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Destination(s) 🇫🇷 France, 🇮🇪 Ireland
Sailings Up to 5 times per week
Duration 24 hours
Distance 383 miles, 615 km
2p+Car+Return in our estimation €1300
Operated by DFDS
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Experience the Dunkirk-Rosslare ferry, connecting France and Ireland. Enjoy an 18-24 hour journey with an overnight crossing. Ideal for tourists who want to skip England and want to travel right away to Ireland from Europe.

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Ferry to Dunkirk and Rosslare

The ferry service connecting Dunkirk, France, and Rosslare, Ireland, is a fairly new ferry connection connecting continental Europe with Ireland. (There used to be cargo ships on this route) There is only one operator active on this connection, and that is DFDS.

The ferry to Dunkirk and Rosslare is also ideal for tourists who want to skip the well-known ferries to England (Dunkirk-Dover for example) and want to travel by car or caravan to Ireland (directly) from Germany, the Netherlands, or Belgium.

The crossing duration between Rosslare and Dunkirk may vary depending on weather conditions and the chosen ferry operator. On average, the journey takes 18 to 24 hours. During this time, passengers can enjoy various facilities and amenities on board. These typically include restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, entertainment options, and cabin accommodations for overnight crossings.

The ferry allows for the transportation of various vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, and campervans. It is advisable to review the specific regulations and requirements of the ferry operator regarding vehicle bookings.

Also, on this route, booking ferry tickets in advance is recommended. That way, you secure preferred travel dates and times, particularly during peak travel seasons.

Travelers should ensure they have valid passports or other identification documents when traveling between France and Ireland, especially because Ireland is not in the Schengen zone. It is also essential to check the visa requirements applicable to your nationality and any potential entry restrictions. Read more about this here: Ferry ID requirements.

If you choose to take the ferry from Ireland (Rosslare) to France (Dunkirk) – or vice versa – during peak season, you can expect to board a night ferry that will transport you in approximately 24 hours. The total cost for a couple, a car, and a cabin during this time will be approximately €1300.

From Rosslare, you can also sail to Cherbourg with Stena Line and British Ferries.