Ferry and Chunnel
Compare Chunnel and Ferry Car Crossings
If you are taking the car to France, you can cross the Channel by ferry or by Chunnel train. Ferry prices are often cheaper, but journeys take 1 hour longer. Compare all Chunnel and ferry crossings to find the best prices. Always book in advance and travel at off peak times where possible to get the best fares.
Use the price comparison booking form to compare ferry and tunnel prices and find the best deals.
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Book Chunnel Passenger Trains
The passenger trains through the Chunnel are run by Eurostar. Eurostar Chunnel trains go from London, Ashford or Ebbsfleet in England, to Paris, Lille, Calais, Avignon, Eurodisney, Brussels and more... The Eurostar trains are very comfortable and London to Paris takes just 2 hours 15 minutes. Ticket prices start at around £69.
To book Eurostar tickets, visit Voyages SNCF - the official distribution channel of the French railways
Taking the car? Use our booking form to compare ferry and Chunnel prices.
There are various ferry alternatives to taking the Chunnel trains, from ferry operators such as P&O Ferries, MyFerryLink, LD Lines and DFDS / Norfolk Line Ferries.
Dover to Calais Ferries
A ferry crossing from Dover to Calais takes around 90 minutes. Dover to Calais is probably the most popular ferry crossing to France, and it is operated by P&O Ferries, DFDS and MyFerryLink. Prices are cheaper than Chunnel trains, starting at around £29 per car for a single journey. Dover is just a few miles from the Chunnel terminal at Folkestone.
Dover to Dunkirk
Dover to Dunkirk ferries are operated by DFDS / Norfolkline ferries and take around 2 hours. Prices start at just £19 per car for a single, if you book well in advance and travel at off peak times.
Chunnel or Ferry - Which is quicker?
Chunnel crossings take 35 minutes, using the Chunnel car trains running through the Channel Tunnel. Ferry crossings take around 1 hour 90 minutes from Dover to Calais. Both the ports and Chunnel terminals are very close to the main road networks in England and France, so your onward journey starts as soon as you have disembarked.
Chunnel or Ferry - Which is cheaper?
Ferry prices are usually cheaper, unless you can book well in advance for the Chunnel, and travel at off-peak times, usually between 22:00 and 6:00. The very best prices for the Chunnel car trains start at £49 single, or £44 overnight return (short stay). These fares are limited to just a few per day, so you will need to book ahead in order to get them. Ferry prices start at just £19 from Dover to Dunkirk, although again these fares are hard to find and you must book well in advance.
Chunnel or Ferry - which is easier?
Both the ferries and the Chunnel trains are very easy to book and to board and the ferry ports and the Chunnel terminals are very easy to find and use.
Chunnel or Ferry - which is more frequent?
There are around 50 ferry crossings from England to Dover, Boulogne or Dunkirk every day. There are around 37 Chunnel car train crossings per day.
Chunnel or ferry - which is best for passengers?
It is possible to buy a ticket as a foot passenger for all the ferries apart from Norfolkline from Dover to Dunkirk. Rather than use the Chunnel car trains, it is better to take the Eurostar passenger trains, from either London, Ashford or Ebbsfleet. These trains are specially made for passengers and are very comfortable and affordable. Prices start at just £65 return. Click here to book Eurostar.