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Calais – France

Calais Public Transport

Pas de Calais – 62. Latitude: 50.9529 Longitude: 1.85164

Some useful information on restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and shops in Calais, for visitors and shoppers, which we have collated from various sources for ferry travellers to Calais. Calais is the most commonly used place of entry into France for ferry travellers and is a useful gateway to many interesting and historical towns in the North of France.

Calais is France's busiest passenger port although it only has a population of about 80,000. The ferry business dominates the town.

DoverCalais Ferries; PO Ferries, DFDS. Rail; Eurotunnel, Eurostar

Map of Calais

Outside links: Planville. webmap / Calais Council.

Calais Town Hall and gardens

calais town hall

Related site pages

Channel ports in France & Spain (summary) – BoulogneBrugesCaenCalaisCherbourgDieppeDunkerqueDoverLe HavreLilleOstendRoscoffSantanderSt. Malo


Calais was destroyed in WWII. The town divides into two: Calais-Nord, the old town rebuilt after the war and, separated from it by canals, Calais-Sud. The Hôtel de Ville, on the main shopping street of Bd. Jacquard is a landmark, outside which Rodin's famous bronze Burghers of Calais.

This town started life as a small fishermen's village, but received a "charter of customs " in 1181, and a charter of concession for the port in 1190. The statue of the Bourgeois de Calais records the self-sacrifice of these local dignitaries who offered their lives to spare the town and its remaining citizens during Edward III's 1347 siege.

Following its seizure by Edward III after the battle of Crécy in 1346, the towns people were eventually evicted. It remained English until 1558, and the association has been maintained across the centuries.

Bus Service from Calais ferry port

Run by the local bus company

Calais Railway station

Calais Transport / Rail travel in France

Calais Airport

Airports in France

Aeroport de Calais-Marck. Tel: 0033 321 82 70 66.

Banks / exchange – Changing money in Calais

Events in the Pas de Calais

Garages in Calais

Petrol in Calais

Calais Public Transport

Calais Supermarkets

Wine and Beer Shops

Chemists (Pharmacies)

Pharmacie Hieulle, 7, Av. Guynemer. Tel: 0033 321 36 27 63.

Pharmacie Gyselinck, 83, Bd. Gambetta. Tel: 0033 321 34 46 68.

calais football – Calais Football Club (Calais racing Union Football Club).

A few years ago the local football club shot to prominence when it reached the final. Things have settled back to normal since, but if you are interested, here is some useful information.

Address; Stade Julien Denis, Av. St. Exupery, 62100. Calais Tel: 0033 321 96 79 79.

Club Shop; 162 Bld de la Fraternité, Calais.

Useful links; Lens football club. Tel: 0033 321 69 28 99.

French Football League. Tel: 0033 1 53 65 38 00.

Calais Hotels

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Hostels in Calais

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British Consulate

Britsh Consulate (Lille) 0033 320 57 87 90.

Emergency Numbers in France

Fire 18, Police/Gendarmerie 17, Ambulance 15, Operator 13, Directory enquiries 12.

European Emergency Services 112.

Karting in Calais

Opale'Kart, 87, Quai Lucien l'Heureux. 62100. Calais Tel: 0033 321 19 45 48.

Internet Cafés

Spicy – Web-bar, 68, rue Royale, 62100. Calais Tel: 0033 321 96 84 20. Buy a meal and use the net for free.

Lost and Found in Calais

Office Number 2 in the basement of the Town Hall is the place to go.

Markets in Calais

Place d'Armes; Wednesday and Saturday mornings

Place Crèvecoeur; Thursday and Saturday mornings

Calais Museums and Places to visit

Photographs of Calais –

Calais Local Radio – 100.4 FM

radio 6 calais – Calais local Radio news. Tel: 0033 321 46 98 70.

French news tf1 – Latest National news.


voir du nord newspaper – La Voix Du Nord – the main regional newspaper (in French).

Nightclubs and Casino's in Calais

Le Casino de Calais – 59, rue Royale, 62100. Calais Tel: 0033 321 19 16 64. Open: every day 11.00am to 3.00am.

Channel Paradise Casino. Avenue du Saint Exupéry. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 34 34 22.

Le Duplex Discotheque, 93, rue de verdun. Calais Open from 9.00pm.

Karaoke – Le KVO, 14, rue du Duc de Guise. Tel: 0033 321 97 27 17.

Overnight parking in Calais

There have been a spate of burglaries from United Kingdom cars in Calais. Overnight parking is best found in a hotel car park.

You can use the 24 hour free car park in front of the Marina, which is guarded overnight in the summer from 7.00pm to 7.00am

Not much choice if you want overnight parking, it is best to find a hotel which offers this facility. Be aware however that even where they do space is limited.

Parking in Calais / Police in Calais / Security in Calais

Local French Police Stations

Police Nationale in Calais. Hotel de Police, Place Lorraine. 62100 Calais. Tel: 0033 321 97 14 90.

Police Nationale in Boulogne. Hotel de Police, 9 Rue Perrochel. 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer Cedex.

Gendarmerie in Montreuil. Compagnie d' Ecuires, 567 Rue de Paris. 62170 Ecuires.

Police Nationale in Le Touquet. 91 Rue de Londres. 62520 Le Touquet – Paris – Plage

kent police – Kent Police.

Kent Folkestone Police Station, Bouverie House, Bouverie Road West. Folkestone. CT20 2RW.

Dover Police Station, Ladywell. Dover Harbour Board Police, Harbour House, Marine Parade. Dover.

Kent Police have a new section on their website specifically directed at people who have had a problem in France.

Recommended documents and equipment.

HM Customs and Revenue of tax? Call the 24 hour freephone hotline on 0800 595000.

Crime report – Aide Memoire (PDF file).

Kent Police advises you to report a crime in the country where it happened.

You can use the Aide Memoire to report a crime anywhere in France or a crime report to help you report a crime in Calais and Boulogne.

If you can't report a crime while you are in France, the Aide Memoire and crime report do allow you to report the crime when you return home to the United Kingdom.

You will need to fill in the Aide Memoire or crime report and send it to South Kent Police Liaison Officer Detective Sergeant Iain Sutherland.

Contact details

– writing to Police Station, Bouverie House, Bouverie Road West, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2SG

– calling 01303 289179 or E-mailing him at 7183 at

List of local French and British Police stations.

Politics in Calais

Natacha Bouchard, of the French UMP Party ended 37 years of Communist rule in Calais in 2008 when she was elected Mayor with 54,1% of the vote. She defeated Jacky Henin.

calais town hall

poste France – Post Office

Place d'Alsace. Tel: 0033 321 85 52 85. Open 8.00am – 7.00pm (.weekdays, 8.00am – 12.00 noon Saturday.

Restaurants in Calais

Galway Irish Pub, 6 Boulevard Gambetta. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 85 85 82.

Security in Calais

calais chambres commerce – Calais Chambres de Commerce.

security calais


calais parking

In order to enjoy your stay and avoid unpleasant surprises, please remember not to leave any articles or belongings in view in your vehicle especially overnight.

Shopping in Calais

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Shops

Factory shopping in France

Port of Calais

Tides / Air quality / Sailing information

Port de Calais (Capitainerie). Tel: 0033 321 96 31 20.

Link to French site giving information on tides in Calais.

Sailing Information

plaisance sailing – Plaisance Opale.

port plaisance – National "Plaisance" port website.

Air Quality

air quality France – ATMO, air quality.

Tobacco Shops in Calais

brazza tabac calaisLe Brazza TABAC in Calais

Tourist Offices in France


To visit in CalaisTo visit outside CalaisBeach Walks

Calais Tourist Office, 12, Bd. Clémenceau, Calais 62100. Tel: 0033 321 96 62 40.

They have an excellent site which is comprehensive and attractive. more info

northern France tourism – Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Tourist Board.

Regional; Comité Région al du Tourisme, Nord – Pas de Calais, 6 Place Mendès France, 59028 Lille Cedex. Tel: 0033 320 14 57 57.

Useful Outside links

dover port – Port of Dover.

port of calais – Port of Calais.

– Check out the latest catalogue / leaflet offers (PDF).

weather for France – BBC Weather for Calais.

calais tourist office – Calais Tourist Office English web site.

calais mairie – Calais Town Hall.

Some statistics contained in this magazine.

Chambre de Commerce.

From the Nord Pas-de-Calais regional Council.

Nord Department Tourism.

Nord / Pas de Calais Tourism.

the other side France – The Other Side, lots of useful information.

Some information on towns between Calais and Boulogne.

Some links about other towns and places in the North.

An interesting historical piece.

All French monuments and museums.

French Embassy – USA site.

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