Travel With Your Bike – Dover Or Newhaven To France
Cycling is one of the UK’s most popular pastimes, and certainly one of the fastest-growing. If you’re a keen cyclist then what better way to spend a holiday than by exploring cycling routes across Europe?
Hop across the Channel with your bike on a DFDS ferry crossing and you can discover wonderful cycling routes throughout the continent. Follow the route of the Tour de France, or just explore at your own pace. The choice is yours.
- Take your bike to France and beyond
- Price includes carriage of you and your bicycle
- Up to 60 daily sailings across 3 routes to France
If you’d prefer to take your car and attach your bikes to a bike rack, no problem. Book your crossing
Boarding and disembarking
It’s easy and very quick to take your bike onboard our ferries with dedicated cyclist lanes in the Dover port, although for convenience and safety there are a few things cyclists need to know.
Follow the red cyclist line in Dover, this takes you past the queuing vehicles and fast tracks you to your own check in. Cyclists are loaded together in one large group, and will be either first or last to board depending on how many passengers and vehicles are boarding and what time you arrive. The ship’s officer will instruct you how to disembark down the ramp when it is safe to do so and when there is no other traffic. When boarding and disembarking, you should walk with your bike.
Cycling from port
Once you disembark from our ferry and exit the port, you’ll find easy access to A roads and other routes where you can start off your cycling holiday.
From Dunkirk, you can cycle along the coastline, before diverting down to Bruges in just 4 hours! Meanwhile, from Calais you can explore the beautiful Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, including the gorgeous city of Boulogne or the popular beach resort of Le Touquet.
From Dieppe, you can explore western France and Normandy, including the wonderful Parc naturel régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande. Alternatively, take a longer trip down to Paris, just over 100 miles south from port.
When returning to the Calais port, DFDS recommends cycling through the Calais town centre for convenience and safety rather than taking the D119 road.
For more inspiration for cycling routes, read our guide to cycling in Europe.
The open road
Taking your bike on a ferry gives you total freedom to enjoy a cycling holiday in Europe and experience wonderful scenery, amazing towns, cities and villages that the continent has to offer. Our ports are all in great locations, near popular tourist destinations and great cycling routes. What’s more, they are also close to railway stations should you want to head further into France or surrounding countries for your cycling adventure.
While the crossings to France are short, taking just 90 minutes to Calais, 2 hours to Dunkirk and 4 hours to Dieppe, there’s plenty to do onboard to keep you entertained as you sail. Grab a seat in a comfortable lounge area, or grab a drink at the bar and relax. You can catch up with the latest news and sport on our large TV screens and there are dedicated play areas for children. If you’re hungry, then check out our onboard restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat, with options suitable for all the family plus vegetarians too.
Recommended cycling routes
These 2 routes, recommended by
Richard Pearce in his book Cycling Northern France are perfect for anybody sailing on either of our routes between Dover and France, or our Newhaven-Dieppe route.
Dunkirk/Calais – Boulogne – Lille
Cycle south from our ports in either Dunkirk or Calais and head to Boulogne-sur-Mer, the beautiful walled French city. Over the course of 5 days cycle east via Le Wast, Watten and Cassel, before crossing the border into Belgium and cycling down the Ypres canal and finally onto Lille, the biggest city in northern France.
Dieppe – Seine Valley – Paris
Our Dieppe room is the closest port to Paris, making it the ideal starting point for a trip to the capital. Cycle south over the course of 6 days, via The Vexin and Giverny, before following the Seine Valley down to the French capital, which has become more and more cycle-friendly over the last few years.
From Dunkirk||45 miles||65 miles||177 miles||48 miles||55 miles|
|From Calais||75 miles||42 miles||205 miles ||22 miles||67 miles|
|From Dieppe||109 miles||119 miles||101 miles||37 miles||70 miles|
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