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Travelling with your Vehicle - English Channel

Travelling with your Vehicle - English Channel

Vehicle Transport on English Channel

Here you will find all information about traveling by car with the DFDS English Channel ferries to Dover. Ask about check-in, boarding and vehicle categories.

Ticketing

Please note that only one vehicle per booking is allowed. If you wish to book several vehicles, please make a separate booking for each vehicle and the persons traveling with it.

Check in

The car check-in at our ports in Dover, Calais and Dunkerque is signposted and easy to find. First, drive to the check-in counter and have your booking confirmation and your ID card / passport and, if applicable, your visa ready. Passengers must be checked in with their vehicle at least 45 minutes before departure. If you have booked preferred boarding, you must check in at least 1 hour before departure. After that we can reserve the carriage.

Catering facilities and sanitary facilities are available in the terminal buildings.

Boarding

Our staff will brief you and ensure that you place your vehicle correctly on the car deck. Did you choose preferred boarding? Then come on board first. Before leaving your vehicle, remember to stop the engine and apply the handbrake. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact our vehicle deck staff. During the crossing no passenger may be on the vehicle deck.

vehicle types In order to get you and all vehicles safely and quickly on board, we need the exact details of your vehicle. To ensure a smooth check-in and boarding process, please include your vehicle type and registration number when booking.

Vehicle transport English Channel

Car

All standard cars, including limousines, estate cars and SUVs, with or without a roof box or luggage rack. Examples: VW Golf, Mercedes C Class, Audi A3, Mini Cooper, VW Sharan

Categories:
up to 1.85 m in height and up to 5 m in length up to 2.20 m in height and up to 6 m in length up to 4.00 m in height and up to 8 m in length lowered car: up to 4.00 m in height and up to 4.5 m length

Important information:
Optional bookable: caravan or trailer (up to 4.0 m high and up to 8 m long)

Camper

In a motorhome, the driving and living areas merge directly into each other. Vehicle and living area can not be separated. A maximum of 9 passengers may travel with this vehicle type.

Categories:
up to 4.0 m in height and up to 7 m in length up to 4.0 m in height and up to 10 m in length

Important information:
Optional bookable: Trailer (up to 4.0 m high and up to 8 m long). For safety reasons, there is no electricity for campers on board. Gas bottles with a maximum weight of 47 kg are allowed per motorhome, of which at least one must be connected to a consumer device such as a refrigerator. The transport of gas cylinders must always be stated at check-in. Converted to RV trucks are to book through the cargo department .

Caravan / trailer

By definition, a caravan does not have its own drive and does not require gasoline, so a caravan must be used as a trailer on a motor vehicle to move it to the destination. The driver area and the living area are clearly separated in a caravan.

Caravan:
Up to 4.0 m in height and up to 5 m in length Up to 4.0 m in height and up to 8 m in length Trailer: up to 2m in length to 5m in length to 8m in length

Important information:
Booking or driving only possible in combination with a motor vehicle. For safety reasons, there is no electricity for caravans on board. There are per caravan trailer gas cylinders with a maximum weight of 47 kg allowed, of which at least one must be connected to a consumer device such as refrigerator. The transport of gas cylinders must always be stated at check-in. The price of a trailer is calculated per meter. No cargo or vehicles may be transported in the trailer.

Minibus / van

Up to 9 passengers are allowed to travel with this vehicle type. A maximum of 3.5 tons total weight is allowed. Examples: VW Bus, Ford Transit, Opel Vivaro

Categories:
up to 4.0 m in height and up to 6 m in length up to 4.0 m in height and up to 7 m in length

Important information:
No freight, exhibition or removal goods (except private removals) may be transported in the transporter. These include workshop trolleys of craft enterprises (eg plumbing, roofing companies etc.) as well as trailers with trailers. If the van is used for the business transport of goods, it is classified as "freight traffic" at check-in and must pay according to the freight tariff. Please contact the freight department in this case .

Bus

A minibus with more than 9 passengers and less than 15 passengers, including driver (with less than 15 seats, including driver's seat), which is up to 7 meters long and up to 4.0 m high.

Important Information:
If you would like to travel with a larger bus and / or more passengers, please contact our Group Department via the group travel contact form or by email: group travel@dfds.com

Motorcycle

A maximum of 2 passengers are allowed to travel with this type of vehicle. Scooters, mopeds, mopeds and e-bikes (with an engine power of 500 watts and a maximum speed of 20 km / h apply, they are considered moped, former light moped, an insurance license is required) please book under this category.

Motorcycle with sidecar: maximum 4 passengers; 2 passengers on the motorcycle and 2 passengers in the sidecar are allowed to travel with this type of vehicle.

Important Information:
On-board straps are provided to attach the motorcycles. We recommend you to use your own clean straps if necessary. The attachment is made by the motorcyclists themselves. Our staff are on request to help and control the proper attachment. A liability for possible damages can not be accepted.

Bicycle

A maximum of one bicycle per passenger may be taken on the ferry. So-called pedelecs (which support the driver with an electric motor up to a maximum of 250 watts, while pedaling and only up to a speed of 25 km / h) can be booked as bicycles. E-bikes are considered a moped and must be booked as a motorcycle. For your own safety, also observe the rules of the StVO by bicycle.

Important information:
Bicycles are to be kept safe on the vehicle deck and must not be taken into public areas.

Contact the Freight Department

Dover
Tel: +44 1304 874001

Fax: +44 1304 874040

Email: dover.freightbookings@dfds.com

Dunkirk
Tel: +33 328 289 550

Calais
Tel: +33 391 904 292

Email: calais.freightoffice@dfds.com

Tel: +44 1304 874001

Fax: +44 1304 874040