TRAVEL WITH YOUR BIKE TO FRANCE
Cycling is one of the UK’s most popular pastimes, and certainly one of the fastest-growing. If you’re a keen cyclist then what better way to spend a holiday than by exploring cycling routes across Europe?
Hop across the Channel with your bike on a DFDS ferry crossing and you can discover wonderful cycling routes throughout the continent. Follow the route of the Tour de France, or just explore at your own pace. The choice is yours.
Enjoy a meal onboard
Travel with your bike
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.
Cycling from port
Taking your bike on a ferry gives you total freedom to enjoy a cycling holiday in Europe and experience wonderful scenery and amazing towns. Our ports are all in great locations, near popular tourist destinations and great cycling routes.
From Dunkirk, you can cycle along the coastline, before diverting 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 the Calais town centre rather than taking the D119 road.
What’s more, they are also close to railway stations should you want to head further into France or surrounding countries.
Our routes to 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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