When it comes to travelling to the continent, Britons have several options. Despite the new alternatives, thousands of people still prefer to take a ferry from Dover to France–not only does crossing the English Channel give you that feeling of a impending adventure and views of the majestic White Cliffs of Dover, it’s the cheapest way to get to France. For as little as £9 per person for a group of four, motorists can arrive in France within 90 minutes to two hours.
The port of Dover continues to be the world’s busiest passenger port, with millions of travellers, lorries, vehicles, and coaches passing through every year. To help you make the best decision for your next Channel crossing, we’ve compiled a list of the ferries from Dover to France.
From £39/per vehicle
The crossing from Dover to Calais is the quickest and cheapest way to France. The ferry port links directly to the French motorway so you’ll be cruising down to Paris or Brittany’s coastline in no time. The P&O ferry service offers up to 24 sailings a day in each direction in state-of-the-art vessels that can carry up to 1000 vehicles on each journey. Grab a coffee and a quick bite at Costa Coffee or a nice sit-down meal at the Brasserie. Keep the kids entertained in the play areas or video arcade. Use the onboard WiFi service to get some work done or visit the shops to take advantage of the low prices on high street goods.
From £39/per vehicle
DFDS Seaways offers up to 30 sailings per day on their large, comfortable vessels including the brand new Cote des Flandres and Cote des Dunes ships. Relax and enjoy the excellent onboard facilities with no baggage. Onboard the ferries is the 7 Seas self-service restaurants with vegetarian and children’s options. A snack bar offers hot and cold drinks and snacks. All cafes and restaurants are open 24 hours–perfect for grabbing a bite during an early morning crossing.
From £39/ per vehicle
With the increased security concerns at Calais, more Britons are choosing the alternative port of Dunkirk. It’s an extra 30 minutes on the ferry but it puts you just 10 kilometres from the Belgian border and ensures you’ll avoid possible disruptions. DFDS Seaways is the only company that serves this route with up to 12 crossings from Dover to Dunkirk daily, departing every two hours on even hours. DFDS vessels offer the same unparalleled service and experience on this route, including a lounge where you can lay back and admire the sea views or catch a match on large, flat-screen televisions.