Travelling with a Bicycle to France

There’s nothing quite like exploring a new country on two wheels! Travelling with a bike from England to France gives you so much freedom to explore the country and beyond.
Whether you want to want a leisurely cycle along the Seine in romantic Paris or explore the history of Normandy’s beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing your next French adventure. Book your next trip today. 
 
Travelling by ferry with a bike rack

Getting around on two wheels offers you the freedom of living like a local when you arrive at your destination.

Find out everything you need to know about travelling with a bike here, whether you’re bringing bikes with a vehicle or simply booking to travel as a foot passenger.

If you’re bringing your bikes with a car, all you need to remember is to include any attached racks or boxes in the height and length of your vehicle when making your booking.

Before boarding the ferry, please make sure that everything is securely fastened – we wouldn’t want any damage to come to your (or anyone else’s) property!

You may want to consider buying a bicycle rack that attaches to the back of your vehicle, making it easier to check everything is safe and secure.

If you are travelling without a vehicle you must board the ferry at the same time as regular foot passengers, personally ensuring that your bike is safely stowed away below deck.

Once everything is secure you may follow the vehicles up the ramp on foot.

Top tip: bicycles count as vehicles when making a booking, so make sure you’ve sorted this out in advance before boarding. Only one bicycle is allowed per booking.

Make sure you get to the Port of Dover with plenty of time to spare – we recommend arriving 60 minutes before the ship is scheduled to depart to prevent any hold-ups, as the ferry terminal can get busy.

Make sure you bring with you:

  • Reflective clothing
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Portable phone charger

You may also want to read up on European cycling laws, as you could get fined for something that is legal in the UK.

It is also a good idea to make a note of places to stop and rest along your journey route and let your accommodation know in advance when you are planning to arrive.

 

Travelling by ferry with a bike rack