Ferry crossings

Take your bike to France

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Dover - Dunkirk

Travel with your bike to France

If you feel like you’ve pedalled the pavements of all your local cycle routes, why not enjoy a bike ride across Europe?

Hop across the Channel with your bike on a DFDS ferry crossing and you can discover wonderful cycling trails in northern France and beyond.

Refuel with coffee and cake and some duty free shopping onboard. Then hit the open road and follow the Tour de France route, L’avenue Verte or just explore at your own pace.

Plus, if plans change, you can rebook for free with our Travel Guarantee.

Duty Free shopping

Over 50 sailings per day

Short crossings to suit you

Inclusive meal

Price includes crossing for you and your bicycle

Easy boarding & disembarking

Book by 31 December 2021. Travel by 31 December 2022

To book groups of cyclists, please contact: uk.groups@dfds.com or 0871 522 9933

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Cycling in France

Boarding and disembarking

It’s easy and very quick to take your bike onboard our ferries with dedicated cyclist lanes in the Dover port, although for convenience and safety there are a few things cyclists need to know.

Follow the red cyclist line in Dover, this takes you past the queuing vehicles and fast tracks you to your own check in. Cyclists are loaded together in one large group and will be either first or last to board depending on how many passengers and vehicles are boarding and what time you arrive. The ship’s officer will instruct you how to disembark down the ramp when it is safe to do so and when there is no other traffic. When boarding and disembarking, you should walk with your bike.

Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at any time. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply.

Cycling in Europe

Cycling from port

Taking your bike on a ferry gives you the freedom to enjoy a cycling holiday in Europe. Our ports are all in great locations, near popular tourist destinations, great cycling routes & railway stations.

From Dunkirk, you can cycle along the coastline and down to Bruges in just 4 hours! Meanwhile, from Calais you can explore the beautiful Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, including Boulogne or beach resort of Le Touquet.

From Dieppe, you can explore western France and Normandy, including the wonderful Parc naturel régional des Boucles de la Seine Normande. Alternatively, take a longer trip down to Paris.

When returning to the Calais port, DFDS recommends cycling through Calais town centre rather than taking the D119 road.

Let us inspire your next cycling trip with our top ten routes in northern France:

Top Ten Cycle routes in northern France [PDF]

Our routes to France

Cycling in France

Recommended cycling routes

These 2 routes, recommended by Richard Pearce in his book Cycling Northern France are perfect for anybody sailing on either of our routes between Dover and France, or our Newhaven-Dieppe route.

Dunkirk/Calais - Boulogne - Lille
Cycle south from our ports in either Dunkirk or Calais and head to Boulogne-sur-Mer, the beautiful walled French city. Over the course of 5 days cycle east via Le Wast, Watten and Cassel, before crossing the border into Belgium and cycling down the Ypres canal and finally onto Lille, the biggest city in northern France.

Dieppe - Seine Valley - Paris
Our Dieppe room is the closest port to Paris, making it the ideal starting point for a trip to the capital. Cycle south over the course of 6 days, via The Vexin and Giverny, before following the Seine Valley down to the French capital, which has become more and more cycle-friendly over the last few years.

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