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Getting There & Away

Most ferries sail according to tide times, rather than on a regular schedule, so it’s best to call the local ferry operator or visit the Deutsche Bahn website (www.bahn.de/nordseeinseln) for information on departure times on a certain day. Tickets are generally offered either as returns – sometimes valid for up to two months – or cheaper same-day returns.

In most cases (apart from Borkum, Norderney and Juist), you will need to change from the train to a bus at some point to reach the harbour from where the ferry leaves. Sometimes these are shuttle buses operated by the ferry company, or scheduled services from Weser-Ems Bus (0421-308 970; www.weser-ems-bus.de). For planning bus connections from Norden and Esens to ferry harbours, the tourist office in Emden has useful transport information.

Light aircraft also fly to every island except Spiekeroog, leaving from Norddeich and Harle, and between the islands themselves. Contact Luftverkehr Friesland Harle.