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How to get there – travel from Ireland to France by ferry

Ferry crossing from to France from Ireland sail directly from Dublin with Irish Ferries. This option adds another adventure to your holiday as you set sail towards la France! Or if your sea legs aren’t up to it and you prefer less sailing time – landbridge to France might be an alternative to consider. 

Travelling on Ferry routes from Ireland to France

There are two options when travelling from Ireland to France by ferry. Sailing directly from Dublin to France with Irish ferries takes roughly 18 hours! Or alternatively, you can travel landbridge to France passing through Wales, then drive to the English Channel ports on the south coast to sail on to France.  

Irish ferries landbridge to France options are : 

  • Dublin to Holyhead
  • ​Rosslare to Pembroke
  • ​Dover to Calais

Check out Irish Ferries for further information

Driving times from the main ports to the Vendée

The examples given are travelling from the main ferry ports towards La Roche sur yon, these are average times:

  • Cherbourg - 4 h 14 min (415,7 km) via A84,
  • Calais - 5 h 59 min (637,3 km) via A28

Duty free allowance entering the EU (France & Ireland)


Goods Allowance
Wine 4 litres (still wine)
Beer 16 litres
Spirits 1 litre of spirits or alcohol over 22% or 9 litres of sparkling wine or fortified wine or other alcoholic drink less than 22% (not including beer or still wine)
Tobacco 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco or any proportional combination of the above items
Any other goods 430€ worth of any goods e.g., fragrances, cosmetics, souvenirs, gifts, electrical products