The Norfolk Line Dover to Dunkerque passenger operation was inaugurated in May 2000 and the service will shortly celebrate its sixth anniversary.
During the 120-minute crossing, you can take advantage of the Norfolkline vessels' modern features including a spacious lounge, restaurant, sleeper seats, bar, bureau de change, satellite television, video lounge and a shop.
Norfolkline concentrates on the needs of motorists and their passengers, accommodating cars, caravans/trailers, motor homes and motorcycles and do not carry foot passengers or coach groups. This means no long queues at the bar or restaurant and no crowded gangways
Norfolkline Dover Dunkerque Ferries
You can always be sure of a friendly welcome at the distinctive Norfolkline travel centre within the Dover Terminal.
Dunkerque, just 2 hours from Dover with direct links to the A16 and A25 motorways, is more convenient than Calais for many French destinations when travelling by ferry. It is also better situated for Belgium and Holland as well as providing shorter drive times to Germany, Switzerland and beyond. What’s more, Norfolkline is the only ferry company sailing to Dunkerque so there is less congestion and traffic in the port - get to your destination through our hastle free ferry route to France.
During the crossing, you can take advantage of the Norfolkline vessels’ modern features including a spacious lounge, restaurant, sleeper seats, bar, bureau de change, satellite television, video lounge and a shop selling beer, spirits & tobacco.
Norfolkline Ferries - The Shape Of The Future
Three new state of the art ferries will join the Norfolkline ferry fleet by June 2006. The first of these ferries was delivered in November and took its maiden voyage on November 12th, the second ferry is due to be delivered in January.
The ships will be bigger, more luxurious, faster and have been designed specifically for the Dover – Dunkerque route. They will also have completely separate relaxation and vehicle decks for both tourist and freight customers.
The Northern Merchant was used to introduce the service and was joined by the Midnight Merchant in late summer of 2000. Both these ships were built in 2000. In autumn of 2002, the Dawn Merchant, built in 1998, joined the route, allowing up to ten return crossings a day. All three vessels are 22000 tonnes identical sister ships and the fleet is among the most modern operating on the Channel routes.
The Northern Merchant and Midnight Merchant have been modified to provide double deck loading and faster turn-round times. More sailings, greater capacity, faster turn round times – and still the same outstanding quality of personal service that is the hallmark of the Norfolkline operation.
Check-in arrangements have recently been upgraded in both Dover and Dunkerque to ensure faster through-put and less hassle. At the Dunkerque Terminal Norfolkline have created a lounge area with facilities for the disabled and a new shop, The Bottle Stop, has been opened offering a comprehensive stock of wines and beers at competitive prices. The shop opens 12 hours a day from 09:00, Mondays to Fridays, and from 09:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays.
Norfolkline Ferry to Dover or Dunkerque - Get nearer to your destination!
The medieval city of Bruges, often called the Venice of the North, is barely an hour’s drive away from the port of Dunkerque. Brussels, Europe’s capital city, and Luxembourg are also within easy reach.
There’s plenty to see in North Western France too, including Lille, and the Champagne region. And because it’s so well placed on the motorway network, Dunkerque is also a great place from which to travel to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and beyond.
As a far more scenic route Traveling from Dukerque has many benefits.
Onboard Services - No coach parties or foot passengers!
Our passenger service is dedicated exclusively to the motoring passenger and with no coach parties or foot passengers there are less crowds in our lounges, bars and restaurants.
Dinning on Route -
Fabulous food and drink - At Norfolkline, we pride ourselves on the quality of our catering onboard our ferries. Whether you fancy a full English breakfast, a healthy lunch, or simply a quick snack, there is plenty to choose from.
Dunkerque, just 2 hours from Dover with direct links to the A16 and A25 motorways, is more convenient than Calais for many French destinations. It is also better situated for Belgium and Holland as well as providing shorter drive times to Germany, Switzerland and beyond. What’s more, Norfolkline is the only ferry company sailing to Dunkerque so there is less congestion and traffic in the port. This means you’re on your way more quickly and the roads are a lot quieter.
With up to twenty Norfolkline crossings daily to and from Dover and Dunkerque, and a crossing time of only 2 hours, there is bound to be a Norfolk Line Ferry sailing to suit you.