Ferry connection UNITED KINGDOM (Dover) - FRANCE (Calais) on the route LONDON to PARIS
To avoid the expensive direct train from London to Paris (Eurostar - a supplement of 70 EUR one-way
) you can use a ferry. It is slower, but also very nice and especially cheaper!
The best ferry connection is between DOVER (UK) and CALAIS (France).NEW INFORMATION: http://www.raildude.com/en/dover-calais ... y/12210/20UPDATE: Seafrance
stopped the transport of foot passengers in November 2009.
So the InterRail discounted connection got lost.
Now there is only the not discounted connection by P&O Ferries
The fare was usually EUR 18 - one way: www.poferries.comIMPORTANT
(July 2010): currently the online one-way-fare is EUR 39 by P&O - so really expensive.You have to buy a RETURN-ticket for the same day.
The fare is then between EUR 12-16.
Select as currency GBP, otherwise it will be much more expensive.
As it is not totally clear if your credit card will be charged when not doing a return travel, we recommend to buy the ticket directly at the ticket window at the harbour - ask for a discount - travellers told, you will get one for EUR 17. Information LONDON to DOVERLondon Victoria / London Charing Cross to Dover Priory
There are trains running every 30 minutes. The train journey is 1:30h to 2:00h. You will arrive at Dover Priory.Dover Priory to Dover Eastern DocksWALK
: it is a walk of about 30 minutes. Follow the signs ("Ferry Terminal" or "City Centre").BUS
: the bus is running every 15 minutes (leaves directly in front of the station - ends directly in front of the doors of the terminal). it is between GBP 1,00 and GBP 2,00.TAXI
: about GBP 6,00 FERRY Dover to Calais
It is a journey of 1:30h. For departure times have a look at the P&O Ferries website: www.poferries.com Information PARIS to CALAISParis Gare du Nord to Calais Ville:
if travelling with regional trains to avoid supplements you will need about 3:30h. There are some direct TGVs with 1:40h of travel time.Calais Ville to the ferry terminal:WALK
: it is a 25 minutes walk. Leave the station, cross the place and street in front of you. Walk the smaller street at the left of the hotel. Follow the signs "car ferry
: EUR 2,00 - 10 minutes.
Departure times at ferry terminal: 1000, 1105, 1205, 1250, 1405, 1520, 1620, 1705, 1805, 1940.
Departure times at the station Calais Ville: 1010, 1115, 1215, 1300, 1420, 1530, 1630, 1715, 1815, 1950TAXI
: is about EUR 8,00 to EUR 10,00 and will need 5 minutes.Calais Ferry Terminal:
You have to use a really small way to get into the ferry terminal. There is a lane for cars beside.
Check in time of for the ferry is: 45 minutes before departure. OVERNIGHT:
if you arrive late in the evening at Calais, the cheapest place to sleep in Calais is the hotel directly in front of the station called "Bonsai Hotel" (phone: +33 321 96 10 10 | room for 2 persons: EUR 40, room for 3 persons: EUR 43).IMPORTANT UPDATE
Due to the unclear situation of the ferry fares, simply use an inexpensive overnight coach:http://www.raildude.com/en/train-connec ... -france/71Update: Sep 2014