Whether it's a day's shopping trip or a holiday break you're after, at 90 minutes journey time, ou can fulfill this Calais to Dover ferry crossing, or vice versa ... Its a quick and enjoyable way to cross the "Channel".
With numerous crossings, round the clock, its very easy to reach the other continent. With direct motorway access on both sides of the channel, you are free to explore as much of United Kingdom, France and the rest of Europe as you like.
Seafrance and PO Ferries r the major traders for these ferries, but as news I've heard that Seafrance has suspended its operation nowadays ...
Just check. before buying ur ticket in order to see its still in operation ...
If you are travelling to Calais by Eurostar or TGV, the station you will go to is Calais-Fréthun. It's still about 7km from the town centre. There are about 7 TGVs and a few Eurostar trains departing daily from Paris, the trip takes just over 90 minutes. Prices are high, the regular fare for a one way ticket is just over 60 EUR.
Regional trains (e.g. from Lille) stop at Calais-Ville station, which is just between the old town and the newer part. The one-way ticket from Lille costs just under 20 EUR and the journey takes between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the train.
Calais is probably mostly know for its ferry link to Dover in England. The Channel is especially narrow here and the distance from mainland Europe to Great Britain is just 34 km. In good weather you might be able to see the cliffs of Dover from Calais.
These days you still have around 30 to 40 connections every day shared between three companies, P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways and MyFerryLink. The crossing takes around 90 minutes.
The predecessor of MyFerryLink, SeaFrance went bust in 2012. This was a hard blow for many people in Calais as SeaFrance was the main employer in town. Alas nowadays Calais is a town with one of the highest unemployment rates in France.
I pre-booked our Ferry ticket to Dover, quite a long time in advance.
Whether it was cheaper then or not, I am not sure, but the price was good. I had to pay straight away, and print out a receipt to take with me.
On arrival at the Ferry terminal, we were running quite early, so the lady behind the counter said we could catch the earlier Ferry if we wished, so this is what we did.
A bus took us to the Ferry and we boarded. There were hardly any "walk on" passenger's like us, most were Truck's and Car's.
There was plenty of comfortable seating, and heaps of places for us to have breakfast at a more reasonable price.
Our journey over the English Channel was quite quick and good! We loved seeing the White cliff's of Dover, you get a great view from the Ferry.
No good going outside for photo's though! In July, it was blowing a gale and getting colder the closer to England we came.
Yes, we would use the Ferry again.!
Check out the website for all the necessary detail's!
We took this free mini bus from Place d'Armes to Theatre where we changed public bus to Cite Europe. These buses run Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm around the city area at approx. 10 minutes interval. There is a stop near to the train station too.
There is a shuttle bus service between to Port & the town center, this used to be free I believe but now costs Euro 1.50 each way. Remember to check when the last bus is that you can take before you have to arrive at the ferry because if you arrive late for the ferry crossing there is a possibility they could charge you extra to take the next one.
The ferry makes 25 sailings a day making it easy to cross the channel. The journey from Dover to Calais takes between 75 - 90min there are several restaurants & coffee shops on board for those in need of refreshment as well as duty free shopping.
In good weather you can take advantage of breathing in the good air on deck, but of course if its bad weather you may wish to stay below for obvious reasons.
I went over as a day foot passenger & we got a deal of GBP 11 but most people take their car over on the ferry to do the aptly named booze cruise. The cost is per vehicle & it is best to book early.
Do make sure you arrive at the correct time they advise cause you may miss your bus if you are a foot passenger as we did. Also Don't forget your PASSPORT there are custom checks both sides of the crossing.
There is good wheelchair access on the ferry as well as getting on & off. The quick way to exit the boat once returning is via the stairs as I proved after having a race with Natalie.
We were late and missed our ferry. To get on board you need to arrive about 30-40 minutes before departure.
We travelled the channel by Seafrance. They rebooked our crossing for the next available time. I think this was because the boat wasnt full, so in peak times you might have to wait a few hours more.
Generally clean, however on a busy ferry at the end the toilets can be smelly.
Cheap deals, I would use them again
The cheap and easy way to travel to Calais is by ferry from Dover.
P&O Ferries and Seafrance both offer modern spacious vessels with facilities for young and old.
I travel with my 2 young children 5 - 6 times a year and we have always enjoyed our crossing as part of the holiday experience.
I use www.ferrycheap.com to book my cheap ferry to Calais for both day trips or short breaks or our main summer holiday, I find it quick and easy to use and very competitive.
The Dover to Calais cross channel service has a very good courtesy bus service that takes you to the town of Calais if you decide to go without your car, at the Dover end they will take you to the town and train station and i believe Folkestone. There is no charge for this service.
P&O Stenna have a great fleet of cross channel ferries that sail from Dover to Calais every day of the year. These car ferries are built to be more like luxury cruise liners than cross channel ferries, and after the terrible disaster off zebrugga in the 80s these ships are equiped with the latest saftey equipment. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours and there is loads to do on board.
By far the most enjoyable way to cross the channel is to cruise it.
P&O and Seafrance both offer excellent conditions on their ships. There are play areas for the kids, bars and restaurants. There are also non-smoking areas and electronic games machines. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours. Go on a nice day and you can enjoy sitting outside taking in the sea air.
The quickest way to Calais is through the Channel Tunnel. It takes just 35 minutes from platform to platform. It is unfortunately a boring journey with the only views being the inside of the train. The ferry is a much more enjoyable journey. The tunnel is also very expensive.
Calais has a good road network making it easy to get around. If driving around the centre of town watch out for one-way streets that can catch you out with inadequate warning signs.
Navigating the city is easy if you stick to the main streets. Venture anywhere else and a local road map is a must.
Another bar on board the ship. May i add at this stage that im not an alchoholic (well not quite yet, just give me time) hahahahahaha.