How to book your trip with DFDS, and get cheap travel

How to book your trip with DFDS, and get cheap travel

We, as travelers, are not made of money, and are always on the lookout for cheap fares and accommodation. We’re also aware that many of you travelers are looking for ways to find cheap holidays. Just by following these simple steps and advice on how to book your trip with DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab), and you could also snap up cheap travel.

 DFDS connect the UK with mainland Europe, but they additionally have routes in Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Please note, not all route with DFDS support foot passengers, you will need to check via their website for availability, and choose your destination accordingly.

So let’s get started.

The first thing you will need to do, is visit DFDS website, by clicking the highlighted text.

Step one: Selecting the Dates and destination

To get the best possible price with DFDS, you’ll need to be flexible with your dates and destination. Our advice would be to consider leaving on a weekday, and avoid the weekends, as the prices can often be more expensive.

In our experience, the best time to travel is during the colder months, and off peak, as the weather is still quite warm and reasonable, whilst ticket prices can be from as little as £35 one way. 

At this point you should be on DFDS website, now select different dates and the destinations, and make a note of the details and prices.

Select that travel destinations, vehicle type, passenger numbers, and dates

Once you have found the cheapest dates and location, enter these in the required fields, before entering the number of passengers and pets travelling with you.

When booking online, there is a maximum number of passengers and pets that can be included in the one booking. You can book a maximum of 9 passengers and 4 pets, if you need to carry more passengers and pets, you will need to contact DFDS directly.

Step 2: Vehicle type

The next step is to select the mode of transport for your trip, for example, car, motorcycle, bicycle, minibus, van, motorhome, and no vehicle.  If you are towing a trailer or caravan, then tick the box which appears once you have selected the relevant mode of transport. Prices will differ depending on your selection.

Click vehicle type in this section of DFDS website

You will need to have an understanding of the size of your vehicle, for example if it is a standard car, high car, large/heavy car, extra-large car. To aid you choosing the appropriate vehicle size, the dimensions are detailed in this selection on DFDS website. If you are taking a trailer/camper, you would tick the box ‘I have a trailer/camper’.

If you are a foot passenger, select this option.

Once you have completed the dates, destination, passenger numbers, and the vehicle type, hit the continue button, to take you to the next screen.

Step 3: Time of travel and ticket type

The next page brings up all the available times, and ticket types, with the corresponding price associated with these options.

To get the cheapest offer, be flexible with your time, and try travelling during off peak hours, before selecting the time that is convenient for you.

Select the price and ticket price

Next is selecting a ticket type. It is clear that the cheapest ticket type is economy, but let’s break it down so you know what is the best option for you.

Ticket Types

DFDS have 3 different ticket types, but all three have a different price range.


This one appears to be the cheapest option, but there are not many benefits, here is what you will get if you purchased the economy ticket:

  • Amendable – you can upgrade your fare by just paying the difference and an amendment fee of £20.00 (this is not guaranteed)
  • Flexibility at port – +/-4 hours of booked crossing
How to take the DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk


The price associated with this ticket does increase a little, but there are a few additional benefits with this option, such as:

  • Refundable – the booking is refundable up to 24 hours prior to departure
  • Amendable – to amend your booking, would require just paying the difference in fare
  • Flexibility at port – +/- 12 hours


With this last option, the price has increased further but you would get more additional benefits, such as:

  • Refundable – booking is refundable up to 1 hour before departure
  • Amendable – by just paying the difference in fare
  • Flexibility at port – +/- 48 hours
  • Priority boarding – yes
  • Premium lounge access – Yes
  • Premium lounge (meal included) – Yes

Select the ticket which is appropriate for your needs and budget, before selecting continue.

Step 4: Extras

In the extras, you are given the option for Premium Lounge on your outward journey and return journey, along with priority boarding on both the outward and return journey. This is per person, at a rate of £12.00 for premium lounge and £10.00 for priority boarding.

If you want to purchase either of these, then select how many you want, and if you just want it for the one journey or both.

Additional extras

We selected the premium lounge for £12.00 per person on our return journey, and would highly recommend it. We were given on arrival complimentary Prosecco, and an unlimited number of hot drinks, soft drinks, and sweet treats.

Step 5: Log into an account, or set up an account

If you have already purchased through DFDS previously, then you are likely to already have an account, if so then enter your email address and password, and complete the booking.

We will assume you have not purchased via DFDS before, as such you will need to enter a valid email address, and a password. Your will be required to enter the password twice, before reading the privacy policy and then ticking the box if you agree. It is always a good idea to read any legal documents, so you have an understanding on what it contains, and your position legally.

If you want to receive information from DFDS on their latest offers, travel ideas and more, then tick the box to indicate this, if not, then do not tick the box, before clicking the register button.

Log in, or register on DFDS website

On the following page, will be your account details and your booking. At this point, you must enter your details for the account and the booking, you will also need to provide the passengers details for the booking.

Step 6: Confirm and pay

In order to purchase your ferry tickets, you will need a valid debit or credit card. Enter the payment details, before selecting confirm and pay.

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking.

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