Your Options when Crossing the Channel by Ferry

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Travelling between the UK and the rest of Europe is so easy by ferry, allowing you to take your car and head off on an exciting holiday to a whole range of fantastic destinations. You have several choices for crossing the English Channel, allowing you to choose the one that best fits with your travel plans.

 

Dover to Calais

This is our most popular cross-Channel route. Taking just 90 minutes, this crossing is perfect for a holiday in northern or central France, with fast motorway links towards Lille, Reims, Paris, and beyond. You may not be spending all that long on-board, but there are lots of great facilities to enjoy while you are, including great restaurants, shops and entertainment.

 

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Calais is a great starting point for exploring the northern coast of France, including some great seaside towns and cities such as Boulogne, as well as the natural beauty of the Caps et Marais d’Opale regional park.

Calais also gives you easy motorway links further into France, so you can head to the vibrant city of Lille, the champagne capital Reims, or the historic city of Amiens.

 

Dover to Dunkirk

Also departing from Dover is our Dunkirk crossing, putting you closer to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. This makes it ideal for heading off on a holiday to any of these destinations, as well as if you’re visiting northern France. You can also take advantage of flexi travel tickets, which allow you to travel up to 72 hours either side of your booked crossing, so you don’t have to worry about sticking to specific times.

 

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Arriving in Dunkirk puts you just minutes from the Belgian border, giving you access to some fantastic cities such as Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. You can also head further towards the Netherlands, or east to Luxembourg and Germany, with exciting cities such as Dortmund, Cologne, and Aachen waiting to be explored.

 

Newhaven to Dieppe

Sail across the Channel further to the west with our Newhaven–Dieppe route, ideal for a holiday in Normandy. The range of onboard facilities mean you can relax and enjoy a filling meal while taking in the sea views, have stroll on deck or a browse in the shop. You can even hire a cabin if you’d like some more privacy or a sleep before disembarking in France and continuing on to your destination.

 

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Dieppe is the ideal arrival port if you’re planning a holiday in Normandy, putting you within easy reach of cities such as Rouen and Caen, as well as the famous Normandy beaches. You can also explore the beautiful and serene rural landscape of the Seine valley between Rouen and Le Havre.

Head west for the historic town of Bayeux and its famous tapestry, as well as its stunning cathedral, or take a day trip out to the breath-taking Mont Saint-Michel, standing tall on its island.

 

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