Time Schedules and Prices for a Ferry to France from Dover to Calais

Book a ferry to France from Dover to Calais in advance for the best prices and confirmed passage. Passengers who drive to Dover hoping to buy tickets at the port often miss the next crossing due to lack of space. Booking online allows you to compare rates between ferry companies and book your passage in advance.

About the Ports

The Eastern Docks at Dover's port is a mile from the town centre. Ferry signs appear on both the M2 and M20. If you plan to board the ferry on foot, parking is in the multi-storey car park. National Express also offers coach service to the port.

The Port of Calais connects to the A26 and E15. An unsupervised car park is next to the terminal. Coach service runs between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and stops at the Place d'Armes and the railway stations. P&O Ferries

The crossing from Dover to Calais takes 1 ½ hours and travels between the UK and France up to 46 times per day. The ferry does not run on Christmas Day and reduces the number of crossings on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Ferry service runs all day and night with the first crossing of the day occurring at 12:45 to 12:50 a.m. and then travelling every few hours, until 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. when ferries run every hour. Current ferry schedules are online at POFerries.com.

Ferry prices for the PO ferries start at £25 for a vehicle and up to nine passengers. This fare is only good for off-peak travel and includes taxes. To qualify for this discounted rate, you must buy your ferry ticket online.


SeaFrance ferry service also starts at £25 for a vehicle and passengers. To receive this rate, you must book online. With SeaFrance Plus fares, if you miss your crossing, they will move you to the next ferry for free. Eco rate fares require a change fee of £22.

Ferries leave Dover starting at 12:45 a.m. and take 2 ½ hours. There are two late-night crossings and then normal crossings begin at 7 a.m. and occur every 1 ¼ hours until 8 p.m.

Booking Ferry Service

Plan your trip carefully because the inexpensive ferry tickets generally have expensive amendment fees. If your schedule may change, consider purchasing a more expensive fare that allows you to make changes for free. Ferry companies ask passengers holding tickets to arrive at least 45 minutes before their departure on a ferry to France from Dover to Calais.

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