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Driving Holidays in France

Driving holidays in France (Dover Routes)


Taking your car along on a trip to Europe allows you to enjoy unrivalled flexibility during your holiday. Rather than relying on public transport or rental services, you can simply go where you want to, when you want to from the moment you disembark.

With DFDS Seaways it’s easier than ever to transport your car across the channel. For as little as £19 each way, you can take your vehicle on one of our multiple daily crossings from Dover to Calais or Dover to Dunkirk, ready to hit the French roads in a matter of hours.

Calais or Dunkirk?

Calais and Dunkirk are both located in the north-east region of France, known as Nord pas de Calais. With just twenty miles between them, they both feature excellent motorway links and are well located for journeying deeper into France or beyond.

Sitting just six miles from the border, Dunkirk is the better choice if you wish to travel into France’s neighbouring countries – particularly Belgium but also Germany, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Although it is slightly further from Paris than Calais, many people find the driving route easier.

Calais is a more popular tourist attraction in its own right due to its famously sandy beaches and extensive shopping district. You can also travel west along the coast to beautiful seaside resorts such as Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Le Touquet.

Driving in France

Both Calais and Dunkirk are connected to the A16 motorway, from which you can connect to virtually every major city and tourist attraction in the country. For driving regulations and on-road tips, take a look at our Driving in France page.

Alternative routes

If you want to make the most of your time in France by seeing a little bit more of the country, remember that you can choose to arrive in Calais from Dover and travel back from Dunkirk, or vice versa.

We also run regular ferries to France via our Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre routes.