Shake the Winter Blues with a Short Break to Europe with DFDS

Travel for France for as little as £29 return for a car and four people

Award winning ferry operator, DFDS, has launched a fantastic £29 day-return offer on its Dover-Dunkirk route for a car and up to four people. Those wanting a longer break can take advantage of a £39 return fare for a three-day break or £45 for a five-day return, both for a car and up to four people. All offers are bookable from now until April 1, for travel before April 2.

The special fares are perfect for those looking to relax and recharge their batteries with a short break in France or Continental Europe.

Day trip ideas

If you are looking for a great family day out with a Continental flavor, then families with young children will love the family theme park at Plopsaland-de-Panne, which is just a short 20 minute drive from Dunkirk port in France.

If French cuisine hits your spot, then why not hop over to Dunkirk and pick up some delicious French produce? Market days in Dunkirk are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the mornings, where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, sweets and other local delicacies. Alternatively, the supermarkets are also fully stocked with French food, wine, clothes and other goods, and are open Monday-Saturday until late (08.30 - 21.30 Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 08.30 – 22.00 Friday). Dunkirk itself is well worth a visit, with over 15km of sandy beaches, as well as shops and eateries full of Flemish delights. Check out our Dunkirk travel guide for more information and ideas of where to go: Dunkirk travel guide

The offer code for the day return to Dunkirk is E24SB.

Short breaks

If you are looking to take advantage of the three or five-day short break offers, then Bruges, the beer and chocolate capital of Belgium, is a good option and is under an hour’s drive from Dunkirk port. Or for those wanting to go slightly further afield, why not travel on to the beautiful city of Ghent, which is home to a host of architectural and historic delights? Check out our Belgium travel guides for more inspiration: Belgium travel guide

Romantics might want to visit Paris, at around three hours’ drive from Dunkirk, or even travel around several French towns and cities as part of your touring holiday. Read our France travel guide for more ideas: France travel guide

The offer code for the three-day return fare is E72SB and the five-day return to Dunkirk is E120SB.

DFDS operates up to 12 return sailings per day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers flexible and convenient crossing options. Passengers can relax on board during the short, two hour crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up a few last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop or let the kids play the dedicated children’s areas.

To find out more information, visit or telephone 0871 574 7235 to book your return crossing now.

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