Opening weekend whet your appetite? Get into the thick of the action by catching a Six Nations match at one of Europe’s liveliest sports venues. England’s 30-point victory against Italy has got the team off to a whirlwind start, and there’s no better way to enjoy the rest of the series than live from the buzz of the stands. Whether you’re looking for a weekend day trip to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium or a long driving holiday to experience the sporting spirit in the south of France, here’s everything you need to know about getting to the Six Nations with P&O Ferries.
How to get to the Six Nations 2018 venues
The Six Nations matches take place across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy throughout February and March. If you’re planning to see a match live in France or Ireland, it’s never been easier with one of our crossings.
How to get to Stade de France, Paris
The Stade de France is a favourite venue for drivers, with the option to stop off in Paris for the weekend. From Dover, Calais is a 90-minute journey across the pond, and the Stade de France is a bit over two and a half hours’ drive away.
Leaving Calais port, get on the N216 for five minutes before changing onto the A26. Follow the signs to change onto the A1, which will take you right to the heart of Saint-Denis. The N1 will then direct you straight to the venue.
Drive time: 2h45m
How to get to Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is by far the quickest journey from the port – taking just 10 minutes to drive or 35 minutes to walk. The best plan for match day is to take the overnight crossing the evening before to Dublin from Liverpool. You can then head straight into the city for a morning’s exploration before going to the venue in the afternoon.
Foot passengers can walk from the port to the venue in 35 minutes by turning left off Alexandra Road. Alternatively, catch the DART train from Pearse Station near Trinity College to Lansdowne Road Station, or either the 4 or 7 bus from the city centre. Drivers should be aware that there is no parking at the venue on big match days, so it’s advisable to find nearby street parking or use one of the car parks in Dublin.
It takes ten minutes to drive to the Aviva Stadium from Dublin Port. Follow the Eastlink signs and continue until you cross the East Link Toll Bridge. Almost immediately, turn right at the next roundabout and continue to the second set of traffic lights. From there, turn left at the next T junction and take an immediate right onto Newbridge Avenue. At the mini roundabout, you’ll see the stadium on the right.
Drive time: 10 minutes – Walk time: 35 minutes
How to get to Orange Vélodrome, Marseille
This one is for the avid rugby fans – or those wishing to make a holiday out of it. The Orange Vélodrome is a long old drive from the port, but with the promise of fine weather to accompany the match, who could resist the picturesque drive to the south of France?
Simply get on the N216 from the port of Calais and change onto the A26. Stay on that road (which changes into the A5, A31 and A6) until Lyon, where a change onto the A7 will get you all the way to Marseille. From there, merge onto Boulevard Michelet/D559 and take the exit to Tunnel Prado S. Take a left at Rue Negresko and a right onto Allée Ray Grassi to reach the venue.
Drive time: 9h45m
Where to buy Six Nations 2018 tickets
Tickets to the Six Nations 2018 matches can be found from the venue’s local rugby unions. Matches in France can be booked through the Fédération Française de Rugby, while tickets for the Irish games can be found from the Irish Rugby Football Union.
Once you’ve booked your match tickets, a car carrying up to nine passengers can take one of our crossings from Dover to Calais from £70 each way or Liverpool to Dublin from £74 each way. If you book before 28th February, you could also get 15% off your crossing from Dover to Calais.
Six Nations 2018 fixtures and venues
Here’s where to catch all the action of the Six Nations 2018.
3rd February – Wales v Scotland – Principality Stadium
3rd February – France v Ireland – Stade de France
4th February – Italy v England – Stadio Olimpico
10th February – Ireland v Italy – Aviva Stadium
10th February – England v Wales – Twickenham Stadium
11th February – Scotland v France – BT Murrayfield
23rd February – France v Italy – Orange Vélodrome
24th February – Ireland v Wales – Aviva Stadium
24th February – Scotland v England – BT Murrayfield
10th March – Ireland v Scotland – Aviva Stadium
10th March – France v England – Stade de France
11th March – Wales v Italy – Principality Stadium
17th March – Italy v Scotland – Stadio Olimpico
17th March – England v Ireland – Twickenham Stadium
17th March – Wales v France – Principality Stadium