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by ferry to the Olympic Games

These are your options if you want to travel by ferry to the Olympics (Paris)

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Dover Calais

Dover Calais

UK ⇔ France
DFDS, Irish Ferries, P&O
26 miles, 42 km
1h 30 mins.
Up to 35 times per day
Car ferry
No
From: 36,00
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Hull-Rotterdam

Hull-Rotterdam

UK ⇔ Holland
P&O
237 miles, 380 km
11h 30 mins.
Once per day
From: 164,00

Dover-Dunkirk

UK ⇔ France
DFDS
47 miles, 75 km
2 Hours
Up to 8 times per day
Car ferry
No
From: 81,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

UK ⇔ France
Brittany Ferries
106 miles, 170 km
5h 30 mins.
Up to 5 times per week
From: 150,00

Travelling by ferry to the Olympics from the UK and Ireland

The Olympics are on the horizon once more. Hoards of sports enthusiasts will be making their way to Paris for this grand event. While flying or taking the train are options, the ferry presents itself as a comfortable alternative. Not only can you take your car along, but you can also tack on a holiday in France afterwards.

But which route should you take to reach the Olympic Games in Paris? That largely depends on your starting point in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Southerners have around 10 connections linking England with France. From east to west, you can opt for various ferries departing from Portsmouth to France, as well as from Poole, Dover, Plymouth, and Newhaven.

Alternatively, you can first travel from the UK to the Netherlands, which is convenient if you're based near Harwich, Hull, Newcastle, or even in Scotland. From the Netherlands, Paris is just a 5-hour drive away, bypassing the busiest ferry routes. Which can be ideal instead of crossing half of England by car.

At first glance, the most straightforward routes to the Olympic Games in Paris seem to include Portsmouth to Le Havre and Dover to Calais. As mentioned before, your departure point significantly influences the most convenient ferry for your journey. To help you decide, we've mapped out the various crossings from the UK to the Olympic Games, the ferries directly to France, and the crossings via the Netherlands are both included.

Ferry route map UK to Paris / Olympics

Directly to France or via the Netherlands

As illustrated on the map, if you reside further north in the UK, it may be efficient and prudent to travel via the Netherlands. Regardless, the journey would be more comfortable if you board the ferry in Hull or Newcastle.

Ireland – Paris

If you're travelling from Ireland, you may also want to consider direct ferries to France. While some are listed below, we also have a dedicated page for ferries between Ireland and France. You can depart from either Dublin, Cork, or Rosslare directly to France and continue your journey to Paris from there.

Ferry route map Ireland to France + via the UK

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  • All ferries to France from the UK

Plymouth-Roscoff

Distance: 112 miles, 180 km
Duration: 11 Hours, 5h 30 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 25,00

Poole-Saint Malo

Distance: 143 miles, 230 km
Duration: 6h 20 mins
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 124,00

Poole-Cherbourg

Distance: 124 km, 77 miles
Duration: 4h 30 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 105,00

Newhaven-Dieppe

Distance: 125 km, 78 miles
Duration: 4 Hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 36,00

Portsmouth-Saint Malo

Distance: 156 miles, 250 km
Duration: 11 Hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 63,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

Distance: 135 km, 84 miles
Duration: 6 Hours, 8 hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 51,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

Distance: 106 miles, 170 km
Duration: 5h 30 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 150,00

Portsmouth-Caen

Distance: 112 miles, 180 km
Duration: 5h 45 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 59,00

Dover-Dunkirk

Distance: 47 miles, 75 km
Duration: 2 Hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 81,00
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Dover Calais

Distance: 26 miles, 42 km
Duration: 1h 30 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 36,00

From Portsmouth to France by ferrry

From Portsmouth, there are a total of four ferries departing to France

Portsmouth-Caen

Distance: 112 miles, 180 km
Duration: 5h 45 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 59,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

Distance: 106 miles, 170 km
Duration: 5h 30 mins.
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 150,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

Distance: 135 km, 84 miles
Duration: 6 Hours, 8 hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 51,00

Portsmouth-Saint Malo

Distance: 156 miles, 250 km
Duration: 11 Hours
🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
From: 63,00

Dover Ferries to France

From Dover you can sail to either Dunkirk or Calais.

Popular 1 dover-calais ferry operators
2 dfds seaways ferry
From: 81,00
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In the map below, you can visually identify the ferries crossing the Strait of Dover. The northernmost one is Dover-Dunkirk, while the southernmost one is Dover-Calais.

Ferries southern England to Paris

 

In this route map below you can easily find the ferry that makes the most sense for your point of departure.

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