- Cheapest way to mainland Europe?
For a short wheelbase Vito with 6 people heading to the French Alps? A ferry company or the tunnel? We’re driving from Elgin via Edinburgh to collect people, would it be more cost effective to take a North Sea Ferry than drive the length of the country? Any advice, people? .Posted 9 years agoMargeMember
Normally a very cheap ferry is Norfolkline – Dover > Dunkirk.
I also looked at some options of ferrying via Hook of Holland / Zeebrugge to the North of the UK (Hull / Newcastle) and was shocked at the price though the convenience would be nice.
Jump on the boat in the evening – dinner & a drink, bit of a kip then wake up a few hundred miles further on.
Also consider if you are going to use the crossing as a break for the driver(s) or will be stopping at a hotel /B&B for the night. If you are not using it as a break the Tunnel though more expensive is untouchable for the speed. 1 hr arrival to being on the other side of the water.Posted 9 years agorickmeisterSubscriber
When I have done this from Edinburgh I am glad of a break on the ferry…..Superfast ferries from Rosyth was great but very expensive, Hull – Zebrugge was also good but dear.
Split the driving, get to Dover with Norfolk Line (good deals at the moment), chill on the ferry then go from there. Also, I thought that going at night would be a breeze in the UK, I was supprised at how much of the motorway was restricted for work during the night, leave enough time!
HTHPosted 9 years agodruidhMember
Taint just the cost – it’s what you’re gonna feel like at the start of your holiday, and how you’re gonna feel knowing what you have in store at the end. On the way out, a long road trip can seem a bit exciting, but you can be tired when you arrive. The kids will nap as they please and the adults/driver will feel tired and narky. On the way back, it’s boring as **** and there’s no excitement, so it’s just a drag. I’d say be prepared to pay a bit extra for a longer ferry trip and the downtime that offers.Posted 9 years agostevomcdSubscriber
When we go back and forward with our van, we often take the Hull-Zeebrugge crossing. With the van, we get stung for £100+ to do Dover-Calais (each way). H-Z is about £250 each way, so I figure saving tank of fuel means it’s only about £50 difference, which is well worth it to get a decent sleep and be fresh at the other end. Rosyth-Zeebrugge was great as well, RIP!
StevoPosted 9 years ago
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