Ferry from Dover to France
If your planning on taking your car from Dover over to France then you have the choice of three ferry operators and two destinations in France to choose from.
The well known Dover to Calais Ferry connection is offered by three operators, P&O ferries has operated this route for many years. DFDS Seaways took over from the bankrupt SeaFrance route. Most recently Irish Ferries announced this as their newest route. In addition to Calais you can also take your car from Dover to Dunkirk and this route is operated by DFDS Seaways.
Dover to France Ferries
Although prices and journey times are fairly comparable between the three Dover Calais ferries, the on-board experience is slightly different as the DFDS & my ferry link sails under a French flag and so has a more French feel on board as opposed to the British P&O and Irish Ferries. Meanwhile the Dover Dunkirk route takes 30 minutes longer than the Calais crossings, but this route usually works out cheaper.
Dunkirk (Dunkerque) is approximately 30 miles east of Calais and if you’re final destination is Belgium or anywhere east of Calais then the Dover Dunkirk ferry will get you closer to your destination and can actually make your overall journey quicker and more relaxing.
Foot Passengers – If you are not travelling in any kind of vehicle (that includes bicycles) then you will be classed as a foot passenger and in this case you only have the option of the Dover to France ferry crossing from P&O as DFDS & Irish Ferries do not offer a service for foot passengers on their routes.
Whatever you choose you can be assured of a pleasurable sailing or train ride.