Live port and sailing inf​orma​tion​

Read our feed below for the very latest travel and sailing updates. Please note this information is updated live, it is for information only, comments to this Twitter feed are replied to 24/7. For check in details please read our important updates.

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Automated SMS Travel Update Service​

When travelling on our ferry services between Dover-France customers can SMS DFDS on 60777 for instant live port and sailing updates 24 hours a day: 


Travelling from Dover               Text DFDSDOVER to 60777

Travelling from Calais               Text DFDSCALAIS to 60777

Travelling from Dunkirk            Text DFDSDUNKIRK to 60777


**SMS charges - Network operator charges apply**​

Important updates

​The relevant port check-in times for your​ departure can be found on your booking confirmation in local time. When travelling to the port, please allow adequate time in order to complete the check-in process. A minimum of 45 minutes prior to the sailing departure time for our ferry crossings on the Eastern Channel routes​, 90 minutes prior to the sailing departure time for our ferry crossings on our Western Channel and Long Sea routes. 



Dover - Dunkirk/Calais sailings

M20 overnight road closures Friday 16th August - Monday 19th August 2019

Weekend closure of both the London and coast bound carriageways between junctions 11 and 9 from Friday 16th August 8pm to Monday 19 August 6am.

Overnight closure of the coast bound carriageway only between junctions 4 and 6 from Sunday 18th August 8pm to Monday 19th August 6am.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during these works, all traffic heading to or from Dover will be be directed to use the A2/M2.

Dart Charge – P​ayment arrangements at the Dartford Tunnel ​

Payment for the Dartford Tunnel can no longer be paid on arrival at the crossing. For more information to pay for Dart Charge or to use this service please click here​.

For additional information download this guide:

Customer Information – Operation Stack ​​

For more information about Operation Stack on the M20 when travelling to the Port of Dover please click here.​

Summer 2019 Timetables

​Please find below our temporary summer schedules.

Newcastle (North Shields) - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) sailings

On Friday, November 8 2019 for Newcastle - IJmuiden and on Saturday, November 9 2019 on for IJmuiden - Newcastle, the  Navigators and Columbus Bar will be closed due to a private event.​

Early Check-in and Boarding Newcastle 20th May to 16th September 2019 

From Monday 20th May check-in will open at 12:30 for passengers travelling with a vehicle and boarding will begin at 13:00. Check-in for foot passengers will be open from 13:00 with boarding beginning at 13:30. All times are local UK time.

Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel refurbishment

Please note that The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, between How​don and Jarrow, will close for refurbishment work​. A replacement shuttle bus will be in action throughout this period.

Mini cruise departures July and August 2019

Please note, our mini cruises will not be running on several selected departures throughout July and August.​

Newhaven - Dieppe sailings

Newhaven - Dieppe sailings may be subject to alteration due to tidal restrictions.​​​​


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