Channel Tunnel or Ferry?

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  1. Peter48

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    Just thought I would throw this out and see what the favourite option is in regard to price, ease of access onto ferry / Train., good or bad experiences.
     
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    Chunnel for me, ease of use and Tesco vouchers make it a no brainer, have enough points saved to make 2 crossing next year. (y)
     
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    Personally we prefer the tunnel because its quicker, however our main criterion is always price! If we have enough Tesco points to exchange for travel vouchers we go via the tunnel otherwise its the ferries every time purely on price.

    Ferries are always cheaper in our experience.
     
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    Would use the Tunnel every time, however price is an issue and so a good deal on the ferries sometimes wins.

    Brisey.
     
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    And us, but for a day trip or a couple of days the tunnel is sometimes cheaper, as now you can go for £56 return, can't do that on ferry, and we also use tesco, so could easily make this one free, only need £20 in tokens
     
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    Always Transmanche (DFDS) for us. Dieppe/Newhaven. Although we are usually heading for west Wales from Lower Normandie, it always works out substantially cheaper than the BF crossings even taking into account the extra fuel/mileage. Only downside is the extra miles on grotty roads & traffic on the other side (n) ...

    and the 20% discount for over 60s, off the already good prices, is an added incentive!
     
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    Ferries for us. Always a good deal on DFDS for large vans, and We dont shop at Tescos for the vouchers.
    Tunnel better for dogs.
    Phil
     
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    tunnel for us 1 episode of mrs browns boys on the tv and we are there :)
    when we took into account the ferry price then we will always have a meal and the ferry now becomes more expensive
     
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    We always use the tunnel for the speed and convenience .... There is a cost penalty but in the scheme of things it hardly makes a difference.
     
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    Tunnel - nothing else is an option for us now - easy and fast, as soon as you notice the carriage moving your there in no time at all (y)
     
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    Ferry.
    It's nice to break a journey, have a walk about, have some grub and just chill out of the van for a few hours.
    Remember - it's about the journey not necessarily the destination:rolleyes:
     
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  12. Peter48

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    Thanks Guys, useful info, I do like the sound of relaxing on the boat chilling, also the speed of the tunnel seems a very good option, it will end up being what me Mrs wants anyhow!
     
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    For the last 4 years it's been tunnel for us as it was only slightly more expensive. However this year we've gone back to the ferry because the tunnel has got too expensive and we can't justify the extra cost last time 3 times more expensive.
     
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    You are obviously thinking Calais.

    But if going to Spain don't overlook Santander. Takes the mileage and grind out of getting to northern Spain. Although the ticket price is high the real cost is about the same either route. Few people accept what the real cost of travel is in their MH, it's much more then mpg.
     
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    This is true, don't know where the difference has come in, still prefer tunnel but must admit we have gone back to ferry for a couple of trips this year when as you say tunnel was three times dearer
     
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    Very true Chaser. The tunnel real cheap deals at :sleep::sleep::sleep::sleep: o'clock seem to have disappeared, yet the trains are almost empty (in our experience). Can't see how that can be sustained long term whatever the Business Plan is.
     
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    Tunnel every time, speed, convenience...you can keep the summer cattle ships! :)

    have a look at my thread regards sharing the frequent traveller scheme over on France Forum. £46 + £11 motorhome supplement per single trip
     
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    We booked ferry last time in the car and hated it so were going to go back to the tunnel ... price changed our mind. Now we plan to share a frequent traveller next year..
     
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    Many years since we went to the mainland of Europe. When the time comes we will look at options and then decide. A lot will depend on convenience and how we feel.
     
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    tunnel for us every time. One thing no one has mentioned is the possibility of grounding on the loading ramp of a ferry, (no ramps for the tunnel)I have heard of a number of people who sustained damage, depends on your ground clearance I guess. Then of course as JJ would say there is the blue wobbly stuff to consider if you are poor sailor, not the best way to start or end a holiday if you are afflicted.
    Nothing easier than the tunnel especially if you have a dog on board.
     
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