Port of Calais

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The Port of Calais
A P&O Ship at Calais
A DFDS Ship at Calais

The Port of Calais is a port in Calais, northern France.[1] The port is the fourth largest port in France and the largest for passenger traffic. It accounts for more than a third of economic activity in the town of Calais.


The Port of Calais was the first cable ship port in Europe and is the fourth largest port in France and the largest for passenger traffic.[2]

Companies Sailing Into Calais[edit]

P&O Ferries Pride Of Canterbury, Pride Of Kent, Spirit Of Britain, Spirit Of France, Pride Of Burgundy, European Seaway

DFDS Seaways Cote des Dunes, Cote des Flandres, Calais Seaways

MyFerryLink Operations have ceased (Formerly Rodin (now Cote des Dunes), and Berlioz (now Cote des Flandres)). Both former SeaFrance and MyFerryLink vessels have been transferred to DFDS.


Cargo traffic has tripled over the past two decades. In 2007 more than 41.5 million tonnes of traffic passed through Calais with some 11.52 million passengers, 1.4 million trucks and trailers, 2.249 million cars and 4,700 crossings a year.[2] On average, ships sail from the port every 30 minutes.[2] Most of the traffic in Calais comes from the Port of Dover.


In 2015, A new 400 million euro project was underway at the port to create a breakwater protecting a pool of 700 metres long, thus allowing Calais to jump from being a Panamax port to a port capable of handling Capesize vessels.[3][4]


Buses connect the port with Gare de Calais-Ville on the SNCF network. There are regular TER Nord-Pas-de-Calais trains through Hazebrouck to Lille Flandres (for SNCB/NMBS into Belgium, for example to Gent-Sint-Pieters), Calais-Fréthun, Boulogne, as well as along the coast via Gravelines to Dunkerque.

There are also direct TGV trains which run from Gare de Calais-Ville then via Calais-Fréthun (served by Eurostar) to Lille-Europe and Paris Gare du Nord.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Port Boulogne Calais : Ferry pour l'Angleterre". www.calais-port.fr.
  2. ^ a b c "Calais". Nord France Invest. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ "CALAIS PORT 2015 BREAKWATER IS NOW 685 METERS LONG !". Société des Ports du Détroit (SPD). 31 October 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Bouygues chooses Xblocs for Calais breakwater". www.theconstructionindex.co.uk. 23 Feb 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2018.


  • Hendy, John (1988). Sealink Dover–Calais. Staplehurst, Kent: Ferry Publications. ISBN 0951350617.
  • Hendy, John (2009). Dover-Calais: The Short-Sea Route. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781871947939.
  • Hendy, John (2016). Dover-Calais. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781906608743.
  • Paterson, J.D. (1894). By Dover and Calais from early times to the present day. Dover: Printed at the "King's Arms" Printing Works. OCLC 12041086.
  • Spiers, Derek (1998). Troopships to Calais: the story of Calais as a military port from 1944 to 1947 and the ships which served it. Rainham, Kent: Meresborough Books. ISBN 0948193395.

External links[edit]

Media related to Port of Calais at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°58′05″N 1°51′23″E / 50.9681°N 1.8564°E / 50.9681; 1.8564