3 direct crossings to France from Ireland
Looking for a ferry from Ireland to France? Then you have some choice. Ferries are leaving to France from the Irish cities Cork, Rosslare, and Dublin to Cherbourg and Roscoff.
You can conveniently use our handy ferry map for this. Comparing the different ferry crossings can be interesting as some boats sail much faster and others are cheaper. Also, can a combination of 2 different routes save you easily a lot of money?
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Map with all ferry routes to France from Ireland
Ferries to France from Ireland
The ferries to France from Ireland are especially popular during holiday season. A lot of tourist choose to start their vacation by ferry from Ireland directly to France.
You also have the option to first sail to the UK and from there to France and or other European countries, but there are some good ferry routes between France and Ireland.
From the South of Ireland you can sail from either Cork or Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff, but it is also possible to sail from Dublin to Cherbourg. This is the longest crossing (19 hours) while Roscoff-Cork is the fastest connection taking you from Ireland to France with a night crossing in just 14 hours.
Taking the ferry to the European mainland is a comfortable way of starting your vacation, and it's also handy if you want to take your car along on vacation.
Ireland ⇔ France
Ferries from Dublin to Paris, France.
Dublin Cherbourg is a good crossing for those wo want to travel from Dublin to Paris and or France. On this route you'll be sailing with Irish Ferries from Dublin to France.
Once arrived in Cherbourg it's a 4 hours drive to Paris. Alternatives are to depart more from the south of Ireland to Roscoff from Cork, but then the drive is close to 6 hours to Paris.
The ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg is a ferry with a night crossing taking you around 19 hours to the French shore.
Dublin ⇔ France
Traveling through France
Traveling in France is very pleasant. In combination with the ferry, most people will go by their transport. You will then have to get used to driving on the right, but that will go well after a while.
The good roads are unfortunately not always free. In France, you travel a lot on toll roads. These do not cost very much in themselves, but over a long drive to the South, the amount can add up considerably.
In google maps, there is a function that allows you to avoid toll roads. Maybe that's useful to save some money, on the other hand, these roads save you a lot of time.
If you don't go by car, you can choose to travel through France by train. The country is known for its good connections with the TGV, the fast train.
The stations are easily accessible from some ports of arrival, but you could also consider traveling through the Channel Tunnel with the Eurostar. In Paris, you can then change or get off.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ireland to France ferries
The cheapest crossing is the ferry from Roscoff to Cork. It is a crossing of Brittany Ferries. This is also the shortest crossing. A one way ticket for 1 person without a car is around €72, this is without a cabin, but with a sleeping seat. With a cabin the price doubles to approx €150,-.
The shortest crossing is between Cork and Roscoff. This ferry sails a distance of approximately 475 France.
This crossing takes you in about 14 hours to France and vice versa. It is a comfortable way of travelling to Europe.