Family bookings to Dunkirk

A richly historic coastal town located just 9 miles from the Belgian border, Dunkirk offers an excellent location or dropping-off point for family holidays in France and beyond.

At DFDS our Dover-Dunkirk ferry service runs throughout the day, with an average sailing time of around two hours. Our ferries feature excellent facilities for the whole family, plus great value travel options for all journeys – from day trips to longer holidays.

Family Bookings with DFDS 

Incorporating a ferry voyage with DFDS into your family holiday plans couldn’t be easier. Our Dover-Dunkirk service runs up to 12 times per day, with departures from early morning to late night 7 days per week. You can bring along a range of vehicles, from a family car or a caravan to motorcycles, bikes, minibuses or even a coach. Pets are also welcome onboard, subject to animal travel legislation, so we’re the perfect choice for a holiday that really involves the whole family.




Our purpose built Dover-Dunkirk ferries are fully equipped to ensure a comfortable and relaxing voyage. There’s a choice of restaurants offering a selection of hot and cold meals throughout the day, including cafés & bars which serve alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks in a bright and relaxing environment.

Alternatively, travellers can indulge in a little retail therapy in our onboard shop, pick up some foreign spending money in our bureau de change, or enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the sea from our spacious deck.  A dedicated play area also ensures children are kept entertained throughout the voyage. 

We also offer a first class service including priority loading and disembarkation, two relaxing first-class lounge areas, a selection of daily newspapers and complimentary hot and cold drinks.  

Planning your family holiday

With over fifteen miles of beaches and a bustling promenade packed with entertainment and restaurants, plus a fascinating museum and working harbour, Dunkirk is an excellent family holiday spot in its own right. For more information about things to see and do, take a look at our dedicated Dunkirk Travel Guide.

As France’s northernmost town, Dunkirk is also a perfect landing spot for travelling deeper into France, or into the surrounding regions of Belgium and beyond. 

Bergues – A picturesque walled French town just 5 miles from Dunkirk, Bergues is a great alternative day trip destination where you can leave the more obvious tourist traps behind and enjoy a taste of real French life.

Mons – Located just over the border in Belgium, Mons is a gorgeous and historically rich city that will operate as the European Capital of Culture in 2015. Each June, the city is host to the Ducasse de Mons, a lively festival featuring live music, street entertainment and the famous ‘Game of Saint George’.

Antwerp – Home to the Antwerp Zoo and the ‘Aquatopia’ aquarium, the Belgian city of Antwerp is a great spot for a short break with children.

Lille – The largest city in French Flanders, Lille is a real historical town with a wide range of architectural styles, museums and art galleries at your fingertips. It also has a great shopping district and numerous restaurants and bars, plus a sizeable zoo housing many exotic animals.

Alternative routes

DFDS also offers multiple daily ferries into the beautiful seaside resort of Calais; a perfect destination for a family holiday. We also run ferries from Newhaven to Dieppe to make your trip to France as simple and flexible as possible.


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



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