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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Offer can be withdrawn at any time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 – 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 – £19 daytrip offer on Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkrik routes.

November 30th – Strike Day! Advice from DFDS. "Advice for passengers due to travel on DFDS Seaways Dover-Dunkirk route on 30 November 2011. Chris Newey, Passenger Director, DFDS Seaways English Channel.

"As advised by the U.K. Border Agency, planned union strikes are due to take place from 00.01 to 23.59 on 30 November 2011. This will affect border controls at Dover and Dunkirk ports. Therefore, we are advising passengers that have tickets booked for, or those planning to travel, on 30 November to allow for extra time to pass through the border controls both in the U.K. and France. Although we have been reassured that disruption will be kept to a minimum, some delays may still occur. "For those passengers who are subject to delays at the border control, and consequently miss their scheduled sailing, we will endeavour to accommodate them on a later crossing wherever possible, at no additional cost. "Wednesday 30 November also sees the introduction of an additional passenger and freight ship on the Dover-Dunkirk route, to ease traffic pressure caused by the interruption of SeaFrance services. This will increase sailings on the Dover-Dunkirk route, providing additional capacity for 1850 passengers, 250 cars and 75 lorries, further helping to eliminate additional pressure on the Channel."

November 2011 – Christmas meal offer, two meals for £20! Treat yourself whilst onboard.

July 2010 – Norfolkline now officially part of the DFDS Ferry group.

December 2009 – Norfolkline bought by DFDS Ferries.

This company always has lots of offers available. Do check their "fares and offers" page. Also check the ferry offers shown at the bottom of this page which are updated regularly.

DFDS have proved to be the trend setting cross channel company with simpler fare structures and cheap fares. However there are charges for paying with a credit card and a fuel surcharge as well. Overall however, good value on the newest ships of any operator.

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

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Routes; Dover to Dunkirk in under 2 hours. 22 sailings per day.

Type of craft; New conventional ferry

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.

DFDS Ferries

This company is keen to attract motorists and short stay visitors to France. With a crossing time of just under 2 hours they are clearly worth considering.

They has modern, spacious, state of the art ferries, sailing from Dover to uncongested Dunkirk. Particularly suitable if you are taking the northern route (via Belgium and Germany) to the Alps. Dunkirk is just 15 minutes drive from Calais, and the tobacco shops in Adinkerke, Belgium.

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.

With superb viewing windows which are kept clean (as is the ship) this will prove to be an enjoyable journey for anyone who enjoys high standards.

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.

DFDS Passenger Tariffs – BOOK ON LINE

Travelling Tips

If you are coming off the ferry late at night, the nearest budget Hotels are the Premiere Classe and Campanile about 1km from the port (off the first roundabout). Book before you arrive (Dunkirk Hotels).

The nearest cheap petrol is at the Auchan Hypermarket (easy for LPG as well). Turn left at the first roundabout, direction Dunkirk Centre, for about 4km. The A16 autoroute is close by – if you are returning and want to fill up and stock up before boarding, the exit to take is 54A. Otherwise Junction 53 on the A16 will take you straight back to the ferry terminal.

Information About Dunkirk

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.

Dunkirk. From the A16 motorway follow signs "DFDS Car Ferry" (Exit 53). Follow the check in sign at the DFDS Terminal.

VIP lounge

Pay a bit extra and you can enjoy the VIP lounge with priority loading included. There is wifi available, all be it very slow. Should you wish to eat a meal in private, orders can be made from the bistro restaurant which is delivered to a small dining area within the lounge. Newspapers, biscuits, juices as well as tea and coffee are on hand. A good selection of newspapers to read on the comfortable seats makes the VIP lounge well worth it. Whilst most sailings are quiet, many can be very busy with limited seating and to be honest, noisy, but the quiet VIP lounge offers luxury and comfort without any bother.

For that extra level of service and comfort, why not upgrade to the First Class Executive Lounge?

You can save 20% by upgrading to our First Class lounge when booking for just £12.00 per person, each way (£15 per person, each way when purchased on board)!

The First Class lounge is not accessible to children under the age of eight. It is open on sailings from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Our special guests are entitled to a number of extra benefits:

▪ Exclusive seating area, spacious and luxuriously appointed

▪ Perfect for business or relaxation

▪ Complimentary newspapers to read

▪ Priority load and discharge, restrictions apply

▪ Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits

▪ *Full bistro menu with the addition of open top sandwiches will be available for purchase and served to your table. Please note hot food will not be available on night sailings

▪ Complimentary 1/4 bottle of wine is included with all meals purchased

*La Veranda Bistro is open for Breakfast from 07.30-11.30, Lunch/dinner is served between 11.30-19.30, Light options available from 19.30-07.30 All times are United Kingdom time.

Priority loading and discharge is available for cars (under 2.4m in height) only. Vehicles must be checked in and waiting to board 1 hour prior to departure; first arrivals will be the first to board. In the event of a VIP requiring the use of the lift, you will be given a choice to either park where you will receive priority discharge or be parked near a lift

Distances via optimal route

Dunkirk may be a bit further north of Calais, but its also further east. With its position next to the motorways and their links, you actually save 30 minutes on your journey (on average 25miles) to most major European destinations (figures in miles).

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DFDS, the Dover – Dunkerque passenger ferry operator, now has three brand new ferries of new generation RO-PAX ferries in operation (2008). They have allowed for a considerable increase in on board facilities and comfort.

There are now dedicated lounges and playstation areas for example, as well as shops and childrens play areas.

Restaurant facilities have also expanded. Two can be found on board; The Rumble Tums are modern, comfortable restaurants with a great choice of tasty, convenient food. Whether you're looking for a great value family meal or just a quick snack, there are options to suit every taste. The more up market Panorama Restaurant, offers an extensive range of hot and cold dishes. This counter-service restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to serving wholesome food at affordable prices, the emphasis in this spacious, light and airy restaurant is on enjoying the uninterrupted sea views from the unique, panoramic windows.

There are also other areas to get a coffee and a snack. The Lounge Cafe Bars are in elegant surroundings where you can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee or something from the bar accompanied by a light snack. The La Veranda Bistro serves an exclusive range of specially prepared dishes, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample a fine selection of delicious food in a refined setting. This is the perfect place to dine, drink and relax and is available for all passengers onboard our new vessels the Maersk Delft, Maersk Dover and the Maersk Dunkerque.

The new ferries each have capacity for 200 cars, 780 passengers and up to 120 freight vehicles. With a service speed of 25 knots, berth to berth crossing times between Dover and Dunkerque is just 1 hour and 50 minutes.

The new ferries are built to meet the highest environmental standards and fulfil Lloyds registers Environmental Protection notation with low NOx emission, no visible smoke from any engines, low noise impact and environmental friendly cooling system. Furthermore, the vessels are equipped with an environmental friendly waste disposal system and optimised protection around the oil tanks in order to avoid possible oil leaks.

New on board features will include separate and exclusive decks for passengers and freight drivers respectively. For the tourist market, the company will continue to focus on the needs of the motorist by carrying only cars, caravans, motor homes and motorcycles.


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

This official clearance will now enable passengers to transport their pets between the ports of Dover Eastern Docks and Dunkerque, whilst travelling with DFDS.

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;

Dunkirk Port Authority.

Dover Port Authority.

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

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