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Dover Calais Ferry

The ferry from Dover to Calais typically sails 37 times daily and up to 253 times weekly. 3 ferry operators provide ferries from Dover to Calais, DFDS Seaways, Irish Ferries & P&O Ferries. Dover Calais Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Dover Calais Ferry Times

The earliest Dover Calais ferry typically departs Dover at about 00:10. The average sailing time of a ferry from Dover to Calais is approximately 1h 30m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 1h 30m.

Dover to Calais Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Dover to Calais typically range between $166* and $494*. On average the Dover Calais ferry is $346*. The cheapest Dover Calais ferry prices start from $48*. The average price for a foot passenger is $401*. The average price for a Dover Calais car ferry is $337*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time. Pricing is taken from searches over last 30 days, last updated 05 July, 2023.

How far is Calais from Dover?

The distance between Dover and Calais is approximately 37.8 miles (60.8km), or 32.8 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Dover to Calais?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Dover to Calais provided by DFDS Seaways, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Dover and Calais.

Are foot passengers allowed on the Dover Calais ferry?

Yes, Dover Calais ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Dover to Calais with P&O Ferries.

Dover Calais Ferry Operator Schedules

  • Irish Ferries - 97 weekly sailings, 14 daily sailings
  • DFDS Seaways - 84 weekly sailings, 12 daily sailings
  • P&O Ferries - 90 weekly sailings, 13 daily sailings

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Dover - Calais Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country France
No. of Operators 3
Operators DFDS Seaways, Irish Ferries & P&O Ferries
Average Price A$344*
Average Daily Sailings 32
Average Weekly Sailings 221
Average Sailing Duration 1h 30m
First Ferry 00:10
Last Ferry 23:50
Distance 32 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Dover to Calais?

    The typical crossing time for ferries from Dover to Calais is approximately 1h 30m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.
  • How much is the ferry from Dover to Calais?

    The average price of a ferry from Dover to Calais is approximately 155 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Dover to Calais?

    Dover to Calais is operated by 3 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
    • P&O Ferries
    • DFDS Seaways
    • Irish Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Dover to Calais?

    Ferries from Dover to Calais are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.
  • Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Dover to Calais?

    Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger from Dover to Calais with
    • P&O Ferries
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Dover to Calais?

    Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Dover to Calais with
    • P&O Ferries
    • DFDS Seaways
    • Irish Ferries
  • Can you bring pets on the ferry from Dover to Calais?

    Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Dover to Calais. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation. Please read the operators pet guidelines. The following operators currently allow pets on the ferry
    • P&O Ferries
    • DFDS Seaways
    • Irish Ferries
  • How far is Calais from Dover?

    The distance between Dover to Calais is approximately 32 nautical miles.

Dover Guide

The English town and port of Dover is located in the county of Kent in the south east of England. The town lies on the English Channel coast at its narrowest point between England and France. This narrow stretch of the English Channel is called the Strait of Dover. In and around the town there are many things for visitors to see and do. In memory of the spot where Bleriot landed following the first cross channel flight in 1909, the Bleriot Memorial is an outline of the aircraft flown set into the ground. Also, and overlooking the town, is Dover Castle which is the largest castle in England. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout its history.

The Port of Dover is the world's busiest passenger port, with 16 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. It is the main port of departure for travellers from the UK to France and beyond into mainland Europe. Services are operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways to Calais and Dunkirk.


Calais Guide

The French city of Calais is located in the Nord-Pas de Calais department of north west France and is the closest port in France to England. The Strait of Dover, which lies across the English Channel on the UK mainland, is around 32 km from Calais and on a clear day the famous White Cliffs of Dover can be seen from Calais as can the Calais coast from the cliffs. Calais has been an important maritime hub for commerce and tourism between France and England for many years and the town itself is divided into two parts. The old town, Calais-Nord, is located on a man made island that is surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern town, St-Pierre, is located to the south of the old town. The city is moving away from just being home to the busy port and is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination in itself. It has a long and rich cultural heritage, a number of museums and a lively nightlife. A popular attraction in the city are its Belfries which are siege towers that were built to protect the city from marauders, and are today declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ferries to England depart Calais on average every 30 minutes, with a crossing time to Dover of around 75 minutes.


Dover to Calais Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 8/4/2024 and 14/4/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
DFDS Seaways 00:10 01:40 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 01:25 02:55 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Irish Ferries 02:55 04:25 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Sun
P&O Ferries 03:10 04:50 1 hour 40 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 04:40 06:10 1 hour 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 04:40 06:10 1 hour 30 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 06:15 07:45 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 06:55 08:30 1 hour 35 minutes Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 07:40 09:10 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 07:50 09:20 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 08:25 10:00 1 hour 35 minutes Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 09:10 10:40 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 09:30 11:00 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
P&O Ferries 10:05 11:40 1 hour 35 minutes Everyday
DFDS Seaways 10:40 12:10 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 11:05 12:35 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
P&O Ferries 12:05 13:50 1 hour 45 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 12:45 14:15 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 12:55 14:25 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 13:45 15:20 1 hour 35 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Irish Ferries 14:25 15:55 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 14:25 15:55 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 15:25 17:00 1 hour 35 minutes Everyday
DFDS Seaways 15:55 17:25 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 16:00 17:30 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 17:25 19:05 1 hour 40 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 17:35 19:05 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
DFDS Seaways 18:10 19:40 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 19:05 20:40 1 hour 35 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 19:10 20:40 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
DFDS Seaways 19:40 21:10 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
Irish Ferries 20:45 22:15 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
P&O Ferries 20:45 22:25 1 hour 40 minutes Everyday
DFDS Seaways 21:10 22:40 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Irish Ferries 22:15 23:45 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
P&O Ferries 23:00 00:30 1 hour 30 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Irish Ferries 23:50 01:20 1 hour 30 minutes Everyday
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