Tickets, Prices & Schedules
Is there a ferry from Dover to Calais?
The Dover - Calais ferry route is available all year round, with up to 25 crossings a day. The route is operated by 3 ferry companies: DFDS, P&O Ferries and Irish Ferries.
Important: on DFDS and Irish Ferries you can't travel from Dover to Calais as a foot passenger. You can only travel with a vehicle.
What's the Dover to Calais ferry schedule?
At the moment, the Dover - Calais route is normally served up to 25 times daily. The earliest ferry usually departs from Dover at 04:40 and reaches Calais at 07:10. The latest ferry to Calais from Dover usually departs at 23:50, arriving in Calais at 02:20.
Every day, there are also several Dover - Calais crossings after midnight, such as crossings scheduled at 00:10, 01:40 or 03:20. However, if you’re considering taking a day trip to France, the latest ferry from Calais to Dover departs at 22:35.
Tip: bear in mind that ferry timetables may change. Therefore, make sure to check your travel time before your trip. You can also track your ferry in real time on the Ferryhopper App!
Ferry Tickets, Offers & Discounts
How much is the ferry from Dover to Calais?
The Dover - Calais ferry ticket for a foot passenger starts at around €36. However, if you wish to travel with your vehicle, a one-way ferry ticket from Dover to Calais starts at around €80.
Please note that the Dover to Calais ferry price depends on vehicle selection, discounts, offers, and seat type. Also, the final ticket price can change depending on the booking date: fares are higher if you wish to travel that very day or the next 2 days.
On Ferryhopper, you can find all available offers for the ferry trip to Calais from Dover. Take a look at our ferry routes, find the lowest prices and best offers, and book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper online.
Current offers will be automatically applied when booking your ferry tickets.
Take advantage of the available discounts and travel by ferry to Calais from Dover with lower-cost ferry tickets. Ferry companies offer special discounts for specific passenger categories, such as:
- Children up to 15 years old
- Families with children
Note: children up to 3 years can travel by ferry to France from Dover for free.
Ferry Route Info
How long is the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais?
The Dover to Calais ferry time is approximately 1 hr 30 min. However, the ferry trip can take up to 2 hr 30 min, depending on the season, vessel, ferry operator and weather conditions.
Is there a high-speed ferry from Dover to Calais?
The ferries operating the route from Dover to Calais are normally conventional. The fastest ferry to Calais takes about 1.5 hours.
What’s the distance between Dover and Calais?
The distance between the port of Dover in the UK and the port of Calais in France is around 27 nautical miles (approximately 50 km).
Ferry Trip Tips
Ferry Dover - Calais: useful tips for your trip
Here are some travel tips for your trip from Dover to Calais:
- Make sure to arrive at the Dover port well in advance. Check-in closes 90 min prior to the scheduled departure time for foot passengers and 60 min prior for all other categories of traffic. The dedicated shuttle bus for foot passengers will leave when check-in closes (90 min before your sailing).
- Since there is a 1-hr time difference between the UK and France, don’t get confused! The ferry trip to Calais takes 1.5 hr, and not 2.5 hr.
- To travel from the UK to France hassle-free while enjoying the high-end amenities onboard the Dover - Calais ferry, you will need a valid passport.
- Dover - Calais is the fastest ferry crossing from the UK to France. The proximity of the two ports makes Calais a popular destination for a great weekend trip to France from Dover by ferry.
Where to take the ferry from Dover to Calais
Ferries from Dover to Calais depart regularly from the port of Dover in southeastern England, which is one of the world's busiest passenger ports.
Dover is around 112 km from London and you can get to the port by car in less than 2.5 hr, via the M20 which merges into the A20 at Folkstone. You can also travel from London to Dover by train. Dover Priory is the nearest train station to Dover ferry Terminals. You can walk from the station to the Passenger Terminal in about 25 min.
If you are traveling to Calais as a foot passenger, you will get to the Passenger Terminal building at Dover’s Eastern Docks first. You will then take a shuttle bus from the Passenger Terminal building to your ferry.
You will find all necessary amenities in the Passenger Services Building (PSB), located on the west side of the port. Facilities include cash and currency services, toilets, cash points, vending machines, free Wi-Fi access, restaurants, and a games room.
Can I travel on the ferry from Dover to Calais with a car?
Yes, you can transfer your vehicle on the Dover to Calais ferry. The types of vehicles allowed are small and bigger cars, motorhomes, buses, motorcycles and bicycles.
The ferry ticket price for a standard car starts at €40 while the cost for a motorhome is around €60.
Can I stay in the car on the ferry from Dover to Calais?
No, you can’t stay in your car during the ferry crossing between Dover and Calais. Once the vessel disembarks, you are not allowed to stay in the car parking deck for safety reasons.
However, you can return to your car a few minutes before reaching the port of Calais, following the instructions of the crew.
Each ferry company has its own luggage policy:
- On DFDS ferries, each passenger can carry up to 50 kg of luggage. The luggage must be taken by yourself from and on board. Note that there are no luggage carts.
- On Irish Ferries, passengers traveling by car may bring as much personal luggage as they can fit into their vehicle.
- On P&O Ferries, there are no specific limits on ferry luggage.
Since the ferry trip is short (1.5 hr), there are no cabins available on the Dover - Calais ferries.
You can travel with your pet on ferries that travel from Dover to Calais. Make sure you carry your pet’s passport and health documents with you.
Note: each ferry company has its own pet policy, so make sure to check it or contact the company before your trip.
Book cheap ferry tickets from Dover to Calais
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