France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transport for Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France





Dunkirk 80 km (50 miles, 1-hour drive) northwest of Lille, 43 km (27 miles, 35 minutes) east of Calais, and 302 km (188 miles, 3.2 hours) north of Paris, is connected to Calais and Lille by train and highway, and to Dover, England by ferryboat.


Going to Dunkirk by train, you'll probably go via Lille, unless you're coming from Calais. Both cities offer TER regional trains.

A few TGV and express TER trains from Lille-Europe can get you to Dunkirk in as little as 32 minutes, though most trains depart Lille-Flandres, make up to eight stops, and take slightly over an hour for the journey.

From Calais there are about four TER trains daily, taking between 36 and 43 minutes for the journey.

All trains arrive at the Gare de Dunkerque SNCF, next to the city bus terminus (Espace DK'Bus) southwest of the city center (map).

Intercity Bus

Flixbus connects Dunkirk with Calais and Brussels by bus, and also to Paris (Bercy Seine). More...


Driving from Lille to Dunkirk on the A25 autoroute takes less than an hour; from Calais, 35 minutes; from Paris, the drive takes over three hours along the A1 autoroute to Lille, then the A25 to Dunkirk.


DFDS Seaways operates ferryboats for cars and walk-on passengers between the Loon Plage docks in Gravelines, 22 km (14 miles) west of Dunkirk, and Dover, England, 78 miles (126 km) southeast of London. The Gare de Gravelines is a 20-minute trip from Dunkirk on the Calais-bound TER train, then DK'Bus Bus 22 from the train station to the dock (map). More...

Local Transport

City Bus

In its quest to make Dunkirk more ecologically friendly, this working-class city of 90,000 instituted a free transport plan on September 1st, 2018. Public buses in Dunkirk, operated by DK'Bus, are free of charge.

The central city bus terminal (Espace DK'Bus) is on the north side of the Gare de Dunkerque train station (map).

Useful Bus Lines

Bus C4, Dunkerque - Malo-Plage goes from the Gare de Dunkerque to the beach village of Malo-les-Bains, the FNAC and LAAC art museums, and Musée Dunkerque 1940 Operation Dynamo. (Bus C3 also goes to Malo-Plage.)

Bus C16, Dunkerque - Halle aux Sucres, takes you from the Gare de Dunkerque to the Halle aux Sucres, then through the city center, passing the Musée Portuaire, the Hôtel de Ville, the Office de Tourisme in Le Beffroi St-Éloi at Place Jean Bart, then returns to the Gare.

Shared Bicycles

Dk'Velo is the city's shared bicycle network, with 46 stations and 360 bicycles. You must set upan account to rent a bike, but you can do it for as little as one day. More...

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About Dunkirk

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Gare de Dunkerque, France

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