Travelling to Europe? 10 ferry crossings a day on the new Dover-Calais-Dover route

The leading ferry operator DFDS Seaways is opening a new Dover-Calais-Dover route. Eastern European passengers travelling across the English Channel will now have even more choice of travel options.

The new Dover-Calais-Dover ferry service will start operation on 17th February 2012. Initially passengers will travel on board a ferry called Norman Spirit. The initial timetable will include 10 crossings throughout the day. An additional ship and extra crossings will be introduced to the route in the nearest future.

"A new route from Dover to Calais is good news for passengers travelling to and from the UK. Additional ferry services will give travellers a greater choice of where and when to travel," says Peter Szewcow from DFDS Seaways.

"We already operate a Dover-Dunkirk route with sailings around the clock so Calais will be an additional option for our passengers travelling across the English Channel."

The introduction of the new Dover-Calais-Dover route will also allow more people to benefit from travelling to and from continental Europe by ferry. At the moment ferries are the most comfortable and the cheapest way to travel on this route. Unlike so called “budget airlines”, there are no baggage allowance restrictions on board DFDS Seaways ferries.

"More importantly, there are no hidden fees, which means that for example a party of four passengers (or even nine in the low season) travelling in one car can go to Calais for as little as 29 GBP.

On board they can then rest, have a meal, do some shopping, in other words: travel in comfort, which is very important, especially when travelling longer routes, e.g. from Great Britain to Romania", adds Szewcow.  

Sailing Schedule

Below is the interim DFDS Seaways sailing schedule, effective from 17 February until the second ship is ready for the route.

Dover-Calais   Calais-Dover
03:30*             02:00*
09:00               07:45
13:30               12:15
17:45               16:45
22:45               21:30
* Not on Sundays

More information on prices and special offers on the Dover-Cala is-Dover route can be found here.

About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company.

DFDS Seaways operates a network of 30 routes with 60 freight and passenger ships, while DFDS Logistics provides freight solutions in Europe with trailers, containers, and rail. DFDS Seaways was recently named as the only recommended ferry operator by Which? Travel (July 2011) and the Dover-France route won The Guardian, Observer and travel award for ‘Best Ferry Company’ in 2009, for the second year running. The company was also ‘Highly Recommended’ in the 2007 Telegraph Travel Awards. In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Dover to Dunkirk and Calais, Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Harwich to Esbjerg. For further information, visit

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