Ferry to England
31 Ferry crossings from 40 Ports
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

Latest offers for England

Why use Direct Ferries?
Ferries from 4412 routes and 901 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

Ferry to England

With a culturally diverse population of around 53 million, England is divided into nine regions and then organised by counties, districts, cities and towns.

The capital city, London, is the most densely populated area in the United Kingdom, with a population of around 9.5 million inhabitants. It has long since been the centre for trade, politics and law, and is also a huge tourist hotspot with plenty of attractions, outdoor spaces, iconic monuments and historic buildings.

There are 17 ports in England. Plymouth port and Portsmouth port are located on the south coast and Dover port and Folkestone are located further east on the south coast.

The world’s busiest passenger ferry port is in Dover, located on the very eastern tip of the south coast. Around 16 million passengers pass through Dover Port annually travelling from Calais and Dunkirk, both of which provide excellent links from mainland Europe. The cross channel ferries to Dover are generally the fastest, most frequent and cheapest route into the country with crossings operated by large modern ships. For those looking for a quicker, though more expensive option, there is also the channel tunnel to consider.

For passengers wishing to get a ferry from Europe to UK via Holland or Germany, the most direct route is to Harwich from the Hook of Holland. The service is operated by the Stena Line 'Super ferries' and operates twice daily, all year round. There are also daily overnight services to the north of England like the Amsterdam to Newcastle ferry and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull. These conveniently scheduled overnight crossings take place onboard well-equipped cruise ferries and allow you to arrive refreshed and ready for the journey ahead.

If you’re travelling to England from across the Irish Sea, there are crossings from Dublin and Belfast to Liverpool though as both crossings take around 8 hours, depending on your final destination it may be better to sail via Wales or Scotland as the crossings are faster and more frequent. Options include sailing from Dublin or Rosslare in Ireland to the Welsh ports of Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke or from the Northern Irish ports of Belfast and Larne to the Scottish ports of Cairnryan and Troon. In all cases, the crossings are operated by modern ferries with excellent facilities.

Which ferries go to England?

Ferries travel to England from France, Amsterdam, Spain, Belgium and more. Popular routes include Calais to Dover and Portsmouth to Fishbourne which connects the Isle of Wight with the English mainland.

Dunkirk to Dover ferry duration?

The ferry service from Dunkirk to Dover takes approximately 2 hours. However, this duration can vary depending on weather conditions.

Calais to Dover crossing time?

It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes for P&O Ferries, DFDS and Irish Ferries to make the crossing from Calais to Dover.

Which ferry companies go to England?

There are 6 popular ferry operators for ferries to England. These are P&O Ferries, Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries, Stena Line, DFDS Seaways and Wightlink.

What Islands have ferries to England?

Ferries to and from England connect with islands including the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Guernsey and Jersey.

How long is the ferry to England?

Ferries to England can take between 10 minutes and 15 hours depending on the route.

Most popular questions

  • Which ferries travel to England?

    Ferries to England:
    • Dublin
    • Calais
    • Dieppe
    • Bilbao
    • Caen
    • Cherbourg
    • Le Havre
    • Santander
    • Roscoff
    • St Malo
    • Douglas
    • Dunkirk
    • Rotterdam
    • East Cowes
    • Hook of Holland
    • Belfast
    • Amsterdam (Ijmuiden)
    • Fishbourne
    • Yarmouth
    • Ryde
    • Guernsey
    • Jersey (St Helier)
    • St Mary's
  • What is the fastest ferry to England?

    The fastest ferry crossing to England is via the Ryde to Southsea route, with a crossing time of approximately 10m.
  • What is the cheapest ferry to England?

    The cheapest ferry to England is £72 from Yarmouth to Lymington. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • What are the ferry ports in England?

    England Ferry Ports:
    • Liverpool
    • Dover
    • Newhaven
    • Portsmouth
    • Poole
    • Plymouth
    • Heysham
    • Hull
    • Folkestone
    • Southampton
    • Harwich
    • Liverpool Birkenhead
    • Newcastle
    • Lymington
    • Portsmouth Harbour
    • Southsea
    • Penzance
  • Can you take pets on the ferry to England?

    Yes, you can bring your pets onboard the ferries. Where pets are allowed on the ferries depends on the ferry company. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
    • P&O Irish Sea
    • Irish Ferries
    • Brittany Ferries
    • P&O Ferries
    • Eurotunnel
    • Stena Line
    • DFDS Seaways
    • Wightlink
    • Condor Ferries
    • Isles Of Scilly Travel

England reviews

  • "ferry"

    All is good on the Dunkerque Seaways and great price too.

    Read More Read Less
  • "Small waves make good crossings!"

    Very good crossing on this new ship!

    Read More Read Less
  • "A good experience all round"

    This operator offers excellent value for money. Facilities on-board were good, vehicle loading & unloading were quick and easy, and the crossing itself was smoother than I would have imagined given the sea state at the time.

    Read More Read Less
  • "Dunkirk to Dover"

    By far the BEST PRICE an excellent service. Booked it via internet less than 12hrs before the trip. 3x cheaper than the closest competitor and even closer than Calais. Great clean facilities on board! Swiss precision with the timing.

    Read More Read Less

England Ferry Map and Routes

Onboard the ferries

Find out what it's like onboard the ferries before you travel.

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