Ferry from England to France
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Ferry to France from England

P&O Ferries, Irish Ferries, DFDS Seaways, Eurotunnel, Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries all provide sailings between England and France. Timetables vary depending on the ferry company. Please find the latest ferry timetables between England and France with just a few clicks using our deal finder.

The crossing duration by ferry from England to France varies between routes, operators and ships. Dover – Calais on average approximately takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. The distance from Dover – Calais is approximately 33 nautical miles. Sailings from Dover – Dunkirk take on average 2h.

The fastest ferry from England to France is from Folkestone. There are 27 nautical miles (50km) from Folkestone to Calais, with an average crossing time of around 35 minutes. Eurotunnel provide this route with a combined 22 daily sailings.

England to France Ferry Price

The average price on Dover – Calais is around £169. Dover – Dunkirk on average is approximately £164. Prices can vary depending on the route, operator, departure time and season, we recommend using our deal finder for live prices.

Car Ferry England to France

The following routes allow vehicles onboard the ferries: Dover - Calais: DFDS, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Dover - Dunkirk: DFDS.

Not all ships will accept vehicles, check out our Deal Finder for the latest sailing availability, for traveling with vehicles.

England to France Ferry Routes

  • Dover – Calais
  • Dover – Dunkirk
  • Newhaven – Dieppe
  • Folkestone – Calais
  • Portsmouth – Caen
  • Poole – Cherbourg
  • Portsmouth - St Malo
  • Plymouth – Roscoff
  • Portsmouth – Cherbourg
  • Poole - St Malo

Some routes are seasonal, whereas others sail all year round. To get the most up to date sailing information for ferries from England to France search in our Deal Finder.

England to France Guide

Travelling from England to France is very straightforward, whether you are going by ferry or taking the Eurotunnel. There are a number of different ferry routes that transport passengers and your vehicle across the Channel, with the most popular being Dover to Calais. Alternatively, you can get to Calais via Folkestone by using the Eurotunnel. Both options are very affordable and can vary depending on the operator or the type of vehicle.

About France

For the past 20 years, France has featured near the top of the list of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe.

By land area, France is the largest country in Western Europe and one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. France isn’t just about Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower or the famous smile of Mona Lisa; even the gorgeous villages in the countryside, splendid lavender fields and vineyards are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to visiting the numerous sights and attractions in France. This is a country that always has something new to offer.

There are several ways of getting to France and by ferry is one of the simplest and most popular options. Most of Europe’s biggest and best ferry companies connect France with numerous countries and islands with regular crossings available from the UK and Ireland to the north and islands in the Mediterranean and North Africa to the south of the country.

How much are ferries from England to France?

From   To Average price
Dover, England
Calais, France
£176.60Average price
Dover, England
Dunkirk, France
£174.09Average price
Newhaven, England
Dieppe, France
£253.03Average price

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days and exclusive of service fees.

Ferries from England to France

Travelling to France

Traveling from England to France by ferry offers a scenic and convenient option for crossing the Channel. The duration of the journey typically varies depending on the specific route and departure point. On average, the ferry ride from England to France can take between 1.5 to 2 hours, making it a relatively quick and efficient mode of transportation. However, it's important to note that actual travel times may be influenced by factors such as weather conditions and ferry schedules.

For those considering alternative modes of travel, such as driving or taking the train, the ferry option often provides a more relaxed and enjoyable experience, allowing passengers to appreciate the maritime scenery and onboard amenities. Additionally, traveling by ferry offers the flexibility of bringing along vehicles, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore France's diverse regions at their own pace. Furthermore, unlike flying, ferry travel eliminates the hassle of airport security checks and baggage restrictions, providing a hassle-free journey from England to France. As for visa requirements, travelers from the UK do not typically need a visa for short stays in France, making ferry travel an accessible option for spontaneous getaways or planned vacations.

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