Dover - The Port Where You Turn Up and Go!

Dover - The Port Where You Turn Up and Go!
Dover - The Port Where You Turn Up and Go!

Dover - The Port Where You Turn Up and Go!

September 2008

Skiers Need To Book Early

Skiers driving their cars to The Alps are advised to book their Channel crossing from Dover early to ensure they can travel at their preferred time.
The Dover-based ferry operators have put on extra sailings following the fire in the Channel Tunnel and have pledged to carry the traffic that would normally travel by tunnel, whilst capacity is reduced due to repairs.
"It's going to be an especially busy winter for the Port of Dover," said  spokesman Keith Southey.  "The tunnel's capacity is likely to be severely restricted and waiting times for shuttles will be longer than usual.  Our advice is to book your ferry crossing early to ensure you get what you want."
P&O Ferries, SeaFrance, Norfolk Line and SpeedFerries operate from the Port of Dover.  For more information go to

The Port of Dover offers turn-up-and-go sailings to France with over 70 departures 24/7 on routes to Calais, Dunkerque and Boulogne.

You are advised to obtain a reservation before arriving at the port - P&O Ferries sail up to 25 times and Seafrance up t0 21 times to Calais; Norfolkline operate 10 services to Dunkerque and SpeedFerries 5 departures to Boulogne. However, all operators with the exception of SpeedFerries operate sales desks at the Travel Centre at the entrance to the Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal. The centre is open between the hours of 0600 and 2000.

Your journey through the terminal will take you through the Frontier Control where you and your passengers must be in possession of a passport. You may also be selected for a security check at this point.

Look out for the gantry signs on the approach to the check-in and select the appropriate lane for your chosen operator. You will be given an embarkation lane number to drive to prior to the vessel loading.

If there is time you can visit one of the fast food and shopping outlets.

The scheduled crossing times are from 70 minutes to Calais, 55 to Boulogne and 120 to Dunkerque.

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