Ferry or tunnel

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  1. hdvrod

    hdvrod Read Only Funster

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    We are Off to Spain and Portugal end of may for 6 weeks,had intended using Brittany ferries to Santander,but having priced it up it would cost just shy of £1300.So think I will use tunnel and travel down through France taking everything into account should be about £500 cheaper.Any opinions?
     
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    We travelled from Dover to Dunkirk on 26 Feb with DFDS. I really don't like that crossing and hope not to do it again. I used to like going with Sea France to Calais but, obviously, that's no longer possible. We will either go the P&O or just do the tunnel, which would probably be the best way for us since we wouldn't need to leave Ellie, our dog.

    We travelled x miles (1500?) down to Marjal, near Alicante, in 4 and a half days, driving from 9-4.30 ish each day, stopping frequently for tea and a leg stretch.

    I wouldn't be spending that much going to Santander but that is an individual choice. Have a lovely time. :BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    Ferry or tunnel?

    We have been just about all possible routes but would probably take the DFDS (Dover - Dunkirk) route again next. Their ships are very good and their pricing is extremely competitive. It is often forgotten that while onboard Brittany Ferries meals are an additional burden, and not cheap. Once the other side, assuming you decide to depart from Dover, I would recommend the Aire in Wissant just along the coast from Calais if you travel late in the evening. Additionally, you will need to give some thought to the route down. Don't exclude the French motorways but they are expensive and I would always, for example, travel south via Rouen rather than Paris.
    We're not long back from Spain having driven down from Dover (tunnel) but returned using Brittany Ferries. We booked a single out and then organised the return while there having decided I didn't fancy the drive back. At least this way all our options were always open.
    Whatever route you choose enjoy. Scrapjack:Smile:
     
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    We've always been a fan of euro tunnel but £38 return on the ferry's turned my head, stay off the toll roads and take your time. See France,use the aires and enjoy the journey :thumb:


    Cheers. Nige
     
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    I always used the Channel Tunnel. Except once I used a ferry and NEVER again. Tunnel is much better in my view....

    I did look at the ferry down to Santander for my winter trip to Spain but it worked out cheaper to use the channel and drive. Also get to see some of France as well.
     
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    if you want ease and speed then the tunnel wins hands down if you want cheap and a bit slower then ferry.
     
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    Must admit we are tunnel fans here, that's not people who support tunnels, nor are we fans within a tunnel...


    OK back to the question. We have used the tunnel with car, trailer and caravan (not MH yet) and we do like it's efficiency, fast, on time, miss one then there's another 30mins later etc, what a pleasure. We have perfected BBQ'ing food the night before and then eating it on the tunnel the next morning, the train is usually filled with smoked chicken aroma. We usually get a return for €160ish although we always travel through the night to avoid high costs and traffic

    I once went on a ferry thing, once was enough:Smile:
     
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    Tesco points

    Do you have a tesco card? you can exchange tesco points for money off vouchers for a number of Ferry companies reducing the cost significantly:Smile:
     
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    Tunnel for us everytime have'nt used the ferry since the first time we used the tunnel.
     
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    Tunnel for us. We have used Ferries over the years, but now would only use the tunnel.
    Enjoy your trip.

    Cam.
     
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    Tunnel for me...

    No screaming kids charging up and down...

    No arguing couples...

    No vomiting...

    No Man Utd fans...

    Listen to your own music...

    Eat your own pork pies (with Branston of course)...

    Use your own loo if needed...

    Fast, clean and efficient...

    Euro Tunnel Rools OK? :thumb:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Thanks everybody for your input,much appreciated! We used the tunnel a couple of times and think the speed and convenience outweigh the additional cost of the cross channel ferries.Plan to travel down through France avoiding tolls,time is not an issue as we are in no hurry.Last year we travelled up to calais from south of France and set the sat nav to avoid tolls,so glad we did some some great scenery we would have otherwise missed,additionally I found in France the cost of tolls is about the same as I would spend on fuel! The main Gist of my post though was using the Santander Ferry as opposed to driving down through France,which we have done numerous times and frankly are a bid fed up of.But I think the £500 saving is the deciding factor.
     
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    Britanny Ferries are really charging a very high price for crossing directly to Spain. We sailed through the Bay of Biscay once with the caravan, when P&O were running a route to Bilboa. It was OK and it did save time, which was what we needed back then. But the crossing was not that comfortable, even though we had fancy outside upgraded cabins. Our young sons enjoyed it though.:Blush:

    I'd be in no hurry to make the journey again. Catch some rough weather when you've paid all that money - no, I think I'd stick to the tunnel and drive down.
     
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    Rough weather would be the only thing that might persuade me to go by ferry. A bit of excitement :Doh::Rofl1:
     
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    If I lived in Devon, I'd go Plymouth -> Roscoff, and save myself a whole load of pointless driving up to Dover and back down through France.
     
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    I am a big fan of the ferry to Santander. It is more expensive than driving through France but with fuel prices the way they are the gap is narrowing. It's a whole lot more relaxing as well. Travelling while you are eating , drinking and sleeping is my kind of travel.We always go on the Pont Aven and go for a posh cabin.

    We are going on the 3rd April for a week in Northern Spain in a car. All accommodation booked through Brittany Ferries who then discount the cost of the ferry quite substantially. 2 adults, 2 kids, apartment for 7 nights and Commodore cabin both ways just under £1200.

    If I had 6 weeks though I would probably drive down and get the ferry back.
     
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    Have to say that we love the speed and ease of the tunnel. We have just returned from the Alicante area and on our return journey we used toll roads all the way back to Calais (after staying in the sun until the last minute). Our toll costs were 150 euro for the entire journey. Our route was Benidorm - Zarragaosa - Pamplona - San Sebastian - Bordeaux - Rouen - Calais. We needed to return in two days and the drive for me was very easy and stress free on the motorways. Time aprox 22 hours of driving.
    :BigGrin:
     
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    It looks like the tunnel is the best way to go!
    I wish we had one in the south west, down here in Zummerset we have to drive all the way accross to go over to go all the way down!:cry:
    We want to cross Le manche in May - June .
    It looks like LD Lines for us-:thumb:
     
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    Take your point,but we have to travel up to St Albans first for grandsons birthday so will be departing from there,was a factor in deciding against ferry,were going to go Portsmouth Santander and back Plymouth,but the cost is extortionate. Possibly because the height and length of outfit.
     
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    Funny you should mention the Commodore cabins,we took wives parents couple of years back put them in the Commodore cabin and we had an ordinary one,the whole crossing was really rough and we were sick as dogs,would have been really peeved if we had paid all that money only to spend the crossing looking down a very expensive toilet.(PS the old folks were absolutely fine!)
     
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