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There are 4 ways to get from Calais to Dover by car train, car, car ferry, train or rideshare

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Eurotunnel, drive  •  1h 4m

  1. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone le shuttle
  2. Drive from Folkestone to Dover

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Rideshare  •  1h 51m

  1. Take the rideshare from Calais to Dover 27.8 miles

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Car ferry  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the car ferry from Calais to Dover

Train  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to London St Pancras Intl Eil
  3. Take the train from St Pancras International to Dover Priory

Calais to Dover by train

The train journey time between Calais and Dover is around 4h 45m and covers a distance of around 311 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 37m. Operated by TGV inOui, SNCF, Eurostar and others, the Calais to Dover train service departs from Calais Ville and arrives in Dover Priory. Typically five trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

5 Weekly Trains
4h 45m Average Duration
£117 Cheapest Price
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dover is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Calais to Dover is to rideshare which costs €4 and takes 1h 51m.

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The fastest way to get from Calais to Dover is to rideshare which takes 1h 51m and costs €4.

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Yes, there is a direct ferry departing from Calais and arriving at Dover. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Calais to Dover. However, there are services departing from Calais Ville and arriving at Dover Priory via Lille Europe and St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 45m.

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The distance between Calais and Dover is 27 miles.

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The best way to get from Calais to Dover without a car is to car ferry which takes 2h 30m and costs €22 - €140.

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It takes approximately 1h 4m to get from Calais to Dover, including transfers.

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Calais to Dover train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Calais Ville station.

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Dover is 1h behind Calais. It is currently 12:27 PM in Calais and 11:27 AM in Dover.

Map of how to get from Calais to Dover.
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  • Distance: 26.7 miles
  • Duration: 1h 4m

What companies run services between Calais, France and Dover, England?

You can take a train from Calais to Dover via Lille Europe, London St Pancras Intl, and St Pancras International in around 4h 45m.

Train operators
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Eurotunnel
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£27 - £32
1st Class
£23 - £28
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais Ville to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£12 - £28
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£12 - £18
Rail 1st Class
£19 - £28
Ferry operators
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Calais to Dover
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£4
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blablacar.co.uk

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Calais to Dover train services, operated by South Eastern Trains Service, arrive at Dover Priory station.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Calais and Dover. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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