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Welcome to the Yourcounty ferry departure and arrival feature. We aim to provide information for people using the regional ports; although our primary focus is Dover we do hold some details and links to resources for ferry departures and arrivals for Ramsgate and Portsmouth. We also have some details for Medway Ports (Sheerness and Chatham) as well as Eurotunnel and Eurostar information and links. Dover is the leading European port in terms of passenger ferry departures, there are two an hour on average from Dover, more in high season, less in low season. At the time of of writing TransEuropa were no longer operating the Ramsgate to Ostend service and had ceased trading.
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This page has been developed in part based on the comments from our users and researchers, if you have improvements and additions to suggest do get in touch. We welcome feedback about your ferry and port experience. Our contact details are at the foot of the page. This is not an exhaustive list users are welcome to suggest other links, helplines and resources.
A quick work if you are a foot passenger travelling through Dover. In recent years there have been fewer and fewer opportunities for people travelling as foot passengers at our last review the only carrier offering this service was P&O, while this is subject to change we'd advise foot passengers to check with port authorities and individual companies about the availabilities of foot passengers.
The first passenger departure across the channel was the paddle steamer Rob Roy which made the trip in 1821. Traditionally the main routes across the English channel are: Dover to Calais, Dover to Boulogne, Dover to Dunkirk (Dunkerque), Newhaven to Dieppe, Portsmouth to Caen, Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Portsmouth to Le Havre, Portsmouth to Saint Malo, Portsmouth to Channel Islands, Poole to Saint Malo, Poole to Cherbourg, Weymouth to Saint Malo and Plymouth to Roscoff.
In our experience help for Eurotunnel travellers is best accessed through the Contact centre (+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35), this does however have restricted opening hours, 8am to 7pm most working days slightly shorter hours for bank holidays and at weekends. Different numbers if you need help in a language other than English, see their website for more details.
There are a large number of minor routes, some of these may be currently active or inactive (Folkestone to Boulogne, Ramsgate to Oostende (Ostend) and Sheerness to Vlissingen to name a few). The advent of the Channel Tunnel has decreased the amount of traffic crossing the English Channel by ferry some of the minor routes may be gone forever or until market conditions make them viable once again.
Our ferry information is checked regularly, we aim to provide some general information and links to the respective ports and transport companies rather than publish detailed time tables. For precise information on departures and arrivals simply follow the links. If you find anything needing updating let us know. If you know of resources that would improve this page we'd be happy to hear from you. The listing is provided for information purposes only, please see our disclaimer.
We are also keen to feature individual feedback about experience of ferries, port facilities as well as Eurotunnel and Eurostar.
"Do you guys have any ideas what is the best system to find out about Eurotunnel delays, I've been caught twice now and it's very frustrating considering the reason for travelling with the Chunnel is the speed of crossing. L Sikora"
Hi, if punctuality is an issue try ringing the UK contact centre, only manned during office hours, slightly shorter opening hours at weekends and bank holidays, outside of the opening hours try the Eurotunnel website.
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