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The cheapest way to cross the Channel

It's not easy to find the best and the cheapest option to cross the channel from England to France. We excluded flying as you can't take your Jeep with you if you want to cross the channel with your car.

To be able to answer the question, we have made a number of test bookings ourselves.

We have included and tested the following options:

Crossing the Channel in the cheapest way possible

Note: It's important to mention that we've taken samples to end up with the pricing below. We are aware that these prices can change due to availability, full ships, and ticket upgrades. If you want to compare prices yourself try out the ‘comparison' website Directferries.co.uk.
Compare pricing is a smart way to find out the cheapest options.

Our Comparison

In order to make the best possible comparison, we have made our bookings on the same date in peak season and we have also used a Volkswagen Golf for our booking.

This car is average in size, but prices may differ depending on the car you have.

The prices we experienced

  • Eurotunnel: ~ £ 100 / € 116 (not possible to travel without a vehicle!)
  • Eurostar: ~ £ 60/ € 70 (no crossing with a car possible!)
  • P&O Ferries / DFDS Dover-Calais: ~ £ 80 / € 95
  • DFDS Dover-Dunkirk: ~ £ 75 / € 85
  • DFDS Newhaven-Dieppe: ~ £100 / €116

Realistically, DFDS ‘Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais are the cheapest options for crossing The Channel towards France. A single ticket without a car will cost you only ~ £ 25 / € 30

It is important to note that it is not possible to book the crossing on the DFDS website without a vehicle. That is why we have stated in our booking that we travel by bicycle. This way you only have to pay £ 25.

DFDS is a good operator if you seek to book your tickets as cheaply as possible.

If you're interested in booking the cheapest routes available, we've created pages of both for you with some great insights:

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2 Comments
  1. Good afternoon, we would like to cross the channel on the ferry and take our car with us on the ferry We are coming from Calais to Dover Can you give us an idea is it possible and how much does it cost Approximately Coming to Dover on April 20, 2023
    Thank you!

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