Considering a trip to France this year? Whether it’s for a family holiday or you’re treating your other half to a romantic retreat, it’s well-worth considering driving to our closest European neighbour.
There are many reasons why travelling to France by car might be the right choice for you. As well as often being the cheapest route to take (especially if you’re travelling as a family or a big group), it also gives you the freedom to go where you like and make plenty of exciting detours along the way.
How can you travel to France by car?
When it comes to crossing the Channel from the UK to France, there are two options you can take:
The Channel Ferry
Hopping on a ferry at Dover and embarking in Calais just 90 minutes later is definitely one of the most popular routes to take if you’re keen to travel to France by car from the UK. There are over 20 crossings per day on a variety of different sized ferries. Simply drive on the boat, lock your car and then settle yourself down in an onboard restaurant for a meal or drink overlooking the water.
If you don’t live near Dover, you’ll also find plenty of other ferry services from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth and Newhaven to French ports like Caen, Dieppe, Dunkerque and St Malo.
If you’re looking for the fastest way to get to France by car, you’ll want to consider the Eurotunnel. While more expensive than taking a ferry, the journey is a fraction of the length, making it a great option for those with a long drive ahead of them to their final destination.
You’ll simply drive onto the Eurotunnel train at Folkestone and it’s then only 35 minutes to Calais.
Checklist of things to remember when travelling to France by car:
• Your full valid UK driving licence
• Your motor insurance certificate
• A GB sticker on your car’s rear window
• A self-breathalyser test kit (these are a requirement in France)
• A warning triangle and reflective jacket in case you break down (it’s the law to carry these at all times in your car in France)
• A GPS or Satnav if you’re unfamiliar with French roads
Finally, remember to switch to driving on the right-hand side of the road when you arrive!
Why not drive to France for a camping holiday?
Need some accommodation inspiration for your France driving adventure? Take a look at our full list of French campsites, including numerous options in:
Jump off the ferry or train in Calais and head to one of our amazing campsites within easy driving distance, including Camping Aigulle Creuse that’s a stone’s throw from some of the region’s best beaches.
If you’re keen to explore beautiful Brittany, why not get the ferry to St Malo and then check into coastal Camping le Châtelet or Camping Domaine des Ormes that’s situated in the grounds of a 16th century chateau?