The cheapest ferry to France
How to get to France as cheaply as possible by ferry, a few things you need to know:
- Ferry operators don’t have super interesting discounts going on; sometimes, it sounds ok. Still, you are 90% of the time not looking for a mini-cruise or an off-season ticket, and especially for the Calais-Dover crossing, there are not many exciting discounts available.
- Ferries are cheap if you don’t travel far, meaning Calais Dover is already quite a cheap option. Check the map and the alternatives for other short options. (No connections will be shorter than the Calais-Dover crossing, and the train is more expensive with a car)
- If you want to save money by traveling by ferry, you need to think about overnight ferries that save you the cost of taking a hotel.
- If you want to travel as cheaply as possible, book early: HOWEVER, do avoid cancellations! As there are not always possible in the world of ferries, The service level on cancellations is not as good as it should be. Never book if you are unsure (Or choose the flexible tickets. However, these aren’t as cheap as possible!)
So.. What’s the cheapest?
If you would ask us what the cheapest option is for the route Calais to Dover, we would simply compare the date you want to travel, and you will find out in 20 seconds what the cheapest option is!
You can do this in the booking engine on top of this page.
More money-saving tips
Those are our main tips; we also have a few smaller tips, however, to travel as cheaply as possible from Calais to Dover:
- Consider traveling during off-peak times to take advantage of discounted rates.
- Opt for economy seating to minimize costs. Never take upgrades on smaller rides.
- Bring your own snacks and drinks onboard to avoid inflated prices.
- Explore various ferry operators to compare prices and find the best deals. (Our booking engine on this page covers you there!)
- Consider alternative ports or routes that may offer cheaper options.
- Consider traveling on weekdays rather than weekends for potential cost savings.
- Look for group or family fares if traveling with others. (While not that relevant for this route: A 4- person-hut is always the cheapest option)
- Use public transportation or carpooling options to reach the ferry terminal, avoiding expensive parking fees.
- Take advantage of duty-free shopping opportunities onboard for potential savings on certain items. (This is only a small gain, though.)
- An important one: Check for any available travel insurance options to protect your investment and mitigate potential expenses.
Whatever you do, if you want to cross the channel as cheaply as possible: Don’t end up in the cancellation circus. Be sure you don’t need to cancel as there it starts to become really expensive, not only money-wise but it also costs you valuable time.