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Take a look at our mostly commonly asked questions regarding setting up an account, booking and what you can carry as freight.

What are the benefits of having a P&O Ferries account?

Our account holders benefit from special rates across all of our routes. You will also have your own account manager who is on hand to answer any questions you have. We provide excellent customer service and have a range of driver services you and/or your staff can take advantage of. You can choose from a variety of booking and billing methods to make life easier.

Do I have to have a P&O Ferries account to use the website or App?

No, you don’t need to have a P&O Ferries account to use the website or app, but you will need to register your details beforehand.

How do I open an account?

If you intend to ship more than 20 times a year, please email us at, or call us on +44 (0)1304 863875

I do not have a ticket or account with you. Can I still ship?

Yes – whether you are a new customer, an infrequent customer, or just making a one-off shipment, we will happily get you there. Contact us or log on to to find out more about using our App or website for one-off bookings.

What information do you need for booking?

During the booking process we will guide you through the information required, but here are some of the basic questions:
What are the dimensions of the vehicle?
How many drivers will be travelling? You may book a maximum of 3 passengers on a freight crossing, using our App or website. Please Contact Us if you need to book more people.
Are there any dangerous goods involved?
Are you carrying live animals?

How far in advance do I need to book?

On our Dover – Calais route we offer a turn-up-and-go service, so no booking is required. Simply pay for the crossing and you will receive a waybill number. This is a “prelodgement” which is valid for you to travel on for 14 days.
Check out our sailing schedule for sailing times! We sail up to 52 times between Dover and Calais daily, so just show up and board the next available ferry.

Do I receive confirmation of my booking?

When booking online, or using our App, you will receive a waybill number, and a payment confirmation email.

How many bookings can I make in one transaction?

Yes, we offer this facility on all our services. Please contact us [Link] to discuss your requirements.

How many bookings can I make in one transaction?

You can make a single crossing per transaction. You are not limited to the number of transactions you can complete in a day, but if you are shipping frequently you may qualify for an account contact us to find out more.

Can I track my bookings?

Yes, you can keep an eye on your upcoming bookings and view past bookings, and payments, on our website and on the app.

What payment methods are available?

The payment methods available are Credit or Debit card.

How do I make a booking?

It is really easy to make a booking:
1. Download our App or go to our Website at
2. Register
3. Login to your account
4. Click on make a booking
5. Complete the booking process. Please note that you cannot book live animals or dangerous goods online, instead please contact the team
6. Review the quote and confirm if you would like to go ahead
7. Make your payment online and you will receive your payment confirmation and waybill reference number
8. Show up at the port within 14 days of making the payment and travel on the next available ferry

How do I amend a booking?

To amend a booking please contact us .

How do I cancel a booking?

To cancel a booking:
To cancel a booking please contact us.

How long before a sailing do I have to be there?

Minimum arrival times vary between services. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the sailing you wish to board our Dover – Calais service.

Are there lifting facilities available on my route?

No, you can only ship self drive vehicles on our Dover – Calais service, unless you have an account with us.

Can you provide electrical connections for refrigerated units (plug-ins) on-board your vessels?

Yes, we provide electrical connections on many of our vessels and terminals. We can accept ‘engine running’ as an alternative to an electrical connection subject to availability where an electrical connection is not possible. Please discuss your plug in requirements at check in.

Do you provide drivers with meals?

Yes. Drivers are served food on all our services, at discounted prices.

Do you provide accommodation on board?

The Dover – Calais crossing time is only 90 minutes so we do not provide cabins but there is dedicated drivers lounge on board every ship - where you can relax and recharge before your onward travel.

What is an abnormal load?

Any vehicle that is longer than 22m, or wider than 2.5m, or heavier than 44 tons is considered an abnormal vehicle.

How do I book an abnormal load?

To book an abnormal load, you need to speak to the relevant Freight office. Have a look at our Dover or Calais Port Office contact details on our contact us page. Please make contact well in advance as there is paperwork involved that must be submitted at least 24 hours before travel.

What are dangerous goods?

There are so many different varieties of dangerous goods when it comes to shipping by sea, we cannot list them here. Please contact us to find out more.

How do I make a booking for dangerous goods?

There are many variations of dangerous goods, please contact us for guidance and validation of shipments.

Can we ship livestock on your vessels?

Yes, we do allow you to carry live animals, but there are rules and procedures to follow. Please contact us for guidance on how to go about shipping your animals.

Are there any procedures in place to protect against stowaways?

Yes, prior to loading there are compulsory CO2, scanner and heartbeat checks on all vehicles in various ports. These checks are carried out free of charge. Please contact us for more information.
Ref : delivery to any P&O terminal of unaccompanied trailers for shipment between continental Europe and the UK.
There is growing concern that illegal migration is a problem for shippers, agents and hauliers. Illegal entry into freight units is not only a security problem for the terminals and the ships, it is also the cause of damage to the units and the goods that our customers transport. In accordance with UK Border Agency guidelines, unless hauliers can prove that they have an effective system in place for preventing clandestine entrants, such as providing robust security, checking vehicles and training drivers, a civil penalty could be imposed. P&O Ferries is committed to achieving the best possible security standards for our customers, their freight units and the goods carried. In order to maximise the effectiveness of security efforts with subject to security, would you kindly support our request for all soft sided loaded freight units to be properly closed and sealed prior to delivery to terminal. This will not only stop fraud and illegal migration, but it will rule out some of the risks posed. Could you please advise your staff and contractors that we will be implementing security checks fully on your arriving units as from 1st of August 2010.
Please note should we receive units that are unsealed we will make every effort to assist in the sealing. However under certain circumstances your unit could be refused entry to terminal.

Are there any passport requirements and statutory checks?

A valid passport is required for travel and must be presented at check in. When travelling from Calais to Dover there are a number of statutory checks which need to be undertaken, before and after check in

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