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From the shortest crossing, Dover - Calais, to the longest, Plymouth - Roscoff, there is a good choice of ferry and tunnel operators running from a number of UK ports. 

► Booking directly with the ferry company protects you from any possibility of a third-party failure, and may make it easier and cheaper  to change or cancel a booking if you have to change your ticket. Though take note: most of the cheapest tickets available are now sold on a "no change / no refund / no cancellation" basis, and in this case it make little difference if you have booked directly through the ferry company, or through a fare-comparison site.  And since the cost of a flexible ticket is almost the same as the cost of a new cheap-rate ticket anyway, paying extra for flexibility doesn't make sense unless you really think you might miss that ferry !

► Which route ? It depends on your priorities, and where you're going.
  • Price  :For the cheapest crossings, take a ferry from Dover, and avoid peak periods and peak hours. Early morning or late night crossings are cheapest. Any prices indicated on this page are for car and driver and may include extra passengers too.
  • Speed of crossing: Take the Eurotunnel shuttle, it's fastest but expensive
  • Convenience: (and maybe price and speed too) Drivers bound for the western half of France or Spain should check out crossings from Portsmouth or further west. They are more expensive, but can result in much shorter driving distances. For example a journey from the western outskirts of London to Tours or anywhere in southwest France involves about 320 kilometres or over 200 miles less driving if taking a Portsmouth-Caen crossing, rather than Dover-Calais.  Or a trip from Birmingham to central Normandy is a 500 km drive via Portsmouth but 820 km via Dover. By taking a night crossing, you can also save time or a hotel bill.

All the ferry routes from UK to France
Route Ferry operator 
    ► See Eurostar page for trains from London or Ashford to France and Belgium
Dover - Calais  -  three carriers including Eurotunnel (from Folkestone)
The shortest and quickest services to France. 

Appropriate for reaching any region of France. Check out
Routes from Calais
Eurotunnel le Shuttle - up to 4 crossings each hour
DFDS Ferries Up to 10 crossings a day. 20% discount on 2024 bookings made before  1st March
P&O Ferries  Up to 23 crossings a day

Day trips from £73. Special offers may be available
Irish Ferries  5 crossings per day
Dover - Dunkirk DFDS Ferries   Up to 9 crossings a day 20% discount on 2024 bookings made before  1st March 
Hull Zeebrugge (Belgium)    Not currently operating
Newhaven - Dieppe DFDS Ferries  Up to 3 crossings a day. 2024 returns from £90
Portsmouth - Le Havre  Brittany Ferries  Most days of the year, generally one overnight sailing departing 23.30
Day trips to France with 24hrs in France from £24 for foot passenger
Portsmouth - Caen.  May save time for trips to western France ... but usually much more expensive than short crossings. Brittany Ferries  Daily up to 3 sailings a day - Daytime and night sailings
Portsmouth -  Cherbourg Brittany Ferries    Seasonal: late April - early September
Portsmouth St Malo Brittany Ferries  1 sailing most nights; outward crossing departs 8.15 pm. Crossing time about 11 hours
Poole - Cherbourg  Brittany Ferries  Daily 3 Jan to 8 March, then 30 Apr. to 01 Nov.  One sailing a day usually at 8.30 am - outward.
Plymouth - Roscoff (Brittany)   Useful only for reaching Brittany and the Atlantic regions of France Brittany Ferries   Seasonal : sporadic in winter, daily from 12th March to 25th Sept. One crossing a day - very varied departure times depending on day. Foot pasengers from £43 single
Plymouth Santander or Bilbao (Spain) Brittany Ferries Two weekly services between March and November. Essentially for motorists driving to Spain or Portugal, but also a relaxing way out or back for anyone wanting a one-way drive through France.
** It is also possible to sail to France using Condor Ferries, from Poole via Jersey.

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