Delft Seaways - Ferry to France



  • Passengers welcome onboard Dover to France and Newhaven to Dieppe routes from 10 July
  • Lifting of travel restrictions opens up French destinations to British travellers
  • New measures onboard allow passengers to social distance while enjoying fresh air, open seas and the freedom of travelling by ferry

Ferry operator DFDS will welcome holidaymakers back onboard its routes to France from 10 July 2020.

The company, which has continued to operate its Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk and Newhaven to Dieppe services during lockdown, reopens the routes to tourists from next Friday. Travellers can easily access the main motorway network via DFDS’ ferry routes and hit the open road to the stunning coastlines of Normandy and Brittany or enjoy the captivating countryside in the Cote d’Opale region of Northern France. The conveniently located DFDS’ destination ports bring fabulous French destinations closer than you’d think, with crossing times of just 90 minutes or two hours on the Dover routes and four hours from Newhaven bringing a host of fine beaches, cultural and historic sites, and countryside biking and hiking routes within reach.

Taking the car opens up the opportunity for travellers to explore destinations a little further afield and enjoy a stress-free experience that starts with the chance to stretch their legs and make the most of the space and fresh air available onboard. While the travel experience has changed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown, passengers can still pack the car with as much baggage as they need, providing a familiar ‘home away from home’ experience for their holidays.

Kasper Moos, head of short routes and passenger for DFDS, said: “We’re really pleased to be welcoming passengers back onboard our routes to France this summer to enjoy the freedom and fresh air that ferry travel offers. Our teams have been working hard throughout the lockdown period to keep essential goods flowing and help travellers get home. Now that we’re reopening for holidaymakers, we’re looking forward to helping our passengers enjoy an easy and relaxing start to their much-anticipated summer break.”

DFDS has introduced a series of measures onboard to ensure passenger wellbeing, including providing hand sanitiser in passenger areas onboard, introducing Plexi Glass screens at information points and tills, and limiting the number of people permitted in the onboard shop at any one time. Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times during embarkation, disembarkation and in public areas onboard.

The company is also offering a complimentary meal for each passenger booked to travel on the Dover routes, with vouchers collected at check-in and redeemed in one of three restaurants and cafes onboard. To enjoy more privacy and extra space, along with complimentary refreshments throughout the short crossing, passengers can upgrade their booking to include access to the Premium Lounge, an exclusive area tucked away from the main public areas, from just £12 per person each way. Alternatively, the Relax Lounge onboard the Dover to Dunkirk ships offers passengers the chance to unwind in a personal, enclosed pod in a quiet zone from just £6 per person each way (access permitted for passengers over 16 years only).

For extra peace of mind, DFDS is offering a 2020 Travel Guarantee for bookings on its routes between the UK and France. Passengers who book directly via the company’s website will enjoy free cancellations on bookings for travel up to 31 December 2020.

For more information or to book your summer getaway visit DFDS.


Notes to editors: Cancellations and re-bookings must be made more than seven days before the outward departure date. Standard terms and conditions apply for the relevant ticket type purchased when cancelled within this period. Cancellations and re-bookings must be requested via DFDS’ contact centre on 0344 848 6090 (Dover to France / Newcastle to Amsterdam routes) or 0800 917 1201 (Newhaven to Dieppe route). Refund to be requested by the named ticket holder and will be issued to the card used for purchase. Excludes bookings paid via a voucher promotion (including using Tesco Clubcard Vouchers). Any ticket booked after the withdrawal of the promotion will not qualify for cancellation or refund. Offer valid for direct bookings only. Excludes tickets booked through, or by, agents or coach operators. Insurance Premiums are non-refundable once outside 14 days cooling off period on which there has been no claim. DFDS reserves the right to amend or withdraw all elements of the promotion without prior notice. Offer excludes DFDS’ cruise route between Newcastle and Amsterdam. Subject to DFDS General Booking Terms and Conditions of Carriage.

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About DFDS: DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for eight years running (2012-2019), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last nine years (2011-19).

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit DFDS

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