Thinking of travelling from Dublin to France by ferry?

Dublin to France ferry

If you’re living in the Dublin area and planning a motoring trip to mainland Europe, you’ll be looking at ferries to France, gateway to the continent. Travelling by ferry makes sense as you can drive straight on the boat in Ireland, relax, enjoy the journey and a hearty breakfast, then have your own vehicle available on arrival to start your tour without the hassle of hiring a car. What’s more, you can take along plenty of luggage for the family without paying a fortune for the privilege.

Although you can’t sail directly from Dublin to France by ferry, Irish Ferries (irishferries.com) offer crossings from Rosslare to both Roscoff and Cherbourg in northern France. Rosslare Port is around 75 miles south of Dublin, a pleasant one and a half hour drive down the coast from the capital of the Emerald Isle.

Foot passengers can use the excellent rail service which connects Dublin to Rosslare. The railway station is situated 600 meters away from the terminal building. There’s no shuttle bus connection between the two, but it’s around a 10 minute walk in the open air.

Enjoy some wonderful Irish hospitality by booking with Irish Ferries from Rosslare to Cherbourg or Roscoff and travel in style on one of their luxury cruise ferries of which the most luxurious is the new ‘Oscar Wilde’. It has bright airy cabins, stylish lounges, and a wide choice of entertainment and dining options.

You can travel from Dublin to France by ferry every other day in September and the journey time is around 17 hours. Take the overnight service with cabin, dine on board, enjoy a relaxing sleep and then let the wind blow away the cobwebs before you disembark and set off on your tour. Prices for 2 with car start from €114 one way (cabin not included) and from €64 as a foot passenger.

Brittany Ferries (brittanyferries.co.uk) also operate crossings to Roscoff from Cork but this is double the distance from Dublin.

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