Short Break Return Fares to France

A short break is the perfect way to rejuvenate, giving you a chance to explore new cultures, countries and cities. Well, our short break crossings mean you can travel from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais and back from just £45, return, with 1, 3 and 5 day options available. Plus, you can return on either route, no matter which you sailed out on.

There is a £50 supplement for bookings made 24 hours before departure. 

  • 1, 3 and 5-day return options available from £4​5, return
  • Sail from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais
  • Selected dates until 17​ Dec 2019
  • Save up to 4​0% compared to regular fares​
You must return within 1 day of your departure. From price based on bookings made more than 48 hours before departure. 
​You must return within 3 days of your departure. From price based on bookings made more than 48 hours before departure. 
You must return within 5 days of your departure. From price based on bookings made more than 48 hours before departure. 

DFDS ferry to france

Day Return

Arrive in France and spend your day exploring the hundreds of kilometres of stunning northern coastline, and beautiful port towns such as Boulogne-sur-Mer. 

​Attractions in the town centre include the Nausicaa National Sea Centre, the Basilica of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the longest crypt in France. Boulogne-sur-Mer also holds a fantastic fish market with over 70 varieties of fish

1 day guide​

louvre lens autumn treeds and lake

3-Day Return

Our 3-day return offer gives you a little longer to discover France’s charm. Enjoy the country’s historical heritage in Saint-Omer. The medieval cathedral is a beautiful gothic structure, and the town itself dates back to the 7th century. La Coupole is an example of France’s more recent history, as a WWII bunker that is now a museum. Taste Gallic culture at the Louvre-Lens art museum in Lens town, with an extensive collection of art.

3 day guide​

Belgium architecture

5-Day Return

Our longest option gives you the ultimate freedom to explore Europe with a short break. Spend the time exploring France’s chateaus and palaces. Chateau de Chantilly is picture-perfect, and within an easy drive from either of our French ports. The Palace of Versailles, once a royal residence and now a museum, is also a must visit, as well as the Palace of Fontainebleau. ​

5 day guide​

Onboard facilities

Onboard Facilties

Our onboard facilities ensure your journey flies by. Our restaurants offer everything from filling hot meals to lighter bites and sweet treats, or you can head straight to the bar for a drink and take in the panoramic scenes. There’s also our onboard shop, arcade games and soft play area for the kids. Don’t forget to head out on deck and enjoy the views of the famous White Cliffs, as well as the fresh sea air.

Onboard facilities​

Important information

From prices shown are based on Dover-Dunkirk route. Offer is available on return bookings only for cars 2.2m high and up to 9 people and motorcycles / motorcycles with side cars with up to 2 people. Outward journey must start in Dover. £50 supplement applies to bookings made 24 hours before time of trave​l​​. £20 amendment fees apply each way.​ If you do not commence the outward journey, this will result in the cancellation of the entire booking as these tickets cannot be used for one-way journeys.


​​​Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at any time. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions​ apply.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​