Crossing the channel by ferry

Cross channel ferries

As some of our most popular ferry routes, our Cross Channel ferries offer a wide range of ferry routes and services, up to 744 ferries a week, to help you to find the best journey to suit your need.

From ferries to France, and ferries to England, we offer ferry sailings to a variety of destinations, such as Portsmouth, Cherbourg, Dover, Calais, and Dunkirk, and we have a number of different sail times, between 35 minutes and 11 hours, so book now with Direct Ferries to find the best Cross Channel ferry for you.

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Cross channel ferry routes

We offer 9 different Cross Channel routes, with up to 744 ferries sailing a week on the Channel. Indeed, we offer routes such as our most popular route, the ferry from Dover to Calais, which has up to 35 sailings a day, as well as the Newhaven to Dieppe route, which offers 3 sailings daily, and many other routes, which include the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen, which offers up to 3 ferries a day as well.

We also offer tickets for the Eurotunnel, which goes from Folkestone to Calais, and runs up to 49 times a day, so there is plenty of choice for when you are looking to cross the channel.


How long does it take to cross the Channel by Ferry?

The wide number of ferry routes that we offer across the Channel means that there is not one specific sail time, especially as they can widely vary from anywhere between 35 minutes to 11 hours.

The Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes, which is why they can offer so many crossings a day, but there are other ferries that we offer that are just as quick, such as the ferry from Dover to Calais, which can take anywhere between an hour and a half and 2 hours, and the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, which also takes only 2 hours.

Our longest ferries are from Poole to Cherbourg, which can take anywhere between 4 hours 15 minutes to 9 hours 45 minutes, and the ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, which can take anywhere between 8 hours 50 minutes, and 11 hours. Ferry times can vary due to a number of factors, such as weather conditions, but we will always try to give you the most up-to-date information.


Pets on the Cross Channel Ferry

Currently, of the 4 operators that offer ferry services across the channel, only 1 of them does not allow pets onboard their ferries, Brittany Ferries.

This means that if you are sailing with DFDS, P&O Ferries, and on the Eurotunnel, then you are more than welcome to bring your dog and other pets with you on the ferry, but be sure to check before you travel, as some routes may have certain restrictions on them.


How fast does the Cross Channel Ferry go?

Many of the ferries that travel across the Channel are fast and smooth sailings, and have sail times that are incredibly quicker than those of the past. For more specific information about how fast each of the separate ferries travel, please visit the dedicated ship pages, which feature all the information about each of the individual ships.


Can I take my car on the Cross Channel Ferry?

You are currently able to take your car on all of the Cross Channel ferry routes.


Cross Channel Operators

Dover - Calais

  • DFDS Seaways
    • 12 Sailings Daily 2 hr
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  • P&O Ferries
    • 23 Sailings Daily 1 hr 30 min
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Dover - Dunkirk

  • DFDS Seaways
    • 12 Sailings Daily 2 hr
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Newhaven - Dieppe

  • DFDS Seaways
    • 3 Sailings Daily 4 hr
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Folkestone - Calais (Eurotunnel)

  • Eurotunnel
    • 49 Crossings Daily 35 min
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Poole - Cherbourg

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 6 Sailings Weekly 4 hr 15 min
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Portsmouth - St Malo

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 11 hr
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Portsmouth - Caen

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 3 Sailings Daily 5 hr 45 min
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Plymouth - Roscoff

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 9 Sailings Weekly 5 hr 30 min
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Portsmouth - Cherbourg

  • Brittany Ferries
    • 8 Sailings Weekly 3 hr
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