P O Ferries: How to Book and Where They Go

P O Ferries travel between the UK and Belgium, France and Holland. Discover more about the routes P&O offers and what you will pay to cross the English Channel, Irish Sea or North Sea. All prices given below are based on 2011 rates and are subject to change without notice.

Dover to Calais Ferries

P&O ferry crossings from Dover, England, to Calais, France, take 90 minutes. Vehicles must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure or they will wait for the next ferry. Foot passengers need to arrive 45 minutes before the scheduled departure.

The ferries cross the English Channel 46 times per day, except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Ferries run on a limited schedule on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day and shut down completely on Christmas Day.

Rates for the Dover to Calais crossings start at ₤35 one-way. The rate includes passage for up to 10 people, including the driver and the vehicle. Book this discounted rate online at POFerries.com.

Hull to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge Ferries

Ferries in Hull, England, make two separate crossings. The Hull to Zeebrugge ferry brings travellers to Belgium, while the Hull to Rotterdam ferry brings you right to Holland.

Hull to Rotterdam ferries travel overnight. Service from Hull to Rotterdam departs at 9 pm and arrives in Rotterdam at 8:15 am. The return trip departs at 9 pm and arrives at 8 am. All passengers must check in 90 minutes in advance. Service is not offered on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Eve.

Hull to Zeebrugge offers overnight sailings throughout the year, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. Passengers must check in 90 minutes before the scheduled departure. Ferries depart Hull at 6:30 pm and arrive in Belgium at 8:45 am. The return trip from Belgium leaves at 7:00 pm and pulls into Hull at 8:15 am.

Rates for both Belgium and Holland start at ₤154 one-way for two passengers and a vehicle. Passengers receive an en-suite cabin for the overnight trip. Ferries have ATM's, entertainment venues, shops and restaurants.

Irish Sea Crossings

The Cairnryan, Ireland, to Troon or Larne, Scotland, ferry service is run by P&O Express. The crossing takes two hours and operates from March to October. Rates start at ₤99.

Dublin, Ireland, to Liverpool, England, ferries make two crossings per day. Check-in requires you to arrive one hour before the scheduled departure. Ferry service between Ireland and England takes eight hours. Prices start at ₤89 and include meals.

Irish Sea ferries do not have lifts available. Passengers must be able to climb stairs. Ferry service from Ireland to Great Britain is not available for foot passengers.

While some ferries do accept passengers without a reservation, if there is no space, you will be turned away. Book P O Ferries online (poferries.com/tourist/bookJourney.html) for the best prices and to guarantee a spot for your vehicle.

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