How long before the sailing do I need to be at the port?

Driver Accompanied vehicles

  • Irish Sea routes - 1 hour before departure
  • Dover routes - 1 hour before departure
  • Spanish routes - 2 hours before departure
  • Western Channel routes - 1 hour before departure
  • North Sea routes - 1 hour before departure (except routes to Denmark, Norway and Sweden which is 3 hours before departure)
  • Baltic routes - 2 hours before departure
  • Mediterranean routes - 3 hours before departure

Unaccompanied vehicles

  • Irish Sea routes - 1h 30m before departure
  • Dover routes - 1 hour before departure
  • Spanish routes - 2 hours before departure
  • Western Channel routes - 1h 30m before departure
  • North Sea routes - 1h 30m before departure (except routes to Denmark, Norway and Sweden which is 3 hours before departure)
  • Baltic routes - 2 hours before departure
  • Mediterranean routes - 3 hours before departure

For all hazardous bookings it is 2 hours prior to shipment with valid dangerous goods notes.

If the check in time differs from this you will be advised on your booking confimation.

Please note if there is a delay to your sailing Freightlink recommend that you arrive at the above times prior to the NORMAL SCHEDULED DEPARTURE time. If your sailing is departing early please arrive at the above times prior to the NEW departure time.

Example: Birkenhead - Belfast:

Scheduled departure 22:30 – driver accompanied check in time 21:30. Late departure 23:59 – driver accompanied check in time 21:30.

Early departure 21:00 – driver accompanied check in time 20:00.

If you are booked to a time specific departure and you are running late and will arrive after these times please contact our Customer Service team on +44 (0) 844 847 9000 with your revised ETA and we will contact the port on your behalf. Please note that shipment may not be guaranteed if you are late to the port.

For current schedule information please visit the our schedule update on the news pages or follow us on Twitter: @freightlink

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