Cross-Channel services to France
Compare ferry and tunnel
services to France - 2023
- the connoisseur's guide to France
2023 INFORMATION IS provided in the assumption that 2023 will be a
the shortest crossing, Dover - Calais, to the longest, Hull - Zeebrugge
and Plymouth - Roscoff, there is a good choice of ferry and
operators running from a number of UK ports.
with the ferry company protects
possibility of a third-party failure, and may make it easier and
change or cancel
a booking if you have to change
your ticket. Though take
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
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.
: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.
Take the Eurotunnel shuttle, it's fastest but expensive
(and maybe price and
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
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
Or a trip from Birmingham to central Normandy is a 500 km
via Portsmouth but 820 km via Dover. By taking a night crossing, you
can also save time or a hotel bill.
the ferry routes from UK to France
page for trains from
London or Ashford to France and Belgium
- Calais - three
carriers including Eurotunnel (from Folkestone)
The shortest and quickest services to
for reaching any region of France. Check out
Routes from Calais
le Shuttle - up to 4 crossings each hour
to 10 crossings a day
Up to 23 crossings a day
Day trips from £39. Must be booked
by 30th March 2023
Ferries 5 crossings per day
Up to 9 crossings a day
||Not currently operating
||DFDS Ferries Up
to 3 crossings a day. Returns from £83
Most days of the year, generally one overnight sailing
Day trips to France with 24hrs in France from £24 for foot passenger
- Caen. May save time for trips to western France ... but
usually much more
expensive than short crossings.
Daily up to 3 sailings a day - Daytime and night sailings
April - early September
||Brittany Ferries 1
sailing most nights; outward crossing departs 8.15 pm. Crossing time
about 11 hours
||Brittany Ferries Daily 3
Jan to 8 March, then 30 Apr. to 01 Nov. One sailing a day
usually at 8.30 am - outward.
- Roscoff (Brittany) Useful
only for reaching Brittany and the Atlantic regions of France
Seasonal : sporadic in winter, daily from 12th
25th Sept. One crossing a day - very varied departure times depending
It is also possible to sail to France using Condor
, from Poole via Jersey.
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own website where you can book online at lowest rates.
Check out the options and best
prices for the days when you want to
down through France?
Check out the
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