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Ferries & Eurotunnel To France

Here you can check out the best ferry deals from the UK to France. The ferry search below looks at all the routes across the Channel, or you can specify which ports you would like to use. As always for the best deals book as far in advance as you can.

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Ferry Companies & Eurotunnel

Information on the individual ferry companies are included below.

DFDS Ferry Routes to France

DFDS

DFDS operate the main crossing between Dover and Calais, plus Dover to Dunkirk with frequent services and low fares when booked in advance.

In partnership with LD Lines they also operate from Portsmouth-Le Harve and Newhaven - Dieppe. These routes have 2 - 3 sailings a day as the routes are longer.

P&O Ferries Routes

P&O Ferries

P&O Ferries operate the main Dover to Calais route the main and cheaper alternative to Eurotunnel. The crossing takes approximately 90 minutes and due to volume of traffic using the shortest route between the UK and Europe, there are up to 46 sailings a day from very early morning to late nights, enabling you to be flexible.

The cheapest fares are by choosing your exact departure times, but, if you want to be flexible, due to the volume of departures they offer a flexible ticket too

Eurotunnel route to France

Eurotunnel

The fastest way to cross the English Channel is by Eurotunnel Shuttle. The Shuttle service from end to end takes just 35 minutes and is also the most frequent cross channel service with up to 4 departures an hour.

The Eurotunnel Shuttle terminals are further inland than Dover or Calais ports with direct access off the motorway on either side reducing the driving time too. It is more expensive than the Dover Calais ferries, and comparable to other cross channel routes but with more driving especially if you are heading to western France.

For many cross channel travellers though the choice is more emotional - a quick journey down a long tunnel or the more 'romantic' sea crossing with time to relax and enjoy the sea air. If you get sea sick, the Shuttle is smooth with no waves.

Condor Ferries to France and the Channel Islands

Condor Ferries

Condor Ferries operate direct from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but their speciality is travelling to the Channel Islands - Jersey and Guernsey from the UK and France.

From Portsmouth you can travel direct to Guernsey. Poole in Dorset offers ferries to Jersey and Guernsey. They also operate from St Malo in France to Guernsey and Jersey.

You can take a break on the way out or back visiting the Channel Islands or, alternatively, alternatively, if you are staying in northern France you can take a day trip to the Islands.

LD Lines ferry routes to France

LD Lines

LD Lines operate the ferries across the English Channel from the UK to France with DFDS, sailing Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Portsmouth to Le Harve plus Newhaven to Dieppe.

They also operate a ferry from Saint-Nazaire on the west coast in France across the Bay of Biscay to Gijón in Northern Spain. If you are travelling onto Spain or back again this is a more economical and comfortable way of travelling than driving. There are 3 crossings per week in each direction leaving at night and arriving in the morning allowing you to sleep in a comfortable cabin.

Brittany Ferries Routes

Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries offers the largest choice of routes to France from the UK. Sailing to ports towards the centre and western ends of the English Channel, these routes are more convenient than Calais for Northern, Western and South Western France.

With longer sailing times, there are fewer departures each day in either direction. The longer sailing times give more time to relax and even make a cabin worthwhile on overnight crossings, giving you more time in France.

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