Calais or Dunkirk?

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  1. Antony bleasdale

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    begining our planning and my partner is worried about returning from calais, any one had trouble there or is it better to travel back from Dunkirk, will be in July sometime
     
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    To be honest the difference is so minimal it doesn't make too much difference. We usually stay at Gravelines the night before then travel the 10-15 mins in either direction (depending which we need).

    Wyn
     
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    Loads on here ,us included, have used the tunnel with no problems, but now they are moving the camp to Dunkirk I would say it's even more in favour of Calais.
     
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    She is just worried by the migrant situation,
     
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    Another vote for gravelines (y)(y)
     
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    Cheers for that, Calais return it is then
     
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    Been through the tunnel on four return trips this year and stayed the night at Cite Europe twice.
    No problems at any time.

    Richard.
     
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    I believe that is a second camp. Been there for some time apperently.
     
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    I believe that is a second camp. Been there for some time apperently.
     
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    We use the tunnel and stay the night before and after crossing at Boulogne or Gravelines depending on which way we are heading.
     
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    They aren't , it is a second one that has been their a while & is at least 5kms on past the port & behind where they stack lorries . Whereas ....they are continuing to install 1500 40' insulated shipping containers all built as accommodation at the slum in Calais.:)

    Yes quite right although it has grown recently much to the horror of the locals :mad:of Grand-Synthe.

    I'd always choose Dunkirk over Calais.
     
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    Gravelines and Dunkirk every time. Toby Trux
     
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    Arrived Calais on 28th December, and stayed overnight at City Europe. Saw loads of police but not one Migrant. The Jungle is bigger than the last time we saw it so they must be about. However police presence has increased and security fencing is in place along side motorway.
     
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    zeebrugge - hull for all my return crossings this year, not a great difference in cost once you've taken the fuel into consideration. And a nice crossing and easy drive home, otherwise i'd use Dunkirk, less queuing than calais.
     
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    I would only say travel during day light hours, returned on 3 Jan and never saw an immigrant

    Joe
     
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    I use both, (Calais / Dunkerque) depending where moving on to. However, I'm a bit puzzled by your comment on less queuing than Calais. Can you clarify that please.
     
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    I have never had any trouble at Calais, always a first time though :rolleyes: May I ask a question of a similar nature without wishing to hijack this thread.
    Hopefully travelling in May and I usually pull into the sand dunes at Sangatte early morning after a night time crossing as there are always a few vans there.
    Does anyone know if the French Navy have requisitioned the area as was the talk and do people still consider it safe, or not, thanks. (y)

    Norman.
     
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    We have booked Newhaven - Dieppe for our trip this year. After the unsertainty of Dover - Calais for the past couples of years and the annual problems of the M25 and M20 we have decided to take the more scenic route down through the South Downs and the longer 4 hour crossing. We use to travel from Portsmouth and really enjoyed the time spent on the ferry. This time we will be heading east into Germany so Dieppe is a compromise and at £168 return I thought it was reasonable.
     
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    Went over to Calais and back on Saturday, to get the odd bottle. Did not see one migrant, but the extra security was noticeable. Someone is making a fantastic trade on razor wire. Only downside was the time it took to get through border controls - quiet period 1 hour 20 mins.

    Keith :cool:
     
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