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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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Recommended option

Eurotunnel, drive  •  54 min

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

£134 - £135

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1h 51m

  1. Take the rideshare from Calais to Dover 27.8 miles

£4

2 alternative options

Car ferry  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the car ferry from Calais to Dover

£18 - £85

Train  •  4h 46m

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

£122 - £383

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

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The social distance requirement in Dover is 2 metres.

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Questions & Answers

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 Eurotunnel and drive which takes 54 min and costs 156€ - 158€.

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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 46m.

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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 21€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 54 min to get from Calais to Dover, including transfers.

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

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Dover is 1h behind Calais. It is currently 11:54 AM in Calais and 10:54 AM in Dover.

Map of how to get from Calais to Dover.
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  • Distance: 26.7 miles
  • Duration: 54 min

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 Eurostar, and St Pancras International in around 4h 46m.

Train operators
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£131
Website
Eurotunnel
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
45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£12 - £28
Website
en.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
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Calais to Dover train services, operated by Southeastern, arrive at Dover Priory station.

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