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Arriving at Port

Ferry companies are now issuing Ticket on Departure. Keep reference number handy. You must arrive at the port about one hour  prior to sailing. If you should miss your ferry, your ticket is usually valid for any sailing, but only subject to availability.
 

Ferry companies reserve the right to make an amendment charge at the port if you do not travel on the sailing booked, particularly if you change your price band, or if your vehicle is longer or higher than that shown on the ticket. It may mean applying to the ticket office and queueing to await any cancellations particularly if you have an overheight vehicle, such as a caravan or motorhome, as overheight vehicle space is limited on long sea routes. On arrival at the port, you go through ticket control and passport control together.

In most embarkation lounges, there are toilets, disabled facilities and baby-changing facilities along with refreshments in cafés/bars or vending machines.

Staying Overnight at the Port

For holidaymakers with caravans and motorhomes it is possible to pull up for the night at the following ports - Roscoff, Cherbourg, Caen and Dunkerque. You can also stay overnight at Poole and Plymouth. This is particularly useful if you arrive at the port from one of the late afternoon or evening sailings or wish to get an early morning crossing.

There are also a good number of overnight sites near all the ports.

Loading Procedure

Ferry Loading Procedure is usually in accordance with a pre-determined plan depending on length, height, width and weight to comply with security regulations. Sometimes, therefore, you may have to wait longer than others. Disabled passengers should let the staff at the check-in desk know if they need to be parked next to a lift to get from the vehicle deck to the passenger decks.  They will then inform the loading staff who will make sure that you are parked in the correct position and give any assistance needed. You are also expected to ensure that your car alarm is not activated which means locking the car manually or deactivating the alarm. Access to the vehicle decks is prohibited during the crossing, so take everything you need from the car with you.

Take note of the number or letter of your vehicle deck to help you relocate your vehicle when it comes to disembarkation.

On-Board Accommodation

If you have sleeping accommodation booked, claim this as soon as you have boarded.

If you require accommodation ask at the information desk for availability. If you have a cabin, you will be woken up early in the morning, to allow you to breakfast. Listen carefully to all Public Address announcements and once you have rejoined your vehicle for disembarkation, do not start your engine until told to do so. This avoids polluting the air on the vehicle decks.

On-Board Services

On board there are usually a cafeteria, restaurant, shops, bar, telephones, games rooms with electronic games and a play area for small children. Films are usually screened in the cinema on long-sea crossings.

Ferry Companies

 

 

Dover to Dunkerque

Dover to Calais

      Newcastle to Amsterdam
 

Dover to Calais

    Hull to Zeebrugge
      Hull to Rotterdam
 

 

    Dover to Calais

 

 

    Newhaven to Dieppe
    Portsmouth to Le Havre
    Rosslare to Cherbourg

 

 

 

Portsmouth to Caen

    Portsmouth to St Malo
    Portsmouth to Le Havre
    Portsmouth to Cherbourg
    Poole to Cherbourg
    Plymouth to Roscoff
    Cork to Roscoff
    Portsmouth to Bilbao
    Portsmouth to Santander
    Plymouth to Santander
 
 

Rosslare to Cherbourg

    Rosslare to Roscoff

 

 

    Folkestone to Calais

Celtic Ferries

Rosslare to Cherbourg

Eurotunnel travellers on arrival at the terminal at Folkestone, report directly to the Check-in point for Tickets purchased in Advance where you will receive boarding instructions. When you have loaded leave the windows open so that you can hear announcements during the journey. Please stay in or near your vehicle and ensure that children are supervised at all times. Toilets are located in every third wagon. There are no refreshments on board, so it is a good idea to take some drinks and light snacks with you in the car. The train will enter the Tunnel a minute or two after leaving the platform and normally arrives 27 minutes later in France.
Vehicles fitted with LPG containers to power domestic services e.g. cooking, refrigeration, heating and water heaters are accepted as long as the containers are switched off, weigh no more than 47kg and are not more than 80% full. If your vehicle is fitted with such a container, you must declare this at Check-In.LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and dual powered vehicles (i.e. vehicles fitted with an LPG tank as an alternative fuel) cannot be accepted for transport by Eurotunnel.


Ferry Routes

 

 

DFDS

    Crossing time 2 Hours
      Up to 12 crossings per day
 
  • Dover to Calais

P & O Ferries

    Crossing time 90 mins
    Up to 23 sailings per day
    DFDS 
    Crossing time 90 mins 
    Up to 5 sailings per day 
    My Ferry Link
    Crossing time 90mins
    Up to 16 sailings per day
  • Folkestone to Calais

 

    Eurotunnel
    Crossing Time 35 mins
    Up to 3 departues per hour

 

  • Newhaven to Dieppe

 

    LD Lines/Transmanche
    Crossing time 4 hours
    2 sailings per day

 

 

 

  • Portsmouth to Caen

 

Brittany Ferries

    Crossing time 6 hours
    7 hours overnight
    Up to 4 sailings per day
  • Portsmouth to St Malo

Brittany Ferries

Crossing time 9 hours

    10hrs 45mins overnight
 
    1 sailing per day

 


  • Portsmouth to Le Havre

 

Brittany Ferries

    Crossing time 3hrs 45mins
    Fastcraftt
    4 sailings per week
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre

LD Lines

Crossing time 5hrs 30mins

    8hrs overnight
 
    1 sailing per day

 

  • Portsmouth to Cherbourg

 

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 3 hours
    2 crossings per day
  • Poole to Cherbourg

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 4hours 30 mins
    2 sailings midweek
    3 sailings weekends

 

  • Plymouth to Roscoff

 

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 6 hours
    8 hours overnight
    2 crossings per day
  • Cork to Roscoff

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 14hours
    1 sailings per week

 

  • Portsmouth to Bilbao

 

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 24 hours
    32 hours on Sunday outward
    2 crossings per week
  • Portsmouth to Santander

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 24 hours
    2 sailings per week

 

  • Plymouth to Santander

 

    Brittany Ferries
    Crossing time 20 hours
    1 crossing per week
  • Rosslare to Cherbourg

    Celtic Ferries
    Crossing time 18 hours 30 mins
    3 sailings per week

 

  • Rosslare to Roscoff

 

    Irish Ferries
    Crossing time 17 hours 30 mins
    2 crossings per week
  • Rosslare to Cherbourg

    Irish Ferries
    Crossing time 18 hours 30 mins
    2 sailings per week