Dover Calais Ferry
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No matter where you’re going to in France one of the best places to start is taking a Dover Calais ferry. Thanks to Calais’ excellent road network you’ll be able to reach your French destination quickly and efficiently. It’s also the best place to start when heading to places like Southern France.
And if you’re looking to begin a holiday to France, the beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery and gastronomical delight offer plenty of fun to help you unwind. All that fun begins when you book a ferry to Calais.
The Dover to Calais route links Dover in the county of Kent, in South East England to Calais in northern France.
There’s plenty aboard to keep you entertained on the ferry to Calais from the UK.
Travelling by your car from the UK gives you the freedom to explore France with ease, and both ferry operators can accommodate just about any vehicle. You can book a caravan, car or with P&O even as a foot passenger so you can enjoy the convenience of going on holiday as you please. Travelling with your pet, motorhomes and motorbikes is fine too!
How Long Is The Ferry From Dover to Calais?
At just 21 miles away, Calais is easy and fast to get to whichever ferry provider you use. This route is both the shortest and quickest way to cross the English Channel, as it only takes around 90 minutes to reach your final destination.
However, factor in time to get through checks at the Port and if you are booking a popular ferry timing, you may experience delays in getting to the Port.
P&O Ferries and DFDS are the only companies that operate this route. Both sail from Dover Port and offer a variety of prices.
Between these two operators, there are around a combined 53 sailings on the Dover to Calais route per day, giving you the freedom to choose the crossing time that’s convenient for you to come and go.
Each operator has different prices and generally, the cheaper sailings are early in the morning or late at night. Your vehicle type will affect the amount you pay, especially if you have a large motorhome or have a trailer.
Ferry companies will often over-book a ferry meaning you may be moved to another sailing. They do this for a variety of reasons, mainly that not everyone shows up! Don’t worry though, it is very unusual to not get the sailing you need.
The advantage of ferries is, of course, you can take your own vehicle. You can take most types of vehicles that include various racks on a ferry including:
- Private vans
- Campervans, Motorhomes and American RV’s
- Motorcycle with sidecars
- Bicycle racks
- Roof racks
Dover to Calais Ferry Service
With an excellent motorway network that leads right to Dover, reaching Dover Port is very straightforward. Luckily you can arrive whenever you want as there are regular ferry crossings throughout the day, which makes it easier to arrange your trip around your plans.
If you’re travelling from further afield to reach Dover Port, then luckily there are an abundance of hotels nearby, so you can check in and explore Dover whilst readying yourself for departure.
Whether you choose P&O ferry or a DFDS ferry, travelling the Dover to Calais ferry is an eventful journey as there’s plenty on the ship to keep you occupied.
You can browse the shops as you sail to pick a gift for your loved ones or dine aboard at the restaurants. Both DFDS and P&O offer restaurants with great options for adults, kids and vegetarians.
Kids can enjoy the ferry experience in the kids’ areas with the special entertainment designed for them so you can relax and enjoy the sailing while they play.
You can also upgrade to any of the lounges to enjoy extra luxury in the exclusive area on the ship. There are complimentary drinks and several treats to give you the VIP experience you wish.
The Port of Dover (also called Dover Port) is one of the busiest ports in the world as over 16 million travellers, 2 million lorries, 2 million cars and motorcycles, and 86,000 coaches pass through it each year.
Due to its close proximity to France, Dover Port has become the busiest in the UK. This is because its location has made it the perfect departure point for day trips, short breaks and longer vacations in France, and is used by countless families each year.
The port has also become popular for those heading on business trips, with business travellers using the port frequently, as driving to locations such as Paris can be achieved quickly and easily from Calais.
Dover Port also has a wide range of parking facilities, including a choice of long and short stay options, alongside free parking opportunities and secure parking in and around the terminal. Other facilities include food outlets, newsagents and confectioners, Wi-Fi access etc.
We recommend that you arrive at the port a minimum of 45 minutes (90 minutes for busy sailings) before your departure time to complete the check-in process.
The Port of Calais (also called Calais Port) is the largest passenger ferry terminal in France.
Located in Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, travellers will find the Port, which is the closest French port to England. It’s close enough that you can see the White Cliffs of Dover on a bright day.
Due to the port’s direct links with France’s various A-roads and motorways, those returning to the UK can be back at the ferry terminal in no time. All you have to do is follow the large green ‘Port Ferries’ signs, and you’ll be on your way.
The Port of Calais has several facilities such as free of charge public car park in front of the terminal building, children’s area with arcade games, vending machines with snacks and drinks and more.