Day Trip to France


Day Return Ferry Crossing to France

Looking for a quick getaway? Discover Northern France with this exclusive offer on a day return trip from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais. Prices start from just £45 return, for a car and up to 9 people. Take your family and friends and enjoy a day out with a difference.

Fancy a longer break? Take a look at our 3 & 5 day short breaks here

Up to 54 daily sailings

Travel with your vehicle

No baggage restrictions

Stay connected with free, onboard wi-fi

Book by 23rd December 2020

Travel by 23rd December 2020

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90 minute or 2 hour crossings

Dover-France ships


French beach

A Day in France

Your first glimpse of Northern France, as you sail into our port, will be of the country’s stunning coastline. Spend your day wandering the sandy beaches or exploring the historic cities of Calais & Dunkirk. A short drive from both ports is the Regional Natural Park of the Caps and Opal Marsh which offers extraordinary scenery for any nature lover.

You must return within 1 day of your departure. From price based on Monday-Thursday bookings made more than 48 hours before departure. £5 supplement applies to Friday-Sunday departures. £50 supplement for bookings made 24 hours before departure.

Offer is available on return bookings only for cars 2.2m high and up to 9 people and motorcycles / motorcycles with side cars with up to 2 people. Outward journey must start in Dover. If you do not travel on the outward journey, you will not be able to travel on the return. A supplement of £50 applies to bookings made 24 hours or less prior to the booked sailing time. £10 amendment fees apply each way.

*Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

*DFDS Price Promise ensures the cheapest price. If you find a cheaper deal elsewhere, we’ll refund the difference and give you an extra 10% discount. See our full Price Promise T&Cs here. *

Calais Town Hall, France

Dunkirk & Calais

Discover Dunkirk’s maritime history in the Musée Portuaire which is housed in a 19th century tobacco warehouse and is one of the few historic buildings to be spared by WW2. Enjoy some Moules marinière at a beachfront café at Malo-les-Bains or climb the lighthouse Phare de Risban which dates back to 1843 for stunning sea views and on clear days visibility of the English coast.

Visit the markets of Pas de Calais, climb the Belfry for fabulous views, pop into the Calais Lace Museum to discover the rich history of lace making in the city and before you head home make sure you pick up some French cheese and wine at the Cité Europe shopping centre.

Onboard Experience

Family onboard Dover-Dunkirk


With a sailing time of just 2 hours between Dover and Dunkirk, there is plenty to do onboard whilst you sit back and relax.

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