For a relaxing and scenic trip to France, at 90 minutes journey time, why not take a ferry to France? P&O Ferries' Dover to Calais ferry crossing is a quick and enjoyable way to get to the Continent. With a large number of crossings around the clock daily, and direct motorway access in both France and England, you'll find a trip with P&O Ferries an inexpensive experience.
One of the attractions for many people of P&O Ferries is the variety of facilities aboard their car ferries. The ships are large and spacious and allow you the luxury of relaxing, eating, drinking or shopping during the crossing.
See the P&O Ferries site for special offers on day trips to France.
How to Book
You can book your ticket on the P&O Ferries site. A range of different ticket types are available, including foot passenger tickets, day return tickets or season tickets. A popular offer is also the Car Park shopper ticket, although you do not actually step on French soil! With the Car Park Shopper all you have to do is drive onboard, park up and shop, without leaving the Ferry in France.
Check in procedure
Passengers with vehicles must check in at least 30 minutes before their sailing time. This allows for passport procedures and time to get into the boarding lanes. Booking reference numbers and the credit/debit card you used to make your booking will be required.
Foot passengers must present themselves at the Travel Centre at least 45 minutes prior to departure. A courtesy bus will take you through passport control and to the Ferry.
P&O Dover port
Located in Kent, Dover Docks are accessed easily from the M20 or M2 if arriving by car, and are located below the stunning White Cliffs of Dover. As you approach Dover follow the local signs for the Dover ferry terminal. The nearest train station is Dover Priory - 1.5 miles from the docks. A regular shuttle bus for Ferry foot passengers operates between Dover Priory and the docks between 7am and 8:40pm at the cost of just £2 per person each way. National Express coach company also operates a regular service to the ferry terminal from London Victoria. This journey takes approximately 2.5 hours.
P&O Calais port
The port in Calais is located just outside the town. The Port is connected to the European road network via two autoroutes. The A26/E15 road goes to the heart of France, including Paris. The A16/E40 runs approximately east-west and provides access to Benelux to the East and Boulogne and Le Touquet to the West. For foot passenger day trips, there is a regular shuttle bus (available between 10am and 8pm local time), connecting the port to the centre of Calais (and the railway station on request). There is a small charge per passenger per journey.
Terminal Est Car Ferry
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Calais
24 Boulevard des Alliés