Travelling as a foot passenger

Please note: Foot passenger sailings on board the Dover to Calais route are currently suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience. 


We are very pleased to be welcoming foot passengers back on board our popular Dover to Calais route in 2022. With France being just a 90 minute sailing away and Calais having great bus and rail connections, travelling as a foot passenger doesn’t mean you have to miss out on exploring! 


We have put together some useful updated information below, please ensure you are fully up to date with the new requirements for travelling as a foot passenger including; current testing rules, foot passenger check in times and restrictions, as these are likely to be different to the last time you travelled with us.


We look forward to welcoming you onboard!


Please note: Unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Travelling as a foot passenger P&O Ferries

Passengers need to arrive at the Passenger Handling Building in the port of Dover no later than 90 minutes before sailing time to check in. You will be required to disembark at the end of your crossing and check in 90 minutes before sailing time for your return crossing.

There are drop off spaces and taxi ranks located near the building. Find out more about the port of Dover by visiting our port page. Please note that you will be required to carry your own cases and therefore must be a reasonable size - hand luggage only.

Once checked in, foot passengers will be directed and transferred to the ship as advised by the check in staff.


Foot Passenger sailings from Dover to Calais are available at the following times:






Foot passenger return sailings from Calais to Dover are available as below: 






Please note: Foot passenger space is subject to availability.

Shuttle Bus

The Balad’in is free shuttle bus which connects the Ferry Terminal to the city center of Calais every 22 minutes in the morning and every 11 minutes in the afternoon. Non stop from Monday to Saturday (except on 12/25 and 01/01), from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. Covid restrictions may apply.

Please note there are no shuttle buses in dover.


To travel as a foot passenger to France you must ensure you passport reflects the below criteria:

  • Must be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

  • Must be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

You will still be able to travel with a burgundy or ‘European Union’ passport after Brexit. 

To make a foot passenger booking please follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to our fare finder via a 'Book Now' button, our homepage or via the link here.

  • Select your port, sailing date and preferred time. Click next to continue.

  • Select your passengers and click next to continue.

  • The Vehicle page is automatically populated to show a car, to change to foot passenger select 'edit', and then from the drop down vehicle menu select 'Foot Passenger'. Select 'save' and then 'show times'.

  • You can then continue to make your booking as normal.

Please note: Foot passenger tickets have to be pre-booked. We are unable to offer a Foot Passenger ticket buying service at the Port of Dover.
Travelling as a foot passenger P&O Ferries