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Cross Channel Ferry Information

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The Port of Dover is one of Europe's largest passenger ports and the nearest English port to France at just 21 miles (34 kilometres).

With millions of passengers, cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses passing through the Port of Dover on cross channel ferries each year, it's no wonder we're known as the 'gateway to Europe'.

As a result of huge and continued investment, the Port now boasts state-of-the-art facilities, excellent transport links and award-winning customer service.

Cars, motorcycles, coaches and freight

Cars on cross channel ferries

There's a cross channel ferry departure on average every 30 minutes from Dover, when taken across all operator schedules.

Foot passengers

Foot passenger services at the Ferry Terminal operate between 06.00hrs and 19.30hrs. Again, cross Channel ferry departures occur about every 30 minutes when taken across all operator schedules.

Sailing Times

For information on sailing times for cross channel ferries, please see click on the ferry operator links below. 

Coach Transport Contacts

There are a number of Coach companies that provide scheduled services for travel to the Port of Dover and beyond. Further alternative low cost coach travel details can be found via

Special needs

The Port of Dover includes facilities for people with special needs to ensure as smooth a journey as possible.

Dover ferry port operators

Four ferry companies, P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, DFDS/LD Lines and MyFerryLink currently operate from the Port of Dover to Calais and Dunkerque.

Sailing Times

For information on sailing times for cross channel ferries, please click on the ferry operator links below. 

DFDS Seaways cross channel ferriesP&O cross channel ferriesmfl logo
Visit the DFDS Seaways websiteVisit the P&O Ferries website Visit the MyFerryLink website

All the above cross channel ferry companies operate from the Eastern Docks Ferry Port.

Facilities and provisions

cross channel ferry facilities at Dover Port

If you have time to spare, the Port of Dover provides a range of refreshment and shopping facilities at the Passenger Services Buildings in the Eastern Docks Ferry Port including a Bureau de Change, Cafe Ritazza, Burger King and other retail outlets.

Currency exchange

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Lost property

A Lost & Found Property Office is located at Harbour House Reception. To check for found property or to report a loss call 01304 245392 during opening hours weekdays except bank holidays 0800hrs to 1700hrs or email .

Seasonal notes

School holiday season: During school holidays, Passenger Services Buildings East and West are open 24 hours. For the remainder of the summer season, opening times for Passenger Services Building East and West are reduced as follows:

  • 06:30hrs to 21:15hrs (Burger King is open from 09:00hrs - 18:00hrs)
  • During winter, the opening hours are further reduced to 07:00hrs - 17:00hrs

Opening hours may change due to maintenance and servicing commitments throughout the year.

Mobile phones

Passengers are reminded that the use of hand held mobile phones while driving in the Port is strictly prohibited.