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Dover to Calais Ferry

The Dover to Calais ferry route connects England with France and is currently operated by three ferry companies: P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways and Irish Ferries. The ferry crossing from Dover to Calais is approximately 90 minutes. The DFDS service runs up to 10 sailings per day, P&O Ferries runs up to 11 sailings per day and Irish Ferries runs up to 4 sailings per day.

Dover Calais is the fastest ferry crossing from England to France with a distance of approximately 30 miles between the Dover port and Calais port. The close proximity makes Dover to Calais a great day trip ferry route for people to visit France.

Foot passengers across the country can take a direct train from London to Dover, with the fastest journey via the southeastern high speed train in just over 1 hour. In Calais, regular trains travel from Calais Ville to popular French destinations such as Lille, or the capital city, Paris, for a longer stay. Calais is situated north west of France close to Normandy and very close to the border with Belgium. Brussels is just a few hours drive from Calais for those who want to cross the border and visit one of Europe's most influential capital cities.

Foot passengers and Cars on Ferries


P&O customers can travel as a foot passenger from Dover to Calais between 9am and 7pm on some sailings. Irish Ferries and DFDS do not currently permit foot passengers to travel on their ships. 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 Dover Calais 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

How to book ferry tickets from Dover to Calais


With 25 sailings 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: Dover to Dunkirk and Folkestone to Calais. Use our price finder to compare prices, times and routes.

Dover to Calais Ferry Alternatives

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Dover Calais Ferry reviews

  • "DFDS Dover-Calais Easter 2022"

    Both journeys on time and comfortable despite warnings of delays

    'C Class' travelled on C Class

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  • "Very comfortable"

    We decided to take the ferry for our monthly visit to Belgium to see my elderly mother as Eurotunnel was too expensive. Once on board it was a great experience with a calm sea and a blue sky. Travel was unfortunately on Good Friday and despite spending hte night in Dover to ensure that we were well in time to take our ship on a very busy travelling day, it took 4 hours to get to the french border. The checking of lorries' documents and stamping of British passports takes much longer and quite a few passengers did not have their documents ready. This meant that we missed our ferry but Irish Ferries rebooked us on the next sailing and we were the last car on the 11H45 ferry. Very frustrating experience but not because of the company. Once on board it was very relaxing.

    'Isle of Inishmore' travelled on Isle of Inishmore

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  • "Excellent "

    Great , I travelled from Dover to Calais and came back a week later. We left and arrived in time. Everything was great, friendly P&O staff. I enjoyed the crossing with P&O and will book again with them as I always did.

    'Pride of Canterbury' travelled on Pride of Canterbury

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  • "Restaurant was closed all our journey. My son went to get ice cream and told off buy an eastern Euro"

    Good experience except the experience in the restaurant by this eastern European woman.

    'Isle Of Innisfree' travelled on Isle Of Innisfree

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Dover Travel Guide

The English town and port of Dover is in the county of Kent in the south east of England. The town lies on the English Channel coast at its narrowest point between England and France. This narrow stretch of the English Channel is called the Strait of Dover.

In and around the town there are many things for visitors to see and do. In memory of the spot where Bleriot landed following the first cross channel flight in 1909, the Bleriot Memorial is an outline of the aircraft flown set into the ground. Also, and overlooking the town, is Dover Castle which is the largest castle in England. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout its history.

The Port of Dover is the world's busiest passenger port, with 16 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. It is the main port of departure for travellers from the UK to France and beyond into mainland Europe. Services are operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways to Calais.


Calais Travel Guide

The French city of Calais is located in the Nord-Pas de Calais department of north west France and is the closest port in France to England. The Strait of Dover, which lies across the English Channel on the UK mainland, is around 32 km from Calais and on a clear day the famous White Cliffs of Dover can be seen from Calais as can the Calais coast from the cliffs. Calais has been an important maritime hub for commerce and tourism between France and England for many years and the town itself is divided into two parts.

The old town, Calais-Nord, is located on a manmade island that is surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern town, St-Pierre, is located to the south of the old town. The city is moving away from just being home to the busy port and is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. It has a long and rich cultural heritage, several museums and a lively nightlife. A popular attraction in the city are its Belfries which are siege towers that were built to protect the city from marauders and are today declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site


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