Travelling with a Van to France

Whether you’re going for business or pleasure, travelling with your van from England to France couldn’t be easier when you travel with P&O Ferries.
Book your next trip today and don’t forget to check out our travel guides for some inspiration.
Once you arrive in Calais you can choose to stay in France and visit great cities such as Paris, or head further afield and discover more of continental Europe.
The world is your oyster!
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If your van is 7m or less in length then you can easily make your booking through our website – just make sure you choose the correct option from the drop-down list.

It’s a good idea to have the dimensions of your van to hand, as you’ll need to enter these at the next stage of the booking process.

You will then need to give us some information about your cargo – we need to know whether you’re travelling with commercial goods, and whether these are hazardous or not.

If the goods are classed as hazardous you will need to contact our Freight Team on +44 (0) 1304 863875.

Commercial Goods include:

  • Tools
  • Exhibition materials
  • Goods for onwards sale
  • Removal services

If you are travelling with any of these then you will be charged the corresponding VAT amount, based on the rate and currency of the country that you depart from when placing your booking.

Personal Goods include:

  • Furniture
  • Hobby equipment
  • Car or boat

You will not be charged VAT for travelling with personal goods.

When you arrive at the port, follow the signs to the ‘vehicles with reservations’ lane.

You’ll need your passport and booking number to hand for Passport Control and check-in.

Please note: you may be asked to confirm whether you’re carrying non-hazardous commercial goods, so please be prepared to open your van for inspection if asked to do so.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to go, our friendly staff will always be around to help you out.

They’ll let you know which lane you need to be in for boarding and then will direct you on board the ship and to your parking space.

As the ferry approaches Calais, an announcement will be made asking customers to return to their vehicles to prepare to disembark.

All you need to do now is go through French Passport Control and you’re ready to start finding your way through France.

When driving in France you are required to have a European Driving Kit, which includes the following items:

  • Reflective jackets for each occupant
  • Warning triangle
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • Breathalysers/alcohol test
  • GB sticker
  • Spare bulbs
  • Snow chains
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