Dover to Calais ferries connects the southern England with France. The Dover Calais ferry is operated by both P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways. P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways sail up to 38 times per day with an approximate journey time of 90 minutes.
P&O Ferries have 5 different ships on crossing the channel including Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France, Pride of Burgundy, Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury. Meanwhile, DFDS Seaways has 3 ships including the Côte Des Dunes, Côte Des Flandres and Calais Seaways.
Dover Calais ferries are used for carrying foot passengers, passenger vehicles and also carrying commercial vehicles. Ferries are large enough to accommodate all sorts of vehicles including motorbike, motorhome, caravan, car, bus and vehicles with a trailer.
The crossing is one of the most popular and busiest ferry routes in the world. Millions of passengers travel on the route each year due to the number and speed of crossings.
Both Dover and also Calais lie along the narrowest part of the English Channel and have the shortest crossing times available. Dover ferry port lies in Kent on the southeast coast of England. Calais ferry port is the most northern port in France and lies in the Pas-de-Calais department.
Ferry from Dover to Calais
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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 its 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.
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Calais is a city with a rich cultural heritage which can be found in the Nord Pas de Calais department of France.
The port has been an important trade and passenger port for many centuries due to its closeness to England although those travelling to, or from the city should ensure they stay to take in some of the history and culture.
Calais is divided into two parts, the new town and the older town. The old town, known as Calais-Nord, is located on an island and is surrounded by a series of canals and harbours. The modern town part of town is better known as St-Pierre and lies to the south. 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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