Dover to Calais ferry route is probably the most well known and also the most popular way to get from the UK to France and onwards into Europe. The port of Dover can be found in Kent on the southeast coast of England and is the closest port to France being on the narrowest part of the English Channel.
As such crossing times take only approximately 1hr and 30 minutes which is why it is such a popular route.
Dover and Calais are two of the busiest ferry ports in the world with many freight and passengers travelling on the route each and every day.
As the Dover to Calais ferry route is so popular and the travelling times are so short it’s hardly surprising that there are a vast number of crossings per day.
If you’re sailing from Dover to France by ferry consider booking an overnight stay in a hotel thats near to the ferry port you’re departing from. Its often one of the most important, yet overlooked parts of travelling to France on holiday!
Book an overnight stay before you catch the ferry to help you arrive on time, avoiding delays due to heavy traffic. It can break up long journeys into manageable sections and ensure you’re nice and refreshed before you travel.
To help you find both Dover and Calais ferry terminals, we’ve listed both the addresses and satellite navigation coordinates below.
Dover Ferry Terminal
Sat nav coordinates: – 51.129705, 1.311137
Calais Ferry Terminal
Sat nav coordinates: – 50.96622, 1.86201
Dover can be found in the south east of England in the county of Kent. The port lies on the narrowest point in the English Channel between England and France and ships have been known to cross from here since Roman times.
In 1606 the then King of England, James 1st created a harbour although Dover’s strategic importance has always been well known. The ports closeness to France and Europe means that it has always been a possible target for invasion. In the 11th Century Dover castle was built and it is the largest medieval castle in England. Although fortification are known to have existed on the site for many years prior to Dover castle being built, the current castle is definitely not to be missed when visiting Dover.
Along with the castle, Dover is well known for it’s tunnels buried within the cliffs. Used during WW2 for planning and defence the tunnels once housed a number of Allied forces and are filled with history. The National Trust have recently worked on the Fan Bay deep shelter and tours are conducted Spring – Autumn with parking available at the White Cliffs of Dover visitors centre.
For those interested in finding out a little more about Dover’s history, a trip to the Dover Museum is a must. The museum takes you on a trip through Dover’s past and is even home to a bronze age boat.
Calais is a city with a rich cultural heritage which can be found in the Nord Pas de Calais department of France.
Calais has been an important trade and passenger port for many centuries due to it’s closeness to England although those travelling to, or from the city should ensure they stay to take in some of the history and culture.
Within the cities boundaries you’ll be able to discover museums, restaurants, cafe’s, shops and attractions. One of the most popular attractions called the Belfries are also a UNESCO world heritage site and were built originally to protect the city and port from invasion.
Other interesting attractions include a WW2 Museum (the Musee de la Guerre), Fort Risban and the Eglise Notre-Dame which is a 12th Century Roman Catholic Church.
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