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

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.

Newcastle (North Shields) - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) sailings

Early check-in information regarding Amsterdam to Newcastle part of journey (up to end of August 2018)

Our Amsterdam – Newcastle route is expecting a record number of passengers this year, which means it will be slightly busier than previous years. To avoid delays we recommend being prepared when travelling to our port.

To reduce congestion and minimize the waiting time at passport and security control we advise all passengers to check in earlier at the Felison Terminal in IJmuiden.

Our check-in for vehicles and foot passengers will open at 13.00 hrs (CET) and boarding procedures will commence at 14.00 hrs (CET).

Our Skybar will be open one hour earlier as well, so you are able to have a relaxing drink before we set sail. We aim to make your onboard experience as pleasant as possible.

This applies to the Amsterdam to Newcastle journey only.

Major Road works along A19 and Silverlink roundabout.

Narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit will be in place along the A19 and the slip roads during these works. The cycleway on the A1058 over the Silverlink roundabout is closed for the duration of the work as part of the junction improvement, clearly signposted diversions will be in place.​ Please allow additional time for your journey.
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.

Newhaven - Dieppe sailings

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


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