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Ferry Fares

Most ferry operators offer flexible fares, meaning great bargains at quiet times of day or year. For example, short cross-channel routes such as Dover to Calais or Boulogne can be as low as £45 for a car plus two passengers, although around £75 to £105 is more likely. If you're a foot passenger, or cycling, there's less need to book ahead; fares on short crossings cost about £30 to £50 each way.

Ferry Routes

The main ferry routes between England and other countries include the following:

  • Dover to Calais (France)
  • Dover to Dunkirk (France)
  • Harwich to Hook of Holland (Netherlands)
  • Hull to Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Hull to Zeebrugge (Belgium)
  • Liverpool to Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Newcastle to Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Newhaven to Dieppe (France)
  • Plymouth to Roscoff (France)
  • Poole to Cherbourg (France)
  • Portsmouth to Bilbao (Spain)
  • Portsmouth to St Malo (France)
  • Portsmouth to Santander (Spain)

Ferry Booking

You can book directly with one of the ferry operators listed here, or use the very handy www.directferries.co.uk, a single site covering all sea-ferry routes, plus Eurotunnel.

Brittany Ferries (www.brittany-ferries.com)

DFDS Seaways (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk)

P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com)

Stena Line (www.stenaline.com)