​Family Bookings to Calais

If you’re planning a family holiday to Europe, incorporating a ferry voyage from Dover to Calais​ into your journey is a great way to enjoy an entertaining and stress-free travel experience. 

Any parent will be familiar with the challenges of keeping small children relaxed and entertained during a long journey by car or plane. Aboard a DFDS ferry, the whole family will have the opportunity to stretch their legs, take advantage of the onboard entertainment and shopping facilities and enjoy the unique sights and sounds of the channel-crossing experience. 
  • 20 crossings a day
  • Dover to Calais in just 90 minutes
  • Excellent onboard facilities​​

​​“We wanted to drive down to Disneyland in Paris and this was the perfect way. We had a great time onboard and the crossing just flew by!” Charles family, London​​

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Family Bookings with DFDS 

Whatever your holiday plans on the continent are, travelling by ferry is an easy way to travel. Our Dover-Calais service runs ten times a day, seven days a week. You can bring along your car, van, motorcycle, bicycles or even a minibus to make travelling abroad easier. We also encourage travellers to bring their pets along on the journey, so you can enjoy a holiday experience that truly involves the whole family. 
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We have facilities to keep the whole family entertained during your journey with us. You can stretch your legs and enjoy the stunning views on deck, or sample a hearty meal in our onboard restaurant. Our safe and secure play area will keep small children entertained while the grown-ups take a break at the bar or pick up some great value products in one of our shops. We sell everything from newspapers, sweets and toiletries to skincare and cosmetics, driving equipment and a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits. 

Planning your family holiday 

On arrival in Calais, you’re perfectly situated to enjoy a wide range of family holidays. The town of Calais itself is a beautiful beach resort with numerous shops and attractions at your fingertips. Take a look at our Calais Travel Guide for inspirational ideas on things to do in this unique resort. 
Alternatively, you could use Calais as a dropping point for travelling to any of the many family-friendly resorts in Northern France:  
  • La Touquet - A popular playground for wealthy Parisians in the 1920s and 30s, these days the Opal Coast resort of La Touquet is a perfect holiday spot for active families, featuring several water parks, aquaboarding, cycling, horse-riding and sand yachting.  
  • Forges Les Eaux – A beautiful natural resort featuring acres of lush countryside. Take a donkey rides along a selection of themed trails, get lost in an extensive plant maze (complete with trolls!) or enjoy an idyllic day walking or cycling down a section of the famous Avenue Verte. 
  • Le Havre – A World Heritage Site since 2005, Le Havre offers miles of unspoiled sand-and-pebble beaches and a bustling port featuring regular boat trips. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the 200 hectare Parc de la Fort de la Foret de Montgeon, featuring a mini-zoo, fountains, discovery trail, children’s playgrounds and much, much more! 
  • Paris – The iconic French capital features the ultimate dream family getaway in Disneyland Paris, Europe’s most-visited theme park. With dozens of additional parks, gardens and resorts in and around the city, there are plenty of alternative destinations for a day out too. 
planning your family holiday

​Alternative routes 

DFDS also offers regular ferries from Dover to the historic port of Dunkirk , just 10km from the Belgian border. You can also travel into France via our Newhaven-Dieppe route. 

​​​​​​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!​​