Ferry to France

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  • Intro
  • Why with a ferry
  • Routes
  • Book in advance
  • What to see

Compare prices, find connected routes and book the perfect ferry to France according to your needs. Save on baggage fees, bring your car and enjoy scenic sea views.

Looking for romance, world-class cuisine and a fascinating history? France beckons! From the famous Eiffel Tower and luxurious Palace of Versailles to the lovely lavender fields of Provence and the stunning coasts of Normandy, France provides a memorable experience for all visitors. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, sample tasty pastries and regional wines and explore a nation where art, history and beauty coexist on every corner. Welcome to France!

Booking your ferry crossing to France

  • Choose arrival port: France owns various ports in order to serve multiple ferry connections due to its high demand. Choose the one that fits your needs best
  • Compare options: When comparing ferries, consider journey duration, pricing and onboard facilities (restaurants, bars, stores)
  • Advance booking is recommended: Ferry tickets tend to sell out rapidly, especially during high season (the summer months). Book your tickets early to assure your seat, especially if you're going by vehicle

Documentation needed

  • Valid passport and/or ID card: Make sure you have a passport that is valid for your nationality. Visa requirements may vary based on your nationality and length of stay. Check with the French embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information
  • Immigration procedures: Be prepared for immigration inspections on both sides of your travel. Have your passport and any other relevant travel paperwork readily available

Additional tips

  • Cash exchange: Consider exchanging some cash for Euros before boarding the ship, while currency exchange services may not be available aboard
  • Relax and enjoy the journey: Many boats include pleasant lounging spaces, restaurants, cafés and even stores on board. Relax, enjoy the beautiful sea views and get ready for your French experience!

Why choose a ferry boat to France?

Chateau De Chenonceau in Cher River in France

There are several reasons why you should take a ship to France instead of flying:

  • Savings potential: Ferry travel is typically less expensive than flying, especially if you're traveling with a car or a large group. You can carry extra bags aboard the cruise without incurring the excess baggage fees that airlines occasionally charge
  • No airport hassles: Avoid the security lines, luggage check-ins and probable flight delays that come with air travel. Ferries offer a less stressful way of traveling
  • Bring your car: Car ferries allow you to bring your own vehicle, eliminating the need to hire one in France or use public transportation. This might be especially helpful if you're planning a road trip through France
  • More room & amenities: Many ferries include large lounge areas, restaurants, cafés, shops and even entertainment options like movies or children's play facilities. This can make travel more comfortable, particularly for families with young children
  • Scenic journey: Enjoy the beautiful sea sceneries and fresh air as you ride in the infinite blue sea.
  • Prone to seasickness? If you are prone to seasickness, a boat ride may be a more relaxing choice than the turbulence found on aircraft
  • Travel with your pet: Some ferry companies welcome pets on board, making it easier to travel with your pets (see pet travel limitations in France)

If you prefer a more leisurely, cost-effective travel experience or the ease of bringing your car, taking a ship to France might be a terrific option!

Ferry routes to France

You may go to southern France by boat from Italy (Sardinia), Spain (Balearic Islands), or North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco). Marseille, Toulon, and Nice on the French Riviera, as well as Sète, are all accessible from there.

Ferry from Spain to France

  • Alcudia - Toulon: 2 times per week, avg. duration 16 hours
  • Ciutadella - Toulon: 1 route per week, avg. duration 14 hours

Ferry from Italy to France

  • Porto Torres - Toulon: 3 times per week, avg. duration 16 hours
  • Porto Torres - Nice: 2 times per week, avg. duration 9 hours

Ferry from Africa to France

  • Nador - Sete: 2 times per week, avg. duration 20 hours
  • Tanger-Med - Sete: 2-4 times per week, avg. duration 24 hours

Why book in advance your ferry to France?

Ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to France? Book your ferry adventure with us today and experience the magic of this remarkable country. Our user-friendly online booking system allows you to conveniently select your preferred departure date, choose your cabin type (available accommodation options for the ferry to France) and customize your travel options. Start planning your dream getaway to France now and create memories that will last a lifetime.

There are many reasons why you should book your ferry to France in advance!

Here's some of the most important:

  • France is a popular route that sells out early
  • Reduce stress
  • Don't waste time with the local agencies in France or elsewhere
  • Lock in your ferry ticket price
  • Currency changes will not affect you
  • Save vacation time
  • Balance your vacation budget
  • Charge ferry coasts on this month's credit card bill

What to see in France

France, with its romance, cultural richness and picturesque scenery, has something for every sort of tourist. From the towering Eiffel Tower to the fascinating lavender fields of Provence, these are some must-see attractions that will leave you enchanted:

Iconic landmarks

  • Eiffel Tower: A vacation to France is incomplete without visiting the magnificent Eiffel Tower. Head to the peak for stunning views of the City of Lights and Versailles Palace
  • Witness the beauty of the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the exquisite royal quarters, surprise with the Hall of Mirrors, and stroll around the well manicured gardens
  • The Louvre Museum, located in Paris, The Louvre Museum, one of the world's largest and best-known museums, houses the sector's art treasures. Admire masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo
  • Arc de Triomphe: Stand beneath the Arc de Triomphe, a triumphal arch celebrating French triumphs during the Napoleonic Wars. Climb the summit for panoramic views of the Champs-Élysées

Natural wonders

  • Enjoy the sun on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur), a length of Mediterranean coast known for its stunning beaches, intriguing villages and clear seas. Discover famous destinations such as Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez
  • French Alps: Accept the beauty of the French Alps, a mountain range that provides breathtaking landscapes, world-class skiing and fascinating villages. Hike or cycle along stunning pathways, or visit a ski resort in Chamonix or Val d'Isère for a winter wonderland
  • Visit the Popes' Palace at Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval papal home is Europe's largest Gothic palace
  • Loire Valley Châteaux: Take a step back in time in the Loire Valley, which is home to hundreds of breathtaking châteaux. Explore classic châteaux like as Chambord, Chenonceau and Amboise, each with unique architectural styles and rich historiesCultural delights
  • Visit the stunning Mont Saint-Michel, a medieval abbey built on a tidal island off the coast of Normandy. Explore the abbey's architecture and walls, and be amazed by the breathtaking scenery
  • Wine-producing regions: Explore France's important wine regions and learn about the country's famed wine subculture. Explore vineyards in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhône Valley, and sample the region's great wines
  • Provence: Witness the breathtaking scenery of Provence, which is famous for its lavender fields, beautiful villages and colorful markets

Beyond these highlights, France offers a plethora of experiences to complement your go to:

  • Explore attractive cities & villages: France is full with romantic towns and villages, each with its own distinct character and past. Explore historic towns like Carcassonne and Alsace
  • Culinary delights: Take a culinary adventure around France, a country famous for its rich gastronomic history. Enjoy fresh croissants for morning, try neighboring specialties like coq au vin and ratatouille and explore the bustling assortment of cafés and restaurants
  • Festivals & events: Throughout the year, France comes alive with numerous galas and events. From the Cannes Film Festival to the 14 July festivities, there's always something to rejoice in
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