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Ferries to France

Compare ferries to France on the following routes:

  • Dover to Calais
  • Dover to Dunkirk
  • Folkestone to Calais
  • Newhaven to Dieppe
  • Plymouth to Roscoff
  • Plymouth to St Malo
  • Poole to Cherbourg
  • Portsmouth to Caen
  • Portsmouth to Cherbourg
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre
    • The most popular route is Dover to Calais. The average price this month for this route is £34.50 for a car and two people each way.

      France is one of our most popular countries. For peak season sailings, please book as soon as possible.

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  • Portsmouth - Caen

    • 1 x Foot Passenger(s) Return
      Travel: 08/03/2017 - 08/03/2017
    • from: £24
    • Brittany Ferries
    • passenger(s)

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  • Folkestone - Calais

    • Car + 2 Return
      Travel: 21/03/2017 - 22/03/2017
    • from: £42
    • EuroTunnel
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  • Folkestone - Calais

    • Car + 4 Return
      Travel: 22/03/2017 - 23/03/2017
    • from: £42
    • EuroTunnel
    • passenger(s)

France Travel Guide

Discover fantastic shopping, a rich history, changing landscapes and amazing food and wine. France gave the world champagne, over 365 kinds of cheese, and some of the world's most famous artists. Take a ferry to France and discover Britain's favourite holiday destination

France is the largest country in Europe, offering a spectacular variety of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhone and Dordogne and the flatter countryside in Normandy and on the Atlantic coast. The country has some 1,800 miles of coastlines to enjoy.

The weather changes frequently throughout the year as the Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region. Expect a mild climate and frequent rain; however, summers can be very hot and sunny. Visit the south of France, where you can enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate throughout the whole Riviera. Alternatively head inland to the French slopes of the Pyrenees or the Alps for some of the world's best skiing throughout the winter.

There is no denying that France is a land of great contrasts, offering an endless choice of enticing places to visit, a rich diversity of landscapes, cuisines, climates and people, with an exceptional cultural heritage.

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic sights in Paris


Travel in France

Take your family and a car across the channel to France and explore the country via the excellent network of roads. Remember traffic drives on the right. Motorways (autoroutes) bear the prefix 'A' and some of these will be toll roads (autoroutes à péage). National roads (routes nationales) are marked 'N' while minor roads are classed as 'D' roads.

There are certain laws you need to know about before driving in France:

  • If your sat-nav is able to detect speed camera locations, leave it at home. If you are found to be driving with one of these in your car, regardless of whether it's turned on or not, you can be fined 1500 euros.
  • All vehicles are legally obliged to carry a breathalyser kit. It is strongly advised that you carry several of these. Use one before driving if you have consumed alcohol, and the others as backup if you are checked. Breathalyser kits can be bought at the port.
  • The drink drive limit in France is 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Bear in mind this is significantly lower than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood. Our best advice is not to drink alcohol at all if you are driving.

Many travel guides to France will have you believe that getting around France by train is easy. This is mostly a lie. To be fair, there are a lot of good, fast, clean railway links between major cities. There is also a lot of France not covered by railway, and strikes are frequent and annoying. For best results, remember to book in advance on the internet and pick up your ticket at the station.

As a word of warning, if you are travelling on TGV, bear in mind that TGV trains often run doubled up and then split at different stations. Ensure you are on the right train, or you might find yourself on a surprise visit to a destination you didn't want to visit.

Many travel guides to France will have you believe that getting around France by train is easy. This is mostly a lie.

The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe at night


Things to see

The capital of France, Paris, and its famous Eiffel Tower, make a popular destination for holidays or weekend breaks. Why not combine a stay in Paris with a visit to Disneyland. When you catch a ferry to France, Normandy and Brittany are within close reach of regular ferry crossings, as are all the hyper-markets around Calais where you can make big savings on food, drinks and cigarettes. Many people head to the Normandy coast either for its lively night life or the Norman countryside, with its cool, wooded valleys and its beech and pine forests that offer a haven of peace and tranquillity.

You may also discover the french Atlantic Coast & Cognac Country region, Poitou-Charentes, with the beautiful city of La Rochelle, the white island Ile de Ré, the Oléron island and the old city of Poitiers. A nice region for family holidays and short breaks.

A long, rugged coastline, vast bays of glorious beaches, and a secretive, almost mystical interior is the lasting impression of Brittany. This most westward region of France, where the Bretons speak their ancient language and carry on age-old traditions, always seems a little out of step with mainstream France, but the many attractions welcome visitors in their thousands year after year. Visit France's numerous cathedrals, including Reims, where Clovis (the first French king) was baptised, Chartres and Tours.

This most westward region of France, where the Bretons speak their ancient language and carry on age-old traditions, always seems a little out of step with mainstream France, but the many attractions welcome visitors in their thousands year after year.

AFerry.co.uk offers the best way to find the cheapest ferry routes to France with its easy to use booking form. Begin your holiday on a ferry and start relaxing straight away!

Ferries to France Timetables & Sailing Information

  • Dover - Calais (DFDS Seaways)

    • Timetable
    • up to 15 crossings per day
    • 1hr 30mins
    • DFDS Seaways
  • Dover - Calais (P&O Ferries)

    • Timetable
    • up to 24 crossings per day
    • 1hr 30mins
    • P&O Ferries
  • Dover - Dunkirk (DFDS Seaways)

  • Portsmouth - Caen (Brittany Ferries)

    • Timetable
    • up to 3 crossings per day
    • from 5hrs 45mins
    • Brittany Ferries
  • Portsmouth - St Malo (Brittany Ferries)

  • Poole - Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries)

    • Timetable
    • up to 7 crossings per week
    • 4hrs 15mins
    • Brittany Ferries
  • Portsmouth - Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries)

  • Plymouth - Roscoff (Brittany Ferries)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • from 6hrs
    • Brittany Ferries
  • Newhaven - Dieppe (DFDS)

    • Timetable
    • up to 4 crossings per day
    • from 4hrs
    • DFDS
  • Folkestone - Calais (EuroTunnel)

    • Timetable
    • up to 76 crossings per day
    • 35mins
    • EuroTunnel
  • Cherbourg - Dublin (Irish Ferries)

    • Timetable
    • Infrequent crossings
    • 19hrs 30mins
    • Irish Ferries
  • Dublin - Cherbourg (Irish Ferries)

  • Dublin - Cherbourg (Irish Ferries)

  • Jersey/Gorey - Carteret (Manche Iles Express)

  • Granville - Guernsey/St Peter Port (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 2hrs 25mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Granville - Sark (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 4 crossings per week
    • 2hrs 15mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Granville - Jersey/St Helier (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 25mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Guernsey/St Peter Port - Dielette (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Guernsey/St Peter Port - Granville (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 3hrs 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Guernsey/St Peter Port - Jersey/St Helier (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 1hr 20mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Alderney - Dielette (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 55mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Dielette - Alderney (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 55mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Dielette - Guernsey/St Peter Port (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Carteret - Sark (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 2hrs 30mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Carteret - Jersey/St Helier (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 5mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Sark - Carteret (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 3hrs 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Sark - Granville (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 4 crossings per week
    • 3hrs 5mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Sark - Jersey/St Helier (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 5 crossings per week
    • 1hr 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Jersey/St Helier - Carteret (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 5mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Jersey/St Helier - Granville (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per day
    • 1hr 25mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Jersey/St Helier - Guernsey/St Peter Port (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 2 crossings per week
    • 1hr 20mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Jersey/St Helier - Sark (Manche Iles Express)

    • Timetable
    • up to 5 crossings per week
    • 1hr 10mins
    • Manche Iles Express
  • Carteret - Jersey/Gorey (Manche Iles Express)

All Ferries to France Reviews

based on 5557 reviews
  • 18 December 2016
    Ferry crossings
    • Dover to Calais with DFDS Seaways

      Good crossing and no delays

      Review by Tony s, Couple.

  • 18 December 2016
    Traveller
    • Newhaven to Dieppe with DFDS

      Cheap punctual and amazing wake up music.

      Review by Anonymous, Solo Traveller.

  • 18 December 2016
    Traveller
    • Newhaven to Dieppe with DFDS

      Cheap punctual and amazing wake up music.

      Review by Anonymous, Solo Traveller.

  • 28 November 2016
    Overnight stopover
    • Portsmouth to Caen with Brittany Ferries

      Cannot comment on catering as did not use

      Review by Bernard, Couple.

  • 25 November 2016
    BATTLEFIELDS TOUR
    • Dover to Calais with P&O Ferries

      Excellent outbound journey. Whilst in Belgium we were hit by Storm Angus. Fully expected ferries to be cancelled but we turned up on time and immediately boarded a delayed earlier ferry. This set off within half an hour and we had a fairly pleasant crossing. Very windy and quite a swell but the captain said to remain seated indoors which seemed to help. About an hours delay on entering Dover due to a broken down ship, so we eventually disembarqued about 90 mins later than we originally predicted. Staff in France gave out on board discount vouchers for coffee and food which was nice.

      Review by A Johnson, With Friends.

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