It’s an exciting proposition, whether you’re buying a holiday home, or are moving to France full time.

There’ll be lots to think about over the next few months and you’re likely to make a few trips to France too, whether it’s to view properties, attend meetings or get to know the area you’re buying in.

Taking your car by ferry makes a lot of sense. Avoid flight delays and cramped airline seats and choose a route and departure time to suit your plans. Once in France, you can drive to viewings, explore the area and stop off for a spot of shopping on the way home.

Dover – Calais is Europe’s most popular route across the Channel. Introduced in April 2012, it joins our highly successful Dover – Dunkirk service to offer passengers up to 44 round-the-clock daily departures. Just 15 miles from Calais, Dunkirk also offers excellent motorway links for your onward journey.

Luckily, getting to France is simple, and inexpensive too. Sail with DFDS Seaways and take your car and up to 4 passengers from just £29 each way. We are the only operator offering two cross-Channel routes – Dover – Calais and Dover -Dunkirk – and the same great value fares whichever route you choose.

DFDS Seaways offer a number of great day trip and short break fares, valid for sailings all year round. A Multi-Trip fare could be your best option though, saving you money on every sailing and giving you some fantastic benefits when you book three Dover – Dunkirk crossings or more.

You don’t need to specify dates or times when you book and you can amend them free, so it’s ideal if you’ll be viewing several properties. Best of all they are totally transferable, so once you’ve bought the property your friends and family can use them too!

Add the fact that DFDS Seaways were the only ferry operator to receive a Which? recommendation in 2011 and viewing, buying and visiting your property in France really does look like plain sailing!