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Summer 2020 Ferries to France

Book a ferry to France, rediscover the freedom of travel and enjoy your well-deserved holiday. With restrictions easing and international travel starting to resume from 10th July, it’s a great time to book your summer break with DFDS.

With beautiful beaches, dramatic coastlines and sprawling countryside, Northern France is the ideal getaway. Travel with your car and bring your bubble to have all your home comforts with you too.

Our ferries to France include crossings from Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk, both taking just two hours or less - that’s the same time you could be in a traffic jam for a day out in the UK. With oceans of space on deck and a fresh sea breeze, you can finally relax your way to France.

90 minute or 2 hour crossings

Free meal

Travel with your vehicle

No baggage restrictions

Stunning destinations less than 2 hours away
Plenty of space and fresh air onboard
Pet friendly
Travel Guarantee - free cancellations on crossings taken before 31 Dec 2020

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Arrival in France

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Arrival in France

Sea views and fresh food

Step onboard with DFDS and discover a new way to travel.

We’ve implemented some new measures to ensure a smooth sailing including staggered boarding, social distancing markings and hand sanitiser points.

We now also offer a complimentary meal for your journey so you can refuel before arriving at your destination.

Change of plans? Our Travel Guarantee offers free cancellation and rebooking on travel taken before 31 December 2020.

How to claim your FREE meal onboard:

  • Collect your free meal voucher(s) at check-in
  • Redeem your voucher against a great selection from our usual menu including pizza, pasta, fish and chips, with vegan and vegetarian options
  • Use the hand sanitiser at the entrance to all food outlets
  • Avoid crowding and follow the social distancing measures in place for queuing and seating areas.
  • All meals will be served by our crew with a soft drink, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Alcohol can be purchased separately.
  • It is not possible to bring your own food onboard due to healthcare measures.
  • One meal voucher per customer. Additional meals can be purchased separately.

Onboard Dover-Dunkirk

Shopping Onboard

Shopping at Sea

Wave goodbye to mainland prices and browse big brands in our onboard shop. With regular offers on cosmetics, perfume, confectionery and alcohol, you’ll find a great deal on your crossing to Dunkirk. Our shop will be open for 30 minutes per crossing & numbers of passengers entering will be limited.

Enjoy the open sea onboard DFDS ferries

A relaxing crossing

Onboard there’s all the leg, arm and relaxation room you need, inside our spacious public areas or out on deck taking in the sea air.

For a VIP experience, book our exclusive Premium Lounge to enjoy complimentary food, drink and fizz while you sail to France from just £12pp each way. Or if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you can sit back in your own personal pod in our Relax Lounge onboard our Dover – Dunkirk vessels from just £6pp each way.

With hundreds of hiking and cycle routes, dramatic coastlines and sprawling countryside to explore, France is the perfect place for a summer break and you’ll arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed after your crossing with us.

Please ensure you understand the travel guidance from your local authority and the destination you are travelling to before making your plans. Information from the UK Government and French Government available below.

UK Government Information
France St Cirq LaPoppie

Discover France with DFDS

With DFDS, it’s easy to sail from the UK to France. Our Dover ferries take just 90 minutes to Calais, and 2 hours to Dunkirk and our ferries from Newhaven to Dieppe take just 4 hours. Calais is ideal for visiting central and southern France. Dunkirk is great if you’re heading for Holland, Belgium, Germany or eastern Europe. Newhaven is great for exploring Brittany.

All ports offer convenient access to France’s motorway and if you travel from Dover to France you can return to the UK from either port, no matter which you sailed into. This unique flexibility - coupled with short Channel crossing times and up to 57 sailings daily between the UK and France makes us your first choice for ferries to France.

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