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“DFDS Ferries From Dover to Dunkerque”

Norfolkline Dunkerque
Ranked #9 of 27 things to do in Dunkirk
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

Quieter than PO Ferries. Plenty of room on board. Small shop but amply stocked

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

good value for money!! What you pay you'll get! don't expect a luxury trip but just the right time and service plus flexibility! I am very pleased and I will use it again and eventually recommand it to others who are not fussy about going on the other side! Cheers !

1  Thank dragos s
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

If you're crossing the Channel from Dover and travelling north from Calais once you get to France, why not try Dover-Dunkerque instead of Dover-Calais - Norfolk Lines (now known as DFDS Seaways) operate a ferry service as good as [in my opinion a little friendler and more efficient than] P&O / SeaFrance, to the small port of Dunkerque which is much quicker to get out of than Calais. Same types of ferries, same process, just easier ... and often a bit cheaper if you shop around. Bear in mind though that the crossing is a little longer (about 2 hours in total) but then you'll save about the same amount of driving time as if you went to Calais and then drove north ...

11  Thank GoateeGeek
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

I've taken this route a couple of times, once when it was under Maersk ownership and more recently DFDS- nothing seems to have changed except the paint job on the ships. They are still usually the cheapest way to cross the channel. The crossing time to Dunkerque is 1/2hr longer (around 2hrs) than to Calais but loading/unloading has been very quick both times I've sailed and the ships have left bang on time. Norfolkline only take car and freight bookings so you've no foot passengers to get on and off, on the downside if you get a late-return ferry you get quite a few dozing truckers spread out over the lounges... The ships are nice and modern and very large, light and airy inside with good-sized outside spaces. Finish is of a high standard for a cross-channel ferry. Food was surprisingly good with a 'meal-deal' last time I tried it and not too over-priced.
Some people have complained about the 'terminal' facilities at Dunkerque- I can't comment as I've not used them, just waited in the car for loading. Norfolkline is the only ferry operator out of Dunkerque, but one downside is the terminal really is in the middle of nowhere- a very industrial area a bit of a hike from the A16 motorway. Sat Nav or a good memory is recommended to get you back to the port as it isn't as well sign-posted as Calais, with only small signs on roundabouts directing you to 'car ferry'. That's the only gripe I can think of except they charge £1 to use a debit card to book. Both times I've used them it's been stress-free, and cheap!

7  Thank Alex C
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We caught the ferry on saturday morning from Calais to Dunkerque. You can park for free in Dover (find a side st just past the train station), and then ride down to the Docks. I bought tickets online, usually £20 return plus £1 booking. It is easy to ride onto the ferry, and then they have places to leave bikes and tie up.
When we arrived in Dunkerque, we didnt have a very good map, and hadn;t checked carefully, but then discovered that the port is 20km south of Dunkerque! The thing that makes it easy though is that the whole route is flat.
About 3km from the port, turn left onto the D601. For most of this road, there is a cycle path, although sometimes it is on the right of the road, sometimes on the left. This will take you into Dunkerque centre. We found good croissant and macaroons here!
After dunkerque the scenery gets nicer and quieter. We biked there along the canal (D601) but came back along D69 which was a lot more pleasant (i would recommend the D69).
Once you get to De Panne, you are on the coast and you can bike along the waterfront of all the towns, they are the same one after another, and all very lovely. But if it's a weekend it will be full of pedestrians and other hired bikes etc, so you may end up walking your bike along some bits. Oostend is a lovely place to stay the night, it was about 80km for us, although the google map says 70km, we must have done a few side trips! There is lots of places to eat/drink along the waterfront, as well as the main street and the town has a good buzz.
The next morning we biked a bit around Oostend, and then rode back pretty much the same way (into a headwind). Overall we did 160km over two days, and it was all easy riding, no hills. You would need average to good fitness to bike this far in two days. We arrived at 11am on saturday, and got the 6pm ferry back on sunday.
The other bonus about this route is the coastal tram. Check out http://www.delijn.be/dekusttram/en/index.htm
and the good thing about it is you can buy a ticket for your bike for about €2 extra, and take that on as well (we asked at the ticket office in Oostend, you cant find anything about bikes on the website).

This is approx route we took:
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