Ferries to Calais
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Dover to Calais ferry route
The Dover - Calais ferry route is the most popular way the cross the channel. The crossing only takesa round 90 minutes from port to port. P&O Ferries have 23 sailings each day.
||23 Sailings each way daily
There are no on board cabins available on the Dover to Calais route, because of the short journey time of 90 minutes. There are two lounges where passengers can relax, a Club lounge and a Family lounge.
On Board Facilities and Information
On board there is a café and bar for refreshments and light bites as well as a self service restaurant for those who want a sit down meal.
There is a minimum check-in time of 1 hour before departure.
Pets can be transported as long as they remain in the owner/escort's vehicle.
Campsites near Calais
More about Calais
Calais is the closest point on the French mainland to England, a mere nineteen miles from Dover. The city of Calais serves as one of the most important cross-Channel ferry ports in Europe, and is close to the French entrance to the Channel Tunnel. Over 10 million people visit Calais each year, the majority of whom are Brits hoping to take advantage of France's low taxes on alcohol and tobacco.
If you're visiting Calais for reasons other than overloading your vehicle with as much “booze-n-fags” as it can carry, then there is plenty about Calais that is worth seeing. Calais has been around for two thousand years, and was once used by Julius Caeser as a base from which to launch a invasion of “Britannia”.
Such was the importance of Calais to England as a gateway into Europe, Calais spent many decades of its history under English rule. In 1558 France recaptured Calais from England, only then to have it taken from them by Spain. It was finally restored to France in 1598.
Much of this heritage and history of Calais can be re-visited by patronising many of the splendid churches and museums that are dotted throughout the city. For a more modern vibe there are plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs for tourists to frequent.