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DFDS Seaways

DFDS was formed way back in 1866 and started taking passengers on its fleet a year later. After acquiring Norfolk Line in 2010, it now operates on three routes between the UK to France and on one route between Ireland and France.

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DFDS Ferry Approaching Port

DFDS Ferry Routes to France

Currently DFDS Seaways operates on the following ferry crossings to France from the UK and Ireland:

DFDS Seaways Timetables and Schedule

DFDS has a really comprehensive timetable across all routes from the UK, with up to 15 daily crossings each way on the most popular crossings such as Dover to Calais. Check-in usually closes 45 minutes before departure on most DFDS crossings, but this is extended to 2 hours before depature during peak periods (e.g. school holidays, especially in summer).

Pets are permitted on all sailings, but you’ll need to pay an additional fee at the time of booking and foot passengers travelling from Newhaven must also book a kennel for any dogs.


The DFDS Ferries Fleet and Onboard Facilities

DFDS has an extensive fleet of ferries operating on routes to France from the UK. These include C么te d鈥橭pale, C么te Des Dunes, C么te Des Flandres, Cote D鈥橝lbatre, MS Seven Sisters, Dover Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways and Delft Seaways. On the Rosslare to Dunkirk crossing DFDS has three ships in operation – Optima Seaways, Visborg and Regina Seaways.

Dover to Calais Ferry Crossing

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Newhaven - Dieppe Ferry

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Dover to Dunkirk ferry crossing

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Built in 2005, these UK flagged sister ships can each carry up to 1,000 passengers and 250 cars on the Channel crossing. They boast a range of features including play areas for the kids, a duty free shop, cafe and multiple dining venues. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on decks 6 and 7 of the ships.

French flagged C么te Des Flandres and C么te Des Dunes are two of the newest ferries launched on the Dover to Calais route after undergoing an extensive refurbishment in 2016. They have a faster cruising speed of 25 knots than the Dover, Dunkerque and Delft Seaways (at 20 knots) and can also carry more passengers. Each has a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 400 cars and feature modern onboard facilities to keep you comfortable during the short crossing. These include a restaurant, snack bar, duty free boutique, cafe and play area.

The C么te d鈥橭pale (launched 2021) and Seven Sisters (launched 2006) are predominantly used by DFDS on the Newhaven to Dieppe route. Both have recently been transformed with bigger duty-free shops, upgraded lounge spaces, redesigned cabins and new play areas for children. Other onboard facilities include a split-level bar for you to enjoy sweeping views from, private cabins and multiple dining options.

Taking Pets Onboard with DFDS

DFDS allows all pets over 16 weeks old to travel on UK to France routes. Your pet(s) will need to remain in your vehicle and it’s limited to 5 pets per vehicle. DFDS charges 拢18 per pet each way and you must add your pet at the time of booking.

On the Newhaven to Dieppe route foot passengers are required to book onboard kennels for any dog you’re travelling with.

Common questions on DFDS Ferries

How early should I arrive for DFDS Ferries?

Check-in usually closes 45 to 60 minutes before the departure time for most of the year, but 2 hours before departure at peak times.

Can I get on an earlier DFDS ferry?

DFDS allow you to travel 4 hours either side of your departure time for routes from Dover (subject to availability). You can also upgrade to a ‘Premium’ booking, which gives flexibility to travel up to 72hours before/after your booked crossing time.

What happens if I arrive late for my DFDS booking time?

Due to the number of sailings on the crossings from Dover to Dunkirk and Calais you should still be able to travel. If you’re later than 4 hours you may be charged an amendment fee by DFDS.

How do I contact DFDS Seaways?

You can reach the DFDS customer care team on 0344 848 6090. The call centre is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Book with DFDS Seaways

  • 25+ sailings daily from the UK to France
  • Journey times from 1.5hrs