Dover to Calais ferries

The DFDS Dover to Calais ferry route operates up to 30 daily sailings between England and France. Thanks to the addition of 2 new ships on this route, it's more convenient than ever to take the 1 hour 30 minute hop across the channel.

Our fastest and most popular ferry crossing, our Dover to Calais route takes only 90 minutes, allowing you to explore Europe at your leisure.

There are no baggage restrictions, so you don't need to worry about how much you pack, and travelling with your car makes everything much more comfortable and stress-free. Having your own vehicle also allows you to explore France and Europe at your own pace.

With regular daily departures, and the option to catch the ferry before or after your booked crossing if you miss it, it couldn't be easier to head to France with our ferries to Calais. ​

  • Stay connected with free, fast on-board WiFi
  • Book by 12 January for our Brexit Guarantee​ free cancellation​
  • No baggage restrictions​
  • Take your car, motorcycle or van on the short 90 minute crossing​
  • Multiple places to eat onboard
  • Our Price Promise guarantees you the best price or we’ll refund the difference!
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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 hungry? The 7 Seas restaurant has great meals for adults and children, as well as a delicious breakfast offering earlier in the day.

​For a healthier option, our new café, Horizon: Pizza, Pasta, Salad* offers a choice of freshly made, well-balanced meals, with vegetarian and gluten free options available as well as great options for families. Alternatively, our comfortable and modern Lighthouse Café serves a range of hot and cold drinks as well as a range of alcoholic beverages and a selection of light snacks.

*Currently only available on the Dunes and Fland​ers ships. 

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.

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 ​​​​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.

​​ ​Not sure Dover-Calais is for you? Then che​ck 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.​ 

Please click here to view our Best Price Direct terms.​

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