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Boat

Each day, up to 50 car ferries from Dover dock at Calais' car-ferry terminal, situated about 1.5km northeast of place d'Armes. It's patrolled by police and surrounded by high, concertina-topped fences to prevent stowaways on ferries to the UK.

Two companies, P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways, operate regular trans-Channel services. P&O accepts foot passengers; DFDS only takes passengers with vehicles.

Bus

Buses run by Pass Pass (www.passpass.fr) link Calais with Boulogne-sur-Mer via the beautiful Côte d'Opale (€1 to all destinations, up to five daily). The bus stop, marked by a blue-and-yellow sign, is right outside Calais' city-centre train station, Gare Calais-Ville.

Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) and Flixbus (www.flixbus.com) link Calais with London.

Car & Motorcycle

To reach the Channel Tunnel's high-security vehicle-loading area at Coquelles, 6km southwest of Calais' town centre, follow the road signs on the A16 to 'Tunnel Sous La Manche' (Tunnel Under the Channel) and get off at exit 42.

Train

Calais has two train stations, linked by free shuttle buses.

Gare Calais-Fréthun A TGV station 10km southwest of town near the Channel Tunnel entrance; has direct TGVs to Paris' Gare du Nord (€33 to €66, two hours, hourly or better) as well as the Eurostar to London St Pancras (€117 to €201, one hour, two daily).

Gare Calais-Ville In the city centre; has direct services to Boulogne-sur-Mer (€8.50, 40 minutes, at least hourly) and Lille-Flandres (€19, 1½ hours, at least hourly).

Taxi

Taxis Radio Calais Charges €11 (€14 from 7pm to 7am) from the ferry terminal to the train station.