Ferries to England
Open Ticket??

Open tickets are valid for up to 12 months from booking date (see ticket conditions).

Open Ticket?

Open tickets are valid for up to 12 months from booking date (see ticket conditions).

Trip Details
Return Trip
Calais - Dover is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
Tip: Don’t wait until it’s too late! Book now to secure your choice of departure time

Tips & Information for Calais - Dover

Latest offers for Calais - Dover

Calais to Dover Ferry

Calais to Dover is the fastest ferry crossing from France to England, with a sailing duration of approximately 90 minutes. The Calais Dover route is operated by 3 ferry companies, P&O Ferries, Irish Ferries and DFDS Seaways.

The P&O Ferries service runs up to 11 times daily, while the Irish Ferries service runs up to 4 times daily and the DFDS Seaways service runs up to 10 times daily.

The distance between the French port of Calais and Dover port is approximately 30 miles, making is possible to see the coastline on a clear day. The close proximity makes Calais to Dover a great day trip ferry route for people to visit England. From Dover, foot passengers can take the train to England’s capital city, London, in just over an hour on the southeastern high speed train.

Foot passengers and Cars on Ferries

Traveling as a foot passenger is currently possible with P&O Ferries between 9am and 7pm on some sailings. DFDS and Irish Ferries currently do not permit foot passengers to travel on their ships between Calais and Dover. Traveling with a vehicle is permitted on all ferry companies that service this route.

Save up 50% on high street prices from your favorite brands with Duty Free on ships operating the Calais Dover route. Facilities found on ships operating this route include foreign currency exchange and a selection of bars, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy during the trip.

Calais to Dover Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from France to England page.
Why use Direct Ferries?
Ferries from 3325 routes and 764 ports worldwide
Trusted by over 2.5 million customers
We arrange over 1.2 million ferry crossings / year
We check up to 1 million prices for our customers daily

Calais Dover Ferry reviews

  • "Great new Ship"

    Fantastic Ship but late and disembarkment took time because we were parked on the top floor.

    'C Class' travelled on C Class

    Read More Read Less
  • "Simple and affordable crossing"

    Exactly as expected. Trouble-free crossing without delays.

    '' travelled on

    Read More Read Less
  • "France at last"

    Ship was great getting on to it was a nightmare long delays due to lack of staff 

    'Spirit of Britain' travelled on Spirit of Britain

    Read More Read Less
  • "Good , apart from …..,"

    We paid extra for the club lounge , for a bit of quiet . However there were two families with 4/5 kids between them . The kids were very noisy and the parents did absolutely nothing to quieten them . We understand this to be a quiet lounge, thank goodness the crossing was only an hour and a half . I did but g it to the attention of the staff to to be honest this was at the end of the crossing. Although difficult to police prejsps children under 16 should not be permitted. 

    'Isle Of Innisfree' travelled on Isle Of Innisfree

    Read More Read Less

How to book ferry tickets from Calais to Dover

With 21 journeys per day, you are bound to find a suitable ferry crossing to suit your needs. However, there are two alternative routes to explore if you require additional flexibility: Calais to Folkestone and Dunkirk to Dover. Use our price finder to compare prices, times and routes.

Calais Travel Guide

The French town and major seaport of Calais is located in northern France and lies on the English Channel coast, around 21 miles across the English Channel from the English Port of Dover. On a clear day it is possible to see the White Cliffs of Dover, across the Strait of Dover. Calais' old town, known as Calais-Nord, is surrounded by canals and harbours and lies on an artificial island. The more modern part of Calais, known as St-Pierre, is located to the south of the old town.

Visitors to the town can take in the Tour du Guet, which is situated in the Place d'Armes in the old town. Built in the 13th century, the structure was originally a water tower which was subsequently used as a lighthouse until 1848.

The port of Calais is well known to many visitors from the UK and is the 4th largest port in France, by passenger numbers. It is the main gateway into France for many UK visitors and is less than 3 hours by car from Paris, Brussels and London and is connected to several motorways.

Dover Travel Guide

The town and port of Dover is located on the south east coast of England, in the county of Kent. The major ferry port lies on the English Channel coast at its narrowest point between England and France. Dover is the world's busiest passenger port with roughly 16 million travellers, 2 million lorries, nearly 3 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. Providing an iconic backdrop to the town are its white chalk cliffs and are an impressive sight when entering the port by ferry.

A popular tourist attraction in the town is the 12th century Dover Castle which stands guard over the town. The medieval castle has been described as the "Key to England" because of its defensive importance over the centuries and is also England's largest castle. Today, the castle is a designated Scheduled Monument which means that it is a nationally important historic building and archaeological site that is protected against unauthorised change. It is also a Grade I listed building and an internationally recognised important structure. The castle, its secret tunnels and surrounding land are all now owned by English Heritage.

The quickest way to make & manage your booking

Download the Direct Ferries app or manage your booking online through My Account


Customer Service

Visit our customer service page to find useful information on travelling by ferry, our FAQs, and how to contact us for help with your booking