10 direct crossings to the UK from France
There are a lot of direct crossings from France to the UK. From Normandie, Brittany / Bretagne, and Northern France there are a number of ferries leaving for the UK. From France, there are crossings to the Southeast, Central and Southwestern coastlines of the UK.
Ferries are heading to Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Newhaven, and Dover so depending on where you need to travel and where you're boarding from you can choose from a broad number of ferries to make it across the Channel to the UK.
On these sailings, you will either sail with DFDS, P&O Ferries, Brittany Ferries, or Condor Ferries. If you want to take the ferry from France to the UK then you have at least 10 routes from France to England. Which gives you plenty of choices to try and find a good, cheap, and convenient crossing.
On this page, you can use our handy map with all the crossings to and from France and the UK.
Some ferries sail a lot faster than others but you can also choose to make a night crossing so you can sleep on your crossing and get ashore well-rested. A slower ferry doesn't hurt a lot when you are sleeping! =)
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The Strait of Dover Ferries
Calais and Dunkirk (France) ⇔ Dover (UK)
Ferries to the UK from Normandy, Brittany / Bretagne, Southwest of France
From Saint-Malo, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, and Roscoff ferries are departing daily to the UK.
Travelers to the UK from Brittany/Bretagne can go for the ferry from Roscoff, Cherbourg, or St Malo to either Plymouth or Portsmouth. Also from Cherbourg and Caen, you can sail towards the port of Portsmouth.
Ferries from the South of France to the UK
There are no direct ferry crossings from the South of France to the UK. The most ‘Southern' French connection to the UK is the ferry leaving from Roscoff and heading for Plymouth (Devon).
If you're traveling from the south of France and want to avoid the traffic around Paris, the boats from Roscoff, Le Havre, or Caen are good choices.
Ferries from Paris to Londen
Newhaven-Dieppe is a great connection for those who want to travel from Paris to London by ferry. You travel with this ferry in a fairly straight line in the direction of the English Capital. So you make fewer miles/kilometers and don't have to drive that far on this route.
This route is a very popular alternative to the ferries operating in the Strait of Dover.
Paris ⇔ London
Traveling to the UK through France
Frequently Asked Questions about ferries from France to the UK
The cheapest crossing is the ferry from Dover to Calais. Depending on how busy it is, DFDS or P&O is the cheapest option.
The shortest crossing is between Dover and Calais. This ferry sails a distance of approximately 41km to France. The boats then take 1.5 hours. Because of this short distance, it is one of the busiest routes in the world.
The fastest ship that sails across the channel is the Condor Voyager. It achieves maximum speeds of 42 knots or 78 kph. It used to sail to Normandy and back but nowadays this ferry is leased by Brittany Ferries to Condor Ferries and sails towards the Channel Islands. As a result, the Condor Liberation is now the fastest boat sailing from England to France. It has a maximum speed of 39 knots and sails from Portsmouth to Cherbourg in 3 hours.