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This is our Ferry to France feature. Its aim is to provide some basic information about the current ferry services available to France from the UK, to provide links to resources a little background information and where possible add some value with some user reviews and feedback. We've been publishing this and similar features for over a decade. We invite your feedback, our contact details are at the foot of the page. You can see our latest French tourism features here.
The cross channel ferry market is now more dynamic than ever and old routes are revived and traditional ones closed, both in the short and long term. For example at the time of writing the Dover - Boulogne route wasn't operating since the closure of the LD Lines service but it is felt that the route will eventually be picked up by another operator. There is also a service between Ramsgate and Ostend, and DFDS and LD Lines have entered into a joint venture on the Dover to Calais route.
To book with P&O follow this link: www.poferries.com this for DFDS www.dfdsseaways.co.uk. The current economic recession seems to have led to some consolidation in the cross channel ferry market. From Dover P&O remains the major force with DFDS playing an increasingly important role. Seafrance was placed in administration in November 2011. Norfolkline became part of the DFDS group in July 2010.
The main ferry routes connecting England to mainland Europe across the English channel are (details correct at the time of writing but subject to frequent change, always check with the port/ferry company before you book or set off):
You can check all the sailings out of Dover by visiting the Port of Dover website at http://www.doverport.co.uk/.
At the time of writing (February 2013) Dover to Calais day returns for £24 including six free bottles of wine.
We don't publish a 'live' timetable at present, check direct with the operator for current information.
The main ports servicing cross ferry traffic are:
The Port of Calais
The Port of Calais alone handles about a third of the cross channel roll on roll off traffic between continental Europe and the UK.
The Port Of Dover
The Port of Dover is Europe's busiest ferry port. It handles around £80 billion of trade each year.
The Port of Dunkirk
Dunkirk is France's third-ranking port, it handles heavy bulk cargo as well as cross-Channel ferry traffic.
The Port Of Ostend
A versatile shortsea port, it accommodates all types of coastal maritime traffic including cross channel ferries.
The Port Of Ramsgate
The port represents a niche UK port facility, capable of handling passenger traffic in an efficient and customer friendly way.
This page is regularly maintained but if you find that any links are broken or content out of date let us know.This is a feature under constant improvement. We welcome submission of local tourist information for a free listing.
Visiting France & Belgium
As a Kent website Yourcounty has been publishing visitor features for France and Belgium since our inception. We maintain up to 100 pages in this section at any one time, retiring the older ones and replacing the with new or updated features. If you would like to submit content for somewhere or something our users might be interested in send us an email with the relevant details.
Eurostar, Eurotunnel & Ferries
Alongside suggestions of where you might like to go and what you can do when you get there we also try and provide helpful information for people travelling across the channel by ferry, Eurostar and Eurotunnel. As well as general advice and helpful tips. We aim to feature special offers and promotional fares and deals when possible. We welcome your thoughts about when and how to travel just drop us an email.
Feedback and disclaimer
We have based this website on the actual needs and wants of our users. We welcome your thoughts about our coverage and suggestions of what we should and shouldn't include. Our aim is to provide something useful, informative or amusing every time you visit the website, if we don't get this right let us know by sending an email with 'la France ' in the title. We welcome feedback from businesses and tourist authorities in France and Belgium.