Wadden Islands

Fancy a day-trip to the Wadden Islands? Terschelling or Vlieland?

A trip to one of these Wadden Islands makes for a great day out to blow away the cobwebs. And very easy to get to from Franeker! Vlieland is easy to get to know on foot, but Terschelling is somewhat bigger so it’s easier to do by bike, which you can hire on the spot. There are several bicycle rental shops right at the quay. They have electric bicycles (or e-bikes) too, and you can even book them in advance. You can easily Google the options.

We recommend you travel to Harlingen by public transport (because of the difficulty with parking in Harlingen) or by bicycle. The journey is around 8 km. You can take your bicycle with you on the boat (not available on all services).

Harlingen can be reached by train or by bus. Whichever you choose, you can check times and services on www.arriva.nl for both buses and trains. From Harlingen you can travel to the ferry terminal. The times of the bus and train services are in line with the ferry departure times. You can buy a single bus ticket in the bus.

For more information about ferry services (for both Vlieland and Terschelling) go to

The best bus-stop to depart from is the one on Voorstraat next to Sjûkelân (between the two towers). Take bus number 97. On your return, you will alight at the bus-stop across the road in Vijverstraat.

Because there are currently works on the bridges, which hinder the access to the train station, it is also easier to travel by bus when you are staying in the Molepôlle or Wetterhûske at this time.