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There are 4 ways to get from London to Dunkirk by train, bus, car, car train or car ferry

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Train  •  2h 53m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe Eil / ...
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Dunkerque Ter / ...

98€ - 370€

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Bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the bus from London to Dunkerque 452

18€ - 26€

2 alternative options

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  2h 23m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Dunkirk

161€ - 171€

Drive, car ferry  •  3h 39m

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

23€ - 79€

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The COVID-19 helpline number in Dunkirk is 800 130 000.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Dunkirk is to bus which costs £16 - £24 and takes 4h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Dunkirk is to drive and Eurotunnel which costs £145 - £160 and takes 2h 23m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London and arriving at Dunkerque. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Dunkirk. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Dunkerque via Lille Europe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 53m.

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The distance between London and Dunkirk is 182 km.

The best way to get from London to Dunkirk without a car is to train which takes 2h 53m and costs £85 - £340.

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It takes approximately 2h 53m to get from London to Dunkirk, including transfers.

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London to Dunkirk bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from London station.

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London to Dunkirk train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from London to Dunkirk is to train which takes 2h 53m and costs £85 - £340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £24 and takes 4h 50m.

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Map of how to get from London to Dunkirk.
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  • Distance: 182 km
  • Duration: 2h 53m

What companies run services between London, England and Dunkirk, France?

You can take a train from London King's Cross to Dunkirk via Lille Europe in around 2h 53m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from London to Dunkerque twice daily. Tickets cost 18€ - 26€ and the journey takes 4h 50m.

Train operators
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 Lille Europe to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 27€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
11€ - 16€
Rail 1st Class
18€ - 27€
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
29€ - 34€
1st Class
23€ - 28€
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
144€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from London to Dunkerque
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
18€ - 26€
Website
Eurolines FR
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Calais
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 50€
Website
dfds.co.uk
Reclining seat
21€ - 28€
Reclining Seat
26€
Bed in a 4 berth inside shared cabin
5€
2-bed inside cabin
35€ - 50€

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London to Dunkirk bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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Dunkirk is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 2:29 AM in London and 3:29 AM in Dunkirk.

London to Dunkirk train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Dunkerque station.

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