The Calais to Dover ferry route provides direct travel from northern France to the south coast of England. Calais Dover ferries are operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways. P&O Ferries currently have up to 24 sailings per day and DFDS have up to 15.
Both companies have a variety of ships crossing the channel. DFDS Seaways ferries are the Côte Des Flandres, Côte Des Dunes and Calais Seaways whilst P&O Ferries are the Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Kent, Pride of Canterbury, Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France.
You can travel from Calais to Dover by ferry as a foot passenger, with a vehicle or in a commercial vehicle. Ferries are large enough to accommodate a variety of vehicles including motorbikes, caravans, cars, buses and vehicles with trailers.
The Calais to Dover ferry route is the busiest crossing from France to England. Millions of passengers use the ferry service each year. This is because of both the speed and number of crossings available each day. Each crossing takes approximately 90 minutes.
Calais and Dover are both located at the narrowest part of the English Channel. Calais ferry port is in the Pas-de-Calais department. Dover ferry port meanwhile lies in Kent on the southeast coast of England.
Travel from Calais to Dover
Travel from Calais to Dover with France Ferry Booker.
The French port of Calais is not only popular because of its ferry routes. It’s town is also rich in culture and history which is worth exploring whilst in the Nord Pas de Calais department of France.
Calais has been an important port for both passengers and commercial trade for centuries. This is due to the close distance between England and France.
The town is separated into two distinct parts, the new town, and the old town. Calais-Nord is the old town and it is located on an island that is surrounded by a series of canals and harbours. The modern town lies a little further to the south and is known as St-Pierre and lies to the south. St-Pierre is best known for its museums, restaurants, shops, and sights. One of the most popular sights in the town is the Belfries. The Belfries were built to protect the city and port from invasion and is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Other interesting sights in the town include the WW2 Museum (the Musee de la Guerre), Fort Risban and a 12th Century Roman Catholic Church, the Eglise Notre-Dame.
The port of Dover is located on the southeast coast of England in the county of Kent. Dover lies on the narrowest point in the English Channel. Commercial and passenger ships have travelled between the two points as far back as Roman times.
The area has always been known to be of strategic importance however it wasn’t until 1606 that the King of England, James 1st created a harbour at Dover. The short distance from Calais to Dover has always meant that Dover has been a target for invasion. To protect the town and port from invasion, in the 11th century Dover castle was constructed. The castle is the largest medieval castle in England and is certainly worth visiting.
Dover is also well known for the tunnels that were dug into the cliffs. During WW2 the tunnels were used for defensive planning and also once housed a number of Allied forces. If you want to visit then you must head to the White Cliffs of Dover visitors centre.
The museum at Dover is also perfect to discover more about the port and town. Enjoy a journey through Dover’s past including its bronze age history where you’ll discover a bronze age boat.