 and the 6:30 a.m. ferry from Lauwersoog and the 7:30 a.m. ferry from Schiermonnikoog, also see www.qbuzz.nl).
For detailed travel information with regard to public transport, please refer to www.9292ov.nl.