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How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

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How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

I’m travelling to France on the 6:40am sailing P&O ferry Dover > Calais on Wednesday 11th June. We’re staying in the Premier Inn right next to Dover ferry terminal, so travel time is about 2 minute! I’d like to not have to get up ridiculously early as we have 6 hours of driving before our first overnight stay.

The P&O booking info says we have to book in at least 30 minutes before the sailing time. However they don’t give any indication of the likely time we need to leave between arriving at the terminal and getting booked in.

What is the latest we should be able to sensibly leave it before we need to get to the ferry terminal?

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1. Re: How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

The passport control is usually fairly fast. But you may be called in by Customs to have your vehicle inspected and this can take about 10-20 minutes. It happens to us about 1 in 3 times when we take the ferry to France.

Note that 30 minutes before sailing time is usually the time when boarding actually begins, so don't cut it too fine.

I've answered your other similar question on the Calais forum.

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2. Re: How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

I've been pulled over by customs....and that does take time.

Give it an hour or so. If I've said too much time, better to safe than sorry.

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3. Re: How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

If you're not booked in 30 minutes before sailing, I'd expect you to be moved onto the next sailing. They need to close and prepare the manifest in plenty of time, so they won't accomodate late comers.

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4. Re: How long to book in at Dover Ferry Terminal?

I wouldn't leave it any later than 45 minutes before departure. 1hr. would be preferable.

Dover is a large port and it can take several minutes just to drive across the tarmac to reach the appropriate holding lane before departure.

Checking-in is a lot quicker now with vehicle recognition etc. but it only takes someone in front of you to get held up........

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