Dover is considered to be the main hub in the UK for ferries to France with the majority of the sailings taking place from the Dover port. The main ferry routes to France which sail from Dover are Dover to Dunkirk and Dover to Calais.
Dover to Dunkirk
Dunkirk, France is located north of Calais and close to the border of Belgium and is a great port to travel to for those travelling to the sights of the north of France or other European countries such as Belgium. The Dover to Dunkirk ferry to France is operated by DFDS Seaways and is one of their main routes with 12 regular sailings taking place every day. The number of sailings means that passengers can always have the flexibility of choosing a sailing time that suits them and their schedule. This particular ferry route to France will take approximately 2 hours to complete so on the lengthier side compared to the Dover to Calais ferry route.
Dover to Calais
The Dover to Calais route is the most popular and shortest cross channel ferry route to France that is in operation with multiple sailings and ferry operators working on this route. There are constantly developments and increases to the number of sailings on the Dover to Calais route so if you need to regularly take this ferry trip to France it is worth checking out the latest news in regards to this. Sailings on this route are operated by DFDS Ferries and P&O Ferries.
DFDS Ferries operates in conjunction with LD Lines with 10 sailings scheduled on a daily basis for both passengers on foot and those taking their vehicles. The crossing takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, a relatively short sailing time.
P&O Ferries, the biggest and currently longest running ferry to France operator on The Channel operates a huge timetable of crossings with 24 sailings taking place all day each and every day and all of them only take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The sheer number of crossings held each day and therefore capacity available does mean that the cost of travelling can be relatively low with fares often starting from £24 if you book in advance. The low cost combined with comfort, convenience and quick crossing time with the ability to take your own car all make taking the ferry to France a great alternative to flying or going via train.