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Overview: Bus from Calais to Dover

distanceDistance27 miles (43 km)
changesDirect busYes
carriersBus providersEurolines France or Ouibus

Buses from Calais to Dover cover the 27 miles (43 km) long trip with our travel partners like Eurolines France or Ouibus. There are direct bus services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Calais Ville and arrive in Dover, Pencester Road (stop X).

Bus from Calais to Dover

Buses from Calais to Dover generally take around 3 hours 20 minutes to complete, but may take longer during the peak tourism season and on weekends. Every day, several buses depart Calais for Dover, so passengers can choose whatever departure time is ideal for them. 

How long is the journey by bus from Calais to Dover?

Trips on this route typically last 3 hours 20 minutes, but the fastest buses arrive in Dover in a little over 3 hours. Passengers traveling by buses from Calais to Dover can choose direct buses if they don't want to transfer on the way to Dover. On weekends and holidays, journeys may take longer to complete, which is something travelers should take into consideration. 

How many buses are there from Calais to Dover?

There are between 1 and 5 buses from Calais to Dover daily. The earliest bus leaves the station in Calais around 12:00 a.m. and the last departs some minutes before 3:00 p.m. Given the limited number of buses operating on this route, passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time to avoid missing their buses.

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Calais to Dover?

Departure station: Calais Ferry Terminal. This is a multimodal facility at Avenue du Commandant Cousteauthat which serves boats, buses, cars, and other transport services originating from the United Kingdom. The terminal is modern and offers a wide range of travel and recreational facilities. ​It is a 10 minute walk from the city center, within walking distance of the city's top attractions. Those who intend to travel further can quickly go to the nearby Gare de Calais Ville train station. Passenger facilities available at the station include shops, cafés, bathrooms, car parks, ATMs, seating areas, and currency exchanges.

Arrival station: Dover Ferry Terminal. This is a multipurpose terminal building that services transport companies operating between the UK and France, and is a major hub for UK cargo and logistics companies serving other European cities. Passenger facilities at the Dover Ferry Terminal include cash points, free WiFi access, currency exchange services, bathrooms, vending machines, payphones, showers, and there are several popular restaurants and pubs nearby. 

Which bus providers travel from Calais to Dover?

The bus journey from Calais to Dover is operated by both FlixBus and BlaBlaBus. Both providers offer several buses each day. FlixBus has an extensive fleet and is one of the most affordable services on this route. BlaBlaBus operates direct routes and routes involving a connection. Direct buses generally mean a shorter trip; travelers should be careful, though, as on weekdays services may be limited to one connection. Weekends represent a better option for passengers, given the higher number of buses available. 

FlixBus Calais to Dover 

FlixBus is one of the biggest bus services operators in Europe, serving over 2,000 European destinations. It operates several buses from Calais to Dover daily, making it one of the easiest ways for passengers to cross the English Channel. 

BlaBlaBus Calais to Dover

BlaBlaBus (formerly Ouibus) provides intercity bus services for people travelling across Europe's major regions. It also runs trains along the Calais-Dover route. On average, the company runs around three times daily, although the number may be lower in some cases. 

Calais to Dover Buses: Services on Board

FlixBus buses provide onboard entertainment, USB outlets, free WiFi, adequate legroom and comfortable seats. Some of their buses also have bathrooms and food on offer. FlixBus allows travelers to bring a 20 kg suitcase for the hold and a 7 kg hand luggage bag. Passengers with mobility issues can travel with their wheelchairs, strollers, and walkers. BlaBlaBus offers all travelers the same standard ticket. Onboard services passengers get to enjoy include free WiFi, air-conditioning, reclining seats, and adjustable footrests. Each person can bring up to two items of luggage, along with a carry-on bag. Individuals with reduced mobility can travel with their wheelchairs on board, although this is subject to terms and conditions. With both FlixBus and BlaBlaBus, passengers cannot bring pets on journeys, but visually-impaired travelers can bring their guide dogs with them. Bikes are allowed on board with both providers, but only if they can be folded and placed in a protective cover. With BlaBlaBus, such bikes must not be longer than 200 cm and should not weigh over 23 kg. 

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FAQs

Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for buses from Calais to Dover?

Travel between Calais, France and Dover, United Kingdom by bus is: Partially open.

Can I enter United Kingdom from France?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Calais?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Dover, United Kingdom?

All travelers in United Kingdom must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 1/22/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your bus to Dover from Calais as this information can change.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to France from Dover, United Kingdom?

The restriction level for your return bus to Calais, France from Dover is: Partially open.

Is my return bus into Calais from Dover restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Dover?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Health declaration required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be tested. A positive test will result in mandatory quarantine

What are the safety rules to follow in Calais, France?

The government of France has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Mandatory

Last checked on 1/22/22. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your bus to Calais from Dover closer to your date of departure here here.

How far is it from Calais to Dover by bus?

The bus distance from Calais to Dover is around 27 miles (43 km).

When traveling by bus from Calais to Dover, which bus station in Calais do I depart from and which bus station in Dover do I arrive in?

Some of the Calais bus stations to Dover you can start your journey from include Calais, Terminal Ferry, Calais, Quai du Rhin and Calais. Similarly, some of the arrival bus stations in Dover include Dover, Pencester Road (stop X), Dover, Foot Passenger Terminal and Dover, Eastern Docks.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Calais Ville   and arriving in Dover, Pencester Road (stop X).

Where is the Calais bus station located? Where is the Dover bus station located?

Passengers board their bus most frequently from Calais Ville and travel around 0.3 miles (533 m) from the city center to this bus station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Dover, Pencester Road (stop X) and need to travel approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the bus station to the city center in Dover.

What bus providers offer a service to Dover from Calais?

For the journey from Calais to Dover you can take a bus with Eurolines France or Ouibus. Be sure to check out all possible bus companies that offer services to Dover from Calais on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.