Dover to Calais is the most popular ferry route for vans, rigids and artics to travel from England to France. It offers the most flexible option for travelling to all areas of France.
DFDS Seaways sail from Dover to Calais 10 times per day, which takes around 90 minutes and tickets are all open so you can travel on the first ferry when you arrive. With Calais being the most popular arrival port in France it has easy access to all areas of France including Paris, Lille, Lyon and Montpellier.
Another popular ferry route from the UK to France is from Dover to Dunkirk.
This route is also operated by DFDS Seaways and sails every two hours. Ferries from Dover to Dunkirk take around 1 hour 45 minutes and are a great option for travelling to North East France. The port of Dunkirk (also written as 'Dunkerque' in many publications) is also much quieter than the port of Calais, making for a more stress free journey.
Another popular freight route is the Eurotunnel train from Folkestone to Calais, which is great for van drivers who need to make an urgent delivery across the channel. With up to 6 trains per hour you can be in France in less than 90 minutes.
Again, tickets on these routes are all open.
For travel to Brittany and Normandy, ferries on the Western Channel from the South Coast of England are ideal.
Onboard facilities on these ferries are very high with drivers getting cabins and meals, and overnight crossings allowing a good night’s sleep ready for an early morning arrival.