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RouteDover - Calais

With up to 38 departures a day, our Dover to Calais freight route is the most flexible and convenient way to cross the Channel between England and France.

Crossing Time
ROPAX:90 min
ROPAX:up to 38 Sailings/Day



Driver Accompanied Units Non-Dangerous Mon-Sun: 30 minutes before sailing

All Unaccompanied Units Mon-Sun: 60 minutes before sailing

All Dangerous Units Mon-Sun: 60 minutes before sailing

Port Opening Hours: 24 hours

Lifting Facilities: No

Rail Connections: No

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday – no sailings at 06:15; 10:45; 15:15; 19:50

All times are local. Schedule and vessels may occasionally change.


01:35 08:30
03:25 10:00
05:05 10:45
06:15 11:30


13:05 19:10
14:30 19:50
15:15   20:50
16:10 22:10
17:40 23:55

Unit Types

Unit types with a tick can travel on the Dover-Calais route.
If you have or carry an abnormal load, dangerous goods, bloodstock, livestock or pets please contact us.

Vehicle Trailer
  • TRLTrailer
  • FLTFlat
Vehicle Truck
  • SDVDriver Accompanied Units
  • UNNSDVUnaccompanied SDV
Vehicle Van
  • SFVVan/Small Freight Vehicle
  • TRATractor Unit Only
Vehicle Swap Body
  • CNTContainer
  • S/BSwap Body
Vehicle Tanker
  • L/TLift Tank
Vehicle Others
  • EXUImport/Export Unit
  • EXMFarm Machinery
  • CVNCaravan
  • MISCMiscellaneous

Jump to the front of the queue with our new Fast Track service. With one of our new Fast Track cards, you can skip the line at Dover port and drive onto the next available sailing - just ensure that you check-in 45 minutes before the crossing to secure your space. 



We’re committed to giving our drivers an unbeatable on board experience. That’s why we offer a range of comforts that make your crossing as relaxing as possible. On our Dover - Calais freight route we have a dedicated freight area called Routemasters where drivers get meals at discounted rates and space to unwind and take their legal breaks.

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Exchange Rate

As a driver, you can take advantage of special commercial rates at our foreign-exchange points. We offer some of the most competitive rates around. 

Want to change more than £2,000?
We’ll need to know in advance – and we may be able to offer you even better rates.
Please call us on +44(0) 1304 863 390.

  We sell We buy
EUR  1.0664  1.1928
PLN  4.8104  5.6919
CZK  28.7616  33.8548
HUF  385.3920  453.6385
RON  5.1424  6.0531

Other currencies are available to exchange and buy just visit our bureau on board. These are our latest rates (last update: 20 October 2020, 10:00).

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Want to receive the latest freight status for our departures?

Just text PANDO FR8 to the following local numbers:
GB - 60777
DE - 004917717816814
FR - 0033755541427
ES - 0034931074609
RO - 0040371700721
NL - 003197010240329
PL - 0048732100201

*Standard operator charges apply for 60777, local rate charges apply for all other countries (unless included as part of your mobile contract).


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P&O Ferries Ltd
East Camber Building
Eastern Docks
Dover, Kent
CT16 1JA

Telephone +44 (0)1304 863875

Email freightsupport@poferries.com


P&O Ferries Ltd
Freight Office
Terminal Car Ferry
BP 421
6226 Calais Cedex, France

Telephone +33 (0)321 461020

Email freightops.calais@poferries.com


How do I open an account?

If you intend to ship more than 20 times a year, please email us at info.freightsales@poferries.com, 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 pofreight.com to find out more about using our App or website for one-off bookings.

What do I need to do if I’m travelling with abnormal (out of gauge) load on Dover – Calais route?

First, please make a booking via our freight offices in Dover or Calais, then download the Abnormal Load (Out of Gauge) form, fill it out and email it to freightops.dover@poferries.com (for shipments from Dover) or freightops.calais@poferries.com (for shipments from Calais). You need to allow 24 hours for the form to be processed, so please ensure you have sent the form to us well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The form is valid for Dover to Calais and Calais to Dover out of gauge shipments only.

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Our current surcharge per unit:

0 - 8 metres



8 - 13 metres



13 - 19 metres



See BAF Charges

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Our Fleet

The Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury are sister ships that were first introduced in 1991 as the European Highway and European Pathway respectively, to travel between Dover and Zeebrugge. They joined our Dover – Calais route in 2003 following a renovation that expanded their capacity and improved their on-board facilities. Both ships can have capacity for 115 freight units.

In 2011 we introduced two new sister ships to our Channel route - Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France. They both can take double the capacity, compared to previous ships and can travel with a speed as high as 22 knots. Their length is 213 metres and can carry up to 180 freight units.

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