Ferry connection UNITED KINGDOM (Dover) - FRANCE (Calais) on the route LONDON to PARIS
To avoid the expensive direct train from London to Paris (Eurostar - a supplement of 70 EUR one-way
) you can use a ferry. It is slower, but also very nice and especially cheaper!
The best ferry connection is between DOVER (UK) and CALAIS (France).
NEW INFORMATION: rail.cc/en/interrail-ferry/dover-calais/20
stopped the transport of foot passengers in November 2009.
So the InterRail discounted connection got lost.
Now there is only the not discounted connection by P&O Ferries
The fare was usually EUR 18 - one way: www.poferries.com
(July 2010): currently the online one-way-fare is EUR 39 by P&O - so really expensive.
You have to buy a RETURN-ticket for the same day.
The fare is then between EUR 12-16.
Select as currency GBP, otherwise it will be much more expensive.
As it is not totally clear if your credit card will be charged when not doing a return travel, we recommend to buy the ticket directly at the ticket window at the harbour - ask for a discount - travellers told, you will get one for EUR 17.
Information LONDON to DOVER
London Victoria / London Charing Cross to Dover Priory
There are trains running every 30 minutes. The train journey is 1:30h to 2:00h. You will arrive at Dover Priory.
Dover Priory to Dover Eastern Docks
: it is a walk of about 30 minutes. Follow the signs (Ferry Terminal or City Centre).
: the bus is running every 15 minutes (leaves directly in front of the station - ends directly in front of the doors of the terminal). it is between GBP 1,00 and GBP 2,00.
: about GBP 6,00
FERRY Dover to Calais
It is a journey of 1:30h. For departure times have a look at the P&O Ferries website: www.poferries.com
Information PARIS to CALAIS
Paris Gare du Nord to Calais Ville:
if travelling with regional trains to avoid supplements you will need about 3:30h. There are some direct TGVs with 1:40h of travel time.
Calais Ville to the ferry terminal:
: it is a 25 minutes walk. Leave the station, cross the place and street in front of you. Walk the smaller street at the left of the hotel. Follow the signs car ferry.
: EUR 2,00 - 10 minutes.
Departure times at ferry terminal: 1000, 1105, 1205, 1250, 1405, 1520, 1620, 1705, 1805, 1940.
Departure times at the station Calais Ville: 1010, 1115, 1215, 1300, 1420, 1530, 1630, 1715, 1815, 1950
: is about EUR 8,00 to EUR 10,00 and will need 5 minutes.
Calais Ferry Terminal:
You have to use a really small way to get into the ferry terminal. There is a lane for cars beside.
Check in time of for the ferry is: 45 minutes before departure.
if you arrive late in the evening at Calais, the cheapest place to sleep in Calais is the hotel directly in front of the station called Bonsai Hotel (phone: +33 321 96 10 10 | room for 2 persons: EUR 40, room for 3 persons: EUR 43).
Due to the unclear situation of the ferry fares, simply use an inexpensive overnight coach:
Update: Nov 2016