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Dover Ferry Port

The Port of Dover is unofficially known as the gateway to Europe due to its proximity to France. With crossings taking as little as 90 minutes, it’s the perfect port for a quick day trip to France or for longer breaks on the continent.

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Dover Ferry Port, UK

Dover Ferry Routes

Two routes are operated to France from Dover, one to Calais and second to Dunkirk.

Dover Ferry to Calais

Three operators offer sailings on the Dover to Calais route – P&O Ferries, DFDS and Irish Ferries. Each have a fleet of at least 3 ships and offer up to 15 crossings per day, with an average crossing time of between 90 minutes to 110 minutes. You can often benefit from cheaper prices on the route due to the competition between operators and tickets can be had from as a little as £39 for a day trip.

Dover Ferry to Dunkirk

Just one operator (DFDS) runs sailings on the lest popular Dover to Dunkirk route. The journey time is slighty longer at 120 minutes, although it may be a more convenient option if you’re planning a trip to Belgium. Prices start from just over £80 each way for a car and up to 4 people.

Facilities at the Port of Dover


Getting to Dover

Located just off the A20, Dover ferry terminal is aapproximately 70 miles from London and can be easily accessed by both rail and road networks. The Port address is Dover Ferry Terminal, Eastern Docks, Dover, Kent, CT16 1JA

🚗 By car: The M20 motorway will offer the most direct route for most travellers, where it then merges into the A20 in Folkestone. After joining the A20 continue until you reach the Eastern Docks roundabout. Take the first left and you’ll arrive at the terminal.

🚈 By train: The closest train station to the ferry terminal is Dover Priory, which is around a 25 minute walk. Direct services are available from London Victoria, St Pancras and Charing Cross with average journey times of 1.5 to 2 hours.

P&O Ferries Logo

Book a day trip from Dover to Calais from £43


Book a ferry to Calais with DFDS from £99

Irish Ferries Logo

Book a same-day return to Calais from £38

Common questions on Dover Ferry Port

How early should I arrive at the Dover ferry port?

For crossings from Dover to both Calais and Dunkirk check-in opens 2 hours before the sailing time and closes between 45 minutes and 60 minutes before the departure time (depending on operator).

How long is the Dover to Calais ferry?

The ferry from Dover to Calais usually takes 90 minutes, although some crossings allow up to 110 minutes.

How long is the Dover to Dunkirk ferry?

The crossing usually takes 2 hours.

Can I park my car at Dover?

You’ll find a multi-storey car park close to the Dover ferry terminal. There’s 24 hour security in operation at this car park. Aditional parking is also available further away from the port and you’ll be able to jump on a free shuttle bus to/from the terminal.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Dover?

P&O Ferries and Irish Ferries allow foot passengers on the Dover to Calais crossing, however foot passengers are not permitted on any routes from Dover operated by DFDS.



  • 35+ sailings daily from Dover to Calais
  • 1.5 hour journey time

*Price for day trip from Dover to Calais