Crossing the English Channel into France is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of mainland Europe. At DFDS Seaways we offer daily cross-channel ferry services across four distinct routes – Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newhaven to Dieppe or Portsmouth to Le Havre.
All of our cross channel ferries offer excellent value and extensive facilities for all ages, from food and drinks to shopping and entertainment. Whether you’re taking a family holiday, a romantic break or a business trip, DFDS Seaways is the perfect starting point to your journey.
Our Cross Channel Ferry Routes
Dover to Dunkirk
We run up to twelve sailings a day from Dover to the historic port town of Dunkirk. With a crossing time of just two hours, this is one of our most popular routes and an excellent destination for travelling deeper into France or neighbouring countries such as Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Dover to Calais
The coastal town of Calais is a popular holiday resort in its own right thanks to its bustling shopping district and miles of sandy beaches. It’s also an ideal dropping off point for a French driving holiday. Our ferries run up to ten times a day from Dover to Calais and back all year round, with a sailing time of around 90 minutes.
Newhaven to Dieppe
The Newhaven port is situated close to Brighton, around an hour outside London via the M25. We offer morning and evening ferries to the French port of Dieppe; a picturesque town nestled among the cliffs overlooking the English Channel. With an average sailing time of around four hours, Dieppe is well located for holidays in the Normandy region, and also provides easy access to Paris and Northern France.
Portsmouth to Le Havre
Our overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to Le Havre gives you the opportunity to enjoy a restful night’s sleep in our beautiful onboard cabins before continuing your journey. In addition to being France’s second-busiest port, Le Havre has excellent transport links to popular holiday destinations such as Paris, Brittany and Rouen.
All of our cross-channel ferry services come with a distinct set of onboard facilities to make your journey more enjoyable. All ferries include restaurants and cafes serving a range of hot and cold meals, great value onboard shopping and relaxing lounge areas. Our Dieppe and Le Havre ferries also include comfortable en-suite cabins suitable for single travellers, couples and families.
To find out more about the facilities we offer, take a look at our onboard guides.
All of our cross-channel ferries include facilities for a wide range of vehicles, from cars and bikes to motorcycles, caravans and minibuses. For larger group holidays, many of our ferries also have dedicated driver’s lounges and shower facilities.
For information and advice about taking your car abroad, see our driving in France guidelines.
We frequently run special seasonal offers and flash sales for our cross channel services. To take advantage of our latest deals, check out our special offers page.