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Dover and Calais Travel Itinerary

Ferries to France: Travel Itinerary

Travelling with DFDS Seaways couldn’t be easier. Our ferries to France run up to twelve times per day seven days per week, with voyages available from early morning to late night.

We do everything we can to ensure that your journey is smooth and stress-free, however to ensure you get the best out of your voyage please take the time to read through our travel itinerary.

Pre-Travel Checklist

 Before travelling with us, you should ensure that you have the following items to hand:

• Your travel document, sent via email when you book your journey
• Full UK passport or UK National Identity Card for all travellers
• Full UK Drivers Licence if bringing a vehicle onboard
• Any additional visas or legal documents you may need, such as EU Pet Passport if you’re bringing animals aboard.

When to arrive

Your departure time is printed on your travel document. Please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to final boarding, allowing yourself plenty of time to get to the port, particularly if travelling from outside Dover.

Leaving your car behind

If you’re driving to the Dover port but not planning to bring your vehicle aboard, please note that we cannot provide long-stay on-site parking facilities. Please make the necessary arrangements to leave your vehicle at a secure facility nearby.

Bringing your vehicle onboard

If you’re bringing your vehicle on board, please follow the instructions of the Loading Officer carefully. Vehicles should be left in first gear, hand break on and vehicle alarm switched off. Our car deck is locked and access strictly prohibited during the voyage, so please bring anything you may need during the voyage with you during departure. Pets must remain in the passenger’s vehicle during the crossing.

Petrol tanks may be full, but fuel in separate containers is not permitted aboard. If you have bottled gas cylinders with you, please advise staff at check-in.

Safety and Security

Safety announcements will be made after departure, and evacuation details will be provided. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with this information.
Smaller valuables can be stored in our onboard safe for the duration of the voyage, but please note that DFDS Seaways cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen property. All valuables should be securely locked in your vehicle or kept on your person at all times. Please do not leave bags unattended.
Our Chief Officers are all fully first-aid trained, but there is no onboard doctor. If you have any special medical concerns, please let us know prior to check in.

Luggage Allowance

Our luggage allowance is 50kg per adult and 25kg with children. If you have any special luggage requirements please let us know before booking to avoid disappointment.

Food and Drink

Our restaurants, bars and cafes are equipped to provide a range of hot and cold meals, alcoholic beverages and snacks during your voyage. Please note that you are not permitted to bring your own food or drink onto the deck. Any items of this nature that you bring with you must remain in your luggage or vehicle, and cannot be consumed in the public area.

Onboard Currency

Our facilities accept pounds sterling and euro on our Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk routes.


On arrival at Calais or Dunkirk, you will be instructed when the time comes to return to your vehicle. Please do not attempt to start your engine or leave the ferry until instructed to do so by a member of the crew. Once disembarkation begins, please be ready to leave the ship in a quick and orderly manner. Passengers requiring a coach transfer should consult their Customer Information Leaflet for more details.

Alternative Routes

DFDS Seaways runs four regular ferry routes to France. In addition to Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk, you can also travel from Newhaven to Dieppe or from Portsmouth to Le Havre.
Passengers travelling to Calais also have the option of returning via Dunkirk - or vice versa - in order to make the most of their trip. Please see our Ferries to France page for more information.