Dover Dunkirk Ferries

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DFDS operate a Travel Guarantee. If you book directly with them you can enjoy free re-booking for travel taken before 31st December 2021.

A Dover Dunkirk ferry is the best choice if you are planning on travelling through the more northern European countries. The sailing time is slightly more than a Calais ferry at 2 hours in total but you do arrive in the Nord just six miles from the Belgium border.

DFDS is the only operator to sail to Dunkirk and they operate up to 24 sailings per day at peak periods such as summer, normally 12 outside of peak times. The ferries that DFDS operates on this route are well regarded as being amongst the best ferries with high standards throughout.

Dunkirk or Dunkerque?

Either! Dunkirk is the English spelling.

Dover Dunkirk Ferry Prices

Prices can start as low as £22 for a return crossing with a car although expect to pay more at peak times. To get the best price, we advise is to book as far ahead as possible or book as many friends and family to come with you in your car! If you book a 9-person car, prices can be as little as £3.22 per person.

The cheapest ferry from Dover to Dunkirk is always going to be early mornings or very late in the day.



Special Offers

Dover Dunkirk from £45 return with 3 or 5 day options available

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Multi-Trip Ticket
Car and up to 9 people from just £29 each way for every trip.

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Dover Dunkirk Latest Offer

DFDS Dunkirk Offer


To enjoy the best ferry experience, we suggest upgrading to the private Premium Lounge. For a small fee of £12 per person each way, you can enjoy taking in the fantastic views, watch TV and enjoy the following benefits:

Complimentary hot & cold drinks

Complimentary fruit

Complimentary sweet treats like pastries

Free newspapers

There is no limits on the amount you can have and these are available 24 hours a day for the entire journey.

How Do I Add The Premium Lounge To My Booking?

Simply select this as part of the booking process and your price will update automatically.

Why Sail Dover To Dunkirk?

Dunkirk is a better choice than Calais if you wish to travel through the Northern territories. The table shows some distances as per Google maps.

The Dunkirk route is sometimes a quieter sailing than the very popular Calais route and can even be cheaper.

If you want to consider all your options, take a look at our ferry to France page which lists alternatives.

LocationDistance(miles)Distance(km)Journey Time
Bruges4775.71 hr 8 min
Cologne2363814 hr 20 min
Lille4980.156 min
Ghent67107.81 h 22 min
Ypres325354 min

Dover Port

Dunkirk Port

Dover To Dunkirk Ferry Crossing Time

The journey to Dunkirk takes 2 hours and is slightly longer than the Dover to Calais ferry 90-minute alternative. You do end up further north as a result, making journey’s a little quicker overall if you are heading towards the north of France or into Germany and Poland.

Take a look at the timetable below. These times are subject to change as per the operator.

Dover Sailing Times

Mon Tue-Fri Sat Sun

Dunkirk Sailing Times

Mon Tue-Fri Sat Sun


DFDS state their check-in booths are open 24 hours a day with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Once you have made your way through the Dover Port barriers, make your way round to the correct lane and approach the DFDS booths.

Important! Check-in closes 45 minutes before departure so be sure to allow enough time!

FAQ About Dover To Dunkirk

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Dover to Dunkirk ferry route.

How long is the Dover to Dunkirk ferry crossing?

The crossing takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are up to 24 sailings a day.

What currencies can I use?

You can use £ sterling and € Euros on-board.

Is there WiFi on-board?

Yes. DFDS offer free WiFi.

Are there any baggage restrictions?

None. Unlike airports, your baggage allowance is determined by how much you can get in your vehicle!

Are there restaurants on-board?

Yes, several. Each restaurant has a different menu so we advise to look around first.

Can we go outside?

Yes, except in bad weather. We don’t want you falling overboard!

Can I go as a foot passenger?

No, unfortunately not on the DFDS Dunkirk route. Try P&O Calais for that.

Will the kids be entertained?

Yes. There are several areas where kids can entertain themselves.

Can I take my pet?

Yes. Pet travel is available on the DFDS Dunkirk route.

How To Book Dover To Dunkirk

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DFDS Dunkirk Ferries

DFDS operates 3 vessels on the Dunkirk route which all have shopping, restaurants and kid’s play areas.

These vessels are classed as ‘D Class’ and are called – Dover Seaways, Delft Seaways and Dunkerque Seaways. They are purpose-built for this particular route.

dfds seaways dover to dunkirk ferry