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Getting to France

There are many methods of travelling to France for a day trip or longer break. A number of ferry companies run various routes to France, including the most popupar Dover to Calais route, but also routes that may be more convenient such as Portsmouth to Cherbourg and Dover to Boulogne.

For a quicker journey to Northern France with your vehicle, the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is a popular alternative. The journey from Folkestone in Kent to Calais takes just 35 minutes leaving you with more time on your day trip in France.

A day trip further afield is also possible thanks to the Eurostar services from London St Pancreas, Ashford International, or Ebbsfleet. From these departure points a short break in Paris, Brussels, or Lille is a distinct possibility.

P&O Ferries

Information on sailing between Dover and Calais with the most popular cross Channel ferry operator.


Fancy a day trip to Paris, Lille or Brussels? Let the train take the strain and get you these destinations in a flash.


With a journey time of just 35 minutes, the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is a popular and quick method of taking your car across the English Channel.

DFDS Dover - Calais

Information on sailing between Dover and Calais or Dover to Dunkirk with Norfolkline, who are now part of the DFDS Seaways group.