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Ferries to UK

There are a large number of different shipping companies offering ferry connections to the UK from a wide variety of different locations. The most popular shipping companies being the Euro Tunnel, P&O Ferries and Wightlink. There are many different ferry ticket options for you to choose from - prices tend to vary due to times of year, number of passengers, route, and if you are planning on bringing your car. We recommend using our price finder to discover the best times and prices to suit your journey.

How long are ferry sailing times to the UK?

Due to the number of destinations you can travel from to the UK, the sailing times are widely varied. One of the most popular connections, France( to England, can take just 35 minutes on the EuroTunnel and around 1hour 30 minutes if travelling from Dover to Calais. A typical ferry crossing from the Isle of Wight to the UK can take just 22 minutes if sailing the Ryde to Portsmouth route and travelling from Rotterdam to Hull can take around 11 hours.

Where do ferries go to in the UK?

There are many ports in the UK offering ferry routes to different locations in Europe. The most popular ports being Dover and Portsmouth in the south of England and Liverpool and Hull in the north of England.

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UK reviews

  • "Fast and easy"

    I always use the Eurotunnel when i go to France. Not really much to say about when you are in tunnel as you aren''t on there long enough to do much apart from go to the loo! Reason i use is because i like driving straight on to motorway when i get to the other side. Wish it was a bit cheaper, but i suppose you are paying a bit more to save some time.

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  • "Nice ferry"

    I traveled on board the Normandie from Caen to Portsmouth last night and enjoyed a pleasant and fast night crossing back to England. The Normandie is a rather nice ferry, its facilities look new. I booked an inside cabin and, even though it''s pretty small, it''s very comfortable. The advantage of traveling overnight by ferry is you don''t get the feeling of wasting a day off traveling!

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  • "Bretagne, sweet Bretagne!"

    I live in London and traveled on board The Bretagne from Portsmouth to St Malo to go home for few days. It''s a nice, not too big ferry. The food is good quality for value and the entertainment very family orientated, with singers and magician. I booked the night crossing, but too late to get a cabin, so I got a reclining seat. It''s "ok" for few hours, but I ended up sleeping on the floor as most people in the salon. On a final note, it was a good experience, cheaper than the plane and I really enjoyed the arrival overlooking St Malo!

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  • "Superferry Indeed!"

    Recently travelled on the Stena Britannica from Harwich to Hook of Holland - and I have to say I was impressed! The ships are brand new so everything was top notch from the restaurants through to the bar areas, drinks were reasonably priced on board as was food in the buffet restaurant - there was also A ‘la Carte style dining however we did not visit there. Cabins were spotlessly clean and well equipped, with wider beds than normal ferries and with the addition of flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi internet - makes this an above average ferry crossing. I would without a doubt use this crossing again.

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