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Driving routes and how to reach the Port of Dunkirk. Map of Dunkirk port. Ferry companies sailing from Dunkirk.

Driving directions to Dunkirk
Ferry companies operating from Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a bustling city about 40 minutes drive along the coast from Calais, close to the Belgian border. Dunkirk (Dunkirque in French) is of course famous as the evacuation point for the allied forces during the second world war, but today it provides a convenient gateway for Belgium, Eastern France and all points east.

dfds logoThe ferry port is in an industrialised area, so not somewhere you'd want to stop for long. The terminal is basic but has the usual amenities, a café, toilets and parking. The town of Dunkirk is however worth a visit or an overnight stop, with a lovely beach fronted by bars and restaurants and  pleasant modern centre. 

If you have already booked your crossing all you need to do is make sure you have the booking reference then follow the signs to the embarkation area for your ferry crossing. You will not need to stop at the terminal building unless you wish to use the facilities.

map of Dunkirk showing hotels

Driving directions to Dunkirk:
The port is actually a few km south west of the town, so is easy to access with a recently completed link road between the port and the A16 Autoroute. The Autoroute exit for the ferry port is number 53. Leaving the port head eastwards onto the A16 for Belgium (Bruges is ony 55 minutes drive) and Lille, or westwards towards Calais for the motorways to Paris, the south and east. For a short cut towards Paris and Reims (in distance but not necessarily in time) go straight across the autoroute onto the D300 towards St Omer, where you can join the A26.

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Ferry operators in Dunkirk:
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