Ferry vs Tunnel

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  1. Mr Colpot

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    I wish folks would stop referring to the Tunnel in derogatory terms just because it costs more then the Ferry - the products are completely different although the end result is the same.
    I know its down to personal choice and the Tunnel is our preferred choice because we find its convenient and quicker.
    Our experiences have been -

    With the Tunnel we drive up - press some buttons and get given boarding time - either wait in car park or drive to queue for Customs check - have gas checked (sometimes) to make sure its off and then drive on. Sit in M/Home for half an hour and then drive straight off at other end.

    With the Ferry we used to drive up check in and then wait to be called forward - park on boat worrying that people next to us were a bit close and didnt seem to care about opening doors onto M/Home - then climb the stairs (loads of them) or queue for a lift which sometime opens into a kitchen area. Find a seat for the journey if we were lucky for 90mins and then when the call goes out to return to your vehicle - join the melee at the top of the stairs and then climb down the stairs (if thats the right term) again and sit waiting for everyone to get going (sometimes while we were waiting someone would toot their horn which was the signal for others to do the same such fun). Drive off and queue for customs and then we were free.

    Like most things in life you get what you pay for and I am sure people have had bad experiences on the Tunnel and also have personal reasons for preferring the Ferry- we had to wait in the Car Park for an hour once due to a fault on a train, but had the same on a couple of Ferry Crossings.
     
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    I agree with all the above. Plus the added bonus of Tesco vouchers (y)
     
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    As you say "personal choice" and I totally agree that for us it's the tunnel every time for speed , comfort and convenience. The additional cost is not a great deal in tems of the cost of a motorhome and the holiday in general.(y)
     
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  4. Mr Colpot

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    We use Tesco Vouchers as well
     
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    Tunnel for us every time - simply because the dog can stay with us during the crossing rather than remain in the car on the vehicle deck. The ferry crossings with pet friendly cabins still seem very expensive in comparison.
     
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    we are with you Mr C, devoted chunnel users, various reasons like yours plus dog friendly

    our worst experience by far was many years ago when we queued back onto the motorway for hours, no communication, NO TOILETS, not fun with young female family, but not happened since and they now have portaloos on slip road.

    I do find it interesting though how strongly you are defending your choice, something I have noticed on here, if people have a different opinion they are often presumed to be wrong :)
     
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    Tunnel for us also, I think it was JJ that once said even in the worst weather it only goes down and up once
     
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    @Mr Colpot I agree with you entirely, well said (y)

    I have never used the tunnel due to the significant price difference at the time I wanted to travel, but I'd like to they it one day (maybe this year?) :D
     
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    Hi DavidG58 - not really defending my choice - just explaining why I think the products are different and expressing a wish that people would stop referring to the Tunnel in derogatory terms just because it costs more.
     
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    I have always used the ferries, but this year I have just booked the " Chunnel" Although the price is a bit more (£40) its faster and you can use your own facilities, food etc. By the time you add up coffees, food for two both ways, it works out much the same.
    Phil
     
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    Tunnel here for all those reasons.. Only had issues once with the tunnel and got a full refund with no problems..
    Also fits our (current) lifestyle where due to work commitments or time is limited so we can work.. finish 6pm ish.. Drive straight to the tunnel and be in France nice and quickly.. Get away from Calais and stop for a good night's sleep well before midnight.. To be fresh and ready for the first day away... And our dog is with us and happy on the crossing.
     
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    These days the eurotunnel twitter feed is useful. They respond to tweets and put out frequent reports if there are delays.

    Tunnel for me everytime.
     
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    @sdc77 If I lived as close as you to the tunnel I'd be in France every other weekend! Nice! (y)
     
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    I love the tunnel crossing but I also love the ferry, getting to top deck to see the sea!
    I feel a bit cheated on the tunnel, not being able to see the crossing.
    I would love to do a tunnel crossing to Santander if there was one, can you imaging the time that would take, save on all the cancelled crossings as well!
     
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    I think it applies to most things, some like to do cheap and save every last bean, others value convenience and don't mind paying for it

    I know our supermarket sells wine for £2.99, I drink wine but don't buy that one

    I am sure there are many more comparisons, but alcohol was my first thought :D
     
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    regarding tunnel price I used the C&CC last year and got a reduction. This year we are buying a frequent traveller ticket which gets it down to £108 return at non peak times
     
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    Funny you should say that - we are 90mins away and popping over next weekend :)
     
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    Has anyone been on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry? We booked it for £39 each way a while back and going on 31st March..Takes 4 hours apparently... Then driving down to Southern Spain. Also never driven on the French roads before but gotta be loads better than ours!
     
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    Although I don't have a choice as LPG powered always enjoy the chill out time on the ferry and not a lover of pot holing or mining :rolleyes: so given a choice still the ferry for me (y)
     
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    Tunnel every time for us for the speed, convenience and because the dogs stay with us. We would accept a far higher price difference than we have actually come across so far.

    One thing that I think is a myth is the assertion that the tunnel is always significantly more expensive. For our last trip a couple of weeks ago the difference between the tunnel and the Dover-Calais ferry was less than £20 so not worth worrying about. In the past when checking random dates I would have been able to book the tunnel for significantly less than the ferry if I had wanted to.
     
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