Crossing the Channel
Only ever travelled via Dover/Calais ferry, which is always peanuts for us, as we normally book it though the holiday company (Eurocamp normally). I think it only adds about £50 to the cost of the holiday (including the return crossing). It’s very flexible as they have crossings every hour, so if you get there early then you can normally travel early.
We’re are only 2 hours from Dover, though, so it’s easy for us, and only a 1.5 hr crossing. But I’d rather drive than be on a ferry. We did it last year when we drove down to Austria, through France and Germany…
It was a big drive though. Just me and the wife. Not sure I’d like to do it with kids, so you may think it’s worth paying the extra to go further on the ferry, but the cost seems to sky rocket beyond a certain point.
Edit…just noticed you said you have a caravan, which we don’t. So I guessed you’d be paying a lot more than we would.Posted 4 years ago
Having done Poole-Cherbourg and the tunnel, all I’d say is that the road links from Calais are worth a lot more than £500. That Bilbao ferry is a long journey with two kids.
Have you priced up the train that takes your car down south for you?
EDIT: I found Poole to be a bit of a pain to get to as well. Cross country is an arse, so really you have to do M4-A34-M3-M27Posted 4 years agospandex_bobSubscriber
Brittany Ferries do seem pricey at the moment; P&O seem to be polar opposite. We’re paying £350ish for 3 blokes + 2 cars, Hull – Rotterdam in May, 16hr overnight crossing. P&O still do Dover-Calais, should be pretty cheap? Failing that LD were cheap as chips from Newhaven to Dieppe, although that was for a bike. Might be worth a look, its not too bad a drive from S Wales either.Posted 4 years ago
Oh! OK. Interesting. May have to look at that for next year.
Off to Normandy as the beginning of June, so quite a quick run compared to previous years – 3 hours from Calais. France is a fantastic country for camping….can’t wait, although I do find it slightly depressing that in 6 weeks time we’ll be half way through the year.Posted 4 years ago
Just had a quick look for prices for the car, caravan, 2 adults and 2 kids, early August. The tunnel came out at roughly £250 for a return, but Poole-Cherbourg was £750! Poole being closer to us in SE Wales.
Any tips or experience for saving money? Our destination might be Languedoc in SW France so I did consider the possibility of getting to the ferry all the way to Bilbao. Must cost a fortune though.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Basically, stick it all into one of the mapping things and work out the cost difference between getting to Dover and from Calias to the other options. That how much extra the options can be… there were a few comparison sites for Ferries a while back.
We used to do the Portsmouth – Cherbourg/Le Harve stuff as kids when we were heading over that way. Risk of a rough crossing but with a cabin it was part of the trip and knocked a chunk of driving off the journey.Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
We’re paying £400ish for return ferry Portsmouth to Caen in June on the overnighter with cabins and stuff. Really looking forward to it. It was either that or do the tunnel, save a bit of cash but have a 6 hour drive along the north french coast (vs a 1.5 hour drive once we get to Caen).
8 weeks from now I’ll be eating cheese and drinking wine whilst fishing 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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