Dover to Calais ferries

Set sail to France with the World’s Leading Ferry Operator, as voted by the World Travel Awards for 5 years running.​​ DFDS operate up to 30 daily sailings, thanks to the addition of 2 new ships on this route, making it more convenient than ever to take the 1 hour 30 minute hop​ ​across the channel.​​​ Alternatively you can take advantage of our Dover to Dunkirk service.

  • 90 minute crossing
  • Up to 30 daily sailings
  • No baggage restrictions
"Thank you for making our first trip with DFDS Seaways a nice one. It was our wedding anniversary and it was very special. We shall never fly again - no airport queues or hanging around!​" Mr & Mrs Jones,​ Clifton​​

Sail with the World’s leading ferry operator

Watch our video featuring customers David & Paty as they enjoy their holiday to France. Also see the transformation of our ferries Côte des Dunes & Côtes des Flandres in dry dock.

Cruise in comfort

Cruise in comfort

Our crossings to Calais are just 90 minutes, but there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained as you sail. Visit the onboard shop, with everything from confectionery, to perfumes and souvenirs. Head onto the deck for fresh air and ship spotting!

Kids will love the Pirates’ Island play area, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy a bite to eat while they play. For a VIP experience, book into our exclusive Premium Lounge​ and enjoy complimentary drinks, fruit and sweet treats.

Restaurants and cafes

Dine, drink & relax

Feeling peckish? The 7 Seas restaurant has great options for adults, children and vegetarians, as well as a delicious breakfast offering earlier in the day. Alternatively the Horizon Snack Bar is a New York style deli where you choose your ingredients and create your own meal.

Our comfortable and modern Lighthouse Café serves coffee, teas, other hot drinks and a range of alcoholic beverages too, as well as light snacks.

Onboard restaurants

Gateway to Europe

Europe awaits

Travelling from Dover to Calais on our ferry is a great way to begin a holiday to France or further into Europe.

Why not check out our tips for planning a perfect family holiday to Calais or book your group getaway to Europe with DFDS? There’s plenty of inspiration in our travel guides section.

Travel guides

More choice to France

Want more?

We are the only operator with two routes to France from Dover. Our ferry route to Calais and route to Dunkirk offer up to 54 daily sailings across both routes.You also have the choice to return to Dover from either Calais or Dunkirk, regardless of which route you travelled out on.

Also our Newhaven-Dieppe route offers easy access to Normandy, Brittany and western France from the UK.

Discover Normandy​


Not sure Dover-Calais is for you? Then check out our other ferries to France​.

​Our tickets

We offer a number of ticket types on our routes to France. Our Economy tickets are valid for one crossing before or after your booked crossing time, on either route. Flexi tickets allow you to travel up to 72 hours either side of your booked crossing time with no fees, subject to availability. You can also cancel up to 48 hours in advance at no extra charge.

Regular travellers should book Multi-Trip tickets​ in advance, giving you the flexibility to change or cancel. Throughout the year we also have a number of special offers, so sign up to our e-newsletter.​

Read about our ticket types​

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​​​​​​Prices are subject to availability. Telephone booking fees apply. ​Terms & Conditions apply.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2017 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2017!​​