Alternatives to the Dover to Boulogne Ferry Crossing

Dover to Boulogne ferry crossing

The port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer attracts many visitors each year, drawn to the ancient cathedral, historic old town, bustling fish restaurants and scenic harbour. As of September 2011, no ferry company operates a direct Dover to Boulogne ferry crossing for passengers. If you want to travel from the south of England to Boulogne, various alternatives exist.

If you're keen to take the ferry, consider travelling from Dover to Calais. Alternatively, take the train through the Channel Tunnel, either as a passenger or with a car.

P & O Ferries (poferries.com) operates a regular service from Dover to Calais, with sailings every 45 minutes during peak holiday times. Booking in advance will provide the cheapest prices and is essential for July and August sailings. Tickets are available for both foot passengers and cars and cost from £39. For onward travel to Boulogne, either take a local train service or drive 30 kilometres along the A26 motorway.

If you’re travelling by car, consider the Eurotunnel service from Folkestone to Calais (eurotunnel.com). Tickets cost from £22 and the price includes one car and up to nine passengers. Fares increase during peak holiday times and advance booking is recommended. Discounts are available for frequent travellers.

For foot passengers, the Eurostar (eurostar.com) leaves from London St. Pancras Station and reaches Calais in just over an hour. From the Calais TGV station, you can take a shuttle bus into the town for onward travel to Boulogne-sur-Mer. A ticket from London to Calais costs from £39.


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