How to get from Dover to Calais

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from Dover to Calais

You can get from Dover to Calais by train, bus or flight.

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Travel Information from Dover to Calais

distanceDistance27 miles (43 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£1 - £171
fastestFastest modeCoach • £4 • 3 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesDFDS

Travel 27 miles (43 km) by coach, flight, ferry or train between Dover and Calais. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are DFDS among others. Travellers can even take a direct ferry from Dover to Calais.

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Travel to Calais easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Dover to Calais.

Travel between Dover, United Kingdom and Calais, France is: Partially open.

Can travellers from United Kingdom enter France?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Calais from Dover?

Conditions of entry into France:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health declaration required

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Calais, France?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of France has imposed the following measures:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

This information was last checked on 27/06/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip from Dover to Calais.

The current restriction level for returning to Dover, United Kingdom from France is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter Dover, United Kingdom from Calais, France?

Reentering United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Dover from Calais?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Dover, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 27/06/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Dover from Calais here.

You can travel from Dover to Calais 4 different ways: coach, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way from Dover to Calais is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around £1 compared to other travel options to Calais:

A flight journey is usually £3 less than a journey to Calais by coach, which costs on average £4 for the same trip.

A flight is generally £170 less than a ferry for the same journey. A ferry costs on average £171 from Dover to Calais.

A flight is about £23 less than a train, which costs on average £24 for this trip.

You should expect to travel around 27 miles (43 km) from Dover to Calais.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Dover to Calais:

  • Most travellers board their coach from Dover, Foot Passenger Terminal and arrive in Calais, Terminal Ferry.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Dover Priory and arrive in Calais Ville.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Dover to Calais, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • DFDS can get you to Calais by ferry. You can find a good deal for ferry tickets with DFDS from Dover to Calais for £171 on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available to Calais from Dover with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct ferries with DFDS.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Calais as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Calais from Dover.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Dover to Calais often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Paris or Lille. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Dover and Calais itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Calais and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip between Dover and Calais, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £4 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost £1 one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets cost on average £171 one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average £24 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Dover and Calais online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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