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Ferry to the UK from France

Most booked ferries from France to the UK

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Dover-Calais

UK ⇔ France
1h 30 mins.
Up to 55 times p/day
From: 36,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
8 hours
2 times per week
From: 51,00

Newhaven-Dieppe

UK ⇔ France
4 Hours
3 times per day
From: 39,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
7 times per week
From: 100,00

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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Map with all ferry routes to the UK from France

The ferry map gives a good impression of where you can board the ferry from several regions in France. You can either travel from Roscoff, Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Dieppe, Saint-Malo, Dunkirk, or Calais to the different ferry ports in the UK.

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Travel tip: The Condor ferry 'Liberation' is very fast!

The Condor Liberation ferry sails from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and has a maximum speed of 39 knots! Although the normal sailing speed is a lot lower than the maximum speed, this ferry will take you to France from the UK within 3 hours. This ferry also sails on the route from Poole to Saint-Malo.

The Strait of Dover Ferries

ferries in the port of Dover

Ferries in the port of Dover

 
Probably the best-known routes to the UK from France are the ferries that sail over the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of The Channel. P&O Ferries, Irish Ferries, and DFDS Ferries operate on the routes to Dover from Dunkirk and Calais. The ferries crossing to the UK from these ports are also often travelers from other European countries.
 
These are the shortest and fastest routes to the UK from France with a travel time of 1 hour and 30 minutes from Calais to Dover and 2 hours from Dunkirk to Dover. DFDS has the most crossings daily 

Calais and Dunkirk (France) ⇔ Dover (UK)

Popular 1 dfds seaways ferry
From: 81,00
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Popular 2 dover-calais ferry operators
From: 36,00
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Ferries to the UK from Normandy, Brittany / Bretagne, Southwest of France

Fast Condor trimaran ferry that sails from Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Fast Condor trimaran ferry that sails from Cherbourg to Portsmouth

 

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. 

Normandy, Bretagne, Southwest of France ⇔ UK

Portsmouth-Caen

UK ⇔ France
5h 45 mins.
3 times per day
From: 59,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
7 times per week
From: 100,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
8 hours
2 times per week
From: 51,00

Portsmouth-Saint Malo

UK ⇔ France
9 hours
Once per day
From: 63,00

Poole-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
4h 30 mins.
1 time per day
From: 105,00

Poole-Saint Malo

UK ⇔ France
6h 20 mins
4 times per week
From: 124,00

Plymouth-Roscoff

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
8 times per week
From: 139,00

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.

South of France + Côte d'Azur ⇔ UK

Portsmouth-Caen

UK ⇔ France
5h 45 mins.
3 times per day
From: 59,00

Portsmouth-Le Havre

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
7 times per week
From: 100,00

Portsmouth-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
8 hours
2 times per week
From: 51,00

Poole-Cherbourg

UK ⇔ France
4h 30 mins.
1 time per day
From: 105,00

Poole-Saint Malo

UK ⇔ France
6h 20 mins
4 times per week
From: 124,00

Plymouth-Roscoff

UK ⇔ France
5h 30 mins.
8 times per week
From: 139,00

Ferries from Paris to Londen

Ferry to London

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

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From: 39,00
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Traveling to the UK through France

When you're traveling by ferry to the UK there is a big chance that you're traveling by car from one of the other countries on the European mainland as France is a great hub to board the ferries across The Channel. For the Brits, it is important to realize that in mainland Europe to drive on the right side 😉 of the road.
 
For the Europeans heading to the UK, it is important to realize that in the UK you have to drive on the left side if you're traveling by car.
 
Also good to keep in mind is the time difference between the UK on the one side and France on the other side.

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.

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