How to Get to Calais

Trains and Ferries

Calais is only a short hop away over the Channel, and Channel Hoppers are spoilt for choice.

Choose from DFDS Seaways, P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and Eurostar. Check out our guide below for an overview of each cross-channel operator’s services.

P.S. Don’t forget your passport.

By Ferry

Ferry is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to Calais, and the services offered by ferry companies have improved massively in recent years. More competition has encouraged better prices, and there is now a great choice of places to catch the ferry from. Ferries are far less hassle than planes, saving you time and aggravation, as well as money. If you need your car, the benefits are huge, taking your own car on a ferry saves you having to sort out transport when you arrive in France, it also enables you to carry a lot of luggage to and from France!

P&O Ferries

Tel: 08705 20 20 20

P&O Ferries

Check-in: 30 minutes

Journey time: 75 minutes

Frequency: Every 45 minutes a peak time

Leaving From: Dover to Calais

DFDS Seaways

Tel: 0871 574 7235

Check-in: 45 minutes

Journey time: 90 minutes

Frequency: Every 90 minutes a peak time

Leaving From: Dover to Calais

By Air

If for whatever reason you decide to fly to France from the UK rather than take a ferry or a train, the closest airport to Calais in France is Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Flying to France from the northern regions of the UK? Use Airport Parking Shop to find the best airport car parking deals at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester.

By Train


Tel: 08705 186 186 – Please note a £5 booking fee applies to phone bookings


Check-in: 30 minutes – Changes depending on your ticket type see Eurostar Check In for more details

Journey time: 50 minutes

Frequency: 3 times per day at peak times

Leaving From: London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet. and Ashford to Calais Fréthun. This TGV stop is some distance from Calais itself; there are shuttle buses and taxis.

Note: Eurostar does not carry vehicles. Foot passengers only.