Travel to France on our unique Dover to Dunkirk ferry route, giving you easy access to northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands and more. With up to 24 departures a day, and a crossing time of just two hours, Dover to Dunkirk is perfect for a day trip or as the starting point for a fantastic holiday in Europe.

Travelling by ferry means you don’t have to worry about baggage restrictions, so you can take everything and still have room for souvenirs. There’s also the comfort and convenience of travelling with your own car, and the freedom it gives you to explore Europe at your own pace.

​With a choice of regular day and night crossings and flexible tickets available, it’s easy to find a DFDS ferry crossing to suit your travel plans, whether you’re going for a day or a month.

  • 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!​
​"Our first time on a ferry was an enjoyable experience. We didn't realise how easy it would be. We will definitley do it again.​" Mr & Mrs Lennon, Kent​
Quality onboard experience

Quality Onboard Experience

The 3 modern vessels operating on the Dunkirk route are packed with excellent facilities to ensure you have an enjoyable crossing. Relax with a drink and admire the sea views or grab a bite to eat in the Lighthouse Café.

Our onboard shop sells a selection of cosmetics, fragrances, beers, wines and spirits, if you fancy a treat, plus souvenirs and travel essentials.

Kids will love the Pirates’ Island play area and Jack’s Treasure Hunt ​​​​app​, which lets them explore the ship helping Jack the Pirate find his treasure!  If you want a more luxurious crossing, book yourself into the Premium Lounge​​ and enjoy the complimentary drinks, fruit and pastries. ​ 

Onboard facilities


Enjoy a meal onboard

Enjoy a meal onboard​

There are three food outlets onboard our ferries between Dover and Dunkirk. Our 7 Seas restaurant offers your classic comfort food, delicious desserts and vegetarian options, all at an affordable price. There’s always something for adults and kids to enjoy. As you dine you can take in stunning panoramas across the ocean.

​There are lighter snacks and confectionery available in the Lighthouse Café. The café is perfect place to unwind with a hot drink. There is also the Horizon Snack Bar, where you can select a meal deal. Great to keep the kids happy!

Onboard dining

Gateway to Europe


Our short, convenient ferries from Dover to Dunkirk are the perfect way to start a trip to Europe. Dunkirk is less than 25 miles north of our Calais port, so like Calais, it provides easy access to destinations in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium, as well as further afield. No matter where you’re heading, it all starts with a ferry crossing from DFDS.

Dunkirk travel guide

Routes to France


We are the only operator with 2 routes to France from Dover and you can return from either our Dunkirk or Calais port, no matter which you sailed out to. We also have a route across the western Channel from Newhaven to Dieppe, which sails up to 6 times a day depending on the season.

France destination guide

Memorable holidays await

Take a look at our videos featuring real DFDS customers to see what it’s like onboard our routes to France and the holidays you can enjoy by ferry.

Our tickets

We offer a range of ticket types on our routes to France. Our Economy tickets mean you can travel on the sailing before or after your booked crossing time.

For more flexibility, book a Flexi ticket which allows you to travel up to 72 hours either side of your original booking, subject to availability and amend without fees. Regular travellers should book Multi-Trip tickets for savings on your crossings over the course of the year. 

We also have seasonal special offers during the year, so be sure to keep checking the offers section​ of the website or sign up to our e-newsletter.​

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

Read about our ticket types​​

​For more routes, check out our other Ferry to France crossings.​

​​​​​​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!​​