I’ll be going to UK in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if there are ATMs on the ferries from either Calais or Dunkirk to Dover where I could withdraw GBP using either a Visa or a Mastercard (both are debit cards!) without being robbed blind on charges.

Since I’m going by coach, I probably cannot use an ATM on the docks in Dover.

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    I would expect ATM charges to be highest on the ferries, a little lower in Dover, and lowest at a normal high street ATM at your destination.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Apr 4, 2022 at 11:24
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    Both Visa and Mastercard will rob you blind on charges and interest. Getting cash with a credit card is a terrible idea. Use a debit card instead. If you absolute have to use a credit card, pre-load it with cash and make sure you NEVER carry any balance before the cash advance is paid back.
    – Hilmar
    Commented Apr 4, 2022 at 11:27
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    @Hilmar I should have specified that I only have debit cards. Your comment is obviously still of use for other travellers though.
    – arne
    Commented Apr 4, 2022 at 12:28
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    @arne Why would you want cash for a taxi or indeed anything else? Everywhere takes card. And anyway there will be ATMs when you disembark. Commented Apr 17, 2022 at 5:22
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    lol, it would be a lot harder to avoid an ATM when arriving in Dover for long enough to find a merchant that doesn't take card. Commented Apr 18, 2022 at 21:14

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If you use P&O Ferries: (Calais - Dover)

Commission-free foreign exchange is available to all passengers from the bureau de change and ATM machines are located throughout the vessel.


DFDS: (Dover - Dunkirk) & (Calais - Dover)

Is there an ATM onboard? We don't have an ATM onboard. You can pay by card, please see the payment types available.


Irish Ferries: (Calais - Dover)

Both Irish ferries and Stena line terminals have ATM's but it might be an idea to just change some £ Sterling at a UK post office or M&S store.


  • sources please?
    – njzk2
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 19:27
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    @njzk2 good point, added them. Thanks.
    – Jochem
    Commented Apr 5, 2023 at 9:32

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