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Boulogne Calais Port

Preparing your Calais/Dover crossing

The port of Calais is the 1st French port and 2nd European passenger port. It offers travelers, services and infrastructure acitivities to prepare your journey. Find out here all these services and all information on the preparation of your trip

Ferry operators

Two ferry companies propose crossings from Calais every day..



Car Ferry Terminal

62100 Calais

Booking and information: +33 (0)3 66 74 03 25






Car Ferry Terminal

62100 Calais

Booking and information: +33 (0)2 32 14 68 50



Ticket bookings

Calais offers up to 50 departures to Dover each day, 364/365 days a year (except on 25 December).

The ferry operators sell tickets from their ticket counters, 7/7, 24/24, in the lobby of the Car Ferry Terminal.

To book a ticket online, consult the ferry operators' websites.






Car parks

The Calais facility provides three car parks tailored to your needs, reserved for passenger cars.

For passengers embarking for a cruise, please consult the "Leaving on a cruise" section.


P5 – Drop-off and short-stay car park - PAYING

  • Direct access to the entrance of the Arrivals/Departures terminal
  • The first 30 minutes are free
  • Car park is enclosed and guarded

P6 – Medium- and long-stay car park - PAYING

  • 2 minutes away from the Arrivals/Departures terminal
  • The first 2 hours are free
  • Accessible to all vehicles except caravans, light vans, motor homes and HGVs
  • Car park is enclosed and guarded

P2 – Short- and medium-stay car park - FREE OF CHARGE

  • Located at the end of the parking area, 5 minutes on foot from the Arrivals/Departures terminal
  • Accessible to all vehicles except HGVs
  • Parking is limited to a maximum stay of 7 days
  • Open car park
  • Regulated parking

Method of payment: automatic pay stations that accept change (in euros) or credit cards (with your parking ticket)
Cards accepted: Eurocard Mastercard, Carte Bleue CB, Visa.


No possibility of online booking


Download Parkings prices :


Parking Calais 2016 Prices





Formalities and checks
  • Formalities

The UK remains outside the Schengen Area, so you are strongly advised to comply with British legislation:

  • Check-in

Vehicle and foot passenger check-in takes place at least 60 minutes before boarding (please allow time for checks by the French Border Police and the UK Border Force).


         Vehicles: At the stall of your ferry operator

Foot passengers: At the ticket counter of your ferry operator in the lobby of the Car Ferry Terminal


  • Checks

After check-in, identity checks are performed at borders by the French Border Police and UK Border Force (UKBF).


NB: If you wish to access the terminal on foot beyond those checks, you must have your ticket and identification documents on you.


  • Opening hours

The reception and information desk located in the lobby of the Car Ferry Terminal is open 7 days a week from 7:00 to 22:00.

  • Immigration

These checks are carried out by the Immigration Service of the UK Border Force immediately after those carried out by the French Border Police.

  • Animals

There are restrictions on the transport of animals to the United Kingdom. It is recommended that you contact the ferry operator with which you are travelling.

The applicable formalities can be found on:


  • Services Points

There are three Service Points available in the pre-boarding area, with a rest area (toilets, showers, nursery), and vending machines selling hot drinks and snacks.

These services points are also equipped with free smartphone charging stations



IMPORTANT: For your safety, you are requested to always use the designated footpaths.

  • WiFi access is free

  • ATM

An ATM is available in the lobby of the Car Ferry Terminal. Cards accepted: Carte Bleue CB, VISA, Visa Electron, Visa Plus, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, and "Banque Accord" cards.


  • Currency exchange

A currency exchange is located in the terminal hall but also near the boarding lines


  • Animals areas
 For our four-legged friends, several dog zones are set up near the boarding lines and services points and in the immediate vicinity of the building of the "pets controls" of the shipping companies 



  • A bus shuttle service on request  (fee-paying), only on July and August, isorganised from the terminal to the ‘Place d’Armes’ square (Calais North) and ‘gare de Calais-Ville’ station, and return to the terminal.
  • Download the flyer
  • Locat the bus stop 
  • Car hire
  • Europcar France – Tel: + 33 (0)3 21 96 73 40
  • Rent a Car – Tel: + 33 (0) 3 21 34 58 45
  • ADA – Tel: +33 (0)3 21 96 36 12
  • Euroto – Tel: +33 (0)3 21 96 36 12
  • Numerous public transport

  • Bike rental
  • A bicycle rental station "Vel'in" is located in front of the Transmanche terminal
  • Many possibilities are proposed to you for your travel in the town of Calais (bus, coach, Div’In, Majest’in, Vel'Inn, etc.).
  • For any information: Espace Vivabus
  • 68, boulevard Lafayette – 62100  Calais – FRANCE
  • Tél : +33 (0)3 21 19 72 72
  • If you are on foot
  • View the foot bridge for access to the town

Download the time for travel on foot to the town center

  • At the Car Ferry Terminal

"Le Calais Douvres" self-service restaurant/bar: 2nd floor of the ferry terminal with panoramic view over the port. Opening hours: from 8:00 to 22:00


Hot drink and snack vending machines are available at the 3 service points in the pre-boarding area. Accessible 24/24.


food truck service is available on waiting areas before boarding


  • In the immediate vicinity of the Calais facility (approx. 20 min)

All types of meal service are available: fine food restaurants, traditional French restaurant/pubs, fast-food outlets and takeaways.

Find more information: Calais -Côte d'Opale Tourist Office. 

  • You can also consult the restaurant's map around Calais



A wide variety of hotels across all categories are located in the immediate vicinity of Calais (about 15 min. away).

Find more information:Calais -Côte d'Opale Tourist Office


  • You can also consult the hotel's map around Calais


What every Brit should know before coming to France

Are you about to go to France? Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your trip!


  • Drive on the right!

Keep your eyes on the road: your French friends drive on the right! Throughout your journey, keep in mind that you must always drive on the right. The same is true for roundabouts and motorways: priority is also given to vehicles arriving from the right. So always pay attention and everything will be... alright.

  • Buy some Euros

France is part of the Euro area. Before you leave, we advise you to contact your bank or a foreign exchange counter to acquire euros. You should also ask your bank about the terms and conditions of payment by credit card within France: charges may apply.

  • Electrical plugs & outlets

This is another detail that visitors often forget: mains outlets are not the same in France and the UK! We recommend you to purchase an AC adapter before you leave so that you can charge and connect your appliances anywhere in the country, as it may be difficult to find adapters on-site. Without an adapter, you can (temporarily) say goodbye to your phone, tablet and other electrical appliances.

  • Safety first

A good traveller is one who travels safely. For the time being, the only insurance you MUST have when travelling in the European Union is third party liability insurance. We suggest you contact your insurer so that you can review the full details of your insurance coverage when travelling abroad. Check these items before you leave - and then, bon voyage!


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Passenger Ferry terminal


Ferries Calais-douvres

Up to 3 departures per hour, 24/24 and 7/7

00:30 P&O Ferries
01:05 DFDS
01:35 P&O Ferries
02:30 DFDS
02:45 P&O Ferries
04:15 DFDS
04:45 P&O Ferries
05:45 P&O Ferries
06:10 DFDS
07:45 P&O Ferries
07:40 ** Possible delayDFDS
08:40 P&O Ferries
09:20 ** Possible delayDFDS
09:50 P&O Ferries
10:45 P&O Ferries
10:55 ** Possible delayDFDS
11:20 P&O Ferries
12:35 P&O Ferries
12:25 ** Possible delayDFDS
13:25 P&O Ferries
13:55 ** Possible delayDFDS
14:20 P&O Ferries
15:30 DFDS
15:20 ** Possible delayP&O Ferries
16:05 P&O Ferries
16:40 P&O Ferries
17:00 DFDS
17:15 P&O Ferries
17:55 ** Possible delayP&O Ferries
18:30 DFDS
18:50 P&O Ferries
19:55 P&O Ferries
20:10 DFDS
20:35 P&O Ferries
21:40 DFDS
21:45 P&O Ferries
23:15 DFDS
23:35 P&O Ferries
00:30 P&O Ferries

Next departures

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