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Destination(s) 🇫🇷 France, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Operated by DFDS
Distance 47 miles, 75 km
Sailings Up to 8 times per day
Duration 2 Hours
Vessel type Car ferry
Night Crossing No

The DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk sails up to 12 times per day, making it a fairly frequent ferry. This ferry takes you to France or back to the UK in only 2 hours. This makes it one of the shortest return-trips to France, along with the Dover to Calais crossings. Ideal for those wishing to travel between France and England.

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The DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk (Duinkerken) runs 11 times daily between the UK and France. It takes you to the other side of the English Channel in just 2 hours, making it one of the shortest crossings between France and Calais. Crossing to Dunkirk is an excellent option for travelling to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Scandinavian countries.

The significant advantage of travelling by ferry is that you can quickly bring your car. Great for those who want to go to France or another European country on holiday. With Calais-Dover, the crossing from Dover to Dunkirk is one of Europe's most well-known and busiest.

Check availability and compare prices for Dover Dunkirk

DFDS Ferries sails frequently on the route from Dover to Dunkirk. DFDS advertises prices on the Dover – Duinkerken route for €78 for a single trip with four persons and a car; that's not even €20,- per person. When checking the prices we even found cheaper tickets: for €72,- it is possible to travel by car from Dover to Dunkirk with four people.

Ferry to Dunkirk & Dover

This ferry ride takes 2 hours from France to the UK and vice versa. The ferry takes you to the other side in 2 hours.

This is especially true for Dutch, Germans, and Belgians. Dunkirk is located a bit more to the north than Calais and can, therefore, be reached faster by Northern European countries. This means you spend less time in the car and just half an hour longer on the boat.

On this page, you will find a lot of information and tips about this ferry service to Dover & Dunkirk.

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Book tickets at DFDS

Tickets can be easily booked at DFDS

Tickets Dover – Dunkirk

It is advisable to book in advance, but taking a last-minute crossing is often no problem. It is often the case that prices rise as it gets busier.

The crossing to Dunkirk is a great way to get to the European continent; many vibrant cities are within just a few hours of driving or public transport. Paris, Antwerpen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Cologne are within a 4-hour drive from Dunkirk.

Timetable to Dover and Dunkirk

For the crossing to Dover and Dunkirk, DFDS has a daily schedule with 12 crossings back and forth between France and the UK. A ferry leaves from both sites every 2 hours.

Departures from Dover to Dunkirk: Every 2 hours, a ship leaves for Dunkirk in Dover. From Dover to Dunkirk, it leaves at 02.00, 04.00, 06.00, and so on, as shown in the timetable below. The schedule the other way around is almost the same. Only the first ship leaves later, and the last boat leaves later because of the time difference.

Dover Dunkirk Timetable

The timetable for the ferries from Dover to Dunkrik
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Departures from Dunkirk to Dover

  • Departure every 2 hours
  • Starting from 04.00 until 23.59 (the last ship of the day)
If you decide to travel with the ferry to Dover or Dunkirk, don't forget the time difference. The actual crossing will take you 2 hours but depending on which way you travel it can be either 1 or 3 hours on the clock.

Route Dover – Dunkirk

The map below shows the fast crossing from Dover to Dunkirk (Duinkerken) over the North Sea / English Channel. You can zoom in and out to see more specifics about the route.

Departure, sailing time & arrival

How long in advance do you have to be present? The Check-in on the crossing to Dover & Dunkirk closes at least 45 minutes in advance. It is of course wise to be present at the DFDS terminal in the port of Dover and Dunkirk well in advance.
Departure port: Dover The ships from Dover arrive and depart from Eastern Docks, Dover CT16 1JA, United Kingdom📍
Ferry to Dover & Dunkirk duration The sailing time between Dunkirk and Dover is approximately 2 hours. The exact sailing time may differ due to weather conditions and currents.
Arrival Dunkirk The ferry arrives at the following address: Terminal Car Ferry, Port 5670, Rte de la Maison Blanche, 59279 Loon-Plage, France📍
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Ferry to Dover and Dunkirk

DFDS advertises a starting price of €81 per car with 4 persons for a single journey. With an ideal booking, in the low season, which you then calculate back to ‘per person', this is possible. If you go with fewer people then you'll pay a bit higher price Generally, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. In addition, there are sometimes offers that you can take advantage of.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several questions are frequently asked for these crossings between Dover and Dunkirk

Are there ATMs on DFDS vessels on this connection?

DFDS mentions on their website that they have no ATMs on board; we were surprised to read this, so we contacted them to double-check this, and it was true. Make sure you have a full wallet when you board your DFDS ferry! Of course, you can pay for it in the restaurant with credit cards.

How long does the crossing from Dover and Dunkirk take?

The crossing from Dover and Dunkirk takes a total of 2 hours

Can I bring my pet on board??

Yes, if you travel with your transport, you can bring your pet (dogs and cats. Kennels are available. There are rules for pets from the British government that must be followed.

Can you bring a bicycle on board the ferry?

Yes, when booking, you can easily select that you want to take a bicycle on board the ferry. A bicycle costs €8 per trip.

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