Portsmouth Ferry

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  1. mariner

    mariner Funster Life Member

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    On the early ferry tomorrow and have been told I cannot park up until after 11pm. Can't remember that being the case last time I was here!
    Have things changed recently does anyone know?

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    I believe that overnight parking is not allowed until after the last ferry of the day has departed.
    Brisey.
     
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    That'll be it then!
    Ta!
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  4. Eeyore

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    This is what you are always told / requested to do / advised. If you do wait until late however you can find yourself almost parked on the road on busy crossings. We always go down early and no one has ever complained.

    Have you considered Port Solent as a much more civilised alternative: quiet, an easy 10 minute motorway drive from the ferry and with plenty of places to have a meal the night before. Even a multiscreen cinema.
     
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  5. alan

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    I've just parked up at 7pm for tomorrow afternoons ferry with out any problems.
    The attendant said park out of the way until 9.30 then move into the waiting area
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    We was told to move out and come back after 11 so went up to the seafront, went back just after 11 the place was half full so joined a line, the following year went in early no problems. Pete
     
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    If you do join a line for the morning ferries ( and we found that they allocate lines when they've got the last people through at night) then be aware that the check-in people often arrive early ( think 6.30 am) and they like to get you checked through the booths and into the waiting area. If you're still in bed and curtains drawn you'll get a thumping on the side of the van and an expectation you'll drive through pdq as you're holding up the queue. Have your coat and documents handy ! We know now but the first time we did it we'd been told by the BF desk that check in would be "around 8 am" and I was still in the shower at 6.30 am when it started.
     
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    Anyone done this recently? We intend to go there on our return in March.
     
  9. Eeyore

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    We stayed in early December last year and, on our return ( via a very delayed boat) in early March. Both times we tucked ourselves into a corner and were fine. No one came near us and we had a good meal in the marina, and a peaceful night. We'd told others on the return boat so there were 4 vans and a caravan there.

    If you have a dog then there's a huge common adjacent on which the dog can run free.

    We always go there for a meal before going down to the port but the last 3 times we've overnighted there and never had any problems.
     
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    Agree...We killed a few hours at Port Solent...good for dogs... before sleeping overnight at the Brittany Ferries terminal then catching early ferry. Check in staff v. helpful and we were allowed to park in the check in lane as soon as the check in for the late night ferry had closed. We arrived at about 10.30 pm and all worked well (apart from our engine not starting on the ferry...that's another story...). Set your alarm for 5.30 or so as the check in staff were processing vehicles by 6 am.
     
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