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Information about DFDS, sailing from Dover to Calais –, the internet magazine which saves you money when crossing the channel to visit or shop in Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, in France.

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DFDS Multi trip offer – each way from £27 (24 single tickets)

Book by 31st October 2016 (still seems to be ongoing)

Offer can be withdrawn at any time

Includes a car and up to 9 passengers. £30 each way high season supplement applies on some dates.

Dover to Dunkirk or Calais offers. From £59 return (3 day ticket)

Book by 13th December 2016

Travel by 16th December 2016

Use the codes!

Includes a car – up to 9 passengers and all taxes

Daytrips with DFDS - £49 daytrip offer


Book by 13th December 2016

Travel by 16rh December 2016

April 26th 2012 – Brilliant news! DFDS once again lead the way with very good value fares to Dunkirk and Calais. Right up until the 13th July it is now possible to get across the channel and back from £19 (daytrip), buy an overnight return fare from £25, and book a five day return fare from £39.

March 2012 – Good news! Another ship (the Barfleur, ex Brittany Ferries) has been found, and will start operations on the DFDS Dover to Calais route from 27th April, doubling the frequency of sailings to 10 each way a day. It has been renamed the "Deal Seaways".

February 2012 – Latest news – LD Lines had been looking to use the Côte d'Albâtre ferry on this crossing. It is currently in Dieppe and is one of two vessels operated by LD Lines between the Normandy port and Newhaven. The Seine Maritime Council, which owns these vessels, has refused LD Lines' request to use the Côte d'Albâtre on the Calais to Dover crossing, because it fears that it may trigger accusations of public aid and unfair competition from rival operators Eurotunnel and P&O. They are now for a second vessel.

February 2012 – Good news! The start date of the new ferry service on the Dover to Calais route will be 17th February. Although there is only one ship available for now, it is expected that the service will increase to two ships shortly. The new service is being provided by DFDS and LD Lines ferries and will employ ex-SeaFrance workers. Eventually, Two French-flagged vessels will be operating on this route. LD Lines' Norman Spirit will be transferred to Calais and will be joined by a second vessel which will be drawn from the joint venture's respective fleets or chartered-in.

January 2012 – DFDS Ferries have announced a new ferry service to Dover starting next month.

December 2009 – Norfolkline bought by DFDS Ferries.

What does DFDS stand for? DFDS = "Det forenede Dampskibs-Selskab” (the United Steamship Company).

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Routes; Dover to Calais in 1 1/2hours. 10 sailings per day (5 each way).

Type of craft; Conventional ferry – Norman Spirit.

Reservations; Tel: 0871 574 7223 (UK) / 0208 127 8303 (from abroad)

General information; 01304 218 400

Booking office; 7 days a week, 8.00am to 8.00pm. Travel Office; 7.00am – 7.00pm.

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DFDS Ferries

This company is keen to attract motorists and short stay visitors to France. With a crossing time of 2 hours on the DOver to Dunkirk route and one and half hours on the new Dover to Calais route they are clearly worth considering.

They has modern, spacious, state of the art ferries, sailing from Dover to uncongested Dunkirk and Calais.

There is a self-service restaurant and satellite television on board. Tobacco and alcohol are available at French duty-paid prices in the gift shop. A bureau de change is also provided.

In 2003/2004 DFDS dropped all supplements for weekend and peak time travel and fares are now banded in whole months rather than the pervious practice of banding by date. Both of these initiatives simplify their pricing policy, and no doubt will enhance DFDS's value for money reputation with the travelling public.

Check In Procedure

Dover – Eastern Dock. Follow the signs for the book in kiosks. The DFDS kiosk is in the same line as the P and O Ferries kiosks.

Calais. From the A26 motorway follow signs "Car Ferry". Follow the check in sign at the DFDS Terminal.


DFDS, the Dover – Dunkerque, Dover – Calais passenger ferry operator, has been granted "Passports for Pets" status.

As with the scheme previously introduced via other port destinations linking France and the United Kingdom, pet owners are required to make all necessary veterinary and administration arrangements in advance of travel. Pets remain in the owners' vehicles during the crossing.

For passengers wishing to take their pets abroad the cost is £30 return, in addition to the cross channel fare for a vehicle and up to five passengers.

For more information about the scheme please call us on 0870 870 10 20 between the hours of 8.00am – 8.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Carriage of Guns

This is from DFDS;


Customers must observe the following guidelines if they wish to transport weapons and/or ammunition. You will need to advise DFDS of all the following information:

1. ‘Make’ of weapon and quantity.

2. Have ‘bolts’ been removed to render the weapon temporarily useless (where applicable).

3. ‘Type’ of ammunition and how many rounds.

4. Do you have valid ‘gun license's’?

5. Full names of all persons travelling and to whom the weapons belong, CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER.

6. Will weapons/ammunition be transported in a locked case?

7. Reason for carrying weapons i.e. gun club, competitions etc.

8. Make, model, colour and vehicle registration, this must be accurate, if the vehicle changes NFL must be informed prior to travel.

9. Dates and times of booking for both legs of the journey, this again must be accurate, should they wish to travel on either leg at a different date and/or time, NFL must have prior notification, they CAN NOT turn up earlier or later.

Information above will be taken in addition to the details we would normally take for a confirmed reservation.


Also be advised that the vehicle keys MUST be surrendered to a crewmember on loading the vessel.

Useful Outside links

Port of;

Calais Port Authority.

Dunkirk Port Authority.

Dover Port Authority.

Dover to Calais ferry website, loads of photos, information.

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