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Dover Ferry Services
There are three ferry operators providing ferry crossings from Dover to France, DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline), MyFerryLink using the SeaFrance ferries and P&O Ferries.
P&O Ferries travel between Dover to Calais up to 23 times a day. There are currently 5 vessels operating on this route including their newest ships the Spirit of Britain and the Spirit of France. Onboard facilities on all ships is excellent and you can upgrade to Club Class for a small additional cost. Crossing time just 90 minutes.
P&O Ferries is the only only company that will take foot passengers, however they can only travel between the hours of 08:10 - 19:35 Dover to Calais.
DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline) offers 5 daily sailings from Dover to Calais and 12 daily sailings between Dover to Dunkirk in France. Crossing time to Calais is 90 minutes and Dunkerque is two hours. Their cross-channel ferry service between Dover and Dunkerque is served by their newest fleet the Maersk Dunkerque, Maersk Dover and Maersk Delft who all offer a wide range of onboard facilities. Their sailings to Calais are in conjunction with LD Lines.
MyFerryLink is the latest operator to provide ferry services between Dover and Calais. It's ships were formerly part of SeaFrance but this new company with the help of Eurotunnel provide 8 crossings daily.
Unfortunately the LD Lines Dover to Boulogne ferry route has now been discontinued.
Dover Port Information
There has been a harbour at Dover for many centuries. It's history can be traced back to Roman times. It's geographical position made it an ideal choice for sailors of small ships and boats who could look to it's deep cleft formed in the hills by the River Dour to give it protection when traveling across the strait.
James 1 created Dover Harbour in 1606 and currently 16 million ferry passengers sail from Dover ferry port. The port of Dover has continued to grow and develop to possibly the biggest ferry passenger seaport in the world with over 2.5 million cars and 140,000 coaches sailing across the English Channel to France.
The port is an ideal location on the South East coast for onward travel with excellent links to the UK Rail and motorway networks.
Dover Ferry Terminal
All passenger ferries arrive and leave from the Eastern Docks ferry terminal. Passenger amenities at the Port of Dover feature bank and currency exchange services, as well as ATMs, booking and information counters, public telephones, designated facilities for physically disabled travellers, and a large number of restaurants and shops.