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Travelling as a Foot Passenger

Travelling as a foot passenger on a ferry to France can be a great way to hop across the Channel for less. The fares are generally quite a lot less than when travelling with a vehicle and most ports are well connected to public transport. To give you an idea of what to expect we’ve put together this short guide on travelling by ferry on foot.

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Checking-in & What to Expect at the Port

When you arrive at the port the very first thing you should do is visit the check-in desk for the operator you booked with. Check-in usually closes between 90 and 120 minutes before departure for ferry foot passengers. This is 30 minutes earlier than for people travelling with vehicles to give operators sufficient time to shuttle foot passengers to the ferry. On most crossings you’ll then disembark the vessel around 30 minutes later than people travelling in vehicles (it’s likely you’ll be first on and last off the ferry).

Ports cater extremely well for passengers travelling on foot, especially the more popular ones such as Dover. As a minimum, facilities usually include a small shop or vending machine to get something to eat and drink, toilets, baby changing rooms and a passenger lounge. You can read our port guides for more on what to expect at your departure point.

Foot Passenger Ferry Routes & Fares

Foot passengers are currently permitted on around 80% of the routes between the UK and France, giving you a large number of routes to choose from. You may have to contend with a reduced timetable on the more popular routes (such as Dover to Calais) if you choose to travel on foot, but there are still plenty of options for your break.

You can travel to France by ferry as a foot passenger on all routes below. We’ve also included the ticket cost for each route if you travel without a vehicle:

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Foot passenger fares to Calais from £9.50


Foot passenger fares to Dieppe from £23

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Foot passenger fares to Caen from £49

Onward Travel in France

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Pre-Travel Checks for Foot Passengers

The essentials you need to take as a foot passenger are similar to what you need if travelling with a vehicle, but there are a few useful checks to do in advance before making your journey on foot:

Common questions on foot passenger crossings

Are foot passengers permitted on all routes to France?

You can book tickets on 8 out of 10 routes between the UK and France. Foot passengers aren’t currently permitted on the crossings between Dover to Dunkirk and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

Is it cheaper to travel as a foot passenger?

It’s usually cheaper to travel on ferries as a foot passenger if there are only a couple of you going. Fares for taking a vehicle (including up to 5 passengers) are generally over double the cost of travelling by foot. You should keep an eye out for short trip deals, as these can be cheaper to book if you include a vehicle.

Can I still buy duty-free on the ferry?

Foot passengers have the same duty-free allowance as those travelling with a vehicle. It’s important you only purchase what you can carry as it’s not possible to get staff to help with getting it from the ferry to the terminal.

When is the best time to book foot passenger tickets?

Ferry fares are usually cheaper during the winter months (between December and February), but foot passenger fares are fairly consistent throughout the year as operators aren’t as limited by space if you’re not taking a vehicle.



  • 6 P&O sailings daily for foot passengers between Dover and Calais
  • 1.5 hour journey time

*Return fare for one foot passenger